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Summer 2011 English

Sports & Leisure




Bike training at high altitude, with the power of the pros

Summit crosses stir powerful feelings

Live and merry fans celebrate up close with their stars

The art of quill embroidery refines every piece of leather

Summer in Mayrhofen. Mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, walking on the Leisure Trail, or even walking on water with Funballz: Make Action Mountain Penken and Leisure Mountain Ahorn the highlight of your summer as well.


Long known, now proven: the Zillertal mountain summer is a source of energy The residents of Zillertal have long known about the proverbial power of their mountains. For generations, people in the valley have gathered energy from the fresh mountain air, crystal-clear spring water and exercise in the great outdoors. The secret tip of the valley’s residents soon became wisdom known to all; one which has now also been scientifically confirmed. The investigations reveal exciting findings. A stay at high altitude promotes health and serves to improve wellbeing because it increases the blood‘s ability to transport oxygen. These benefits have long been known, not only by Zillertal’s residents and top athletes, since everyone can feel the power of the altitude. Whether altitude training (p. 26), training to the principle of “sleep low – train high” to promote fitness and endurance (p. 18) or simply just losing weight by taking an active holiday in the mountains – a stay at altitude has numerous positive effects to offer every holidaymaker. It makes no difference whether you’re the sporty type or simply want to gaze in silent wonder at the impressive backdrop of the 55 three-thousanders. Our forebears always knew that the power source of the Zillertal mountain summer delivered fresh energy!

For generations, the people of Zillertal have sworn by tasty natural products from the valley, which provide fresh energy from within. Scientific studies now also confirm the healthy benefit of Zillertal hay milk. The different varieties of grass eaten by the cows give the milk a special flavour and the people who drink it fresh energy! More about this on page 58. Zillertal’s cows are also something special. The Tux cow impressed the Czars with its character and is build perfectly for the Zillertal and Tux mountains (p. 70). Zillertal natural products of the highest quality are used to conjure up delicious menus. You can find a gala menu to cook yourself on page 62 – ideally with original Zillertal products. The ideal companion and supporter for this tour of discovery is the Zillertal Activcard. The Wyss family, who we followed on their adventures, show you what you can experience with the Activcard. Successful Zillertal music groups sing about the beauty of Zillertal and the passion they have for their valley. This love of music and tradition represents another source of the power that your hosts, the people of Zillertal, are happy to share with their guests. Year after year, music fans take up the invitation

of folk music stars and experience the power of music in the place they call home (p. 82). One detail in particular is evident at the concerts: the traditional belt worn around the waistband of many musicians, which is still made by the people of Zillertal in many hours of manual work. More on the great work of quill embroidery can be found on page 76 of this edition. But as nice as these stories are, you have to experience Zillertal for yourself. I hope you enjoy reading the pages that follow and look forward to seeing you in the “Energy Source of the Zillertal Mountain Summer”.

With warm greetings from Zillertal

Gernot Paesold, Publisher




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26 Nature That’s the summit In Zillertal, too, the summit crosses are amongst 06 the loveliest symbols of the mountains and each visit is filled with very special emotions. Our quartet of emotions.

Discussion altitude Increasing numbers of athletes come to Zillertal for 18 Effective altitude training: three experts discuss the positive effects for amateurs and professionals.

Sports & Leisure Thin air for strong riders On a grand mountain tour with the TREK 26 Brentjens Mountainbike Racing Team – pure altitude training against a perfect backdrop.

The family card for an active holiday The Zillertal Activcard offers 38 endless leisure possibilities. We experience how great this boundless freedom looks with the Wyss family from Switzerland.

from A–Z Outdoor sport pulsates in Zillertal like nowhere else – 48 Action four mountainous hotspots show where the adrenaline flows.

Cuisine Hay milk makes everyone happy “Hay milk” is turning into a 58 modern classic for connoisseurs and gourmets alike, and defines the idea of sustainability in the valley.



76 82 Tradition Comeback of a unique personality The Tux-Zillertalers are a very 70 special breed of cattle and happiest at home on the alpine pastures. You’ll need sturdy shoes if you want to meet them.

feathers for powerful patterns Tradition, ‘Tracht’ and Talent 76 Fine are amongst the close friends of the Stiegler family, which commands the high art of quill embroidery.

Music show their home with pride Hiking through the mountains 82 Stars with your favourite musicians, chatting with the heroes of people’s hearts, singing and shaking a leg – four top-class concerts.

Style Golf wear The new golf collection from Peak Performance is trendy and co90 lourful. Just right for the driving range and the Tyrolean grey cheese afterwards.

Events The top events Summarised on five pages are the most exciting and 92 eventful happenings in summer 2011.


The Magazine of Zillertal, Edition 07 – Summer 2011

Published by: Zillertal Tourismus GmbH, A-6262 Schlitters Managing Director: Gernot Paesold Project management Zillertal, responsible for content: Franz-Josef Perauer Address: Bundesstraße 27d, A-6262 Schlitters, e-mail: Publisher: eco.nova corporate publishing, Hunoldstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck, Tel. 0512/290088,, Graphics: Eva Christl Photo editor: Florian Schneider Editor in chief: Stefan Becker Editorial team: Barbara Wildauer, Paul Salchner Printing: Druckerei Berger Contact for advertisements: Christoph Loreck. All photos which are not explicitly identified are owned by Zillertal Tourismus GmbH or by the tourism regions of Zillertal.





That’s the summit! What would a holiday in Zillertal be without a fitting summit experience? We present four especially attractive summit crosses and the stories behind them.

But first, we digress slightly on the symbol of the summit cross and the fascination of the mountains. The crosses that crown the summits of the mountains and jut into the sky can be seen by everyone for miles around. Mountains have always exerted a special attraction on people. While ancient paganism filled people with a fear of the natural forces of lightning, thunder and storm, this fear was transformed by the demystification of nature which occurred with the arrival of Christianity. Nature was now more a place of wonder in the majesty of God and also a challenge to overcome. The coming of alpinism saw the erection of summit crosses on exposed rocks as early as the end of the 18th century. The crosses offered a sense of direction in the landscape and in the soul, because they move people’s hearts. “Summit crosses are the norm for us in the Eastern Alps, while the French in the Western Alps avoid them almost entirely, and the Italians to the south tend to decorate their summits with a statue of the Madonna,” says Stephan Wierer, head of the Zillertal Mountain Guides. He knows all the great mountains of the world, the energy of the powerful rock formations and, of course, the relevant laws: in principle, anyone can carry a cross to the summit and erect it there, as long as he has the permission of the land owner. This is usually a municipality. Of course, construction

regulations also have to be complied with, because anyone who erects a cross is also liable for its safety. “Each summit cross has its own story: after the wars, many mountain and winter sports associations used them to remember their fallen comrades, some privately erected crosses are reminders of friends who suffered accidents or survived illnesses, other crosses stand as a symbol for the peace and friendship of the peoples,” says the man who is as familiar with the Tibetan prayer flags used as way markers in the Himalaya as he is with the summit crosses in Zillertal, which are visible far beyond the borders of the Tyrol. “Although the crosses can all be very different, what unites them all is the great emotions they unleash in people. I’ve experienced a few hard-boiled mountaineers with tears in their eyes at the sight of the summit cross. When the mountain shows its stubborn side, demanding even more effort from the climbers. Guests always get an exhilarating feeling as they approach the summit cross.” All of the following four summit crosses make special reference to the municipalities in the valley, which in turn look after the cross and care for the summit book. And because each of them has its own story, we want to tell these, or rather have them told by those who were there at the beginning and spared no expense or effort to have the crosses erected.

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Thanks and thoughts in the mountains Hans Schuster still remembers well the two days in July fifty years ago, when a good 20 friends from the then newly established winter sports association made their way to the summit of the Gedrechter, the local mountain of Kaltenbach. With heavy and unusual baggage on their shoulders, the men climbed to the highest point of the mountain. “It was unusually cold for summer, everyone wore warm jackets or coats and carried all the material needed to build the cross,” remembers the former teacher. He accompanied the trek with his camera and photographed the friends on their special assault on the summit. One year earlier, the club had built its ski cabin just beneath the peak and, because the whole project had run smoothly, the athletes wanted to thank the Lord with a cross. And at the same time place a memorial to friends and relatives who had died in the war. “The way to the top was slow, through


rain and mist, when suddenly there was this noise and everyone stopped in shock – our mule, which was carrying the cement, had fallen over. The team hurried to the aid of the animal, which fortunately suffered nothing more than a fright. But now the challenge was to gather up the damp cement and then process it as quickly as possible. We first had to find the water to do this from around the summit, after which we were able to concrete the imposing cross in place,” the man recounts the first hour. The chronicler of these events keeps the memories of this day in his memory and in a metal box. This box contains the slides, prettily arranged in rank and file, and also documents the sunshine one month later, when the cross shone in heavenly light and was consecrated during the first mountain mass. Today’s cross replaced its predecessor, which had been battered by lightning, yet the radiance of the original lives on this one, making the cross on the Gedrechter a permanent feature on the summit tour through the Erste holiday region.


Hans Schuster accompanied the erection of the summit cross on the Gedrechter fifty years ago with his camera, and the treasure trove of memories slumbers in his slide box. In Agfacolor.

Ascent of the Gedrechter Passing the terrace of the Kaltenbach ski cabin, the hiking trail climbs gently through the alpine garden - turn left at the crossroads above the alpine garden - turn left again at the Arbiskopf/Gedrechter crossroads - after which the trail leads over meadows to the top station of the chair lift – the trail leads past the station to the Gedrechter. Variants for the return: From the Gedrechter along the gravel road to the Mizunalm – the way back to the ski cabin is along the Zillertal High Road past the Zirmstadl. From the Gedrechter, take the hiking trail through the Grubachtal to the Hochalm – from the Hochalm along the gravel road (past St. Hubertus’ Chapel) back to the ski cabin. Information and hiking maps can be obtained from the Erste holiday region tourist board in Zillertal and from Zillertal Tourismus GmbH.



Boundless summit joy It is a symbol of the friendship between the people of the two countries, who have nurtured this difficult relationship in close neighbourliness for generations. “Even today, farmers from the Taufertal in South Tyrol bring their cows onto the pastures of Zillertal and on their way cross the main chain of the Alps, the border between Austria and

Löffelspitze How to get up there? From the Bärenbad inn (1450 m, Zillergrund, get here by bus or car as far as the toll point), walk back a short distance on the road and then cross the bridge towards Sulzenalmhütte. Follow the gravel road southwards into the Hundskehlgrund. Follow marker 516. From the innermost valley floor, the trail goes up the left-hand slope. It leads in many small turns to the Hundskehljoch (2557 m). Noteworthy: At the cross, one image of Christ looks north into Zillertal and one towards South Tyrol. From here, head west, high up onto the Löffelspitze. Information and hiking maps can be obtained from the Maryhofen tourist board in Zillertal and from Zillertal Tourismus GmbH.


Italy,” says Paul Steger, chairman of the Alpine Club Section in Zillertal. “For twenty years, we have celebrated a mountain mass in summer on the pass of the Hundskehljoch, to which several hundred visitors hike from both sides of the mountains. This is a living European connection, so we thought that this friendship should be symbolised by a summit cross on the Löffelspitze.” No sooner thought than done. Two years ago, a group of Zillertal alpinists made their way to the proud three-thousander. With them was the simple and modest larchwood summit cross from the workshop of artist Alois Stöckl. Something else was important to the crusaders for their expedition: they deliberately chose the classic stony path to the summit, against all the obstacles of nature, and to pay homage to the mountain comrades who had died over the years, with whom they had experienced many moving moments. In view of this remembrance, the mountaineers carried the cross to the summit, dispensing with a

Paul Steger, Chairman of the Alpine Club Section Zillertal

helicopter, which usually flies loads through the mountains nowadays. “We placed an iron shoe in the stony base of rock, into which the cross is screwed, and then secured the cross in place with stay cables. Such a shared effort binds people together; it was an event for the club and an experience for every single person. Everyone helped everyone else – that’s real camaraderie.”

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Ramsjoch Every four years, just like the Olympics, the Tux-Finkenberg region celebrates a week of festivities for its regular guests. A wide range of attractions takes place during this week, including a joint excursion, a pasture hiking day with local dishes and live music in the cabins, a magnificent gala evening with a gourmet menu and top-class entertainment music as well as a starlight hike with summit mass. In 2000, the Tux tourism region decided to dedicate a summit cross on the Ramsjoch to thank its regular guests for their

loyalty. Tux artist and painter Hans Steindl, who unfortunately has since passed away, designed the wonderful cross. In the high mountains one is, of course, not immune to the capriciousness of the weather, and so it was that St. Peter left us somewhat in the lurch, precisely during the regular guest week at the end of June 2000. It snowed right into the Tuxertal (1300 m), making it impossible to erect the cross. In September of the same year, on a beautifully sunny day, the Tux mountain rescue team made its way

up the Ramsjoch, where it erected the wonderful summit cross. Since then, it has been a “must do” for regular guests to Tuxertal, but guests who have stayed fewer than ten times in the Tux-Finkenberg region are fascinated by the sight of this summit cross on the Ramsjoch. As of 2010, Tuxertal already has over 20,000 registered regular guests. The regular guest week will probably next be held at the beginning of summer 2012, and will doubtless once again offer a splendid and above all unforgettable programme of events. We are hoping that St. Peter might like to celebrate with us next year!

Norbert Pichlsberger, Tux Mountain Rescue Phone: 0043 664 3426718

How to get up there? Via the Nasse Tux Alm (1,843 m), climb trail no. 321 (Tyrolean Eagle’s Trail) to the Torseen (2,260 m). Continue on trail no. 45 to the Ramsjoch (2,500 m), the highest point on the hike. This is where you will find the cross in honour of the regular guests. Fantastic 360-degree view of the Tux Alps. The descent is along trail no. 35. At the Zilljöchl, climb slightly to the Grübelspitze (2,395 m) in order to descend along trail no. 37 to the Waldhoaralm (1,850 m) and Brandalm (1,600 m). The Brandalm invites you to take a short break and relax. Descend to the hotel along trail no. 23. Information and hiking maps can be obtained from the Tux-Finkenberg tourist board and from Zillertal Tourismus GmbH.



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How to get up there? From the top station of the Isskogelbahn, the hiking trail (marked 1) leads via Ebenfeld to the summit of the Isskogel at 2,264 m in 1½ hours. Information and hiking maps can be obtained from the Zell-Gerlos/Zillertalarena tourist board and from Zillertal Tourismus GmbH.


A devilish pile of rock Few summits possess the treasure of their own legend, but the Isskogel above Gerlos is fortunate enough to have its own story of the “Devil’s Rock”: long, long ago, the devil was out and about on the Isskogel. One day, when the sulphur-stinking fellow was sitting all alone again on the summit, he noticed a big commotion in the distance. He squinted with his eyes and became rigid with horror when he saw the outrage that was happening on the Hohe Salve: the faithful people of Hopfgarten actually dared to build a church on their local mountain. What an affront! “Just wait,” growled the devil, “I’m going to thoroughly spoil things for you!” He immediately set about his destructive work and tore a giant block of rock from the Isskogel. This would have put him on a hellish collision course with nature conservationists and mountain guides, but they did not yet exist at that time. So Beelzebub broke a mighty boulder from the rock face, placed it on his shoulder and walked towards the Kreuzjoch,

certain of victory. At the top, he planned to unleash his mighty pitch of destruction, the huge rock was to slide from the Kreuzjoch and bury the little church beneath it. So great his rage, so evil his plan, so little progress he made. For the boulder proved too heavy even for the devil. The infernal one wheezed laboriously up the mountain and the exertions only increased his wrath. He hadn’t even covered a third of the distance, when the sounds of praying began in Gerlos. Hardly had the first bell rung out from the valley up to his large and pointed ears, when he suddenly lost all his power. The rock slipped from his humpback and bored itself into a narrow place in the ground. No matter how much the devil clamoured and pulled – the impressions of his horns and claws are clear to see – the boulder did not move a jot. Today, the so-called “Devil’s Rock” still lies in the same place beneath the Isskogel. It has since been decorated with a summit cross, which in the end probably put the devil to rest – devil goodbye, Zillertal hurray! //

Nature n Mountai “In the Bible, mountains are depicted as special places for encountering God. God gave Moses the commandments on Mount Sinai, Jesus delivered important messages to the people in the Sermon on the Mount. The mountains draw people to them, challenge them and give people more meaningful experiences. This led to the tradition of celebrating the spiritual summit of belief, Holy Communion, on the summits of mountains. In summer, the mountain railways of Zillertal ferry hikers and people with an interest in the mountains up close to the summit. The hike to the top benefits the inner ascent of the soul, allowing the hiker to join in the celebration of mass by the summit cross with a full heart. Afterwards, people sit convivially together, enjoy the wonderful view from on high or hike off on their own way. As they do, for example, at the mountain mass on the Spieljoch in Fügen. Mountain masses connect hikers from different areas, sometimes even from different countries, as, for example, the mountain mass on the Hundskehljoch, where North and South Tyroleans meet one another. As a former hunter, I have acquired and kept a special relationship with nature. As a priest, I have become much more aware that God, the beginning and end of all things, can, with the natural light of human reason, be clearly recognised in the things created around us. In the mountains, we humans find peace and relaxation; we learn to wonder and thereby take inspiration for the spirit, too. Zillertal, with its wonderful mountains, offers all of this in a unique way,” says Chaplain Ferdinand Schnaiter, priest to the municipality of Gerlos. For exact times:


Mountain mass on the Spieljoch in Fügen

Mountain mass on the Hundskehljoch


Alpine road & reservoir Experience nature and technology up close on a tour inside the Schlegeis dam! Why is the reservoir almost empty in spring? How high is the Schlegeis wall? Are there fish in the lake? The answers to all your questions are provided by the tour guides of the Schlegeis Dam, Josef and Franz. In the hot summer months, the two of them wait for their guests in the Schlegeis mountain restaurant at 1,790 m. “Off we go into the wall, where it‘s nice and cool! Today, I’m going to tell you how we in Zillertal generate eco-friendly electricity from pure water,” says Josef, piquing his guests’ curiosity as soon as they arrive. A tour of the dam takes you into the bowels of the 131 m-tall Schlegeis Dam. A short film in the water screen cinema introduces visitors to the subject. With everyone wearing a safety helmet, the guides then show and explain the technical facilities in the dam wall. The Schlegeis Alpine Road is open from the end of May to the end of October. Nature lovers and technology fans get their full money’s worth under the motto “Experience nature and technology”. The excursion is certainly something you‘d enjoy! For more information, visit



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Three mountain legends in Zillertal Three mountain legends meet in Zillertal: Peter Habeler, the BMW X5 and the Gössl Collection for 2011.

Photos: Oliver Topf

The man simply has style. Like when he climbed Mount Everest with his friend Reinhold Messner in 1978, without porters or oxygen tanks – that was classy! As is his modest view of the legendary deed: “Everest wasn’t conquered, it merely tolerated me,” says Prof. Peter Habeler. The title of professor and his equally legendary popularity amongst alpinists have never phased his Zillertal straightforwardness. He is at home here, and with a little luck can be encountered quite normally on the street. Or in his beloved mountains, of course, assuming he isn‘t off on an expedition at that very moment. At home, he likes to wear the garments of Gössl, thereby building a bridge between traditional costume and the technical finesses of modern fabrics – which is also classy! “I wouldn’t choose to wear classic lederhosen for climbing mountains, because when they get wet, they need about a week to dry out.” But luckily, Gössl has invented the lightweight “Hanferne”, and the man of the mountains is really enthusiastic about the model: “It is ideally suited for mountaineering – the ‘Hanferne’ is comfortable to wear, it’s lightweight and water-repellent. The pants are nice and practical.” So much for the legend of the typical Lederhosen. Sometimes, it ought to be hemp! Even wool is experiencing a revival. Because it can do more than you think, and the experienced man from the mountains of the Zillertal and Tux Alps knows that best of all, “Loden remains a quite fascinating fabric to this day: it retains its warming properties even when it is wet or damp. The same applies to real wool in socks, gloves or caps – a valuable quality feature. Whether linen, wool or loden – with Gössl, I combine high-quality fabrics, excellent workmanship, and good design – simply great garments.” No wonder he has such high standards, because ultimately he has always wanted to aim high and feel visibly good in the world where the air is thin. Apart from Mount Everest, other eight-thousanders such as Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga and the legendary Nan-

Two mountain legends together: Peter Habeler and his BMW X5

ga Parbat have approved his visit. From Asia to America: in the USA, he was the first to make many spectacular climbs in the American Rocky Mountains, and was also the first European on the Big Walls in Yosemite National Park in California. Sometimes, he also seems to be in a real hurry: Habeler climbed the east face of Yerupajá in the Peruvian Andes in record time, he completed the ascent of the north face of the Eiger in just nine hours, and gave himself all of four hours for the north face of the Matterhorn. It is no wonder, therefore, that the joy of climbing and the joy of driving have a close relationship, which in this case goes by the name of BMW X5. As cars go, also a mountain legend. The bullish Bavarian climbs every hill with ease, and when the fourwheel drive is let off the leash, it is hard to stop. Figuratively speaking. The same is true of Peter Habeler, when he talks about his adventures. And that‘s how three style icons and mountains legends found each other. //

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Three kings of endurance, aficionados of altitude training together (from left): Armin Wierer, Markus Krรถll and Holger Broich



Effective altitude Altitude training is a science in itself. In competitive sports, and particularly in endurance disciplines, the “sleep low, train high” method is a permanent feature. Thanks to constantly detailed and differently developed performance diagnostics, the effects, benefits and opportunities of the method can be better tuned to the individual athlete than ever before. Amateurs also benefit from this by gently pushing their bodies with new stimuli. As Zillertal is predestined for altitude training by the mere fact of its location, three experts got together in Zell am Ziller for a discussion and to swap opinions: the triumvirate of altitude was made up of extreme mountain runner Markus Kröll, Armin Wierer, performance diagnostician and training consultant at the Zillertal Sport Clinic in Mayrhofen, as well as Dr. Holger Broich, condition trainer and performance diagnostician at the German Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Text: Barbara Wildauer

How can altitude training be so effective? Armin Wierer: For a variety of reasons, stays at high altitude are a very effective training method, which is why they are also recommended at the Zillertal Sports Clinic: it is a gentle method, the intensity can be controlled depending on the altitude, and most bodies react positively to the new stimuli. Combined with modern performance diagnostics, we are happy to advise everyone in the field of training science – guests in Zillertal, as well as amateur and professional athletes from around the region. Dr. Holger Broich: Altitude training and performance sports are a highly promising combination. We expect to see an improvement in performance through the use of hypoxia training. At our new training and performance diagnostics centre, which is home to special hypoxia chambers which simulate altitudes of up to 6,000 metres, we work to the “sleep low – train high” principle. Hypoxia training shows positive changes in the oxygen transport capacity and in the utilisation of oxygen by the muscles. Anaerobic performance can also be improved. Markus Kröll: In altitude training, you have to differentiate between staying at altitude and training at altitude, particularly in the area of endurance. A stay at altitude has a range of positive effects for every holidaymaker, regardless of whether they engage in sports. For me, the basis for success is above all the effective training of the underlying stamina. In extreme sports, the greatest challenge is to control the training perfectly with the aid of performance diagnostics. This is where most of the errors occur: very many athletes, both amateur and professional, simply train far too much and ignore the time that the body needs to regenerate. This is where the passive variant of altitude training helps, because the body continues to adapt even when completely at rest. Differentiated performance diagnostics can be used to prove the changes are taking place.




Armin Wierer, B.Sc.

Markus Kröll

Dr. Holger Broich

Sports scientist

Extreme Alpine runner

Fitness trainer, Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Armin Wierer is currently knee-deep in a Master’s degree course in sport and exercise science, specialising in performance diagnostics. As an active multi-athlete (skier, tennis and ice hockey player and endurance sport enthusiast) who knows his own physical limits and loves nothing more than to push them even further, he works as a performance diagnostics specialist at the Sportclinic Zillertal in Mayrhofen. ”We have made immense progress in analysing the data over the past few years. This means we can now personalise special training methods such as altitude training. Modern performance diagnostics benefits both the professionals and ambitious amateurs.”

Markus Kröll has loved running in the mountains since childhood and altitude training is a part of his everyday life: He grew up in the mountain village of Ginzling, where he ran 10 km to school in Mayrhofen and back home again every day. Whatever the weather. This passion later brought him titles such as that of a junior world champion. As time went by, he picked up 32 Tyrolean championship titles and seven victories in the legendary Dolomite Man. ”Running is a great sport. It is quite simply the best way of balancing the mind, because it is the ideal way to supply the brain with blood and there is nothing else that relieves stress so quickly.”

Professional football players are very valuable and fragile goods. Sports scientist Dr. Holger Broich takes care of the physique of each precious employee for the German Federal League giants Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He applies all the latest training-science and fitness methods to the players in his care as their physical and rehabilitation trainer and performance diagnostician. This also includes induced altitude training. ”We provide a type profile for each of our players based on a series of complex tests and the data obtained in training and competitions is then systematically recorded and evaluated. This gives us optimal transparency for assessing their current performance level and potential.”


Discussion ”Being in a high altitude is not only a great experience for every reasonably healthy person but, as many studies have shown, it is also verifiably beneficial to health!” Armin Wierer

Bayer 04 Leverkusen players at the training camp in Zell.

Is altitude training suitable for all athletes? Armin Wierer: As Markus has just said, we must make a basic differentiation between the effects of high altitude training and targeted training to improve performance. Being in a high altitude is not only a great experience for every reasonably healthy person but, as many studies have shown, it is also verifiably beneficial to health. In the case of athletes, you need to make a distinction between the ways the heights are used: When you spend all day at a high altitude and train there, you should, for example, begin working with less intensity than someone who trains intentionally down in the valley and then uses the bracing climate at a high altitude for the regeneration and relaxation phases. Suitable altitude training can be devised for every person based on numerous variations combined with the individual performance diagnostics. Markus Kröll: Altitude training is at its most effective when a person is active at a height of 1,500 to 2,500 metres for three to four weeks, because then the body really has the opportunity to adjust thoroughly to the changed conditions. I tried out induced altitude training for a time and spent a number of nights in an altitude tent but then I stopped again. When I train intensively, I must make full use of the rest phases to regenerate and at these times I experienced the induced altitude as burdensome. In contrast, all the natural features of Zillertal are always good for me. Ultimately everyone must decide for themselves. There are enough opportunities for this. In mountain running, we have been at various races where you arrive at an altitude of up to 3,000 metres and where the athletes are bridging over 1,000 vertical metres over the distances run in the thin air – the body can only deal with stress like this when you’ve been continuously training at heights – in other words, with altitude training.

How does the body react to heights? Armin Wierer: The body first needs time to adjust to the changed conditions. Altitude training represents the never-ending game played out between stimulus and adjustment: The most important benefit gained from targeted altitude training is the improved oxygen absorption rate. When it reaches a mid-altitude, the human body is already trying to compensate for the reduced oxygen content in the air and to do this, it produces an increased number of red blood cells. Other effects are recognisable above all in the musculature, from this improved use of the available oxygen. A temporarily increased respiration frequency is also one of these effects. The lungs are working harder and breathing more to compensate for the reduced oxygen level and this is an effect that continues for some days or even weeks. After a time, however, the body readjusts to the new situation. Dr. Holger Broich: On the one hand with an improved maximum oxygen intake and aerobic and anaerobic performance capacity. On the other hand, there are adjustments that in the case of a thoroughly trained skeletal musculature result in a displacement of the metabolism towards an increased oxidation of carbohydrates together with the establishing of optimised conditions for the transport and utilisation of the available oxygen.



The sports trio enjoyed their lively discussion at precisely 580 metres above sea level.

What factors must be taken into account? Markus KrÜll: There is power in resting. The current trend is moving on the one side to ever more individual training methods. While on the other hand the amount of training is constantly increasing. This means the stresses involved especially in stamina training can be enormously high – for example in three weeks I run some 600 km and bicycle 1000 km. Since I only have a three week break in the year, staying healthy is extremely important for me. In this respect not only our knowledge but also the methods we use have changed greatly over the past few years. Along with performance, health and regeneration are now seen as having an equal place in any training programme. This situation was quite different only a few years ago. Dr. Holger Broich: Integrating altitude training as a fixed method in the football training concept is a major challenge. Football is a highly complex sport with a great many variables; there are hosts of other sports that are all far more calculable in scientific terms. The important point for us in many areas of training is achieving the optimum rather than having to try for the maximum. In our ongoing search for the best training and recovery ratio, we have been examining a worthwhile use of altitude training for quite some time. We have been working together closely with the German Sports University in Cologne on this issue. Under the leadership of Professor Mester, for example, we have developed various concepts for periods spent in altitude chambers. Armin Wierer: Each person reacts differently to training effects depending on their own personal needs and capabilities. This means the benefits can have very different effects from person to person – and it is precisely here that modern performance diagnostics play a role. To succeed, it is absolutely essential to ensure that your training programme is planned and implemented on the basis of the latest scientific knowledge; this applies equally to anyone who is taking care of their general fitness level and also for top sports people. But this is not a complicated issue and all the relevant data can be obtained and, if desired, compared with training objectives in a matter of an hour or two. In all of this we base our philosophy to a great extent on the power of regeneration. This can be in the form of a walk, or a relaxed Alpine hike, anything without enormous bodily stress and dedicated solely to relaxation.


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In the broadest sense of the term, altitude training is defined in training science as the attempt to achieve a useful training effect by using a natural or simulated high altitude above sea level. Since acclimatisation to the oxygen shortage (hypoxia) resulting from the declining air pressure at great altitudes is the most important factor in this form of training, it is frequently referred to as hypoxia training. A special type of altitude training is altitude acclimatisation training, which aims at increasing performance at high altitudes. The effectiveness of altitude acclimatisation training has been well verified, in particular for endurance sports. The conditions that exist at great altitudes differ by a number of effective factors from those at lower altitudes. Partial pressure of oxygen: The barometric equation is the mathematical expression of how air pressure falls with increasing height above sea level. The air pressure at sea level, for example, is 760 mmHg, while it is only 560 mmHg at a height of 2,500 metres. The composition of the air and thus the oxygen proportion (the relevant area for altitude training) is largely the same at different heights, but the partial pressure of oxygen drops at increasing heights in linear proportion to the air pressure, with the result that one cubic metre of air breathed in at a high altitude contains less oxygen than at sea level. Air resistance/air density: The reduced air density at high altitudes results in a lowered flow resistance, and this has a significant effect on times achieved in sports, such as throwing events, sprints, cycling or skiing where great speed is involved. A number of precautions are also needed in altitude training. The water vapour pressure of the air: Since water vapour pressure declines significantly at higher altitudes, the air we breathe needs to be moistened more – especially when there is also a lower ambient temperature. Otherwise our mucous membranes will dry out. Apart from this we need to drink more – a shortage of water can lead to a thickening of the blood. Radiation: The body needs to be protected against higher radiation levels, especially in the ultraviolet range. Purity of the air: Lower levels of air pollution are frequently found at higher altitudes. From 1300 metres upward, there are no longer any allergens in the air. The “sleep low, train high” method: A very effective method for endurance sports in particular, where 500 m is the level for sleeping and with training at around 1500 m, to achieve a positive change in the oxygen transport capacity and in the oxygen utilisation rate of the musculature.

Whether up on the heights or down in the valley – training is doubly effective in Zillertal because of the very high benefits it brings.



What training aspects are currently changing? Can existing peak performances still be improved? Markus Kröll: Further enormous training improvements are likely with the support of an appropriate staff of specialists. But all this will only be sustainable when you also relax in addition to the intensive training. Performance is not an exclusively physical issue; the psychological aspect plays an enormous part in how you can perform at a specific time. A stressed mind is not likely to succeed in this process.


Armin Wierer: Training consulting and planning still has a very big potential – not only for competitive athletes, but also for the very broad numbers of sports enthusiasts and hobby athletes. Dr. Holger Broich: I expect to see some very big leaps in the performance over the next few years. Research is making a lot of contributions here and we are only just beginning to integrate all the new knowledge into training. It will be especially in the various long-term observations made in perspective-based research that we can expect to see dramatic data emerge over the next 10 to 15 years. However, when you look back on football history for 10 or 15 years, you are shocked by the low standard of development in performance diagnostics and the way clubs and players were training in those days. Compared with the scientific methods of today, there’s a world of difference.

Does altitude also help against illness? Armin Wierer: There are various illnesses that respond very well to a stay at a high altitude and to the increased respiration rates this produces: these include high blood pressure, various lung diseases or skin complaints, such as neurodermititis or diabetes. Altitude can only be an accompanying therapy here though of course it never replaces continuing medical treatment. The tree line that occurs in the Alps at around 2,300 meters indicates low allergen levels for tree, grass and mould spores from that point on, and also lower levels of dust, soot and exhaust gases, which means the air is much cleaner. This can be very good for many people suffering from illnesses that are the result of allergies.

What part does the landscape play in training? Dr. Holger Broich: We have ideal conditions in Zillertal, both in the valley below and up in the mountains, and despite the intensity of the trainings we very much enjoy being out and about in nature, the good air and the mountains. The conditions are optimal all around. Armin Wierer: The atmosphere also plays a big role for top sports people and it has a positive effect on motivation. Markus has just mentioned what a sheer avalanche of a workload must be dealt with, and there’s no doubt about it, this is all a lot easier and much more fun in the right atmosphere. Markus Kröll: That’s true; it makes an immense difference whether you’re training in a wonderful mountain terrain or in a training centre where you can scarcely even see out of the windows. I always try to train out of doors as often as I can. Holger Broich: Together with the players, we really enjoy being in Zillertal and life outdoors in nature and the mountains. Today we rode the mountain bikes to Mayrhofen in regeneration training – and this put us in a great mood. The players consider the environment here in Zell in Zillertal very relaxing and attractive. This is a quality of life you simply do not find in Leverkusen in this form. We enjoy this quality of life, and it’s something that makes it a lot easier for us to put up with another week in the training camp. //

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Thin air for solid characters

These days, anyone can benefit from altitude training. Professional athletes have long known about the positive effects of thin mountain air in achieving improved performance – now it is the amateurs in sport who are discovering the healthy effect altitude has in improving fitness. Photos: Tommy Bause

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First the good news: Everyone benefits from a stay at a high altitude, no matter whether you are doing a hard workout or just enjoying the view. This is because ever since the AMAS-2000 Study by the Innsbruck high altitude medicine expert Dr. Wolfgang Schobersberger was published, science and the world at large have known what a great effect a stay of several weeks in regions located at heights between 500 and 2500 meters can have on the human organism. This is the optimal height for hiking and biking. Altitude training is an especially favoured method today in preparing for competitions, especially for endurance athletes, because it is as natural as it is effective. That is why ever more mountain bikers are flocking to Zillertal to enjoy all the challengingly steep climbs and fast downhill runs plus the undeniable biological benefit of the mountains: the adjustment of the body to a high altitude. This is also why the training opportunities available on the Hintertuxer Glacier for snowboarders and skiers are so extraordinarily efficient. This acclimatisation process brings a wide range of effects. For example, a fast weight reduction. A recent study from the University of Munich has illustrated this. The researchers sent 20 overweight men to spend a week in the mountain laboratory at an altitude of 2600 metres. All of the test candidates ate normally, exercised normally and still lost weight. Each candidate lost approx. 1.5 kilos and the effect of their weight loss continued for four weeks after their vacation. What this means for visitors to Zillertal is that simply being here does them good and their bodies thank them for this with an improved metabolism. Altitude training is a special type of physical adjustment. Air pressure falls with increasing altitude, the air is thinner and athletes who


are not used to this begin to gasp. The body reacts automatically because less oxygen is being taken in with each breath and less is reaching the blood as a result: it produces more red blood cells so that more oxygen molecules can dock on and the muscles will be better supplied. This process works on the organism like a new training stimulus and provides athletes with more power for competitions. Optimal fitness is the key to success today and this fitness is what the Olympic gold medallist in mountain biking, Bart Brentjens, and his TREK mountain bike racing team treat themselves to in Zillertal (see box page 34). They find the perfect conditions for their training programme here. Apart from the many tracks that are great for improving their riding abilities, the mountains all around provide altitude, while the hotels have the right nutrition and relaxing zones. The cyclists can pedal their way to acclimatisation and afterwards have outstanding regeneration opportunities. Because, of course, the passive part of the training is just as important. Specialists in sports medicine believe that high altitude air also helps the injury recovery process because it accelerates healing. It is clear that there are many reasons for athletes to go up into the mountains. �As a team, we make intensive use of the altitude training in Zillertal, because back home in the low-lying Netherlands we can often find ourselves cycling below sea level�, coach and team chief Brentjens says.

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“Sleep low, train high” is the ideal training method

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The Zillertal Bike Challenge When a race of the “Zillertal Bike Challenge” class calls, every serious sports enthusiast must be thoroughly fit. However much you love the heights and their spectacular views, conquering the mountains can be unimaginably tough, and they rarely forgive any weakness. That is why everyone should make sure they start with altitude training


well before the big event. There are various strategies for this: Stay-at-homes can hire a mobile oxygen tent and spend their nights in it, preparing themselves for the coming challenges of altitudes and storming the heights. This can be seen as the passive variant. Active training in the altitude chamber is the alternative, and various universi-

ties and institutes in Austria and Germany offer this technology. This is the active variant. Or you can simply make your way to Zillertal a few days earlier and get to know the conditions there first hand. This is the holistic and sustainable variant, because it involves a mixture of methods that are also great for the mind. //

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TREK-Brentjens Mountain Bike Racing Team: When the guys assembled around the team chief, manager and coach Bart Brentjens (42/NL) line up at the start, they want to win. And that is exactly what they do all the time, no matter who among them comes in first – one for all and all for one. This is how the gold medal icon from the Atlanta Olympics and bronze winner in Athens motivates his team for the coming competitions in the saddle. At this year’s Zillertal Bike Challenge, the international crew will again be thrusting back the altitude metres: Frank Beemer (23/NL), Irjan Luttenberg (22/NL), Jelmer Pietersma (28/NL), Jukka Vastarante (27/ FIN), Lukas Kaufman (23/CH) and Tim Wynants (23/B).

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About those who set out to learn the meaning of fear It is rock-hard and definitely a no-go for legs with soft calves: The Zillertal Bike Challenge takes place from 1-3 July, 2011. Whoever wants to be crowned “Queen” or “King” of the mountains in the third installation of these events must deal with over 200 kilometres linear distance and upwards of 10 kilometres in height over three days. Last year saw 285 starters from 15 nations who set off on their bikes into the unknown, far and wide across Zillertal. The route took these knights of the pedals to extremely steep ascents and immensely fast downhill sections to a last gigantic peak of effort – the spectacular final climb on the Hintertuxer Glacier, where the athletes had to cope with the maximum climbs of up to 23 percent, which as every year ended with quite a number dropping out. Pushing, however, is nothing to be ashamed of, it is just the price of the challenge, and whoever is satisfied simply with the “Princess” or “Prince” title for now can pedal towards this too. The separately evaluated event “Conqueror of the Ice” going up to 2660 metres has its own trophy and prize money totalling 15,000 euros for the victors. Note: event registration at


Days of the Open Valley 4–5 June 2011 Experience spring at its most beautiful – in the midst of paradise.


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Whether you are biking, hiking or discovering all the many unique excursion destinations in Zillertal, the highlights for every taste are guaranteed. And these are pleasures that you can experience free during the Days of the Open Valley! Zillertal opens up with a spectacular mountain summer event that spreads across the whole valley on 4 and 5 June, 2011. A two-day events firework with countless attractions for the entire family awaits you. Our tip: Be sure to reserve your room and vouchers folder* in good time, this event is not to be missed!

All the Zillertal highlights are free when you use your vouchers folder* ! • Free travel with the Zillertal Railway, including the steam train (not valid for groups) • Free travel up and down the mountain with all the cable lifts for the Spieljochbahn, Zeller Bergbahn, Gerlossteinbahn, Ramsberglift, Penkenbahn and the Finkenberger Almbahnen • Free entrance to all the Zillertal outdoor swimming pools (Fügen, Stumm, Zell am Ziller, Hippach, Mayrhofen, Finkenberg) and to the Schlitters bathing lake. • Free entrance to the local history museum in Fügen, the regional museum Zell, and the Strasser House in Mayrhofen • Free entrance to the fire works show and green power station FeuerWerk HolzErlebnisWelt in Fügen (only on 4 June 2011)

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Additional highlights • The big mountain party on 5 June 2011 at the Spieljochbahn cable car station: musical entertainment, free use of the children’s climbing garden, including guided tours and guided hikes • Climbing practice with trained guides on the new 12 m high climbing tower in the centre of Gerlos. Date: Saturday, 4 June, 2011 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. • Take a musical stroll on 4 June 2011 to Ginzling with Andy Sporer; meeting point at Mayrhofen station at 10:30 am. • Peak meeting at Penkenjoch in Finkenberg on 4 and 5 June, 2011: Zillertal music and real Zillertal specialties at the Penkentenne and at Christa’s Skialm (starting at noon); Alpine herb walks (10:00 am, noon and 2:00 pm)

• Visit the Mayrhofen Alpine dairy and the Feldishütte distillery free of charge • Visit the spectacular Schlegeisstaumauer dam and Zillertal Alps Nature Park headquarters free of charge • Visit the Spannagelhöhle caves and the natural ice palace in the Hintertuxer Glacier free of charge

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*available from April 2011 from Zillertal Tourismus GmbH in Schlitters and from the tourist offices in Fügen, Zell-Gerlos, Mayrhofen, Finkenberg and Tux. Subject to change without notice.


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The Family Card for a relaxing vacation filled with adventure and activity The Zillertal Activcard It has now achieved cult status and makes life on holiday so amazingly easy – the Zillertal Activcard. With the card in your pocket or rucksack, you can go up a mountain every day by gondola and back down again if you wish. And this is the way up – fast and vertical: 12 different cable cars and lifts all offering free travel. The Zillertal Activcard also goes a long way on flat ground. What a great way to travel when you take the Zillertal Railway from Jenbach to Mayrhofen and return. This is a wonderful train ride through a magnificent landscape and you can get out at any of the 17 stations and stops along the route to explore the area. And if you are not in an exploring mood, simply sit back and enjoy a unique journey along the Zillers. Since the Zillertal Activcard opens the door to so many ways to experience nature and so many sights to see, we offered the Wyss family from Switzerland the chance to spend a real family week with us, during which each family member could spontaneously choose to do whatever they fancied for a day.


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Sports & Leisure A different kind of Mother‘s Day – up and away with the Finkenberger Almbahnen Geraldine: A real SuperMom who can tell her loved ones‘ wishes just by looking in their eyes, and since those eyes always shine when they gaze up to the mountains, the first tour on this sunny morning leads up to the Finkenberger Almbahnen. Into the gondola and up to the Penkenjoch. The hiking is grand up at the top, and after a small interlude with wild strawberries and some cute marmots, the trip goes back down by cable car to Mayrhofen where the next attraction waits – last stop Zillertal Railway.

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... for a short hike

Things are never boring on the mountain. The only problem is deciding whether to climb, have something to drink or go for a swing.


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The train between Jenbach and Mayrhofen is always running, and it has plenty of room for bikes. In a hop, skip and a jump, we’re at our destination in Ramsau-Hippach

Children‘s Day: With the Zillertal Railway to the Zillertal bicycle path Lara: The little bundle of energy has two favourite things these days: Riding on trains and bicycling. No problem there; it only takes a minute to rent the bike and load it onto the train. Then the conductor blows his whistle, the locomotive toots, and the trip begins. First stop: RamsauHippach! Everybody out and off to the Zillertal bike path. Who is that out in front? Lara, of course. With her helmet, gloves and strong legs, she takes the lead. The bike ride makes everybody hungry, so it’s a good thing there are so many nice restaurants in Zillertal where you can stop and rest along the way. Mom and Dad like all those natural products!

Lara pedal‘s out front and finds a nice inn for a bite to eat – Julia thinks it tasted great


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Break: If you snooze you lose? That‘s ridiculous. When you relax a bit, you gather up energy for your next activity. That works well with a bowl of cheese spaetzle. Kids love it because they can run out to the slide between bites, attack the monkey bars, or do whatever comes to mind. The main thing is to keep moving which is the whole purpose of the Zillertal Activcard. There will be time enough to sit still when school starts!

Julia is practicing with Mom already on the balancing beam, and Dad tries out the half-pipe at the adventure playground in Schlitters


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“Father‘s Day” at the outdoor pool Fernando: A true beach boy, he hears the call of the water, and since he knows how much his mermaids enjoy a good splash, the family bikes on to Schlitters. On previous days, equipped with water wings and an inflatable seahorse, they enjoyed the swimming facilities in Stumm and had fun at the aqua park in Fügen. Today, the swimming lake in Schlitters is on the agenda, at a discount with the Zillertal Activcard. It has its own creek, an attractive café, and you can buy giant popsicles! Lara can hardly believe it; but little Julia doesn’t get excited about all that slurping. Even when everyone else is raising a ruckus, she’d rather count sheep and stars. Her big event is still to come. Since she is fascinated by the moon, after they are done with the large playground everybody makes their way to the planetarium in Königsleiten.

Nothing is more refreshing than a dip in cool water.

Except for a supersized popsicle!


The best time for a balancing act is while the sun is setting over the lake

Julia and Lara are looking forward to the stars and the man in the moon

Children‘s Day at the Königsleiten Planetarium Do you know how many stars are in the sky? Do you? Well, the Königsleiten planetarium does and every day a few more are added as the scientists look deeper into the depths of the universe. But Julia is only interested in the moon and can almost reach out and touch it, it seemed so close. Everybody is pretty impressed by the pictures, and since it’s so warm, the Wyss family spends the balmy summer night outside on the balcony below the starry heavens. And on that night everybody sleeps deeply, dreaming of their recent adventures and gathering ideas for their next original family outing. The Zillertal Activcard offers so many possibilities that a single holiday is hardly enough. The only solution is to extend, come back again, or both. //

ActivCar Between 28 May 2011 and 16 October 2011 (last day of validity), the Zillertal Activcard is the perfect companion for anyone wishing to explore the valley from top to bottom. It’s your ticket for 11 cable cars as well as an admission and discount ticket for many excursion destinations. Includes: • One ascent and descent daily on one of 11 cable cars of your choice • Free admission to all 6 open-air pools (1 visit per day) • Free use of most public transport (with the exception of the steam train) • Admission to the Königsleiten Observatory (+ Planetarium) • At least a 10% discount at numerous • Partners in and around Zillertal For more information visit


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Adventure specialist Anna and her guide Dominik in the fresh water of the Tuxbachklamm


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Activities from A–Z ”A“ as in action, ”Z“ as in Zillertal. In Zillertal, you‘ll find more outdoor sports than almost anywhere in the world. Spread out over several hotspots, everyone can burn off their adrenaline as they see fit.

We spent a day with Anna, a talented Zillertal vacationer and action lover: exploring Zillertal from the air, in the water and on the mountain, probing personal limits and feeling the thrill of outdoor life. The choices weren’t easy with the wide variety of options: In addition to classic attractions such as mountain biking and hiking, mountain climbing and enjoying nature, the adventure specialists in Zillertal offer an entire range of activities. Anna decided on an intense day in the mountains and took the gondola in the morning from Fügen up to the Spieljoch. At 1,800 metres, she met her chosen pilot for a first bird‘s-eye view of Zillertal.

Anna in the air The eagle is first among birds: The king of the air oversees his mountainous Tyrolean terrain and reveals his majesty while sharing the heavens with humans. A good updraft is needed for the eagle to soar, and Zillertal offers perfect thermals for parachuting, hang-gliding and paragliding. Anna chooses the latter since the comparatively smooth flight in a seated position nevertheless inspires a lightness of being above the treetops and azure sky. Whether you’re seeking to expand your horizons, experience the freedom of the eagle or just fly around a bit, you’ll fulfil your dreams with a tandem flight: The pilot steers the sail safely through the gusts of wind, and you’ll be speechless at first because your heart will be pounding so fiercely from the elevated experience. Once you come back to earth you’ll feel the rush of endorphins, and the thrill of flight will bubble over in a torrent of words; but Anna has no time

for this. The next event is already waiting. Our brave athlete heads for the high ropes course in Gerlos. Anna, fresh from gliding above the trees, now climbs around between them. Secured with reliable safety equipment, but without a safety net or double floor. If you want to pretend you’re Tarzan a guide will show you how to fly through the trees like an acrobat. Climbing about between the tree trunks doesn‘t require much practice or special techniques. The whole point is to have fun swinging and climbing around above ground. After playing with ropes, our protagonist is definitely ready to cool off because the day is heating up. A heated outdoor swimming pool (of which Zillertal has a few) is just the thing for warm water buffs and real nature lovers prefer the small and pristine lakes. But if you really want a unique burst of refreshment, try jumping into a wet gorge.

Swimming in the streambed These days people call it canyoning, and Tux is one of the top destinations for those seeking icy thrills. The glacier water shoots almost frozen through the rocky narrows, thundering many feet down to the depths. Then it pauses and collects in glass-clear pools, only to surge again towards the cliffs, carving its path and plunging Anna through thousand-year-old troughs. A thick neoprene wetsuit insulates against the cold, protects against scrapes and provides just the right amount of slipperiness. The big highlight of the guided expedition through the bubbling and splashing streambed: A freefall ending in a big splash. The first jump may take a bit of courage, but the fun is in the foreground the second

time around. When your face submerges in the cold water, it will take your breath away in a burst of excitement. An adrenaline rush!

Climbing with carabiners Thus refreshed, Anna immediately sought the next challenge. And what is more enticing than a via feratta? These climbing aids on the bare cliff enable the layperson to experience the joys of mountain climbing like Peter Habeler. Including thrills, focused concentration, minor acts of exertion and unforgettable moments of contemplation. What‘s the catch? Well, there are two. The climbers carry the carabiners attached to their belt around their hips and secure them to the steel cables bordering the path and to ladders and bridges. Wherever the narrow path goes along the cliff, safety comes first followed by adventure. The length and difficulty of the different climbing routes vary according to the different skill levels of the sports enthusiasts. To make everybody happy at their own level, Zillertal offers a wide range of vacation options which are all strictly supervised. If the layperson to does not trust his own ability, a professional climbing guide is there to help along the way and will offer a helping hand if the next step seems impossible. Anna experienced excitement in four different ways on this day, and along the way, she fell in love with Zillertal. She can‘t really say exactly when it happened, but as the sun was setting, she could hardly wait for tomorrow with its new adventures. First rafting, then eagle watching, then a hike on ice, everything is possible in Zillertal.


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9:00 Anna starts running on a sloped mountain meadow ...

The softest landing in the world

... and lands softly in the green valley


David Stock always lands on his feet. Especially when descending from the open sky, since the world champion and record holder in paragliding is simply the best. In his own words: “We don‘t jump off cliffs,“ he says smiling. “That‘s the first thing that everybody always wants to know. We run down a slope about 10 to 20 metres long, and then we are airborne.“ Paragliding is the gentle form of flying; no leaps into the abyss, no flights off a ramp. Just a few running steps are enough to launch one into a whole new world. Zillertal has always been considered a Mecca of bright sails against the blue. Enthusiasts travel from far and wide to the green slopes enclosing the wide valley and launch from the meadows into the carefree sky. Flights can last 20 minutes to several hours depending on the starting height, winds and weight of the passenger. “The first flight is generally very exciting for the guest flying in tandem; the trick is to relax,“ states the experienced pilot. David Stock also offers training, and whoever wants to experience the fresh air of Zillertal from various heights can undergo at least the basic training including theory during the holiday. When you’ve had enough of gliding for a day you can pull up a seat and watch the antics of experienced pilots. On the wings of a thermal, you soar high in the air in grace-

David Jürgen Stock

ful spirals. You glide over cows down below, small patches of turbulence shoot the tandem frame higher, the pilot and string puller guide the inflated sail along the desired flight path, and before the passenger knows it, he’s sitting down once again, this time after a soft landing on the grass. “Grandparents, parents and kids all fly with us,“ says David. Mountain climbers invented paragliding. After a challenging climb to the top, they did not want to sacrifice their feeling of exaltation to a tiring descent and converted the experience into a new type of pleasure, making the dream of flying come true for everyone.

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CONTACT Stocky Air – David Jürgen Stock Bichl 484 A-6284 Ramsau i. Zillertal Phone: +43 5282 3786 Mobile: +43 664 3407976 Fax: +43 5282 3786 – 2 E-mail:


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In the high ropes course in Gerlos, your guide Christian demonstrates the antics of the rope dance... as you swing and sway from one station to the next.

Swinging through the trees The pamper pole is quite a thrill. “Guests have had tears in their eyes up there,“ explains Michael Staudacher, the man pulling the ropes. In Gerlos, he was struck with the idea of building a high ropes course. Now anyone can swing to their heart‘s content between the tall spruces. The complete course takes about four hours over 25 stations toward the goals, Jacob‘s ladder and the pamper pole. Both challenges boost the adrenaline level up a notch. Although the guide makes a point of emphasising


teamwork, everyone climbs the pole of truth alone. It rises a dizzying 9 metres in the air, and the trick is to stand on the top of the pole. Of course, the cable is tight and secure; safety comes before courage according to the strict rules governing the balancing act in the Gerlos forest. Nevertheless, the height plays tricks on your mind. It‘s amazing what a few metres will do, explains Michael, who knows what he‘s talking about. The final and, of course, voluntary jump from the tree of knowledge

is preceded by four fun-filled hours jumping around and swinging through the treetops. The high ropes acrobats brave it out across suspended planks, swinging stirrups, climb across wide-mesh nets and from loop to loop. “The secret is body tension. If you stay alert and don‘t dangle too much in the ropes, you will do just fine,“ says Michael. Generally, children even do better than their parents. Yet those who have difficulty navigating the ropes have no cause for alarm; a guide is always there

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ConTACT to help the visitors along, and the clock ticks a lot more slowly in the forest. When you want to take a break you can rest on one of the platforms or head all the way down to the ground. With the flying fox. It would be hard to pack more Indiana Jones into a single day.

Bergaktiv Michael Staudacher Gerlos 173 A-6281 Gerlos Mobile: +43 664 1826755 Fax: +43 5284 5631 E-mail:


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King of the canyon: Dominik exults and Anna enjoys the sun before her jump in the emerald green pool. The big event is preceded by drifting along in a helmet and inch-thick wetsuit.

Gorgeous gorges “Canyoning is a revelation of nature because climbing through a ravine lets you see things that normally remain hidden,“ says Roman Erler. The imposing man radiates an ocean of calm as he recounts the geological treasures of Zillertal: “In Tux, we are located at a tectonic interface. In addition to primeval rock deposits of granite and gneiss, the mountains also contain marble such as rare black marble. The falling water washes out the limestone, and the sand that is carried along grinds away the rock. During the last ice age, this created wonderful natural bridges, rock windows and circular basins in the gorges. The agenda is always tailored to the desires and ability of the guests. Those who wish to rappel down a gorge and swing


through a waterfall on the end of a metre long rope like Indiana Jones have come to the right place. Those who wish to jump like Tarzan from a thrilling height into a pool of glass-clear water 10-12°C, can go right ahead. And those who are not adrenaline junkies and just want to splash around with their family in a different sort of environment have also come to the right place. “We have the right canyon for every activity. Some are wide and sunny like the Bärenbachl, and others are pretty narrow and steep like the Tuxbachklamm. For every activity, having fun is the main thing. Most visitors are so fascinated by the natural beauty of this hidden world that they want to become immersed in it,“ says Erler.

In the mid-90s, he started to systematically research the outlying areas of Zillertal and discovered caves. He climbed into glacial fissures and opened up a new world of ice to humans. When you climb into a gorge for the first time you may be surprised about the equipment since you have to bundle up against the cold and wet. Long underwear to keep you warm, a wetsuit on top to keep the water out and warmth in, socks and a ski beanie round out the equipment. Suddenly, jumping into a stream of water that is fresh off the glacier is not as bad as it seems!

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CONTACT Natursport TIROL Roman Erler Lanersbach 376 A-6293 Tux Phone: +43 5287 87287 Mobile: +43 676 3070000 Fax: +43 5287 87238 E-mail:


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CO n t a c t Mountain Sports Zillertal
 Bernhard Neumann Hauptstraße 456 A-6290 Mayrhofen Mobile: +43 664 3120266
 Fax: +43 5285 62986 E-mail: Anna‘s confidence is up, and she climbs the Zimmereben via ferrata with her guide, Dieter


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The climbing song with the high “C” Anyone can climb. Climbing is a basic instinct in humans. Kids love to climb. A lot of adults like to climb as well; they climb façades or vertical cliffs, they scale climbing walls in buildings or under the open sky. Generally, everybody climbs alone. This does not have to be the case, and via ferratas can help. “Via ferratas allow a lot more people to have direct access to mountains; friends and family can go together and have fun,“ says Bernhard Neumann. When he was just a child, he climbed around with his father in the mountains. Today as a mountain guide, he accompanies ambitious climbers as well as the cautious. “Fear of heights is often a topic of discussion before tours, and anxious guests are surprised to find out that their fear is nothing more than a healthy respect of height and does not represent a hindrance on the via ferrata,“ states the hardy mountaineer. In Mayrhofen, there are four via ferratas, two easy ones (Hunterlander and Knorren), one difficult one (Zimmereben) and one that is really difficult (Nasenwand). Equipped with the right climbing equipment consisting of a helmet, climbing belt with carabiners, and gloves, we are ready to go. The way leads upward, sometimes steep, then over ladders or rungs, sometimes over level terrain, and then along the cable, always secured in two ways so that nobody can fall. The only thing that puts a damper on the fun is overconfidence. “Those who are not familiar with the routine or equipment should practice with easy climbing,“ says Neumann. Climbing is classified into different levels of difficulty, and this applies to the via ferrata as well. An important distinction is between level “C“ and “D“. Level “C“ primarily requires leg strength; they keep the body erect step-by-step up the mountain, and you use your arms for holding on. If the route is rated “D“, good arm strength is required; a lot of arm work is involved in the climb. All this by way of information. The focus of the via ferrata is enjoying the experience of the mountain. “With beginners, we climb the Hunterlander tour. With the advanced climbers, we climbed the Zimmereben route. Everyone meets afterwards at the inn to chat. Everybody has fun,“ says Bernhard Neumann. //

The steel cable runs across the face leading our duo up to the top

Room with a view: Is there a nicer place to take a break, safe and high above the world?

Via ferrata specialist Bernhard Baumann



Julia Schneeberger of the four-star hotel “Alpin Spa Tuxerhof“ swears by the green bounty of Zillertal – fresh hay to your hearts content



e T he Alpin paradox

Hay-fed cows make the world a happy place Almost everyone in Zillertal offers milk from hay-fed cows and enthusiastically promotes the concept of healthy, organic regional products. Exactly how this works is illustrated by an example of a tasty and typical “hay milk“ menu. Bon appétit!

In Zillertal, the patented name of “hay milk“ which sounds so cutting-edge and trendy today has been the norm forever: Farmers feed their cattle grass and hay, and the lowland and alpine dairies manufacture a host of products from the pure milk. Residents and guests enjoy the tasty yoghurt, cheeses and cottage cheese. Then products began to be traded on an international scale on ships, airplanes and trucks, and now everyone can enjoy products from everywhere. This is a good thing, but it is sad when hometown specialties fall by the wayside. Many businesses in Zillertal therefore looked to their own roots and launched a sudden aboutface. “The products are honest and genuine and therefore get served on the table,“ says Julia Schneeberger. Together with her husband Willi and daughter Andrea, she runs the four-star Hotel “Alpin Spa Tuxerhof“ in Tux. “The products made of hay milk taste good in addition to offering superior purity and quality, and they‘re also healthier for you. Everyone wants that when they are on holiday!“ The dynamic hotel manager is enthusiastic about her hay milk mission, and her zeal leads her to acquaint those around her of the advantages of local goods made from hay milk. One of the first was her kitchen chef, Alexander Hönigsberger.

At home in exclusive kitchens around the world, he was used to preparing exotic dishes with exotic ingredients.

Nature in all its purity at the doorstep But then Julia Schneeberger introduced hay milk at the hotel, and since that time, things have changed. “I know that Argentinean beef is very good, but so is the meat from cattle fed with hay. Consequently, the ingredients for our menu do not have to travel across half the globe since they are right outside our door.“ In addition to economic considerations, “hay milk“ has a cultural and natural angle. After all, Zillertal has its own rich cultural heritage which is primarily derived from the labour of farmers. If they are not able to earn enough through agriculture, the farms and mountain pastures will die out, the fields of flowers and cows will disappear, and the valley will lose an important part of its identity. If the cultural landscape disappears, the forest would gradually take over and return to a wild state. Nature could become dangerous from the lack of a natural avalanche barrier. Does healthy “hay milk“ have the potential to prevent such a scenario?

Who invented it? The people from Zillertal. Years ago, scientists investigated the reason why Alpine farmers were so healthy even though they had a limited diet rich in fat. Cheese is the reason, especially hard Alpine cheese. The milk used in this cheese comes from cows in Alpine meadows, and the lipids from such “hay milk” possesses a substantially higher amount of omega-3 fatty acids than milk from the udders of their flatland sisters. Similar to olive oil or fish oil, the right cheese can protect you against cardiovascular disease if you pursue a healthy lifestyle. Various scientific studies came to the same conclusion: Milk makes the cheese. Milk from fresh summer grass and dry winter hay gives cheese its healthy character. Products with “hay milk” on the label are healthier, and the Alpine dairies in Zillertal only use this high-quality milk. Both humans and animals are thereby ensured a long, healthy life.

A still-life of hay milk for breakfast: Cheese, milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese and more



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“In any case, hay milk helped raise people‘s awareness in Zillertal,“ says Matthias Danninger of the high-elevation nature park, Zillertaler Alpen (see box, page 61). This summer, over 200 businesses will offer their guests superior products made of hay milk, and more businesses are joining the fold. The product line continues to grow: The Zillertal Alpine dairy in Mayrhofen, something of an attraction in itself, uses nothing but old-school milk and is always inventing new cheeses or refining its classic ones. The same is true of colleagues in Schlitters at the Zillertal Alpine Cheese Dairy, as well as the Zillertal Hay Milk Alpine Dairy in Fügen, the BergSenn in Ried and the alpine dairy in Zell.

The kitchen crew of the Tuxerhof (from left to right): Eva Geisler, Martin Hasemann, Chef Alexander Hönigsberger, Andrea Weidenauer, Bettina Klausner and Jelena Gligorijgvic

co n t a c t Hotel Alpin Spa Tuxerhof Julia & Willi Schneeberger Vorderlanersbach 80 A-6293 Tux i. Zillertal Phone:: +43 5287 8511 Fax: +43 5287 851150 E-mail:


This dedication has also borne fruit in culinary matters. The regional culture is developing in leaps and bounds wherever hay milk is

being creatively refined: “We are starting to see guests who make a point of visiting us due to our healthy regional cuisine and say that local products taste so good that they buy cheese from the Alpine dairies for the home trip,“ says Julia Schneeberger. On the following pages Chef Alexander Hönigsberger and his team will reveal the details of one of their festive hay milk menus at the Tuxerhof hotel. Just how wonderful it tastes can be experienced in a visit to Zillertal. And if you don‘t want to wait, strap on your apron and play around with the five delightful courses designed to please the palate of any hay milk gourmet. Don‘t have any of the original ingredients? “It‘ll still taste good,“ say the residents of Zillertal; just pick up the ingredients the next time you‘re in the area on holiday. //

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The simple secret of hay milk: Out in the meadows, the cows eat grass from spring to fall. After they are driven down from the alpine meadows and return to the stall in September and October, they eat loose, air-dried hay, perhaps with a bit of grain as concentrated feed. This is where hay milk comes from. Businesses that display the hay milk seal of approval produce food products based on strict criteria and offer foods with natural quality. To obtain this seal, the businesses promise to use local products. They thereby enhance the regional economy and prevent a negative balance of energy from the transportation of goods.

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Matthias Danninger and Nina Oestreich from the Alpine nature reserve Zillertaler Alpen present the restored barn in Brandberg.

Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke - hay, hay, hay Not all meadows are equal: Some are called pastures, and that is where cattle graze from spring through fall every year. As long as the weather permits the animals to be kept outside and there are enough plants to feed them, the cows, sheep and goats are outdoors, feasting on food served freshly by mother nature. It‘s wonderful to watch this on the many expansive Alpine pastures. There are also extremely green spaces here, the so-called alpine hay meadows. They grow steeply along the mountainside with a beautiful lush green from a distance and brilliant colours up close. Their flower variety is truly overwhelming; the Alpine biodiversity is pure poetry. Hundreds of different grasses and flowers are thriving on each of these slopes, releasing an extraordinary scent. But the best is yet to come: Even when the farmer cuts the long stems during the first, second or third mowing, these plants retain their energy and can pass it on later as hay. “That‘s why the hay on these meadows is so good for the animals“, say Nina Oestreich and Matthias Danninger from the Alpine nature reserve Zillertaler Alpen. They really appreciate the commitment by the farmers who even today continue to go to the trouble of mowing the steep slopes. A permanent exhibit inside a restored barn at the town entrance of Brandberg illustrates how much this work means to the entire ecosystem. This is accompanied by the “Alpine Hay Meadow Hike“ in Brandberg.

The tour guide Franz Haun shows his guests all of the field flowers and introduces them to nature‘s treasures.




Mildly seasoned natural yogh urt in a parsley aspic sh ell. Wild salmon marinated in buttermilk with a sliced butter brioch e

Savoury yoghurt terrine in parsley aspic Ingredients for the parsley aspic Ingredients: 1/2 bunch parsley 1/2 litre vegetable stock 10 leaves gelatine Preparation: Pick the parsley leaves from the stems, blanch them, refresh with ice water and chop finely. Mix with the vegetable stock, strain and heat slightly. Soak the gelatine in cold water and stir into the heated parsley stock. Pour onto a foil-lined baking sheet and chill. Ingredients for the yoghurt terrine Ingredients: 250 ml yoghurt 250 ml whipped cream 40 g sour cream 6 leaves gelatine 1 pc. lemon (organic or untreated) 1 tbsp parsley (finely chopped) Salt and ground pepper Preparation: Combine the yoghurt and sour cream with the parsley. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Soak the gelatine in plenty of cold water; dissolve it and stir into the yoghurt mix. Then fold in the whipped cream. Line the terrine pan with the parsley aspic. Fill with yoghurt mix. Chill for about three hours, then flip the terrine pan and remove.

Salmon in buttermilk marinade Ingredients: 2 pcs. salmon filet (bones removed) 1/2 bunch parsley 1/2 bunch chives 1/2 bunch dill 1 pinch of pickling salt 1/2 tbsp salt 1 pc. grated orange (organic or untreated) 1 pc. grated lemon (organic or untreated) 1 clove garlic (finely sliced) 50 g ginger (finely chopped) 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds 10 pcs. juniper berries 1/2 tsp white pepper (coarsely chopped) 250 ml buttermilk Preparation: Chop herbs into medium-coarse pieces and combine into an herb mixture with all of the listed ingredients. Line the work surface with cling wrap. Place some of the marinade (herb mixture) on the foil, top with fish filets, cover with marinade and wrap tightly in foil. Place the filets on a baking sheet, weigh them down with another baking sheet and marinade for about a week in the refrigerator. Cut into thin slices to serve.



1st course

Inspiration of grey ch eese with sweet dum plings and grape jelly

Cheese soup Ingredients: 1 onion 50 g butter (alpine dairy butter/hay milk) 750 ml beef soup 100 to 150 g grey cheese (hay milk) 250 ml sweet cream (whipping cream) Croutons Chives Preparation: Sauté the finely chopped onion in butter, sprinkle with flour and pour in the beef soup. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the grey cheese in small pieces and simmer for another ten minutes. Puree the soup, refine with the cream and season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with croutons and chives.

Jam buns Ingredients: 600 g flour 1 cube yeast 100 g butter 100 g sugar about 1/4 l milk Salt 1 package vanilla sugar Lemon juice 2 eggs Oil for the pan Preparation: Mix the yeast with sugar and a teaspoon of flour, add a little lukewarm milk and blend until smooth. Let it rise for approx. 15 minutes (“starter dough“). Mix the flour, salt and vanilla sugar in a bowl. Add all ingredients, including the starter dough, and mix until it has a smooth consistency. Cover and let it rise. Tear off small pieces of dough and shape into small dumplings with the filling in the centre. Dip in oil and place in a well-oiled pan. Put into a cold oven and bake for about 40-50 minutes at 200 °C.


Grape jelly Ingredients: 1 kg white grapes 200 g small red grapes 1 l dry white wine (Riesling) 500 g jam sugar (2 parts fruit, 1 part sugar) 1 pinch ground cloves Preparation: Wash the grapes and pluck from stems. Heat the green grapes and wine in a pot until they boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Let it cool off in the wine. Cover a bowl with a sieve lined with a fresh cloth. Pour in the grapes and drain. Twist and press the cloth until no juice is left. Add enough water to the juice for a volume of 900 ml. Cut the red grapes into quarters and remove any seeds. Mix the grape juice, grapes, jam sugar and cloves in a pot over high heat to the boiling point. Lower to medium heat and boil for 4 minutes. Test the jelly. Fill the jelly into jars rinsed with hot water, cover with twist-off lids and seal. Place the jars upside down for 5 minutes so the fruit distributes evenly, then flip and allow to cool off.



2nd course Creamy red beet risotto with fresh goat ch eese and brook trout filet fried in clarified butter

Fried brook trout filet with turmeric sauce Ingredients: 5 pcs brook trout filet 50 g bread crumbs 50 g butter Lemon, salt and ground pepper, juice from one lemon Preparation: Debone trout filets, season with lemon juice, salt and pepper, coat with bread crumbs and fry on both sides in olive oil.

Turmeric sauce Ingredients: Approx. 50 g onions Approx. 10 g butter 1 clove garlic 1 tbsp turmeric White wine 1/8 l fish stock 1/8 l whipping cream Cornstarch to thicken the sauce if needed Preparation: Finely chop the onion, glaze in butter, add pressed garlic, stir in turmeric, pour in white wine and fish stock. Add whipping cream and reduce. Mix and thicken with cornstarch if needed.


Risotto Ingredients: 500 g risotto 750 ml veal or poultry stock 200 ml red beet juice 100 g Parmesan cheese 1 cup fresh goat cheese (Sennerei Zillertal/hay milk product) Olive oil Onion White wine Bay leaves Salt, ground white pepper, grated nutmeg 1 clove garlic - finely chopped Preparation: SautĂŠ olive oil, onion and risotto, then season to taste with the spices and deglaze with white wine. Continue pouring in the stock and let it reduce until the risotto is firm to the bite. Let it cool down. When finishing the risotto, heat a little of the veal stock and red beet juice, add to the risotto, let it boil down and serve with Parmesan/fresh goat cheese and cold butter. Suggestion: Before serving, garnish with fresh herbs, grated orange peel and lemon thyme.



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3rd course

Stirred Alpine ch eese polenta on a base of bacon beans, with a spicy glaze and pink roasted sh eep‘s back from th e Tux region

Saddle of lamb filet in a zucchini puff pastry Serves 5

Polenta Serves 5 Ingredients: 80 g Alpine cheese (hay milk, ripened 6 months) 1 l milk 1 l water/poultry stock or vegetable stock 1 pinch of salt 2 tbsps oil (olive oil) 120 g yellow polenta, medium fine Add: 2 tbsps butter (alpine dairy butter/hay milk) Boil the water/poultry stock or vegetable stock and milk in a tall pot, add salt and olive oil. Slowly stir in the polenta with a whisk to prevent it from forming lumps. Then slowly boil the mixture, stirring occasionally. The polenta has to loosen from the bottom of the pot. Finally stir in the cold butter and Alpine cheese and serve. Cooking time: about 20-30 minutes Serving suggestion: Flavour with fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary or parsley. Suggestions and recommendations: The cooked polenta can easily be pressed into lightly oiled pans (loaf pan, ribbed pan, dariole mold) and chilled. Then flip, cut into fairly big slices, sprinkle with Parmesan and liquefied butter, briefly bake in oven. For extra flavour, you can add a sprig of rosemary during the last minutes of cooking or mix cheese (cheese cubes) into the polenta. Some stores carry pre-cooked polenta flour with a cooking time of about 5 minutes. The polenta can be served as an accompaniment to all meat dishes, or as a vegetarian main dish with sautéd mushrooms (chanterelles/porcini) or with savoury Alpine cheese sprinkled over the warm polenta.


Ingredients: 5 filets of saddle of lamb á 140 g 5 small zucchini 2 pieces pork caul 140 g minced poultry meat (chicken breast, turkey) 140 g cream 400 g puff pastry dough Salt, pepper, thyme, garlic Preparation: Season the saddle of lamb filets, fry on both sides in butter and chill. Prepare stuffing from the minced poultry meat and cream, season and press through a hair sieve. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into thin strips and briefly fry them in the butter. Roll out the puff pastry dough to a width of about 2-3 mm, cover with the pork caul, place a thin layer of stuffing on top, then zucchini and more stuffing. Now add the meat on top, coat the edges of the puff pastry dough with egg and roll in the meat. Bake in the oven for 14 minutes at 230 °C and then let stand for about 10 minutes at 60 °C.

Lamb gravy Ingredients for 1 l gravy: 2 cl olive oil 1 handful of roasting vegetables (carrots, leeks, celeriac, onions) 1 tsp sugar 1 whole clove of garlic 1 sprig each of thyme, rosemary, hyssop and sage 1 l red wine 2 l game stock, gel removed 1 tbsp starch Sea salt, pepper Preparation: Roast the onions, carrots, leeks and celery in olive oil with a clove of garlic that has been split in the centre. Make sure that the garlic doesn‘t get too dark; if it discolours too much, it will turn bitter. Caramelise with the sugar and deglaze with red wine, then reduce. Add game stock and herbs. Season with sea salt and pepper, boil, and let it simmer on low heat for 1/2 hour. During the cooking process, skim off the foam and fat several times, then strain the gravy through a sieve, mix some of the starch with red wine and thicken the gravy.





Various soft ch eese specialties: mousse with raspberries and mango jelly, dum plings with cinnamon crumble and homemade ice cream

Sweet cheese dumplings Ingredients: 30 g butter 25 g sugar 1 egg 1 vanilla bean 200 g quark (curd cheese) 70 g white bread crumbs A little lemon juice Preparation: Mix the butter with sugar, the paste scraped from the vanilla bean and lemon juice until it foams. Slowly add the whisked egg. Add the quark and finish by folding in the white bread crumbs. Chill for 30 minutes. Make dumplings out of the mixture, let them simmer in slightly sweetened water for 10 minutes, then remove the dumplings from the water and let them drain.


Cinnamon crumble Ingredients: 80 g bread crumbs 50 g granulated sugar 30 g butter 1 tbsp cinnamon Preparation: Melt the butter, add the crumbs and roast until golden yellow while stirring constantly. Then add the sugar and cinnamon.

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Quark mousse Ingredients: 150 g quark (curd cheese) 80 g confectioner‘s sugar 50 g yoghurt 1 lemon 1 orange 2 leaves gelatine 250 g whipped cream Preparation: Mix the cheese, confectioner‘s sugar, yoghurt and juice from the orange and lemon. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water, press out the water, liquefy on the stove and then blend into the cheese mixture. Fold in the whipped cream and chill for about 3 hours.

Mango jelly Ingredients: 1 mango 50 g granulated sugar 3 leaves gelatine A little lemon juice Preparation: Mix the mango, granulated sugar and juice from one lemon. Soak the gelatine in cold water, press out the water, liquefy on the stove and then blend into the mango mixture. To serve: Place 4 fresh raspberries in a glass, top with mousse, chill and top with mango jelly.

Sweet cheese ice cream Ingredients: 125 whipping cream 200 g milk Pinch of salt 1 package (1 tsp) vanilla sugar 3 egg yolks 60 g sugar 150 g quark (curd cheese) A little rum

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Preparation: Bring the cream, milk, salt and vanilla sugar to a boil, stir in the yolks and sugar. Stir in the liquids and heat to 82 °C. Add the quark and mix in rum to taste. Chill and freeze in the ice cream maker. Freeze the ice cream.


The Tux-Zillertal cattle love the early sun, even if the air is still brisk and cold



Comeback of a unique personality Whenever other cows simply won’t move another inch, the Zillertal cattle are just getting started. Wherever other cows can’t find anything else to graze on, these self-reliant and resourceful animals always eat their fill. This is because the Tux-Zillertaler cattle are a very special breed, made for the rough, barren world of the Alps – and yet strange to say, this remarkable breed almost became extinct.

The first day on its legs and the little calf is already tottering across the meadow, discovering his wide new world. You can tell it would actually rather be sprinting, driven on by his curiosity; this shows in every step, but his legs are still a bit wobbly. In the meadow next door, farmer Johann Dengg swings his scythe and watches the little calf‘s first attempts at walking around. The little TuxZillertaler is the youngest calf of the herd and will soon come to know all its aunts and cousins. When they return from the Alpine pastures at summer‘s end. For now, though, the farm belongs completely to the little calf. Grazing patiently in the shadows of a gnarled oak, the little one’s mother waits patiently to perform her duty. Because all that romping makes the calf hungry, and it won’t be long before it will nuzzle up to the udder to feed. Even though it looks so natural, we haven’t been able to take this kind of feeding for granted for a long time. Normally, the mother’s milk ends up in the dairy and the calves are fed artificially, separated from their mothers. But Johann Dengg, like many other farmers in Zillertal, has decided to follow nature and go a different way, and he is pleased about the health of his animals.

Great mileage They’ve performed some enormous feats in their time: in the long history of the Tux-Zillertaler, the former cattle drive to Sysran on Russia‘s River Volga, 3400 kilometres distant, is definitely a highlight. The Czar himself fell

in love with the red (Zillertaler) and black (Tuxer) cattle at a world exposition and, convinced of the breed’s quality, he often ordered entire herds. Freight and shipping left a great deal to be desired at the time, as there was no railway connection to Moscow, and the cattle would most likely have become seasick on the Danube. Which is why the herders walked with their herd from one empire into another. A votive plaque dated 1848 commemorates the successful trek. But what makes these animals so valuable? “They are very frugal, do well in a barren landscape with little to graze on, have strong instincts thanks to their very long domestication history, find food almost everywhere, and while they’re moving about in difficult terrain they’re absolutely sure-footed. These animals simply have personality”, says Christian Moser. He has worked in the Tyrolean Chamber of Agriculture on the genetic preservation programme for the endangered species, which was thought to be extinct in 1970. Moser explains how that could have happened: “Other races became more popular because they produced more milk and their size promised more beef. And then there was the Achilles’ heel of the Tuxer cattle: they like to fight, internally for position in the herd and externally for the best grazing grounds for their herd in Alpine pastures. The farmers were by no means averse to this instinct and they let the cattle participate in cow fights, which developed into a major attraction“.

Even the calves come into the world here with a powerful will


Tradition Although it sounds rather warlike, it was more like a cow shoving contest. The two beasts did not ram each other; instead, they locked horns and pushed one against the other much like Sumo wrestlers. The weaker cow gave up and trotted back to their corner, and the winners not only brought their owner prestige in the village, but a significant gambling income. The price for this, however, was the gradual extinction of the race, because the farmers eventually only bred these animals for fighting qualities; milk production concentrated on more profitable breeds. Practically at the last moment people recognised that the loss of this fine animal would be a cultural loss, and they began to fight hard against the threat. For the past 25 years the Tux-Zillertaler have been painstakingly bred back up to strength. An original stock of 30 animals, spread all over the Alpine region, now numbers over 800 and these striking cattle are happily once again part of the Alpine

Historic photograph of a classic cow fight at the traditional Gauderfest in Zell am Ziller

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Profile of the Tux-Zillertaler: Colour: Their coat is black or a deep red-brown (Zillertaler) with white markings around the hips, on the base of the tail, and the udder and underbelly. Size: The withers height is 125-130 cm. Weight: The cows weigh between 550 and 650 kg; bulls can weigh up to 1100 kg. Personality: Strong-willed to pugnacious, robust, sure-footed, selfsufficient and hardy in the winter – in actual fact a dream of a breed.


... and grow up with their mothers – classic livestock breeding is finding increasing numbers of proponents

landscape. Seldom as a status symbol and more often as low-maintenance livestock that prefer moving about outdoors. In wind and weather and when snow falls unexpectedly at the higher altitudes, to these cattle, it’s all part of the rhythm of a life they love. An old farmer’s saying goes, “one cow means moo, a herd of cows means mood - and a very bad one too“ (“Eine Kuh macht Muh viele Kühe machen Mühe”) – but this only applies in a limited way to the Tux-Zillertaler breed: “The animals bring a lot of joy and are a major gain for the valley‘s unique identity“, says Moser. //

Süchtig nach Airtime? 3.000 m über dem Meer

The longest cattle drive: in 1848, herders from Zillertal drove a herd of “Tuxers” over 3400 km to Russia. This votive plaque was produced to give thanks for their safe return.


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There are two colours in the Tux-Zillertalers – the red one is the Zillertaler, and the dark one is the Tuxer.

The first Tux-Zillertaler National Show on May 7 and 8, 2011, in Fügen, Austria: a festival for breeders, folk music and culture An event that began 25 years ago with a lot of idealism has become one of agriculture’s success stories. The rescue of the Tux-Zillertaler, in addition to the revival of rural values, suggests a recognition of tradition and should be duly celebrated. It is only right of course that this must be with music, dancing and an exhibition of the animals. The great event will begin this year with the Zillertaler Musician’s Night on May 7 in the Fügen festival hall. The festive opening parade follows on the next day, and event organisers expect 250 animals from all over Austria to be shown. Young breeders show their livestock to a jury in their own competition. The hospitable Tux-Zillertaler breeders provide a great spread of food and drink for the guests and sponsor a fine prize in a grand lottery. Children have their own programme of activities – including bull riding.

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Tux-Zillertaler cattle are not only attractive because of their striking appearance – they also have special “inner values”. Tux-Zillertalers are kept today particularly because of the outstanding quality of their meat. Animal breeding and meat quality testing at the federal research institute in Königshof confirms that Tux-Zillertaler beef is of outstanding quality, particularly fine-grained with low fat content. This is why the race is suited especially well for mother cow husbandry. People used to say that the Tux-Zillertaler “doesn’t generate fat“. This means that these cattle don’t have adipose tissue. Their fat is stored intramuscularly, which is why Tux-Zillertaler beef has a unique taste and is extremely juicy. Many local businesses greatly value this unrivalled excellence and are returning whole-heartedly to this regional premium product.

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Seeing is believing - Alexander Stiegler and peacock feathers are the guarantee of outstanding craftsmanship



Fine feathers for powerful patterns Tradition, Alpine costume and talent: when these virtues come together, they create value to treasure through the ages. Like the Stiegler family, who live in Stumm in Zillertal, and continue to practice their peacock quill embroidery. For as long as people can remember, the men have sat in their small workshop turning plain leather into ornate showpieces. With a love of symmetry. Carved cows watch over their wonderful collection of antique traditional leather belts (Ranzen). Some of the predecessors of peacock quill embroidery are still ornamented with finely-worked tin. A person from Zillertal never leaves a treasured Ranzen at home during the landmark events in life, including the Gauder Festival, weddings, anniversaries and funerals.

Carved cows watch over this wonderful collection of antique traditional leather belts (Ranzen).




An antique sewing machine is still used on belts.


2 The Alpine country loves its Lederhosen and waist belts, also called Ranzen. Classic costume pieces come into their own especially at festivals and celebrations, and if you take a closer look, you‘ll recognise the hidden art that‘s difficult to see from afar. A close-up view, though, reveals masterful artistry. Alexander Stiegler is one of these artists with the quill, and there are very few of them left. He estimates the number of workshops capable of delivering similar quality at four or five in all of Austria: real peacock feathers combined with perfect craftsmanship. The peacock quills provide the decor for the traditional folk costume and lend costumes their individual notes. Alexander Stiegler is a master in the entire scale of this embellishment technique. This begins long before the actual embroidering with the design and sketching of a pattern on the leather. “The customer talks about his idea and if my design matches with the idea, then I draw the ornaments on the leather”, Stiegler says, spreading out a mountain of parchment on a desk. Each of the drawings belongs to a different person. Although traditional designs such as flowers and leaves surface repeatedly, they are different in number and composition. And if someone wants something very different from the traditional designs, Stiegler loves the creative challenge involved. Braces, belt, shoes, bags – everything is embroidered, but the highest art is reserved for the Ranzen (traditional leather belts).



4 Waist belt and a passion for collection In its archaic version, this leather waist belt was meant to protect the wearer from sabre cuts and was studded with tin. “Later, the tin was needed for cannon balls, and rifles made the Ranzen obsolete“, Stiegler explains about the history of the first safety belt. He takes a tin-studded Ranzen from the wall in his workshop. Where umpteen others are hanging in a museum, marked by time, the belt is absolutely stable under the patina thanks to proper care. “Father began with this collection and we‘re continuing with it - today, many customers even want us to restore their old hereditary family pieces and make them wearable again”. This is an additional qualification of the embroidering Stieglers, who seem to have a solution for every leather problem in their workshop. But back to the traditional leather belt, the Ranzen: musicians in the chapels wear them, guards wear them, and in the past they were the great pride of farmers who were especially fond of wearing them. “The Ranzen developed into a status symbol; the wealthier the farmer, the more ornaments he had on his Ranzen”, says Stiegler, who draws the last white strokes free-hand on trapezoid-shaped leather and takes it with him to the Rössl – his “horse”, which is what

the feather embroiderer’s special work chair is called. Much like a saddle, he sits there with a piece of fixed leather in front of him, a strip of tools such as awls and shears, as well as the sensitive material, the long quills. Every hole in the leather is made by hand, and then the quills are threaded in, through and pulled taut. This filigree handiwork demands true dexterity so that the tip of the quill doesn’t break off, the holes in the leather remain so small as to be unnoticeable, and the quill as a whole is neither bent nor broken. The most exotic feature, however, is the extraordinary raw material.

1 Alexander Ziegler draws the pattern he wants on a template ... 2 ... and transfers the sketch free-hand on to the leather. 3 Leather awls and shears create the hair-thin holes ... 4 ... through which the master pulls the split quill and fixes them twist by twist.

The quill embroiderers work exclusively with peacock feathers. The Stieglers buy this precious raw material in bundles, remove the feathers and split the long white haft into several fine strips. When asked how and with what this is done, the only answer is a smile with sealed lips: a family secret. It has been passed down now through six generations. What is not a secret is the enormous amount of sheer effort involved; in addition to taste and cash, customers should bring along enough patience: “A beautiful Ranzen requires between 80 and 90 hours of work, which takes around three to fourmonths until a good piece is finished”, says Stiegler. Prices start at a couple hundred euros for small pieces. A classic Ranzen runs about EUR 4000, although there is no upper limit to the price for fine work.


Tradition “A beautiful Ranzen requires between 80 and 90 hours of work.” Alexander Stiegler

Stiegler invests over 400 hours in his own Ranzen. The most prestigious models are adorned with innumerable twisted quills; like the value of these Ranzen, the number of peacock feathers is uncountable. He also knows how to colour the white strips, either to improve an old Ranzen in yellowed sepia tones or to enhance the bell-straps that cattle wear on the Alpine pastures in brilliant colours. The best way to give a personalised Alpine flourish to a favourite leather item is to visit the Stieglers’ workshop in Stumm and to find out what is possible. But here‘s a warning: these pieces last forever. They are suitable as hereditary pieces as well as a discreet and valuable kind of jewellery, which anyone not in the know won‘t even notice. A connoisseur, however, will recognise the craftsman’s signature at first glance. //

CONTACT Zillertaler Ranzen Fritz & Alexander Stiegler Ahrnbachstraße 22 A-6272 Stumm im Zillertal Phone: +43 5283 2363 Mobile: +43 664 394 8350 Fax: +43 5283 23634 Need a bit of colour? The Stiegler family will colour feather quills in all colours and can restore worn Ranzen to perfection to order.




This is what a real champion looks like: Alexander Stiegler’s Ranzen

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With Vitus “Veitl” Amor of the Haderlumpen, for whom the sun shines even when it rains


Stars with pride in their homeland Concerts and hiking tours for true fan friendships, autographs and souvenir photos for the artistic hours at home: Every year, the bands from Zillertal invite their true fans, domestic and international, and proudly show them the favourite places of their homeland. Because this is where the music is! Text: Paul Salchner

Whenever people think of Zillertal, they envision a fabulous mountain world, the rhythms of happy songs in their ears and the names of numerous musical groups in their memory. Of course, people can think of a lot of groups that they’ve seen briefly on television. It’s no surprise that the music of Zillertal is worldfamous. Some of the best-known bands include the Zillertaler Haderlumpen, Ursprung Buam, the Hey Mann! band, and the Zillertaler Bergcasanovas. What do they all have in common? – The love of music and homeland where they originated – and their fans. And the fans are of very special importance to them. That’s why the Zillertal troubadours organise massive open-air concerts with magnificent backdrops, and entire musical weekends where additional stars from the folk and popular hit music genres put in appearances.

Using the familiar ‘Du’ with their fans The success and fame of the bands draw enthusiastic fans to Zillertal. The true adherents flock in from the North Sea coast to Tyrol, a journey of 1000 kilometres, to see their idols in their homeland. The musicians are often speechless faced with the tremendous excitement they generate, stilling the longing immediately with instantly recognised favourites. On the shared trail through the mountains. “We invite our fans to join us on a hike together each year, to show them the majestic world of the mountains and we then celebrate together at a musical festival”, says Vitus Amor of the Zillertaler Haderlumpen. The hike is the first active part of the musical weekend; the second part is dancing to the music. “As a fan, you get to know some great people pretty quickly at this kind of

True fans come out as passionate dancers

event, and sometimes you make friendships that continue through the years”, say Hans and Renate from Neufahrn (Bavaria), who have been faithful fans of Ursprung Buam for many years. In addition to enjoying the music, many fans also develop a passion for

Zillertal that begins on their first visit to the area. “For us, it’s become a second home. We come here in summer and winter”, says Carola Regner of the Hey Mann! band’s fan club, the “Bäriger Boarischer” (the “bearish Bavarians”).



Ursprung Buam’s Andreas Brugger, Martin Brugger and Manfred Höllwarth in their element on stage

Traditional, more traditional: Ursprung Buam

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Martin, Andreas and Manfred could not have been closer to their fans than at their Tristenbachalm gigs in the mountaineering village of Ginzling at the end of August 2010. “We were already Ursprung Buam fans for eight years when we heard a radio broadcast of their current CD. The very next day we went straight out and bought it. Since then, we’ve kept an eagle eye open for any live appearances within reach”, say Hans and Renate Daffner from Neufahrn in Lower Bavaria. Today they will go to anywhere for the music, attending ten to twelve gigs a year. When Ursprung Buam begin playing their songs with a challenge that simply can’t be ignored “Auf geaht’s” (“Here we go“), the fans jump up spontaneously, clap to the beat, sing along, and dance in front of the stage. This is true excitement. “They play this pure folk music that we seldom hear nowadays, and they also sing their songs in the Zillertal dialect – it’s crazy. It’s also their style and their natural way of performing that fascinate us”, say Hans and Renate about their favourite folk band. They also travel to Zillertal when Ursprung Buam aren‘t performing – and this around seven times a year.

“In some years, we saw as many as 30 live Ursprung Buam gigs, and each one was unique”. Hans and Renate Daffner

Joyful fans in the sunshine


Reinhard Fankhauser in an interview

There’s plenty of refreshment to quench the thirst and sooth throats raw from singing at the open air concerts in the mountains

“We’ll be back – at the very latest to the next Lumpen party in August 2011”. Michael Kallert

The Zillertaler Haderlumpen never quarrel They are the best of friends from past gigs: “Did you have a good trip?” or “We ordered beautiful weather, but the dear Lord apparently didn’t hear us” – that’s how the folk music fans greet each other during a hike to the Schwarzachalm organised for fans last summer. Despite the rain, hundreds of excited fans marched together towards the highlight of the day. Peter, Vitus and Reinhard hiked with the guests because personal contact is important to them. Every fan should get a photo and an autograph to commemorate the occasion.

Michael Kallert, spokesperson of the fan club Heidjer Clique from Celle (Lower Saxony), photographs the three “Lumpen”. “Originally, we were fans of the Schürzenjäger, and we regularly attended their open air gigs in Zillertal. At one of their recent performances, we heard the Haderlumpen at a shooting match. We were immediately taken with their peppy music and how they managed to create a great atmosphere“, he says. The fan club travels far and wide, as for example to Zillertal, for up to five concerts a year. When asked what makes the “Lumpen” special, Kallert says, “despite their success, such as winning the Grand Prix of folk music in 2007, they have remained very down-to-earth and take time out for their fans”.

in fo Open Air 2011 (with canopy) 5-7 August 2011 Zell in Zillertal High points: Fan hike on Friday, Haderlumpen concert on Saturday Tickets and information at The Haderlumpen: Vitus Amor, Reinhard and Peter Fankhauser, and the “Heidjer Clique” fan club from Celle in Lower Saxony



T-Shirts are part of the fan outfit

The Hey Mann! Band brings Alpine rock to the stage

“When the boys strike up Schürzenjäger hits like ‚Sierra Madre‘ or ‚Hey Mann Polka‘, my heart really warms up“. Carola Regner

Alpine rock from the Hey Mann! Band From the very first moment, the band rips the audience from their seats. The former Schürzenjäger Alfred Eberharter knows exactly what fans love and which sounds will transport them into ecstasy. At the Finkenberg Open Air concert in early August 2010, they gave their best with brand new compositions and lots of Schürzenjäger classics that their fans know and love. That rocks. And one rocker in traditional costume has secured her spot right up next to the stage, hours before the concert is set to begin. Carola Regner from Regensburg wants to see the boys up close and will go to any lengths to do so: “At the last Schürzenjäger open air concert in 2007, I even fainted because of the incredible atmosphere, but also because of sadness because it was the boys‘ farewell performance“. Happily, she only had to wait one year until Zillertal’s Alpine rock celebrated its revival with the founding of the Hey Mann! Band.


Does her husband share her love of the Hey Mann! Band? “Well ... sometimes it goes a little too far for him. At home I’ve hung up posters of the band everywhere, even in the bedroom. But of course only on ‚my’ side, because I’m not allowed to put them up on his”, she says. Her passion is not only the music, she is also totally fascinated by Zillertal: “For many of us, it‘s become a second home“.

Backstage in the mountains – Carola Regner and her “Alf” Eberharter

in fo Finkenberg Open Air 2011 Hey Mann! Band & guests Saturday, 6 August 2011 High points: 10 hours of live music at the major open air festival with the “Sierra Madre“ midnight finale! Tickets and information at For true fans, Open Air means first row


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For Christiaan and Maletha Cosse, the Bergcasanovas are never too far away

The Zillertaler Bergcasanovas – Full-blooded musicians with heart Starting from the sound check, numerous fans have already found their way to the ErlebnisSennerei Zillertal tent in Mayrhofen. Neither the magnificent autumn weather on this Saturday in October 2010, nor the beautifully kitted-out cattle ambling by on the way back from Alpine pastures, can pull people outdoors; after all, they might miss something or lose their good spot right up by the stage. Everyone wants these spots, and Christiaan and Maletha Cosse from Holland have worked their way up there: “We’ve been fans of Andi, Christian, Florian and Willi since 2004, when we saw them onstage at a Tyrolean evening in Holland. We loved their lively music right away – it’s unbeatable for dancing”, says the couple. Shortly afterward, the fan club Boarische Power Holland was founded, and since then they and other members have followed the Zillertaler Bergcasanovas across Europe. “We‘re out and about some thirty times a year and we travel about 60,000 kilometres. In actual fact we need a helicopter”, says Christiaan. Their


“Their fast, catchy music gets under our skin and into our legs”. Christiaan and Maletha Cosse

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Party atmosphere at the Boarische Power Holland table

enthusiasm for the Bergcasanovas irritates some of their friends, “but when they come with us to a concert, it doesn’t take long – they end up clapping with us on the stage”, says Maletha. //

Night of the Bergcasanovas 2011 22-23 July 2011 ErlebnisSennerei Zillertal Mayrhofen Tickets and information at or


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Men 1 Peak Performance Line Jacket in blue and Verona pants in pink, at Intersport Strasser in Zell am Ziller 2 Peak Performance PiquĂŠ shirt in green and Which Pant in pink/blue, at Intersport Hausberger, Mayrhofen 3 Peak Performance V-neck pullover in purple with white cardigan and Check trousers in checkered purple, at Tuxer Sporthaus, Tux 4 Peak Performance sleeveless PiquĂŠ in yellow und skirt in white, at Sport Fankhauser, Hippach 5 Peak Performance Alfordo polo shirt in white with Kings Course pullover and Dave trousers in pink, at Intersport Hausberger, Mayrhofen 6 Peak Performance Solwac jacket in blue and Spey pants in beige, at Intersport Strasser in Zell am Ziller 7 Peak Performance Cullen polo shirt in purple and Kings Course pullunder and Bermuda Tristan in blue, at Sport Nenner, Hintertux 91


Events in Zillertal Summer 2011 First holiday region in Zillertal Fügen – Kaltenbach

Zell – Gerlos Zillertal Arena

Mayrhofen – Hippach

Tux – Finkenberg


Events First holiday region in Zillertal Fügen – Kaltenbach Tel: +43 (0) 5288 / 62262 •

14–17 July 2011 Twelfth Ursprung Buam Tent Festival ❶

One of the most popular folk groups in Austria presents a great programme of music and nature. Three days of non-stop partying with famous folk music groups, including Zillertal Power, Zillertal Sound, Goldried Quintett, Bergcasanovas, the Aufgeiger, the Freddy Pfister Band, the Edlseer, “Alpski“ – the Alpenoberkrainer and, of course, Ursprung Buam

29–31 July 2011 Zellberg Buam Alpine Party – Anniversary Festival ❷

The festival of the year in Zillertal with an anniversary evening – 30 years of Zellberg Buam at the parking lot of the Spieljochbahn in Fügen. Among the bands attending are Alfred Spiegl, Marc Pircher, Ursprung Buam, the Calimeros, the Edlseer, the Stritzi’s, Zillertaler Mander, the Zillertaler and the Geigerin, Zellberg Buam.

02 July 2011 Fügen village festival A festival with a great entertainment programme at the centre of the village of Fügen; starting at 4:00 pm, a live music with tapping of the beer keg, a big disco area with a party atmosphere and DJ, and an area for children to play.

13–14 August 2011 Open Air Concert: “Die Jungen Zillertaler” ❸ The new open air street party with musical fireworks and a party. Famous music groups, including Peter Wackel and Marc Pircher, will provide entertainment on Saturday beginning at 4:00 pm. The Junge Zillertaler take over the show after 9:00 pm. Sunday is the day for “Frühschoppen” – an early glass or two to start the perfect day.

10th, 17th and 24th September 2011 Cattle driving festival ❹ After some three months of enjoying summer on the mountain pastures, these are the days when farmers bring their animals back down to their stalls on the home farm. The cattle are decorated in gratitude for their coming home safe and sound. This is then celebrated in the village with music and traditional bands as well as artisans and Zillertal specialities.

28 August 2011 Almerisch sung and played There will be a folk music group at each of the five alpine huts on the Spieljoch (unplugged, without amplification). The round-trip hike will begin at the mountain station, leading over the Gartalm, back to the Geolsalm, past the ski hut and finally to the middle station. Music from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

30 July 2011 Stumm village festival The traditional village festival will open with the marching in of the BMK Stumm, and Mayor Alois Fasching will tap the beer keg. Several top bands will provide the best in entertainment. Children can let it all out with pony rides, a bouncy castle, can throwing, or just making handicrafts and painting at the children’s festival.


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Gerlos Lake Run

The 12.6 km long and attractive stretch leads along the southern bank of the Durlass reservoir past the Bärschlagalm and continues round Finkau Lake and back via the Bärschlagalm towards Dammkrone. Watch this cross-country run against the breathtakingly beautiful lake and mountain backdrop of the Gerlos high valley. Additional information available at

10 September 2011 Schaflschoade in Gerlos

The pasture round-up of the sheep with a big village festival! 250 head of sheep descend into the village, where the Schaflschoade begins at the music pavilion in Gerlos. Zillertal specialities ensure that guests won’t go hungry, and live music supplies a good atmosphere and entertainment. Start: 11:00 am, free admission!

24 September 2011 Major round-up in Gerlos and Zell am Ziller ❶

Large open air concert with the Zillertaler Haderlumpen in Zell ❸ FR: A cable car trip up to the Rosenalm mountain station and a pleasant fan hike to the Wiesenalm with the Zillertaler Haderlumpen (10:30 am in the Rosenalmbahn/Zillertal Arena station). A warm-up party begins at 6:00 pm in the Haderlumpen meet-up. SA: A preliminary programme with music groups from Zillertal and from abroad. This major open air concert with the Zillertaler Haderlumpen begins at 8:30 pm under the canopy. SO: Great concluding early tipple as of 10:30 am with famous music groups and the Haderlumpen.

02 July 2011 Night of 1,000 Beers in Zell ARGE Zell Gastronomy invites you on a musical and culinary journey. Beer specialities, finger food and yummy musical titbits ensure an unforgettable night in the centre of Zell. The event will go on, regardless of the weather! Start: 5:00 pm, free admission!

28 April–1 May 2011 ❷

FR: Warm-up party in Brückenstadl (Mayrhofen) with the Zillertaler Mander and Zillertal Hoch 3. SA: Pre-programme with Zillertal Pur, Hattinger Buam, Andreas Gabalier and DJ Mox-Moderation. The anniversary concert with the Zillertaler Mander begins after 8:30 pm. After show party in the party tent with DJ Mox. SO: Music and entertainment with Zillertaler Local Sound, Z3 – the three Zillertalers, Zellberg Buam and Zillertaler Mander.

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5–7 August 2011

9:00 am in Gerlos and 10:00 am in Zell. The whole village joins in the celebrations when the decorated cattle herd from the mountains makes its way “back to the cowsheds”! In both villages, expect live music, a farmers’ market, Zillertaler handicrafts, traditional dishes and much more – admission is free of charge!

Gauder festival in Zell am Ziller

hexathlon. SO: open-air mass, Gauder Festival procession – Austria’s largest traditional costume parade, arts and crafts and farmers’ market, horse shoe and plate tossing, finger wrestling, hand wrestling, and bowling.

TH: ORF radio, Tyrolean music gala to benefit the charity Licht ins Dunkel. FR: official beer barrel tapping ceremony performed by the state governor, “Gambrinus Stammtisch Rede” (a satirical review). SA: stock breeding exhibition, Day of the Young in Traditional Costume, Arts and Crafts and farmers’ market, wrestling, and the Gauder

22–24 July 2011 10 years of the Zillertaler Mander Open air concert in Zell ❹

The world of Swarovski crystal – artistic visions come to life In Wattens, not far from Zillertal, a waterspouting Alpine giant with glowing eyes oversees a subterranean world in which fourteen chambers of wonders hold scintillating crystal artworks. Paintings, sculptures and installations from such famous artists as Brian Eno, Keith Haring, Salvador Dali, Niki de Saint Phalle, John Brekke, Susanne Schmögner and Jim Whiting invite you on a sensory journey into a glittering labyrinth that seems to remove the boundary between dream and reality. Harmonious

fragrance compositions by Jane Haidacher and mysterious sounds make a visit to this crystal world of magic an unforgettable experience for all of the senses. The extraordinary design of the new cafe, the children’s atelier for the Kristalline workshop, and the unbelievable variety of shimmering valuables in the world’s largest Swarovski shop, the “Crystal Stage”, give you a sense of the crystal visions that still await discovery in the future. //

Co n t a c t The World of Swarovski Crystal Kristallweltenstrasse 1 6112 Wattens Phone: +43 (0)5224 51080 Opening times Daily from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm, last admission 5:30 pm Closed in the second and Third week of November 2011 Admission prices Adults EUR 9.50, groups of 10 persons or more, EUR 8.00, children up to 12 years of age admitted free of charge.


Events Mayrhofen – Hippach Tel: +43 (0) 5285 / 6760 •

15–19 June 2011 Marc Pircher festival in Mayrhofen

The Mayrhofen tourism association, working together with Marc Pircher, has once again created a great programme for all MaPi fans for 2011. We are looking forward to seeing all of you again!

10–12 June 2011 ❷

“25 years of the Trio Alpin” – Tent festival in Mayrhofen The fireworks of music. The Trio Alpin has delivered the “power sound from Zillertal” and excited fans with their joyful, lively and humorous music since 1987. Over 16 live acts are scheduled to perform over three days in the large anniversary tent festival.

18–19 June 2011 (Alternative schedule, 25-26 June 2011)

The Mayrhofen mountain experience

Specialities focussed on the great Zillertal doughnut are the focus here. Delicious traditional fare, fine distilled spirits and lots of live music round out the event. Admission free!

27 August 2011 43. Zillertal Ibex March ❹ Traditional ibex march weekend on 27 August 2011 in Ginzling/Dornauberg

Livestock drives

17 September 2011

29 July 2011

in the village centre of Hippach and Kirchbichlhof in Hippach

All of the “strollers” are invited to the next Mayrhofer summer street festival on 29 July 2011, to stroll about and enjoy fine dining! Admission free.

31 August 2011 Third Harakiri Mountain Run in Mayrhofen ❷


Zillertal Doughnut Festival ❸

A ride up the mountain with Austria‘s biggest cable car gondola - the Ahornbahn; the bird of prey presentation at the Ahorn eagle stage; live music on the Ahornsee; culinary delicacies on the grill, and tastings of original Tyrolean Marend (a savoury snack).

Street festival in the centre of Mayrhofen ❶

21 August 2011

The best mountain runners of the world will compete for world cup points on Penken Mountain on Sunday, 31 August 2011, at the third Harakiri Mountain Run.

at Geislerhof in Ramsau & livestock drive at Kiendlerhof in Schwendau

23 September 2011 at Schwarzenstein Inn in Ginzling

24 September 2011 01 October 2011 in Mayrhofen For the people of Zillertal it is a living custom – for guests a very special, brilliantly colourful spectacle: everyone turns out to watch when the cattle, festively decked out with flowers, ribbons, sayings, holy images and large bells, are driven down from the Zillertal pastures in the autumn to mark the end of the pasture grazing period and the beginning of the winter shelter season. Always starts at 10:00 am


Erleben Sie die neue Landart von Wetscher. Unser Wohlfühlprogramm für den Winter. zin an: andart-Maga L r e s n u ie com S Fordern ail@wetscher. m , 1 -1 0 0 -6 8 Tel. 0043/528

Besuchen Sie uns: Zillertalstraße 30, 6263 Fügen Zillertal-Tirol oder auf


Events Tux – Finkenberg Tel: +43 (0) 5287 / 8506 •

06 August 2011 Hey Mann! open air concert ❶

Once again, it’s time for the Schürzenjäger! That’s the motto for the second edition of the Hey Mann! Band open air concert. Hey Mann! On Saturday, 6 August 2011, the Schürzenjäger battle cry will sound out once again over the Finkenberg pastures. The Hey Mann! Band and their musical guests invite you to a mega-party under the open skies. So we’ll see each other at the second open air concert in Finkenberg in Zillertal! Admission: as of 1:00 pm Start of the open air concert: 8:00 pm

25 June–10 July 2011 Summer opening weeks in the TuxFinkenberg holiday region ❷

Two weeks full of action, activities and events open up in the summer in TuxFinkenberg. Let yourself be surprised with concert highlights, great hiking tours, and relaxation and recovery in the Tux mountains!

05 August 2011 Shooting match in the Tux Centre The Tux sharp shooting company is celebrating with all of its friends for the second time in a sharp shooting festival in the Tux Centre. Great music, Zillertal delicacies, dancing and laughing! Start: 8:00 pm, free admission

27–28 August 2011 Fifth Zillertal Wood Chopping Championship ❸


After a one-year break, it’s back! The call goes out to all lumberjacks who want to hack the Tux forests to little bits! A warmup party on the evening beforehand will provide live music and celebration before the chips fly on the following day. The winner gets the entire load of hacked wood!

10 September 2011 Schaf and Haflinger-Alm livestock drive Every year since 1985, the Sheep Breeder’s Association and the Football Club Finkenberg organise the traditional Sheep and Haflinger Livestock Drive Festival in Finkenberg. This spectacular fun event begins at 10:00 am with a large farmer’s market on the festival grounds. The folk dance group “Die Höllnstoana” and live music provide entertainment from 12:00 noon, before the herds come down from the mountains around 1:30 pm. Start: 10:00 am

23–24 September 2011 Hintertux October Fest with livestock drive ❹ The Hintertux October Festival is held every year on the last weekend in September and is a genuine piece of Tux tradition. Fantastic atmosphere and excellent entertainment provided by top music groups are a guarantee for a unique festival against a splendid autumn backdrop. The highlight of the weekend is the pasture round-up from the Bichlalm, which is one the best anywhere in the Tyrol.

30 September– 02 October 2011 park opening at the Hintertux Glacier ❺ Get your board ready! Because it’s time once again to kick off the first opening of the winter season at Hintertux. A royally shaped park at Hintertux sits enthroned beneath the Olperer. The best riders can scarcely wait to present their tricks in fresh powder and celebrate at night with nonstop parties!



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