A new adventure every day.
The higher the better: almost no other valley unites as many high mountains and as much nature and culture as the Zillertal. Right in the centre, the tradition-rich town of Mayrhofen has been charming visitors for centuries. That’s no surprise, as here you can find original Tyrolean flair, first-class culinary delicacies and real culture. In the surrounding area, majestic glaciers, gently sloping Alpine meadows, jagged rocks, strange summits, endless meadows and splashing mountain streams ensure that your expectations are always exceeded.
Whether you are looking for adventure or just want a bit of rest and relaxation – the Zillertal valley is the perfect place. How is that possible? Mayrhofen and the Zillertal are so varied that there is always something new to discover. Take a look through our photo gallery or Instagram account to get a first taste of what’s to come. Follow the hashtag #lovemayrhofen and get some inspiration. A special highlight in Mayrhofen in the Zillertal: our ElisabethHotel – right in the heart of the holiday destination of the Zillertal valley.
Lace up your walking boots, hop onto the saddle of your mountain bike and let’s go! The Penken action mountain promises adrenaline-filled adventure for all outdoor enthusiasts. With a dense network of bike paths, trails and hiking paths it caters for everyone and provides pure adrenaline. For thrills, you can visit the fun sport station on the Speicherteich which guarantees fun, excitement and wide eyes with spectacular hits like the Funballz that you can use to run on water, mountain scooters, which allow you to discover the Penken mountain in a unique way, and much more. In winter the vast Ski Zillertal 3000 skiing area, which is located on the Penken mountain just one kilometre away from the ElisabethHotel, offers endless skiing fun with 193 piste kilometres. This area also includes the skiing areas of Ahorn, Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm, as well as the legendary 78% gradient Harakiri piste. Further highlights include the Penken Park, which has eight different areas and a wide range of options for everyone, from beginners to pros.
The largest cable car line in Austria, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the ElisabethHotel, comfortably transports you to a height of almost 2,000 m. Upon arriving at the top, you will find an Alpine paradise with endless possibilities that will enchant outdoor aficionados, nature lovers and relaxed explorers alike. There are numerous viewing platforms which you can discover little by little by following a hike along the Ahorn Leisure Trail. Further highlights in summer are the Senses Trail or the bird of prey shows on the Adlerbühne Ahorn. Even in winter the leisure mountain lives up to its name with elegant pistes which offer a fantastic range of activities for beginners and relaxed winter sports enthusiasts. Our tip: the 5.5-kilometre-long downhill run to Mayrhofen.
in our blood.
The first settlers arrived in Mayrhofen many years ago. They also brought very peculiar names with them, like Ziller, Stillup and Tux. One hundred years later, in 1200, the settlement of Mayrhofen was mentioned in writing for the very first time, although at this point it was still part of the Salzburg region – Mayrhofen and the entire Zillertal valley first became a part of Tyrol in 1816. Up until 1879, and even a bit later, the Zillertal valley was primarily known for its rural and agricultural nature but then the Berliner Hütte (a well-known Alpine mountain hut) was constructed, shortly followed by other mountain huts.
It all started as a summer resort.
Hikers immediately recognised the beauty and the multifaceted nature of the Alpine valley and some decades later – in 1902 – the Zillertal Railway opened. When Great-Grandfather Moigg bought the land that the hotel is now built on, he laid the foundations for the future business. In 1945, the famous writer Erich Kästner spent three months living in Mayrhofen and he recorded his time here in his book Notabene 45. Finally, when the Penken cable car line was built in 1954, followed by the Ahorn cable car line in 1969, Mayrhofen became more widely known.
In 1989, the town was awarded the Plaque of Honour by the Council of Europe for exemplary environmental and town conservation. The Neuhaus, our sister hotel, has been a vital part of the history of Mayrhofen since 1649 and, to this day, it’s a meeting place and starting point for unforgettable experiences in a prime location in the heart of the Zillertal valley.
Today Mayrhofen is a very special jewel in the crown when it comes to winter sports in Tyrol. As the heart of the skiing association Ski Zillertal 3000, Mayrhofen is the pulsating centre of Alpine winter sports in the Zillertal valley, and in summer both local mountains, the Penken and the Ahorn, attract people seeking relaxation, alpinists, and sport lovers in equal measure due to the incomparable variety of activities on offer in the idyllic location.
Your ElisabethHotel ensures top-level wellness, first-class culinary delights and a unique attitude towards life the whole year round, with the Elisense philosophy, the hotel’s own farm and many more highlights.