Hiking through the autumn in the Zillertal

A dreamlike summer in the Zillertal is coming to an end and now makes way for autumn. The autumn is not so warm anymore, but it is also excellent for exploring the Zillertal with your hiking boots. Also in autumn, numerous hiking trails in the Zillertal invite you to relax and recharge your batteries.

As the days get shorter, it's all the more important to enjoy the warm hours of sunshine outdoors and watch nature show off its colourful side again before going on a winter break. Because not otherwise this season bears the nickname "the golden autumn". And how could you better enjoy autumn than with a leisurely autumn hike in the Zillertal.

It doesn't always have to be climbing a mountain top that makes you forget the stress of everyday life. A hike on one of the adventure and nature trails on the valley floor also promises relaxation. Now enjoy the green of the meadows and fields and wander through colorful forests later in autumn and feel this fresh and clear air.

If you still want to be a little closer to the sky, you have the opportunity to discover the Zillertal mountains on foot in autumn. Many Zillertal cable cars are still in operation until the beginning or mid-October and offer convenient transport to the mountains.

No matter what you choose, whether on the valley floor or on the mountains, hiking in autumn revives body and mind.

Almabtrieb in Zillertal Valley

At the moment the cows still feed their last days on the Zillertaler pastures.  But soon cows and other animals who spent the summer on alpine meadows  will be led to their stables on farms in the valley, thus they will be center of the colorful celebrations taking place on the occasion of this event. One can almost say September is in sign of the cows.

Almabtrieb (cow train) has been a custom for many centuries and the cows are decorated elaborately with flowers, ribbons, bells and pictures of saints. After a long march from the pastures down to the villages the „Huamfohra“ (home comers) will be welcomed with music and dance. Every year this event is an attraction for guests as well as for locals.

In Zillertal valley, Zell am Ziller is one of many villages celebrating the event of cow trains being led home. In Zell am Ziller at the Almabtrieb festival on 28th September visitors will be indulged with local delicacies like Zillertaler Krapfen, Melchermuas, Käsespätzle and other homemade delights. A further attraction is the farmers’ market inviting guests view and admire various old craftsmanship. Of course there will also be atmospheric music played by a local band.

Should one Almabtrieb not be enough for you, you will be happy to find out that there are plenty of other possibilities in Zillertal valley to enjoy this alpine custom with its unique atmosphere.  From 14th September until 5th October Almabtrieb celebrations will take place in many villages of the Zillertal valley.