Summer Holidays in the Zillertal Alps
The Zillertal Arena means skiing fun in winter in the largest skiing area in the Zillertal - and in summer, the region is a highlight for all friends and fans of activities in the mountains!
The reason for this is first and foremost the breathtaking mountain scenery, but also the numerous offers available to all visitors. An enjoyable hike or extensive bike tour on the mountain or in the valley, a hearty snack in a rustic alpine hut or fun and action for the whole family at the many attractions - there's something for everyone in the Zillertal Arena! Action fans can look forward to some highlights in the Zillertal Arena: the Arena Coaster, the Arena Skyliner and Flying Fox, single trails, fixed rope routes, water experiences such as rafting and canyoning, paragliding and much more!
Fichtenschloss Castle and Fichtensee Lake
Spruce Tree Castle
The Spruce Tree Castle (Fichtenschloss) on the Rosenalm in Zell am Ziller is a paradise for the whole family.
Climbing, sliding, exploring the spruce wooden ball track and the hammock forest, discovering the water and sand play areas and enjoying the magnificent view – there is plenty to do! According to the legend, the castle was built by the mystical spruce sprites.
When they got tired from building, they needed somewhere to rest and relax, so they expanded their habitat – to the delight of visitors – to include the new Spruce Lake!
From summer 2020, the Spruce Lake (Fichtensee) will be in full bloom and the ideal place to improve your wood-lake balance! An observation deck offers views of the surrounding mountains, a boat rental centre invites you to go for a row, and the relaxation nooks and swings are the perfect place to relax. The Spruce Lake offers attractions for visitors of all ages. The cosy, buggy-friendly ‘Alm walk’ links the Spruce Tree Castle with the Spruce Lake and the Rosenalmbahn mountain station. Additional highlights such as a stand-up paddle rental, diving platforms, shaded areas and much more complete the Spruce Lake area.
Leisure Park Zell with Swimming Pool
On an area of more than 45,000 m2 you will find every possible leasure facility: outdoor pools, slides, adventure playground, two beach volleyball courts, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, crazy golf, bowling lanes, fun court (volleyball, streetball, basketball), and finally the Garden of the Senses.
The leisure park in Zell offers many options for tennis lovers. On the 3 indoor courts with their two glass fronts you can enjoy a fantastic view of Zell and its surroundings even while playing. During the outdoor season, 4 outdoor courts and a tennis training wall are ready to be used. Have something to eat and a well-deserved drink in the café-restaurant with a panorama view of the Zillertal mountains!
Autumn Cattle Drives
The last Sunday in September is the day the cows return from numerous alpine pastures to their cowsheds. The return of healthy cows is marked with a great festival. Farmers drive their decorated cattle back home to their farms. They are celebrated by countless guests and locals.
The festival of the cattle drive is celebrated extensively. Fun and entertainment with Zillertal music, farmers' market, "Schuhplattler" folklore groups, and much more. At the farmers' market you can experience old Zillertal craft and art, and there is a lot of traditional food to enjoy, from Zillertal and Tyrolean specialities such as "Zillertaler Krapfen" and "Melchermuas", and you can buy schnapps, honey, and cheeses directly from the farmers who make them, as a special souvenir to take home and remember the festival by.
Regional Museum Zell am Ziller
FROM THE "ENTAL" FARM IN SCHWENDAU TO THE ZILLERTAL OUTDOOR MUSEUM IN ZELL AM ZILLER
Little is known about the farmhouse that now forms the basis of the Zillertal Outdoor Museum to the south of Zell. In the part of Schwendau known as Burgstall the building was likely erected in the year 1713 - documented by the roof's crown beam. The estate was bought by two bachelors in the second half of the 19th century and then had a number of different owners over the years, until it was sold by its last owner to the Kiwanis Club Zillertal. The Kiwanis Club then gifted this centuries-old building to Zell am Ziller.
Today, the "Ental" farm is the first historic object of the Zillertal Outdoor Museum and was followed by a traditional house chapel, another farm building, and an oven built from stone following old construction methods and designs. There are plans to complete this ensemble by a corn chamber, a well, and the typical farmer's garden that in the past belonged to every farm.