Zillertal Alps Nature Park
The Zillertal Alps Nature Park lies amidst the Zillertal valley. It covers an area of 422km² and protects this impressive natural and cultural landscape north of the main alpine ridge.
From Mayrhofen, the door to the Nature Park, the back of the Zillertal splits up into different side valleys, just like the fingers of a hand. The Nature Park stretches from an altitude of 1,000m in Ginzling up to an altitude of 3,509m on the Hochfeiler and covers all altitude levels of the Central Alps.
Majestic glaciers have shaped the nature park region and still today account for the charm of this high-alpine landscape. Deep gorges form the entrance to the ten side valleys, the so-called “Zillertal Gründe”, which have been used as pasture areas and marked as cultural landscape for centuries. The nature-shaped mountain landscape with extreme, often hostile conditions for living, is closely connected to its use by men. Already thousands of years ago, man crossed the saddles in the region and crossed the border between today’s North and South Tyrol.