Mayrhofen is located at the end of the long flat Ziller valley and is one of Austria's best-known ski resorts. A good mix of upmarket hotels and cheaper pensions and apartments makes for an interesting atmosphere in the resort and the nightlife and après ski is renowned for its duration and variety.
The skiing - and snowboarding - on offer is spectacular and ranges from the Hintertux glacier a few kilometers away to the high alpine slopes of Gerlos. But most visitors to Mayrhofen will spend their time on the two local areas - the Penken, a substantial and well-linked collection of mountains and slopes, or the Ahorn, the smaller alternative reached from the edge of the town.
Elevation: 630 metres
Location: 6290 Mayrhofen - Tyrol - Austria
The Ziller valley is sometimes credited as being the cradle of tourism to the Tyrol. Mayrhofen certainly has a rich history in catering first for city-dwellers who wanted to visit the mountains for the scenery and the clean air in the summer and later for sports enthusiasts who took to the mountain slopes in the winter.
The town itself is quite busy and lively during the day and at night, and, although the main traffic is kept away from the centre, the buses and taxis still do a roaring trade with people staying here and visiting from the other resorts in the Zillertal.
The ski slopes are easily reached from most accommodation - the Penken gondola
leaves from a central point and the Ahorn is reached by a regular series of
buses. The other resorts on the valley pass are also well-served by public
More information about the Mayrhofen ski area
More information about the Hintertux glacier skiing
The valley floor itself is unusually flat for the Austrian Tyrol, which helps when travelling in bad weather, but it can become
extremely busy for those attempting to drive to Mayrhofen at the weekend. Train
connections are possible with a change in Jenbach to the local valley line.
More information about travel to Mayrhofen
Mayhofen is the busiest resort in the ski area and offers the widest range of accommodation. Quieter villages nearby with good access to the same ski area include Hippach and Finkenberg, as well the other hamlets on the way up towards the Hintertux glacier.
More information about Mayrhofen hotels & other accommodation
More information about hotels in Finkenburg & Tux
Those who are interested more in the glacier skiing itself can find some accommodation in the settlements near the end of the Tux valley. These are also connected to the main winter ski area by the local ski bus.
More information about Hintertux hotels