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Bramberg and surroundings

About Bramberg am Wildkogel

Untitled-6Bramberg am Wildkogel is located at an altitude of 856 and 820 metres respectively and form part of the Zillertal Arena ski region – the Wildkogel Ski Arena. This is the El Dorado for winter sports lovers. Young families, ski addicts and romantic winter fans will find what they are looking for. Kilometres of slopes and incredible views ensure a unique winter sports adventure. A descent of 14 km from the Wildkogel Ski Arena leads to the centre of Bramberg!  You only need 1 ski pass for the Zillertal Arena and the Ski-Arena Wildkogel.

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Bramberg has 4 sport shops, a bakery, a doctor and chemist, supermarkets.

Bramberg is the ideal destination for those who prefer peace and quiet. One of the longest tobogganing tracks in Europe ends at this picturesque village. In Bramberg there is a training field with a beginner and an advanced lift. This is also the assembly point for the ski school and the location of a very welcoming ski hut.  Since Winter 2011/2011 the new cable bahn : The Smaragdbahn”is finished und brings you within a few minutes in the ski-area Ski-Arena Wildkogel, with 55 km Pistes – and the Rodel-Arena Wildkogel with a length of  14 km.

There are several après-ski options and the various restaurants breathe the real ambience of Austria.

Tobogganing

The tobogganing track that starts from the Wildkogel isImage-2-chalet
open daily up to 10 p.m. It is 14 km long.

A ride on the Wildkogel tracks takes you to an altitude of approx. 2300 metres. You next walk for about 15 minutes and, next, you can enjoy 45 minutes of descending fun! The ski bus will take you back to the starting point in Neukirchen. From Bramberg you reach the tobogganing track immediately.

The toboggan run is illuminated until 22:00 daily.

More information at the Tourist Office Bramberg.

Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, Pinzgau Local Railway

The Pinzgauer Lokalbahn (Pinzgau Local Railway) has been restored to its former glory! The Pinzgauer Lokalbahn is a 760mm gauge narrow-gauge railway in the Austrian province of Salzburg. In 2005, the line suffered major flood damage between Bramberg and (Vorder)Krimml. The line has since been fully restored, and connects Zell am Zee in the Salzachdal with the town of (Vorder)Krimml. For a range of interesting excursions, why not hop aboard this local train? How about a nostalgic journey through the snow-clad Pinzgau region? Ski enthusiasts can take the train all the way to the Hollersbach Panoramabahn cable car. The gondola then takes them you to the famous ski resort of Kitzbühel. A refreshing change from the ski bus!

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Austria / Salzburgerland

Austria is approximately twice the size as The Netherlands and lies in the heart of Europe.Afbeelding-21

It borders on Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the west, on Hungary in the east, on Slovenia and Italy in the south and on Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the north.

A quarter of Austria consists of low lying lands and hills, and the rest is consists of low and high mountain ranges, with the 3800 metre high Grossglockner as the highest mountain.

Austria is not just a perfect winter sports destination; in summer it is ideal for hikers and culture and nature enthusiasts.

Beautiful lakes, green, grassy mountain meadows and a huge variety of natural beauty combined with some impressive cities mean Tirol and the Zillertal offer something for everybody.

Austria has a number of national parks and nature reserves, including: Hohe Tauern National Park

KrimmlerWasserfälle

Hohe Tauern National Park has Europe’s highest waterfalls, the Krimmler Wasserfälle, with a total height of 380 meters. The top stage has a drop of 140 metres, the middle stage is 100 metres high, and the lowest drop is also 140 metres.

The waterfalls are situated in the village of Krimml, approx. 5 km from Wald im Pinzgau and also close to Hochkrimml and Königsleiten.

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Thanks to its unique combination of sports and relaxation, Austria is a popular winter sports destination. Each year, numerous holiday makers travel to the Austrian winter sports resorts. The often picturesque villages, the hospitable people and the wonderful, natural “white” environment guarantee the holiday of a lifetime. The various ski areas provide fun for all ages at all levels, but there are also plenty of opportunities for hikers and cross-country skiers.

Austria is a delightful holiday country in both summer and in winter.

Hiking in the Zillertal region

The mountains loom large in the Zillertal. For those who love peace and action, this location offers many possibilities for spending the holiday during the summer months. The best way of exploring this “mountain world” is on foot. There are hiking routes with a total length of over 1000 km, ranging from easy hikes in the valley to challenging hikes in the higher mountain areas. Experienced climbers can travel around without a guide but fortunately there are several alpine schools that offer to take the less experienced walker on hiking trails. With a guide, you can walk along safe, yet challenging trails. There are various themed trails, trails that will teach you about nature, beautiful routes through nature reserves and a lovely mountaineering area for climbers in Ginzling near Mayrhofen.

The mountain and water world of Zillertal also attracts many people who love to canoe. More and more people are being attracted to climbing and hiking through crevices and along and through fast moving rivers and waterfalls. Instructors and guides who are active in the Zillertal region will gladly assist those who have never experienced these adventures before. There are various possibilities for easy walks, hiking through trails in the high mountains and hut-to-hut short walking holidays, starting from all locations.

Excursions in the Zillertal region

The Zillertal is one of the most diverse hiking destinations in the world. In the summer the Zillertal Arena transforms into the Walking Arena. Below is a small selection of enjoyable excursions. The Zillertal is a wide valley and further exploring it using the cable car is just the right solution.

Excursions without a guide
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From Krimml to the Krimmler Tauernhaus
o Moderate hike
o Starting point: Krimml
o Duration: Approx. 3 hours

Gerlos
Walk around the reservoir (lake)

o Moderate hike
o Starting point: the dam near Gerlos
o Duration: ca. 2 hours
o Difference in altitude: ca. 180 m

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Hike to the Zittauer Hütte (2329 m)

o Moderate hike
o Starting point: Alpengasthof Finkau
o Duration: ca. 5 hours
o Difference in altitude: ca. 910 m

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Hike to the Gerlossteinwand (2166 m)

o Moderate hike
o Starting point: The valley station of the Gerlossteinseilbahn in Hainzenberg
o Duration: ca. 2 hours
o Difference in altitude: ca. 550 m

Spending the night in mountain huts

In addition to going for short walks, you can also go on several-day hiking tours, spending the night in mountain huts. The Zillertal Alps high mountains are great for hiking and just right for mountain several-day hiking tours.

Mountain huts provide simple accommodation and meals. You can reach the mountain huts in one day or you can go on a several-day hiking tour of the huts. There are approx. 10000 mountain huts in the Alps, of which approx. 1600 are controlled by large alpinist associations. Austria has both simple (dormitory, no showers) and luxurious mountain huts (shower, bedrooms). In the course of the years, mountain huts have been modernised and updated. In Austria and Germany, much larger and often more luxurious mountain huts have been built. The rates for these mountain huts are generally higher and they are visited more often. Overnight bookings for Alps mountain huts run in the tens of millions and we strongly recommend that you book in advance.
The mountain huts have blankets as standard. You should bring a sleeping bag and a sheet sleeping bag yourself.

The following rules apply to using the mountain huts:

  • Remove your shoes upon entering the hut
  • Leave your equipment (backpacks, picks, ropes, etc.) at the entrance or in the designated areas.
  • We recommend that you make reservations.

Members of a mountaineering association normally receive a discount when they wish to stay in mountain huts of the Austrian mountaineering association. This discount does not usually apply to privately owned huts.

Several-day hiking tours in the Zillertal region

As mentioned above, there are various hiking trails. There are various possibilities to go on several-day hiking tours that will take you from hut to hut starting from various locations in the Zillertal. Below information is provided about these hiking tours:

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Krimml
From the Krimmler Tauernhaus to the Warnsdorfer Hut

o Gentle walk
o Starting point: Krimmler Tauernhaus
o Duration: Approx. 3,5 hours
o Difference in altitude: 703 m

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From the Krimmler Tauernhaus to the Richterhütte (Richter Hut)

o Gentle walk
o Starting point: Krimmler Tauernhaus
o Duration: Approx. 2,5 hours
o Difference in altitude: 736 m
o You can extend this tour by continuing from the Richterhütte to the Zittauer hütte on day 2

Several-day hiking tours with a guide

Großvenediger

Climbing the Großvenediger, Austria’s most romantic mountain top, and with its 3674 m still one of the highest mountains in the country, will literally and figuratively be the summit of your holiday. The Großvenediger is the most important mountain top of the Venediger Group in the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is the third highest mountain of Austria and is on the border of Eastern Tyrol and the Salzburg state. This is a glaciated mountain and inexperienced climbers should only climb this mountain if accompanied by a guide. Various organisations offer this tour, including the “Tourismusverband Neukirchen”. There are several possibilities for reaching the top. The easiest route is via the Kursingerhütte (Kursinger Hut).

GroßGlockner

The Großglockner is the highest mountain in Austria. It is every mountain hiker’s dream to have stood on this summit once. The Großglockner was first climbed by a group of scientists and various pioneers and mountain guides in 1800. Experience with walking on ice grippers on steep terrain is required with regard to this tour. You also need to be familiar with this tour. This means the best thing you can do is to book a guided tour. This tour can also be booked via the “Tourismusverband Neukirchen”.

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