The fresh air of the summer in the high valley of Gerlos - The scent of freshly cut grass, taking a deep breath at an altitude of 1,250m, the rustling of the mountain streams, the thundering of the waterfalls, the beautiful mountain scenery, the delicious food … experiencing the pleasures that nature’s got to offer that are enjoyable for young and old, to take a break from the everyday, relaxing, having fun - all that is part of a stay with us.
In summer, Gerlos offers numerous possibilities for sport and adventure
No matter what you decide on, be it an easy hike in one of our five surrounding valleys, a round tour, a hike along the thermal trails or a more strenuous hike to one of our many mountain peaks, it sure will be a very special experience. No matter if you’re a mountain biker or e-biker, there’s much to see and discover for bikers too, along Zillertal Arena’s 325 km of cycling tracks. On the ‘Durlaßboden-Stausee’ lake you can rent pedal boats, surf, swim or go fishing. For climbing lovers, there’s the 12m high climbing tower in the centre of town, via ferratas, a high rope course as well as a zip line. For the little ones, from 5 years old, there’s a great children’s and teen’s entertainment programme on offer - adventure, fun and lots of action is pretty much guaranteed. So, hopefully that’s enough, to convince you to leave your everyday behind and come and enjoy some beautiful nature with us.
A special bonus: Our guests can use the cable cars in Gerlos and Königsleiten for free for the whole duration of their stay here with us in Summer.
Five surrounding valleys and many hiking options
Gerlos has five valleys, which are ideal for easy hikes in a beautiful scenery and offer many possibilities to rest and get a little snack in one of the many catered alpine lodges. People who love a beautiful hike are bound to love a hike around the picturesque ‘Durlaßboden-Stausee’ with family or friends. If you go for one of the more strenuous climbs with several peak climbs, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Zillertaler and Kitzbühler alps. Additionally, there are many more trails in Gerlos for enjoyable walks. There’s a short walk around a stream, a village trail, a trail around the Gmünder Stausee, a valley trail, as well as a waterfall trail.
Thermal trail & learning trails
On the animal learning trail you’ll be lead through the romantic ‘Schwarzachtal’ valley, learning more about the indigenous animals through plaques along the trail. It may well happen, that along the path, you’ll be able to spot some actual groundhogs too. A look further up, may be rewarded with a view of some chamois. Or, alternatively you can get to know more about the world of fishes along the fish learning path, which leads along on the left riverbank of the ‘Gerlosbach’ all the way to the dam wall of the ‘Durlaßboden-Stausee’ lake. We also would like to proudly make you aware of the adventure path: It’s a great sensory experience where you can truly feel at one with with nature. Numerous stops mean it’s also a great hike for the very little ones and a newly erected playground will make your kids’ eyes sparkle.
Ambitious goals or just a desire to be high up
Is climbing a 3000m mountain one of your goals? There are many guided hikes in the Zillertal Arena that make such a goal reality and an unforgettable experience. And if such an adventure isn’t quite for for you yet, how about a hike from mountain lodge to mountain lodge, maybe with an overnight stay high up in the mountains? This way the Zillertaler alps will become a never-to-be-forgotten memory.
There’s hardly any limits for bikers, no matter if you’re an e-biker or mountain biker, here in the Zillertal Arena. Through the forest, up into the mountains or a flat valley ride - there’s something on offer for every holiday maker.
The most elaborate track network of 325km and various levels of difficulty leads you through some impressive mountain scenery. The Arena gondola transports your bike up to 1,800m of altitude free of charge. The journey up with the ‘Ißkogelbahn’ and the ‘Dorfbahn Königsleiten’ is free of charge for our guests during the whole summer.
And if you’re into speed and are looking for a bit of thrill, you’ll find a bit of a change from the classic mountain biking in the Bike Arena with its various single trails. There are four trails in Gerlos with varying difficulty, which are integrated perfectly into the landscape. The single trail in ‘Zell am Ziller’ is bound to be a nice change for the advanced biker but also suitable for enthusiastic beginners.
And in case you left your bike at home, there’s a bike rental at the sport equipment shop ‘Kröller’ not far from our house. However, there are many more rental and service points at the cable car station as well as in Gerlos itself. So there’s nothing holding you from a bit of fun on two wheels!
In the centre of Gerlos is a 12m high climbing tower - just what you were looking for to get a bit of climbing experience. With a bit of courage and skill and a short introduction, you can explore the area up to 15m high in the high rope course, in a forest next to the adventure trail ‘Erlebnisreichweg’. The high rope course with dews, metal ropes and tree trunks is suitable for kids from the age of 6 who are accompanied by an adult. There’s also a practice via ferrata where you can refresh your climbing knowledge for shorter as well as longer routes. A very special challenge is the via ferrata ‘Gerlossteinwand’ in the hiking area of ‘Hainzenberg’. And the challenging via ferrata ‘Talbach’ is for families as well as ambitious amateur athletes just the right thing.
Fun for the whole family
The ‘Durlaßboden Stausee’ lake with its 21° celsius offers a welcoming refreshment on the hot summer’s days of the summer months (July and August). Relax on the grass next to the lake where there’s also a playground and BBQ areas. Just underneath the dam you can enjoy a bit of surfing or rent a pedal boat. Then, you can treat yourself to some delicious food at the ‘Seestüberl’.
There’s also a lot of fun to be had in the public pool of ‘Zell am Ziller’ with it’s sport pool, whirlpool, huge slide and children’s pool. The indoor swimming pool in ‘Wald/Königsleiten’ with its adventure slide, outside swimming pool, sauna area and spa area as well as the thermal spa ‘Zillertal’ in ‘Fügen’ with adventure pool, spa pool, salt pool and outside pool and the longest water slide that can be found in the West part of the country offers a lot of fun for the family too.
If you love a bit of thrill, the canyoning tour in the gorge of ‘Schwarzach’ with it’s raging waterfalls and whirling pools will be a highlight for you. Not quite as wild, but just as thrilling is the rafting tour on the ‘Ziller’ - a wild water adventure for your summer holiday.
Did you know that the Krimmler waterfalls are some of the biggest waterfalls in Europe and the only natural landmark in Austria that’s been awarded with the Europe diploma? The microclimate of the Krimmler waterfalls with its natural healing powers is often recommended as a remedy for various illnesses. Breathing healthily and getting to know the natural element water is on the agenda at this extraordinary natural wonder.
The 'Fichtentschloss' in the 'Zillertal Arena'
At the ‘Rosenalm’ in the ‘Zillertal Arena’ is a 5,000 m² big castle ground that welcomes young and old to travel to the phantasy kingdom of the spruces dwarfs. The kids can run riot on the adventure playground and have the best time climbing, sliding and tinkering in the water wonder world. Aspiring architects will have countless possibilities to support the spruces dwarfs in their tinkering at the spruces dwarf building lodge complete with crane tower. To regain some strength, families can use the BBQ facilities for brought along BBQ foods from 11am to 2pm.
Another highlight are the wooden orb tracks that are 150m long. On two separate tracks, the wooden orbs have to track through funnels, spirals and wavy paths, so it never gets boring. And from there, you can go on to the adventure climbing track at the summit station at ‘Ißkogel’.
Family nest of Gerlos
In the family nest of Gerlos kids from the age of 5 years can have their fun. There’s a weekly adventure programme with lots of fun activities that make sure that the summer holiday will stay in your kids’ memories forever. And there’s something for the teens of the family too: kids aged 10-15 years old, always under professional guidance, can go on some thrilling adventures. No matter if it’s a tennis or squash match, zip-lining ‘Flying Fox’, going on the alpine roller coaster (Arena Coaster), paragliding, a bag jump onto an airbag from 6 or 9m height o zip lining with the ‘Skyliner’... one thing’s for sure: it won’t get boring!
Spread over more than 65 ha is the 18 hole golf court, which is situated in ‘Uderns’ in the Zillertal (28km), you’ll find a driving range with covered area and Short-play area and a big chipping area and several PGA golf schools. Ambitious golfers and those who want to be will feel right at home here.