Top 4 Things To Do In Mayrhofen, Austria During Summer
Located in the Zillertal Valley, Mayrhofen is recognised as a popular town to visit during winter, hosting the weeklong festival ‘Snowbombing’ and being, arguably, one of the best places to ski in the world. However, Mayrhofen can also be an interesting place to visit during summer. In the picturesque setting of the Austrian Alps, Mayrhofen has a lot to offer whether you are looking for an action packed trip full of activities, or to lie back and enjoy a relaxing, peaceful break.
The Penken is arguably one of the most spectacular places to visit in Austria, for many diverse types of traveller. Easily accessed in the centre of Mayrhofen is the Penkenbahn (Penken cable cars) which transport you up into the Penken mountain. Referred to as the ‘action mountain’, when you find yourself near the top there are many activities for people to participate in, as well as taking in the incredible view of the valley.
Funballz are large, inflatable plastic balls which you can climb inside and (attempt!) to walk on water in. Paragliding and mountain biking is also on offer, and you can hire mountain scooters for the day. The Zillertal Activcard can be a good purchase; this provides you with one ascent and descent per day for 6, 9 or 12 consecutive days. This also gives you free access to the outdoor swimming pool and allows you to use public transport in Mayrhofen for free. You can purchase this from the 31st May onwards and the last valid day of use is the 12th October 2014.
The Ahorn is another mountain easily accessed in the centre of Mayrhofen. The largest cable cars in Austria, the Ahornbahn can fit up to 160 people in each cable car at a time and takes you 2000 meters above sea level to a spectacular view of the Zillertal Alps. The Café-Bistro Freiraum situated near the cable car station at the top of the Ahorn is an extraordinary place to stop for something to eat or drink, with panoramic views of the Alps. Furthermore, on the Ahorn Mountain is the ‘Birds of Prey Show’ giving you the opportunity to see eagles and other birds of prey up close.
Spa and Wellness
If exploring the Alps doesn’t appeal to you or you are just looking for a day of relaxation, the Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen can cater for all the family. The outdoor swimming pool has a flume and floats to keep children entertained, as well as having a separate section for more serious swimmers and a separate, small pool for infants. There are also areas to sunbathe, however to use the sun loungers you must pay, so if this is something you wish to do regularly you may wish to bring your own.
The Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen also has an indoor swimming pool with more flumes and a Jacuzzi, along with other features. As well as this, there is a wellness centre perfect for some relaxation. Saunas, steam rooms and massages are all on offer, as well as sun beds if you wish. If you are staying in Mayrhofen, some hotels have their own spas available for guests to use.
After spending the day hiking in the Alps or relaxing in a spa, many visitors to Mayrhofen spend the evening listening to live music. Traditional Tyrolean music is regularly played at the Europahaus and there are regular festivals during the summer season. Furthermore, hotels such as the Hotel Strass and the Hotel Berghof have live entertainment every night.
Each Sunday during summer the ‘Sommerfest der Musik’ takes place at the Waldfestplatz (forest festival area) located close to the outdoor swimming pool. This is live, traditional Austrian music in a beer garden like surrounding. With a relaxed, fun atmosphere this allows you an insight into Austrian culture, with typical Austrian food and drink also available.
By Catriona Kidd
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