Tourist destination Fügen-Kaltenbach
The Zillertaler Höhenstraße is known as one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Austria .
The road was originally built in the 1960s as service road for the Alpine pastures and the mountain streams regulation agency. Over time the road was then also opened up to visitors and can now be reached via five different access roads located in Ried , Kaltenbach , Aschau , Zellberg and Hippach .
One way to explore the Zillertal mountains is in the comfort of your own car along the beautiful Zillertaler Höhenstraße. But the High Alpine Road is an amazing experience not only by car, but also by bike or bus under 10.5 m in length, and something that must not be missed during a summer holiday in the Zillertal valley. Its highest point at 2,020 metres offers day trippers and sport lovers the reward of impressive views of the Tirolean mountains.
|Toll charges on the Zillertaler Höhenstraße 2017:|
|Cars up to 6 people||€ 8,-|
|Cars and minibuses||€ 17,-|
|Buses (max length 10.5 metres )||€ 22,-|
Once you’re on the High Alpine Road there are various peaks of the Zillertal Alps close at hand.
The road is the perfect place to set off on a hiking tour on the Marchkopf , Wimbachkopf , Gedrechte , and Wetterkreuzspitze and lots of other summits. The interactive hiking map helps you plan the hikes, which can also be downloaded.
CIRCULAR HIKE ON THE WIMBACHKOPF (2442M) AND MARCHKOPF (2499M)
After starting at the Kaltenbacher Skihütte , the trail leads along the road known as the Zillertaler Höhenstraße until it reaches the junction to the Mizunalm – turn right here and walk along the gravel path to the Mizunalm. Head right at the first junction after passing the Mizunalm. Turn left at the next junction and head towards the Kristallhütte . The trail from the top station of the chair lift (the path straight on leads to the Kristallhütte - 10 min.) leads to the crest, all the way to the Kaltenbach Wetterkreuz. From the Wetterkreuz the path climbs steeply up to the Wimbachkopf . The trail then heads downhill from the summit cross to the Wedelhütte . The trail from the Wedelhütte is steep in places as it climbs up to the Marchkopf . The return journey follows the same route back to the Wedelhütte. The trail heads past the Wedelhütte and along a forest trail through Grubach to the summit of the Gedrechter . The hiking trail heads downhill from the Gedrechter, all the way to the Kaltenbacher Skihütte.
Route length: 14 km, Altitude difference: 890 ascent and descent, Total walking time: approx. 6 hours, level of difficulty: medium to hard
Here you’ll find the detailed route description with map and GPS data to download!
Interactive hiking map
Explore the First Holiday Region in the Zillertal valley with our interactive map and straightaway find detailed information such as altitude profiles and route descriptions for your hike or mountain bike tour to download and print. Here you can also download the GPX data to your GPS device.
Scheduled services on the Zillertaler HöhenstraßeBeginning of July to end of September
From the villages of Aschau, Stumm, Kaltenbach and Ried in the Zillertal valley, the local bus services provide the easy way to get to the Zillertaler Höhenstraße and on to the Kaltenbacher Skihütte, Zirmstadl and Platzlalm! On Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August the bus covers the entire Zillertaler Höhenstraße to Melchboden (Schwendberg) and back again!
Restaurants & Huts on the mountain
A must for lovers of game specialties - from their own hunting grounds. Right next to the ski hut there’s the Murmeltierland (Marmot Land) for children, with a large playground and petting zoo.
At the southernmost point of the "Zillertaler Höhenstraße", just before the Hippach exit, this mountain hut is the ideal refreshment stop where you can also watch the paragliders taking off nearby.
Kristallhütte & Wedelhütte
The famous Kristallhütte and the Wedelhütte are also not far from the High Alpine Road "Zillertaler Höhenstraße", just a short walk away through the Zillertal mountains.