Mayrhofen is in the heart of the Ziller Valley in the Austrian Tirol and has everything a traveller requires. It basically has one main street leading up to the Almbahn ski lift at the top and the Penkenbahn halfway down the main street. Although skiing in Mayrhofen is not essential, the photographic opportunities are fantastic. It is a walker's and landscape photographer's paradise. If you take the Penkenbahn (a mere 15 Euros return) in about 10 minutes it will take you up the mountain to some of the finest views Mayrhofen has to offer. Once up there there are plenty of cafes and bars and restaurants to feed you and keep you hydrated.

Penkenbahn Ski-lift    Penkenbahn Chair lift

Eating Out. Mayrhofen has over 70 places to eat out and most of them are quite affordable. The Neupost does great bar meals in the bar area if you like informal dining. The pizzas are massive and cheap! Mamma Mia, just right of the main street near the Hotel Elizabeth is an Italian restaurant specialising in Pasta and Pizza. It was very quiet there but the service and food was superb. Grill Kuchl was a firm favourite. It has only about 12 tables but the setting is stunning with dark wooden beams across the ceiling and large old wooden tables. The food is cooked in an open kitchen and the prices are very reasonable indeed. Mo's Diner is a great place to eat and drink and has an American theme to it. The Singapore near the Amphitheatre is a very popular Chinese restaurant and is particularly popular with skiers as it's close to the chairlift. Although when visited it was virtually empty!

 

Drinking: Towards the end of the ski season most of the bars will be very quiet. The hotels seemed to hog most of the atmosphere. A favourite bar amongst Brits has to be Scotland Yard at the top of the village near the ski-lift. The oldest person there was about 25 (until Andrew Hurley walked in!). It had a great atmosphere in there and even has a large conservatory with leather chairs for when it gets really busy. Mo's Diner was a close second with its American Style.

Scotland Yard Pub  Birkenhof Gasthaus

 

Birkenhof Gasthof is near the train station. It just serves B&B. Not all rooms are en-suite which wasn't a problem as the toilet and shower were just across the hall. The staff were friendly and accommodating although turning up for breakfast 5 minutes early (when you have a coach to catch) you may get a stern look. But overall it was very basic but clean and just a 5 minute walk into the village. The breakfast was disappointing, with just batches, bread, cheese, ham, tea, coffee and orange cordial. No cereal, fruit, real fruit juice, yoghurts or cooked food.

The Zillertalbahn  View from the ski lift

Getting out and about. Mayrhofen does have its own train station and they are cheap and reliable. The train will take you to Jenbach and you can change there for trains to Lake Achansee and even Salzburg and lots of other destinations. Mayrhofen does have a bus service and coach trips are offered by Holiday Companies operating in the village. Top Tip If you stand by Win Win (which is a casino by the church) that is the main pick up point for the coach tours. You may be able to get your trips cheaper here than going through you rep/holiday company.

Top Days Out. Lake Achansee, Salzburg and Lake Garda.