Zillertaler Höhenstraße

Zillertaler Höhenstraße, Hippach: Address, Zillertaler Höhenstraße Reviews: 4.5/5

Zillertaler Höhenstraße
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Raoul Rongen
Sittard, The Netherlands800 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
To enter the official hohestrasse you have to pay 8 euro. The road before the official hohestrasse was already very small and tricky on some parts of you are not used to it (we entered from the north site). The hohestrasse itself was a little better and had more spots to pass upcoming traffic. It has some spectacular views on the valley of zillertaler. There are also several spots were you can drink and eat something. Make sure you keep following the signs because sometimes there are several turns which lead back to the valley and you miss parts of the hohestrasse. On the most south part the road becomes larger and there are even busses that drive up to a certain point. Useful for backpackers.
It was a nice experience and worthwhile if you are in the vicinity but it was not the most beautiful alpenstrasse we have driven. The road could also use some maintenance on some parts
Written August 17, 2021
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Blairsville, GA788 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
AWESOME, SCENIC, PICTURESQUE - Hope you get the idea !!! The Zillertal High Alpine road is a road in the Tuxer Alps, located in the Southern part of the Zillertal. You will be driving high above the valley floor, way above the tree line. There are five different access roads from the valley floor from the villages of: Hippach, Zell im Zillertal, Aschau im Zillertal, Kaltenbach and Ried im Zillertal.

My husband, adult son and I were staying in Mayrhofen for one week in early October to attend the annual Almabtrieb Festival. In researching things to do and see before our departure from the States, I had read about this famous road and knew we would enjoy traveling on it. The day we drove the portion of the road from Hippach to Zell im Zillertal was a perfect weather day with the brightest blue skies I have ever seen.

As you leave the valley in Hippach you travel through some small clusters of houses, some perched on the steep sides of the mountains. There is a mixture of forest and fields to drive through. All the houses were very well tended with of course the customary flowers decorating the balconies. Beautiful !!!

The starting portion of the road we took was toll free at first but further up the mountain we encountered a small building that was a toll booth. The cost for our auto was Euro 7. I was later to reflect that this Euro 7 was a fair price to pay for about five hours for a delightful day. The road condition is generally good - single lane in many sections - with places to pull off to let on coming traffic pass. My son was driving on this day and I was a passenger sitting in the back seat on the right hand side of the car. As we were assending the mountain, in many sections where you had to pull off, the pull offs were on the "open/down hill" sides of the moutain and I had to shut my eyes as to not see where we would end up if we pulled off too far. Another asset to not being the driver that day was being able to take lots and lots of pictures.

At the peak of this portion of the drive we came upon the Hutte Melchboden which is at the elevation of 2,020 meters (6,600 feet). This is a wonderful place to stop, walk around some, have lunch and enjoy watching lots and lots of paragliders taking off. The car parking area is quite large, the restrooms were clean and the food was delicious. There are some picnic tables scattered all around the building and lots of big boulders to sit on.

We ordered our meal at the walk up window and I had the pleasure of visiting briefly with the man who was taking our order (I think he might have been the owner ??). He was very helpful in explaining to me the different types of soups that were on offer that day. I tried the dumpling soup and it was delicious. My son had goulash soup and also said it was very good. You literally feel like you are on top of the world as the views were 360 degrees.

We stayed here over an hour enjoying watching the paragliders launch from various spots on the mountain. What an incredible sport. During our stay in Mayrhofen we saw many many paragliders daily in the skies but seeing them at the start of their journey was special and educational.

The day we were at the Hutte Melchboden was one day before the annual "cow parade" in Mayrhofen which was on Saturday, October 6 this year. While we were having our lunch we heard cow bells and shortly there after, about 15 cows came up the road beside the cafe .....none of them had the eloborate head decorations on like they would have the next day, but several had eloborate collars to hold the bells on. I think that maybe these were cows just going from one pasture to another ...but not sure. And a really really nice custom to see first hand was the gentleman who had taken our lunch order shut the cafe down for about 5 minutes and brought out a shot of schnapps for the cow herder. I had read about this custom and was so pleased to be able to see it happen.

We continuted on after our wonderful break taking the road that would eventually lead us to the town of Zell im Zillertal. During our drive down the mountain we caught up with the parade of cows and as there was no passing, we slowed down to traveling at cow speed. Which was fine as I was able to take even more scenic pictures. The scenes going down the mountain were every bit as lovely as climbing up the mountain.

Towards the end of the desent we had to travel past (very closely) some road/mountain construction going on. We were able to see the process of the huge wire cables, cement and rocks that were being used to enforce the sides of the mountain. Interesting.

As we did only a small portion of this incredible road, I hope to return someday to experience more of it.

If you like mountain scenic drives, this one has to be a "10".
Written December 3, 2012
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Mark M
Leeds, UK174 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Well worth a drive up here. There are several entry roads up the valley. It's quite a long, slow and winding drive to the top. A toll of 8 euros is also payable. From here there are many huts and restaurant options along with great viewpoints and opportunities for higher level walking and hiking routes. The road can also be partially accessed by the local bus services.
Written June 26, 2017
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Turku, Finland18 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
The price of the road is ok, the views are indeed beautiful and the restaurants are good aswell. Just would like to point out that the road is very much single lane road, and the traffic is two way - with buses and other big cars driving there too. So, I would recommend this for the experienced drivers as you will probably need to reverse and wait for the turn etc - and the drop is significant, and there are no protective railings at all places. However this was on a July afternoon, it probably is more quiet and more enjoyable at other times. As you need to wait for your turn often, it also quite slow to drive here. Personally I preferred the views from different mountain tops (that you can reach with a cable car) - and would have spent more time on the mountains, and less time on this road.
Written August 21, 2018
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363 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Since we wanted to do some hiking in the area but also wanted to start a bit higher up already, we drove up the Zillertaler Höhenstraße. Can definitely recommend it. For someone who has been driving on such alpine roads it's not too challenging (I've experienced way harder ones and this one is quite well built and partially even spacy), for beginners I can see how it's not so easy though; still doable and nothing to be afraid of.
Once you are up there, you find plenty of parking spaces and options for things to do. There are plenty of restaurants, entertainment for kids as well as hiking routes of different length and difficulty.
Written September 18, 2021
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44 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Driving is nice and also the view, but stopping halfway and then taking a hike via the Wedelhütte and the Kristalhütte back top the Grunalm is great.
Written August 3, 2019
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Kent, UK156 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Less well known than the famous Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, The Zillertal Hohenstrasse is every bit as astounding and punches above its weight in terms of beauty, mountainous majesty and the thrills and spills of traversing a high alpine road. It costs only 8 Euros per vehicle, and delivers a fantastic experience. Only a couple of hours are required to cover the route at a leisurely rate, with stop offs to visit the many cafes or just to admire the awe inspiring views. Definitely a must do for visitors to this beautiful area of the Tirol.
Written June 28, 2018
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Pliezhausen, Germany306 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
The 25km (from Hippach to Zell am Ziller) takes 1hr but the view is awesome... all the way! At the Top (Hirschbichlalm) you reach 2,020mtrs, even if the weather is not great, it's worth the trip!!
Written June 5, 2017
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kevin h
Evergreen, CO20 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We were there the first week of October 2016 as a part of an organized multi-day motorcycle tour. We took the Zillertaller Hohenstrasse and stopped at Melchboden for a long afternoon coffee stop. We were fortunate to have sunshine and blue sky all around us. One of our favorite roads.

We were fortunate to have nearly the entire place to ourselves, as we were there mid-day - after lunch but before afternoon visitors.

As the other post states, there were may parasailers jumping off the side of the mountain, and it was relaxing watching them float away and down to the valley floor. We also enjoyed watching baby goats bouncing around in the pen behind.

Very nice and friendly staff, and quite clean.

I don't recall paying a toll to use the road, but that might have been included in our tour.

Highly recommend cycling, riding or driving the Zillertaller Hohenstrasse!
Written May 31, 2017
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Erding, Germany135 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The road is 35 km long and you can enter it from various points: we entered at Ried and paid €5 for our motorcycle. It is pretty narrow and steep and you have to watch out for cows standing in the road! At times it was covered in dirt and mud so you have to drive carefully, also watch out for oncoming traffic. In June there was still snow on the hillsides. Lovely views. Looked like a nice place to go hiking, unfortunately it rained while we were there.
Written October 29, 2016
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