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“Mayrhofen - a fantastic base for a walking holiday”
Review of Mayrhofen

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Owner description: This mountain town is best known for its renowned ski slopes.
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“Mayrhofen - a fantastic base for a walking holiday”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Mayrhofen is a lovely little town and a fantastic base for a walking holiday in Summer.

I strongly recommend buying a Zillercard @ 53.50 Euros for 6 days. You buy them from the cablecar stations. They allow unlimited use of the train between Mayrhofen and Jenbach, the nine local buses, and one ascent and descent per day of the dozen or so cablecars and chairlifts in the valley – including the first section of the 3-stage Hintertux cablecar.

There are two cablecars in the town itself: the Penkenbahn, which opens at the start of the season at the end of May, and the Ahornbahn, which opens a week or so later. NB: The full range of lifts is not available until the end of June – but there is still plenty to choose from at the start of June up until the first week in October.

The Zillercard is very good value for accessing the fantastic selection of well-signed mountain walks starting from the tops of the lifts or from the bus stops along the roads that snake their way up to reservoirs and passes high in the mountains. (If you use return lifts on 3 days, other trips work out as a bonus!)

There are lots of mountain huts along the walking routes. Many of them were still closed on our holiday in the second week of June 2012, but several were open and provided a warm and friendly welcome to us and other wet walkers and cyclists. (The weather wasn’t brilliant, but it didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the holiday. Who could complain about flower-filled meadows, thundering waterfalls, snowfields, jagged snowy peaks, glaciers etc – even if we were soaked through!)

Probably the biggest advantage of the poor weather was the sheer ecstasy of tumbling into remote mountain huts, hanging our soaking gear over wood-burning stoves, and drying out over pints, Schnapps and goulash soup whilst the storm raged outside the wooden walls! Sometimes there was even typical Austrian live music as well – an accordion player or two, playing traditional jigs and reels – even though there were only a few foolhardy walkers or cyclists squashed into a tiny hut.

We stayed in the delightful, Crystal-owned, Chalet Haus Tirol, right in the centre of Mayrhofen. Our hostesses Stephanie, Beckie and Kelsey did all the work themselves – cooking, waitressing, cleaning etc – and they even stayed up to provide us with a lovely hot meal on our arrival at 10.30pm after our 3 ½ hour transfer from Salzburg!

It is fairly ‘budget accommodation’, so the rooms are quite basic (ie no tv, no hairdryer) and there is no choice on the menu. However, all rooms have a balcony, and all except one have an ensuite loo and shower. The 3-course evening meals were, without exception, delicious and beautifully presented. (Many thanks, Stephanie and team!)

The friendly, helpful reps in the Crystal Office beside the Penken cablecar provided us with info, timetables etc early on our first morning. (Many thanks, Sarah, Mark and Brad!)

All 24 guests sat around four big tables in the dining room, so the atmosphere was very friendly. (NB: This arrangement would not suit couples hoping to have quiet, romantic evening meals!) The dining room buzzed with conversations exchanging walking stories and plans for the next day, and we made friends with lots of lovely people – in particular Beryl and Tom from North Shields, Margaret and Caroline from Scotland, and the ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ lads from Lancashire.

A few bits of useful info:
* The Spar shop opposite the Penken Lift makes up picnic sandwiches to order at approx 1.50 E per filled bun. It opens at 7.30. It also sells wine ‘for the balcony’ for as little as 2 Euros!
* Litre-carafes of house wine cost only 6 Euros at the evening meal in the chalet!
* There is little in the way of evening entertainment in Mayrhofen in early June. However, Bobby at the Strass on Monday night, impersonating Elvis and Tom Jones, was good fun!
* Prices in bars and mountain huts are much the same as in England, so you don’t need to count your pennies!
* Monday night is the staff’s night off at Chalet Tirol, so if you stay there you’ll need to cater for yourselves. We had Spar sandwiches and wine on our balcony. Others went to Mama Mia’s beside the Post office, and would recommend it.

The two most memorable mountain huts on our walks were:
• The totally incongruous, chandelier-lit, Berliner Hut, nestling at the base of a glacier, and accessed by the 7.59 bus to Schlegeis (line 4102), descending at Gasthof Breitlahner and following a 3 hour walk up through gorges etc. Amazing! You need the full day to appreciate the scenery, and to rest at the huts along the route that are open in the season eg the Grawande and the Alpenrose.
• The 400 year old Kotahornalm, an isolated hut high above the valley, accessed by taking the train to Ramsau, the single chairlift to the top, and another couple of hours’climb up through woods and meadows. Magical! (It’s a long walk back down to Mayrhofen, so again, allow the full day!)

We hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we did! I’d love to hear feedback! I’m also happy to answer any queries you may have about your forthcoming holiday in Mayrhofen.
Joan
(Tynedale)

Visited June 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“We'll be back!”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

We visited Mayrhofen with a uni ski trip in early December, arriving just as the first dumps of snow came. It's a really scenic and friendly place to visit, we spent the week tearing up knee deep pow in the day, and indulging in one or two (lol) bevvys every night.

We were there early season so the nightlife seemed a little quiet, but this probably ramps up into Christmas. Runs were uncrowded and lifts top notch (and often terrifyingly high). Ditch the trendy-euro skier crowd and find your own lines and you will be well rewarded. We're already planning our next trip.

Ohh, and make sure you go to the butcher shop across from the main lift station in town. Like every day. It's amazing.

Visited December 2011
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“A ski dreamland”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

We had the most wonderful time skiing in Mayrhofen and the surrounding mountains. We are fairly good skiiers (ski mostly red and blacks) and we didn't run out of slopes after skiing for an entire week! The slopes are upkept very nicely and are for the most part wide and comfortable.
The food on the slopes and off is much better than we had experienced in Italy. Try some gluwein (warm wine), but not enough to make you ski crooked.
The one mistake we made was going to the glacier when the weather was bad. It was -8 degrees and we couldn't see a thing!
We will definitely plan on coming back!

Visited March 2012
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Fraddon, United Kingdom
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“Magical”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Great skiing for all levels, I am a beginner and had a fantastic time, great instructor. everything vey close together, ski hire, ski lifts, bars and restaurants etc scenery fantastic

Visited December 2011
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Bristol
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“Mayrhofen is a beautiful little town full of lovely resturents, and so many walks.”
Reviewed October 4, 2011

Do go there in the summer as well as the winter, it is so scenic.The train ride to Jenbach on the steam train is great and the scenery is out of this world.
We stayed in the chalet Tirol. right in the centre of town.It was small and basic, but clean and the food was very good. The girls who ran it are thompson reps.as that is who we booked with. We went on severl trips , and they were all great. i enjoyed the day to Lake garda. so beautiful there.
I would recomend this place for a visit , and will certainly go back to Austria again.

Visited September 2011
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