Zillertal: One of Austria’s Hidden Treasures

The Zillertal region is another Austrian hidden treasure, like Burgenland, which I visited in May 2011. The Zillertal region is referred to as nature’s dinner table because of all the local organic produce. I really like the look of the Melchermuas (pancake made with the creamy hay-milk) that Matt Carroll prepares and eats in the video.

Pancakes are big in Zillertal, there’s even a Krapfen (another type of pancake) Festival in Schwendau in August. In July there’s the Schmankerl Food Festival, where you can sample local dishes such as Graukassuppe (grey cheese soup) and Schlichtanudeln (a pasta dish) accompanied by traditional music.

Sarah and Terry Lee of Live Share Travel recommend the two hour ride on the Zillertalbahn steam train between Jenbach and Mayrhofen. One of the train’s carriages is decorated with thousands of Swarovski crystals, you may be dazzled  by all that bling, as well as the beautiful Alpine scenery.

Many people think of Austria as a Winter holiday destination or for a city break in Vienna but Austria is also a great destination for Summer holidays. The area has lots of paths ideal for hiking, biking and Nordic walking.  You can buy a Zillertal Activcard, for a minimum of six days, which covers rides up and down eleven cableways, admission to open air swimming pools and all public transport (except the steam train).