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“MYSTERY HOLIDAY WELL WORTH THE GAMBLE!”
Review of Mayrhofen

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
272 reviews
145 helpful votes
“MYSTERY HOLIDAY WELL WORTH THE GAMBLE!”
Reviewed 3 April 2011

This was our second holiday of the ski season and wanted a bargain. We tracked the snow reports and plumped for Austria as it had snowed recently. Booked with LastMinute.com 6 days before and was allocated a mystery resort Gauranteed 3* HB via Innsbruck Airport so we knew it would be good conditions.

Holiday was with Inghams and we were allocated Mayrhofen as the resort & we couldn't have picked a better spot for some late season boarding & skiing. The pistes were excellent as the Austrians maintain them daily with snow cannons and piste bashers ( much better organised than the french resorts!), The Hintertux glacier at 3250 was superb having had a snowfall the night before this was real snow with excellent wide pistes.

Our accomodation was great a family run Landhaus where the Austrian family could not be more accommodating with 4 course evening meals at the Gashof Brucke Hotel round the corner where the standard of food was excellent.

If you want traditional tyrol style villages with good Apres Ski Mayrhofen is a great resort. It is not ski in ski out as per most of Austria as it is not a concrete purpose built resort. But the ski buses are every 5 mins and it was only a 5 min walk to the Penken lift from our accomodation. Another real plus point going later is no queues for lift and half empty pistes.

We have done France about 6 times ski ing, and Italy twice but will definitely revisit Austria as the people are lovely and it's a great country. On 2nd April it was as hot in the town as mainland Spain people were sunbathing round the pool!

Inghams are a very good specialist ski company and have been established many years I can recommend them and the biggest plus is when we checked the brochure price we had paid 70% less!

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Norway
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
96 helpful votes
“wonderful place for walking holidays”
Reviewed 7 July 2010

Mayrhofen is a fabulous destination for anybody interested in walking. There are numerous fullday and halfday routes easily available by bus. If you buy a 6-day pass you ride the busses free of charge (except for some road-tolls), ride cable cars twice a day free and can use the outdoor swimmingpools in the valley for free.

One nice route starts behind the grave-yard in Mayrhofen, taking you up to the hut on the hilltop above the town. From the hut, you might continue further up the mountain to end up at the top of the one-person chairlift from Ramsau, then take the train back to Mayrhofen. The route to Olperer Hutte and Friesenberger Haus should not be missed, although it is quite demanding.

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portsmouth
Level 6 Contributor
77 reviews
31 helpful votes
“safe”
Reviewed 12 July 2009

I have been to mayrhofen many times and each time it gets better I have just retuned from a great trip once again i am a middle aged solo woman traveler and i feel so safe .if i am up hiking in the mountains or out at night returning to my guest house the place is so friendly and clean and there is something to do for everyone from 1 to 100

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Surrey
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
61 helpful votes
“Lots to do”
Reviewed 11 July 2009

Delightful small town set at the head of the Ziller Valley. Variety of small shops & 3 very small supermarkets. Flanked by Ahorn & Penken mountains. Ahorn has the largest cable car in Austria. Penken has cable car & then chairlift. Plenty of marked walks & trails in the surrounding area including the Zillertal promenade walk, a nice level walk which follows the course of the river where whitewater rafting is on offer.

Mountain biking - about 20 euros hire charge per day plus 4 euros for helmet rental. Local diesel train starts here & runs half hourly along the valley to Jenbach via Zell am Ziller, with steam train services about 3 times a day. From there you can travel by train to say Innsbruck or catch a local bus to Lake Achensee. Worthwhile buying a Zillertal Active card from the local tourist office which will allow you unlimited travel on buses and trains (not the steam train) in the Ziller valley. Also one return trip up a mountain each day & free entry to 6 local swimming pools. Transport fares are expensive so this is worth getting. It costs 48 euros for 6 days plus a 2 euro card fee which you can get back by returning your card at the end of your stay.

Highlight of my trip was a tandem paraglide from the top of the Penken with - this was AWESOME!! There are several companies in the area that do this.

Trips to the nearby Hinterlux Glacier and Zillergrund Dam were excellent but note that the tour operator excursions seem to be cheaper than most DIY trips - unless you have the Zillertal card of course.

Go and enjoy!!

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Hayling Island
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Best location in Austria”
Reviewed 26 May 2009

Just back from my fourth trip to this wonderful little town in the heart of the Ziller Valley. Easy to get to via Munich Airport with just a 2 1/2 hour drive, or you can fly into Innsbruck although summer fares are quite high.

We stayed at the Neuhaus hotel again which has large comfortable rooms and an excellent spa and sauna complex. One tip, if you are offered room 135 try for another. Whilst the room is big and very well furnished half your patio area is taken up by the pagoda glass roof of the downstairs dining room. You have to stand on a chair if you want to see the view.

So here are my best and worst bits

Best place to eat would be for me the Neu Post. Good choice of food at a reasonable cost, friendly staff and nightly live music from about 8pm.

Best bar, or should I say bars would be the Sport Hotel and Scotland Yard Pub.

Worst place to eat for me would be the 'Singapur' chinese restaraunt. Unfriendly service, main meals were literally slid across the table half way through the starter and then we had trouble getting a drink because all the staff had gathered at one end to eat. We thought it was because we were late but they do not close until 11pm and this was at 9.30 pm!

Best trip had to be the paragliding with Stocky Air booked through the Thompson shop near the cable car. Running off the side of a mountain has to be the best thrill ever, and made my birthday one not to forget. David and Tom were great pilots and we felt very safe.

Overall - Don't let this little gem of a place elude you. Mayrhofen is a great base to visit some of the other towns and cities, such as Innsbruck, the crystal factory, the Hintertuxer Glacier (three cable cars take you to the top). There is also a narrow guage railway with a steam train that runs right through the valley.

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