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Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen Holidays

As one of the most popular resorts in the Alps, holidays to Mayrhofen offer a huge variety of both summer and winter sports. The town itself sits between the Penken and Ahorn mountains, high above the snow line with gorgeous views and hiking trails.

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Visit the Alps

The Austrian Alps are an incredible sight to behold at any time of the year. The Penken mountain, is situated in the centre of Mayrhofen and is fondly referred to as the 'action mountain' with jam-packed outdoor activities for families and adrenaline junkies. Take a cable car up to the top of this towering landmark and enjoy the views as you sore high above the trees.

Once you've reached the mighty peak you can join in with a whole range of activities. Paragliding and mountain biking are the main event, but you can also check out the Funballz, large inflatable balls which allow you to run on top of the Penken Reservoir.

The Ahorn mountains are easily accessible and sit in the centre of Mayrhofen, with cable cars fitting up to 160 people in each ride and taking you 2000 meters above sea level.

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Feel the beat

Every spring Mayrhofen hosts the Snowbombing music festival. This electronic dance event has taken place here since 2005 and is Europe's biggest snow and music celebration.

Indie and rock acts, DJs and electronic dance performances can be found in unusual locations around the resorts, including an igloo village, forest clearing and remote alpine farmstead. It's also known for embracing traditional Austrian references like lederhosen and sausages.

If you're planning a holiday in Mayrhofen during this festival you'll be encouraged to wear some interesting fancy dress, as each day usually has its own exciting theme. Snowbombing isn't a small time gig anymore, and this massive concert extravaganza has welcomed the likes of Fatboy Slim, The Enemy, Dave Clarke, Dizzee Rascal and other big names.

Take in the views

The views around Mayrhofen are incredible, with endless walking trails that suit all ages and abilities. Lifts are available to take you to the base of these mountains and paths, and everything is signposted with distances and timings to help you navigate.

You can walk a five kilometre trail along the river from Mayrhofen to Hippach or you can go on an all out hike to the peak of Ahorn or the trail to Zillergrundl. There are endless hiking opportunities available, no matter what your ability is.

The views on these trails, and at the top of the mountain ranges, are incredible and well worth the effort, with Sound of Music-esque scenery, rolling green hills, towering snow-caped mountains and racing rivers that surge down below.

Beat the cold

One of the best ways to finish a day of hiking and sight-seeing is to treat yourself to the Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen, the town's only waterpark. Here you'll find an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as a sauna if you need warming up.

If you have kids they will love the variety of pools, with various water attractions like waterfalls, massage jets, slides, swings, climbing equipment, trampolines and a giant Crazy River which you can make your way through on an inflatable raft. It's a full day of exhilarating rides and relaxing hot water.

Indulge your taste buds

Austrian food is warming and hearty, full of meats and stews and goulash served with rolls or dumplings. The cuisine you'll experience on holidays to Mayrhofen is no exception. Even though this town is a small resort, its food is on par with the rest of Austria and its restaurants are a mix of classic traditional cuisine and international favourites.

The mountain resorts are brimming with restaurants and you'll find delicious menus full of pancakes, stone-baked pizzas, schnitzel, burgers as well as soups and sausages. All the things you'd want after a busy day outdoors. You can also warm up with a traditional Austrian coffee or a deliciously sweet hot chocolate.