BikingThe Zillertal – A paradise for bikers
Awaiting bikers in the Zillertal and surrounding mountains is a perfect setting for leisurely excursions and more challenging rides. Well signposted tours lead to the most beautiful spots in Zillertal, sometimes via roads and trails and sometimes simply cross-country through thick forests and along narrow paths. The single trails, mountain-bike routes, cycling paths, and alpine passes around the Zillertal are an Eldorado for casual cyclists and "pros" alike.
Over 300 km of bike routes lead from Zillertal into Pinzgau. Different difficulty levels guarantee that every athlete, from beginner to pro, will always find just what they're looking for. Awaiting bikers beneath the peaks of the Zillertal are exciting challenges and magnificent views.
With its location in the center of Kaltenbach, Hotel Post is THE ideal starting point for a number of bike tours. Offers tailored both to casual cyclists and mountain bikers here at the hotel are sure to appeal to everyone.
Our bike services for you
- Biker's breakfast with fresh fruit and granola
- Info center with bike maps of the Zillertal, tour descriptions, info about nearby repair shops, and current weather conditions
- Lockable storage room for bikes
- Bike stands at the hotel
- Washing station for your bike with water hose and scrubbing brush
- Small repair kit for the bike with pump, patch kit, lube, and tools
- Washer and dryer for your bike clothing
Hotel Post in Kaltenbach is a great starting point for bike tours through beautiful mountain scenery. A variety of difficulty levels, vertical meters, and route lengths are awaiting bikers. We have the perfect tour tip to suit every biker.
For casual cyclists: Zillertal bike path
|Length:||up to 31 km|
|Duration:||up to 2 hrs.|
|Vertical meters:||145 m|
|Levels:||Beginners, chrildren, families, seniors|
Leisurely bike tours have the advantage of being perfectly suited for the whole family. Young and old can enjoy easy routes that lead through glorious countryside in the heart of the Alps. Enjoy the Tyrolean mountains of Zillertal on a bike. The Zillertal bike path is the ideal way to do just that.
The Zillertal bike path is wide, well-maintained and relaxing. There are hardly any hills, since the path leads along the flat valley floor alongside the Ziller. Which makes the route a lot of fun for beginners and children. For older cyclists, we offer e-bike rental at the hotel; of course, a normal mountain bike is also suited for this family-friendly tour.
It's not about the destination but the journey: experiences along the way
You will pass adventure parks, playgrounds, and pools along the Zillertal bike path. Which means, you can make a one-day excursion or multi-day adventure out of this bike tour. The Zillertal bike path starts in Strass and ends in Mayrhofen and has a length of 31 km. Kaltenbach and Hotel Post are located halfway along the route. If you are biking with children or beginners, you can start directly in Kaltenbach, which means you only have to bike half the distance but can still enjoy the many opportunities along the way. If you are ready to head back to your starting point, you can simply take the Zillertal steam train. It stops every few kilometers at stations along the Zillertal bike path in Strass, Schlitterersee, Uderns, Ried, Kaltenbach, Aschau, Zell, Hippach, and Mayrhofen. If you start in Kaltenbach, you have the option of completing the other half of the path on the second day. From Hotel Post, you can transport your bike by train to another starting point.
Other attractions along the Zillertal bike path
You should definitely schedule a stop in Zell am Ziller, where you can visit the popular Zillertal Arena. Marvel at the Krimml waterfalls, "fly" with the Arena Skyliner over the mountains, or watch your little ones dash down the Arena Coaster! From Kaltenbach, you can enjoy a leisurely 8 km bike ride to Zell.
For e-bikers: Zillertaler Höhenstraße
|Length:||up to 52 km|
|Duration:||up to 5 hrs.|
|Vertical meters:||1.845 m|
|Levels:||ambitious cyclists, e-bike riders|
The Zillertaler Höhenstraße is a more challenging tour. This mountain road in the foothills of the Tux Alps is one of the most beautiful throughout Austria. Here, you will reach an altitude of up to ca. 2,100 m. Due to the hills and the route (and also because tour buses and cars drive along this road), we recommend using an e-bike for this bike tour.
Up to lofty heights
The five different access roads add about another 8 km to your tour and, in contrast to the central mountain route, are toll-free. One of these access roads is located near Hotel Post in Kaltenbach.
This path, which leads to the central section of the Zillertaler Höhenstraße, begins at an elevation of 558 m. It is one of the access roads that takes you to the end point of the route. Several mountain huts provide great opportunities for refreshments. For example, you can bike from the parking lot at the reservoir in Kaltenbach for ca. 75 min. to the Wedelhütte. Or you can ride up to the Kristallhütte, which has been awarded "ski hut of the year" several times and offers a breathtaking panoramic view in summer.
For mountain bikers: the route of the Zillertal Bike Challenge
|Length:||3 stages, total length: 157 km|
|Duration:||up to 3 days|
|Vertical meters:||up to 10.000 m|
|Levels:||ambitious cyclists, amateur cyclists|
The Zillertal Bike Challenge is an annual race in multiple stages. It extends over three days and is considered the hardest bike race in the Alps. Around 10,000 vertical meters and 200 km must be overcome in the hardest version of the Bike Challenge. With an incline of up to 35 %, this route can only be accomplished with mental discipline and strong muscles, and is known as the "King & Queen". The "Prince & Princess" route is 157 km long; five lifts can be used to help you reach your destinations. And the "Lord & Lady" route includes almost 115 km with a 23 % maximum incline, with four mountain lifts available to assist.
The route for ambitious cyclists
These difficult bike routes are for professionals and amateur hobby cyclists but not absolute beginners. Even if you don't participate in this bike race at the beginning of July, you can still be inspired by the routes of the Zillertal Bike Challenge. Register for the race itself, or simply bike along one of the three routes on whatever date you please without having to compete against others.
Choose your own routes
All three routes lead from Fügen via Zell and Mayrhofen to Hintertux over three days. These towns are also excellent stop-offs between two day tours. The distance and incline vary according to the route. Biking the "King & Queen" route from Zell am Ziller to Mayrhofen is almost 75 km, while the "Lord & Lady" is only half the distance. Choose your own favorite route – all three are challenging and filled with adventure.
A pedelec is an electric bike that uses your own pedaling power but is supported by sophisticated technology, great for long-distance paths and steep mountain roads. Pedelec stands for Pedal Electric Cycle. The electric motor supplements your pedaling. An electric bike or e-bike is a bike with an auxiliary motor that can also be powered without pedaling. This is an environmentally-friendly way to be on the go.
The Swiss company BikeTec developed the Swiss Flyer, an electric bike, which has set new standards in the bike market.
Environmentally-friendly e-bikes are available to rent at Hotel Post. E-bikes cost 15 Euro to rent for 4 hours and 20 Euro for 8 hours. in addition, Hotel Post in Kaltenbach is especially bike-friendly. From a vitamin-rich breakfast and repair kit to an info station, storage room, and washing station, there is everything a biker could possibly want here. Have fun!
Go on an adventure in the Zillertal! While the side valleys attract skiers in winter, it is a paradise for bikers in summer. Bike through gorgeous mountain scenery in the heart of the Alps, and experience an active vacation that you won't ever forget. The Zillertal has over 800 km of bike routes to offer – including challenging single trails. Whether alone, as a couple, or in a group: experienced mountain bikers will get their money's worth in Tyrol in Austria.
With the diversity of bike routes in the Zillertal, you will find all three difficulty levels: 336 km of bike paths are difficult (black), another 274 km are intermediate (yellow), and 214 km are easy (blue).
Advanced bikers also have a wealth of opportunities if they want to bike a total of 28,185 vertical meters through the Tyrolean Alps - what an amazing way to experience the breathtaking natural scenery "up-close and personal". Three different single trails are available to our "pros", as are 8 lifts and the Zillertalbahn to transport your mountain bike. You can start out on several intermediate routes directly from Hotel Post in Kaltenbach – an almost 30 km long tour heading southeast to the Kapaunsalm.
A true all-round service package awaits mountain bikers at Hotel Post. The hotel not only rents bikes to guests for free but also provides e-bikes for a small fee. At the hotel in Kaltenbach, cyclists can enjoy extensive service that leaves nothing to be desired. You can store your bike outside or in the separate storage room. In the designated wash area, not only will your bikes get clean but so will your bike clothing.
In the hotel, there is a bicycle/mountain bike info station, and a small repair kit is also available to bikers. Fill up on a delicious breakfast, then start your next mountain bike tour equipped with plenty of energy!