Snowbombing 2015


During Snowbombing week, the festival will definitely be the most exciting thing happening, but Mayrhofen is a popular destination otherwise.

Mayrhofen attracts snow-sport lovers from all around the world. Regardless of experience, the slopes are sure to please. Local instructors are some of the best in the world, and many speak English. Snowbombing also offers affordable private lesson packages that can be added to your trip (£79 ($122) to £99 ($153) for skiing, £84 ($130) to £104 ($160) for snowboarding). There are dozens of pistes to choose from; the Ahorn mountain is ideal for beginners, the Penken, including the Vans park, is perfect for boarding, and nearby Hintertux Glacier is Austria's only year-round ski destination. For the daring, check out the Harakiri; its 78% incline makes it the steepest groomed slope in Austria.

If you get tired of the parties and the slopes, there's plenty more to explore in Mayrhofen, and the surrounding areas.

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  • Swarovski Crystal World

    If you like modern and abstract art, take the train to Innsbruck and hop on the Kristallwelten shuttle for a truly unique experience. Crystal World is not an informative museum where you’ll learn about the production of Swarovski crystals; rather, it is a place to marvel at the work of Dalí, Chagall, Warhol, Andrê Heller, and other iconic artists. Points of interest include the largest kaleidoscope in the world, an architecturally stunning alpine garden, and a walk-through Ice Palace tunnel. There is also a restaurant and Swarovski shop. Make sure to spend a few minutes in the Crystal Dome, a massive structure adorned with hundreds of mirrors accompanied by the music of Brian Eno.

  • Hintertux Glacier

    The glacier at Tux isn’t just for winter sports enthusiasts. Opt for a guided tour of Nature’s Ice Palace, the beautifully- and naturally-formed glacier caves, no climbing experience necessary. You’ll be provided with a helmet, but be sure to wear a sturdy pair of shoes or boots and a warm jacket, because it will be cold. Tours are available in German and English.

  • Planetarium Königsleiten

    Get a bit closer to outer space at this planetarium and observatory, located a short distance from Mayrhofen. Watch the planetarium show, grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, and then head next door to the observatory for some star gazing.

  • Sennerei Zillertal

    Here’s something most people have never seen before: a working dairy farm. Visit Sennerei Zillertal (The Zillertal Dairy) for the tour of a family-owned and operated business. English audio guides enable tourists to learn about dairy production, with a little history lesson on the region and the people who live there. After watching the foods being made, you can actually try their products, including milk, buttermilk, butter (with locally-baked bread), and lots of different cheeses.