Just a few metres further north, above the village of Zirl, begin the 920 square kilometres of pristine, untouched mountain countryside that make up the Alpenpark Karwendel nature reserve. Here, in the Tyrol’s largest nature protection area, the unique landscape, with its diversity of flora and fauna, remains undisturbed by cars, cable-cars or lifts.
Also within the boundary of the protection area is Zirl’s most distinguishing feature, the unmistakable “Martinswand” rock face. This challenging climbing area is very popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.
Alongside sport and culture, Zirl also offers plenty in the way of recreation and relaxation. With an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a crazy golf course and a rifle range, boredom doesn’t stand a chance here. The village’s central location in the heart of the Inn valley and its close proximity to Innsbruck (just 10 kilometres away), make Zirl an ideal base for excursions to various places in the region. During the winter months, the Rangger Köpfl, Axamer Lizum, Seefeld and Kühtai ski areas, all just a few minutes’ drive from Zirl, offer a wealth of slopes, cross-country tracks and snowboard fun parks.
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