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Zirl near Innsbruck
Holiday enjoyment at the foot of the legendary Martinswand
The impressive Martinswand near Zirl watches proudly over the village. This rock face is a place of untouched natural beauty that is both mystical and historically interesting – the Karwendel Railway is carved into the rock and the rock face is also home to a legendary grotto. The Martinswand and Ehnbachklamm belong to the Climbers Paradise near Innsbruck, one of the most interesting climbing regions in Tyrol and a top destination that attracts ever increasing numbers of climbing enthusiasts from near and far.
At the foot of this climbing paradise, 622 metres above sea level, is a village that quickly works its way into the hearts of visitors: just ten kilometres from the Capital of the Alps, this is a great destination for families, as well as anyone who wants to stay in the heart of nature yet still be in a place where they can feel the pulse of the city.
The village enjoys a central location amidst 920 square kilometres of untouched nature in the Karwendel Alpine Park – just a short distance from the ski resorts of Rangger Köpfl, Axamer Lizum and Kühtai with their wonderful ski slopes, cross-country ski tracks and fun parks. The surrounding mountains are known as Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck during the winter and appear even closer to nature during the summer: the Karwendel Alpine Park with its beautiful hiking trails, exciting bike routes and climbing paradise will make you want to get out and explore.
The outdoor swimming pool, the tennis courts, the mini-golf course, the gun range and the Inntalradweg (Inn Cycle Path) round off the truly diverse range of attractions in this Climbers Paradise.
An added bonus: the proximity to Innsbruck’s international airport, the Inn Valley motorway and the Brenner Pass make this a very convenient destination for business travellers.
Summer in Zirl
Summer holidays in Austria’s largest nature park
Tying your shoelaces in the centre of Zirl one minute, exploring the largest nature park in Austria the next: The Fragenstein & Martinswand Nature Reserve is a gateway from Zirl to the 920 km² Karwendel Alpine Park.
The “Foehn” winds and the many hours of sunshine create “Foehn flora”, the steep and challenging Martinswand rock face rises up into the summer sky and the varied climbing routes attract rock climbing enthusiasts and experts from around the world. The Ehnbachklamm and the Martinswand are amongst the most popular and fascinating climbing hotspots in Tyrol and are increasingly becoming a Mecca for international climbers.
The weekly nature tours, the tours of the alpine park, the free mountain hiking programme and the numerous biking trails all contribute to the summer diversity in Zirl. This is a place where there is something for everyone – from challenging tours that take hikers high up into the mountains to gentle bike rides along the Inntalradweg (Inn Cycle Path).
Tennis courts are available for anyone who wants to do a little relaxed work on their serve. Kids and teens can enjoy competitive fun on the mini-golf course. The gun range challenges skill and accuracy. And the outdoor swimming pool in Zirl is perfect for a little refreshment on hot summer days – a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
If the sun takes a break, Innsbruck and its many cafés, restaurants and attractions are just ten kilometres away – for delicious experiences and enjoyable moments.
Winter in Zirl
Winter holidays in the heart of Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck
Zirl offers such a great range of fantastic winter activities that business travellers also often combine a stay with skiing, snowshoeing or tobogganing.
Great ski resorts, such as Rangger Köpfl, Axamer Lizum, Kühtai and the other destinations within Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck, are very close by – the nearest slopes are a 15-minute drive away. Cross-country skiers can enjoy the seven-kilometre-long track in Zirl and embark on a sunny journey through the vast Inn Valley.
The Karwendel Alpine Park is also full of magnificent panoramic views and scenic highlights that are just waiting to be discovered – quiet visitors can even observe animals in their natural habitat. Gentle strolls along the valley and in the surrounding mountains, Nordic winter walks and tobogganing fun for the whole family are also great ways to experience this sparkling season in all its glory. An approx. 90-minute winter hike leads to the “Brunntal” snack station where visitors can enjoy a hot chocolate before tobogganing back down to Zirl on the four-kilometre run.
Once back in the village, ice skating and curling offer a fun way to round off the day – or take an evening stroll through the romantic old town in Innsbruck with its beautiful Christmas and Easter markets.
Tradition & culture
Tyrolean culture and traditional festivals
Zirl has a strong village community that enriches the year with its diverse cultural and traditional customs.
This beloved suburb of Innsbruck is considered to be the centre of nativity scene building – the rich collection is displayed in the “Krippenmuseum” (Nativity Scene Museum). The Local History Museum also invites visitors on a journey through time: tools, equipment, photos, scripts and typical farming & household implements give us insights into days gone by. Highlights include the sketches and drawings by the famous church painter Franz Plattner, whose fresco masterpieces can be admired in the Parish Church of the Holy Cross just a few paces away.
The enchanting Christmas Markets in Innsbruck are the best in Europe and the pre-Christmas concerts in Zirl also spread a feeling of excitement and harmony. The traditional carnival celebrations in Zirl run until the beginning of Lent and feature the “Türggeler”. These traditional characters dressed in costumes made of corn husks bid winter farewell and the nativity scene is transformed into a Passion crib. The Calvary Church is also home to a Passion crib featuring paper figures.