on two wheels
Cycling & mountain biking
in the Zillertal Valley
The Zillertal Valley is a great place for guests keen to explore the region on two wheels. From easy valley cruising for families to steep downhill trails, the 1,300 kilometres of riding on offer here provide something for everyone. Don't forget to stop every now and then to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
All in all the valley has 30 well-maintained trails which are clearly signposted and rated according to difficulty. Standard mountain bikes and electric mountain bikes are available to hire from the Hotel Theresa together with all the necessary safety gear, maps, water bottles, rucksacks, etc.
Theresa bike service
Mountain bikes, standard bikes and helmets available free of charge
Electric bikes and electric mountain bikes available to hire for a fee
Guided rides each week through the beautiful Zillertal Valley
GPS devices available to hire
Bike map of the Zillertal Valley
Heart-rate monitor watches available to hire
Laundry service (extra fee applies)
Locked bike storage room
Our favourite bike rides
in the Zillertal Valley
This ride showcases the very best of the Zillertal Valley. It begins with an easy ride up to the Rosenalm hut (which can also be completed using the cable car) before continuing to the Kreuzwiesenalm and on towards Innerertens (where this trail crosses the Biketrail 2000). The final section leads through the villages of Gerlos and Gmünd before a fast descent along the Gerlospass Straße to Zell. The ride takes 2-4 hours (350 - 1,550 vertical metres), depending on whether or not you use the cable car to complete the first section. There are no major technical challenges en route and the scenery is amazing.
This ride has gradients of up to 19% as it climbs the Zillertaler Höhenstrasse. Riders then turn off at the bend in the road and head towards Stifterhof, where a fine view of Zell am Ziller awaits. When you reach the Stifterhof turn sharp right and take the wide trail to "Theresas Zellberghütte". This is a good place to stop for a rest. The ride then continues towards the Aschauer Auffahrt on the Zillertaler Höhenstraße (with the option of turning off and heading to the Hirschbichlalm). With the climbing completed, all that remains is a fast descent back down to Zell am Ziller. All in all there are 1,030 vertical metres of climbing to complete. The ride takes around 3 hours and offers majetic views of the Zillertal Valley and mountains such as the Ahornspitze and Dristner as well as across into the Gerlostal Valley.
This very steep trail for experts only leads past the pilgrimage church Maria Rast to Hainzenberg. Via a forest road we continue to the Gasthaus Gerlosstein (1,630 metres), from there to the Gasthaus Kotahorn (1,680 metres), and then along a forest path with lots of roots almost all the way to Zell (trail number 8). The ride takes 2-3 hours and is moderately difficult in terms of fitness. Technically, it is then easy if you choose to return via the gravel road. If you choose to take the trail it is rated of intermediate difficult (S2-S3). Whichever option you go for, the views of the Zillertal Valley and the Tux Alps are fantastic.
A ride for experts with several different options to choose from on the way to Uderns. From Kleinboden you go over the Finsingberg mountain on a forest road along the southern slopes to Hochfügen. From there, continue to the toboggan run as far as the turning marked Rastkogel. A steep but wide path then follows, and on the last 200 vertical metres to the Sidanjoch ridge you have to carry your bike. From the Sidanjoch you can use the trail to the Rastkogelhütte and roll back to the Hotel Theresa via the Sidanalm and the Schwendberger Höhenstraße. This 4.5-hour tour is relatively challenging both fitness-wise and when it comes to bike-handling. All in all there are 1,600 vertical metres to climb. The reward for all that effort is the view from the Sidanjoch ridge and the Rastkogelhütte hut.
The cycle path along the Zillertal Promenade leads from Mayrhofen to Strass and is suitable for families and those who enjoy cruising more than climbing.