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Zillertal Alps

The Zillertal Alps extend in the provinces of Tyrol and Salzburg up to South Tyrol/Italy.

The lion’s share of the Zillertal Alps belongs to the province of Tyrol and the neighbouring South Tyrol/Italy, only small parts of the Zillertal Alps belong to Salzburg. However, the Zillertal Alps are characterised by glaciation above 2,500 metres. Some glaciers are located in the Alpine devide, e.g the Stillupkees Glacier, known for the homonymous artificial lake.

In the north the Zillertal Alps are bounded by the Tux Alps, in the north east by the Kitzbühel Alps, in the east by the Venediger mountain group, in the south east by the Rieserferner group, in the south by the Dolomites, in the south west by the Val Sarentino Alps and in the west by the Stubai Alps. Passo Brennero represents the passage between the Zillertal and Stubai Alps, while on the Tuxer Joch ridge the Zillertal and Tux Alps meet. The Birnlücke (2,665 m) represents the easternmost point of the Zillertal Alps. The Zillertal Alps are subdevided into several mountain groups, e.g. the Monti di Fundres, Tuxer Kamm, Reichenspitz mountain chain etc.

Peaks: some of the most important mountains of the Zillertal Alps are the Gran Pilastro (3,509 m), Grosser Möseler (3,478 m), Olperer (3,476 m), Cima di Campo (3,463 m), Grosser Löffler (3,376 m), Punta Bianca (3,371 m), Sasso Nero (3,368 m), Hoher Riffler (3,231 m) and Picco Croce (3,134 m). Moreover there are also a large number of popular mountain refuges like the Berliner refuge, Edelrauthütte refuge, Gamshütte refuge, Hochfeilerhütte refuge, Nevesjochhütte refuge, Olpererhütte refuge, Schwarzensteinhütte refuge and the Kassler refuge.

Trails: the Zillertal Alps have been opened up in the second half of the 19th century and today this area is really popular with alpinists and hikers from near and far. There are several famous hiking paths snaking their way across the Zillertal Alps, e.g. the Alta Via di Fundres, Berlin high path, as well as the hiking path leading from Munich to Venice.

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