The little sunny village of Brandberg with its 350 inhabitants is located in the rear part of the Zillertal valley.
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Altitude: 1,082 m asl
Branching off from Mayrhofen, you come to a side valley of the Zillertal valley, the so-called Zillergrund. This is where the village of Brandberg is located, covering almost the entire territory of the Zillergrund and even extending to the South Tyrolean border (Italy). The village is accessible from Mayrhofen via a gorge or via the modern tunnel of Hollenzen and is dominated by the Brandenberger Kolm, a 2,700 m high mountain of the Zillertal Alps. The name Brandberg, once upon a time called “Pramberg” and “Pramach”, derives from “Brombeere” or “Pram” (blackberry) or refers to a clearing after a fire called “Brandrodung”. Also on the emblem of the village the name is illustrated with a blackberry and a mountain.
The village is located in the Nature Park Zillertal Alps, the largest protected area of the Alps. It is self-evident that a large number of visitors are attracted by the fantastic mountains of this nature reserve. The municipal area does not only include 85 km of hiking trails, but also two mountain refuges, the Kolmhaus at 1,845 m and the Plauener Hütte at 2,373 m asl. The Kolmhaus refuge, located at the leading edge of a little valley basin, offers a sun terrace and is surrounded by a glorious vegetation with flowers such as bell-flowers, ambers and various orchids, which is all by virtue of local farmers who cultivated this area in summer until recently and protected it from scrub encroachment. By the way: at the reservoir Zillergründl at 1,850 m asl, at the border of the nature park, there is the Häusling generating station.
Also some sights and interesting constructions can be visited in this village. There is e.g. the Schrofenmühle mill at the Mühlbach river, which has been in service until the 1950s. This mill is one of the few preserved mills of the Zillertal valley. It has been put under monumental protection and can be visited in guided tours. The Hanserhof farm, however, is a 500-year old farm, some components of which even date back to the 15th century, a matter of fact that was discovered in the course of recent renovations. The protagonist in winter is the skiing area Mayrhofen, offering 142 km of well-groomed ski slopes. Tobogganing, cross-country skiing and ice skating as well as snowshoeing make your holidays varied.
Our recommendation: in winter you can even try fun and extreme sports such as paragliding and snow-tubing in the surroundings. Enjoy yourselves!