The village of Hainzenberg is located on the slopes at the entrance of the Gerlostal valley.
Altitude: 910 m asl
Hainzenberg and its 600 inhabitants is made up of numerous component localities with Dörfl as the centre of the municipality. “Haitzenperch”, as it used to be called in former times, has been mentioned for the first time at the beginning of the 14th century. In the 16th century a gold mine has been documented, which soon after was a subject of quarrels between Salzburg and Tyrol. In 1803 the mine as well as the entire Zillertal valley passed into the hands of the Counts of Tyrol.
Some years ago the ancient mine was transformed into a gold tourist mine. Figurines and multimedia presentations in the mine provide an insight into the life of mine workers. An interesting experience and a journey back in time! Part of this mine are also an animal’s park and the dairy “Hochzeller Käsealm”. Fallow deer, red deer, deer, ibexes and mufflons can be observed and fed in the animals’ park. This is also where the “Erlebniswanderung Goldbergbau” trail starts, providing interesting information. And in the dairy and dairy museum you can learn more about the history and production of cheese.
The pilgrimage church “Maria Rast”, the most frequented pilgrimage site of the Zillertal valley, is located at Hainzenberg at the passage to the Pinzgau and is even eternalized on the emblem of the village in the form of a star. A hiking trail takes you to this little church dating back to 1738. It starts at the tourist office and takes promenaders via the Gerlosstrasse road to the Waldheim tavern, further on along the Via Crucis and past the Lourdes grotto to “Maria Rast” in about 1.5 hours. In winter the small but mighty skiing area Gerlosstein, one of the oldest skiing areas of the valley, is accessible from the village. The Gerlosstein tandem aerial rope-way takes you there. And the cross-country ski trails in the surroundings complete the leisure time offer in winter.
Our recommendation: at Hainzenberg there is also the longest toboggan run of the Zillertal valley. The Gerlosstein funicular takes you comfortably to the start at 1,650 m asl. Enjoy the 7 km long ride down into the valley!