Schlitters, a former mining site, is a popular holiday resort in the anterior part of the Zillertal valley.
Altitude: 548 m asl
Schlitters was established on the debris cone of the Öxlbach river. The name of the village derives from a pre-Roman settlement. Mentioned for the first time in the 10th century as “Slitteres”, in the municipal area silver, copper and mineral colours of malachite and azurite were exploited. The emblem is rather simple: the stylised white sleigh on red surface refers to the emblem of a noble family resident in the village.
Cycling and mountain biking is a popular activity in the entire Zillertal valley. One trail starts at Schlitters and runs towards Mayrhofen, passing by Lake Schlitters. This lake established in the 16th century has been transformed into a lake for bathing. In the present it is a vast leisure time facility including a surface of 22,000 sqm. In 2009 the near-natural adventure playground for kids was completed, located in an alluvial forest. Kids can look forward to exceptional see-saws, huge wooden sculptures and oversized swings. As you might notice, hot summer days are guaranteed! If you would prefer refreshment, we recommend you to combine a hike to a visit to the Schlitterer waterfall, thundering down the rock faces…
However, those who love culture absolutely have to visit the parish church of Schlitters, dedicated to St. Martinus. Constructed in 1740 AD in Baroque style, the interior primarily strikes due to wall and ceiling paintings by Josef Anton Mayr. In winter the skiing areas of the surroundings are within easy reach: the small but mighty Fügen-Spieljoch skiing area as well as the ski region Hochfügen, offering a total of 88 km of ski runs. Beside skiing you can enjoy tobogganing, ice skating, curling, paragliding and winter hiking, so there is something for every taste. An absolute must is après ski after a great day on or off the slopes!
Our recommendation: in Schlitters the Zillertal Railway stops, running between Jenbach to Mayrhofen. Don’t miss a nostalgic travel back in time!