Mayrhofen Almabtrieb Festival
and Steam Trains of the Tyrol
Sunday 29th September - Monday 7th October 2019
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Travel Insurance: £46pp
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The Almabtrieb Festival is celebration time at Mayrhofen in the idyllic Ziller Valley. This is the weekend when the cattle leave the high mountain pastures as autumn closes in. The village has a festive atmosphere as more than 300 cows come home decorated with floral headgear and clanging bells, herded through the village by the farming families including the children in traditional dress. It’s a great sight and Roadmark will be there to join visitors and locals, enjoying street stalls, local food, wine and music. Plus magnificent alpine scenery, and two of the famous little steam trains of the Tyrol!
We have included …….
- Reserved carriages for a journey on the Ziller Valley Steam Train
- A journey on the Anchensee Cog and Steam Railway, climbing to the lake in the mountains
- Visit to Innsbruck. Capital of the Tyrol. See the Golden Roof etc
- Visit to scenic villages including Gerlos and Rattenberg
- Visit to Pertisau alongside lovely Lake Anchensee
- We also take you to the panoramic viewpoint at the top of the famous Berg Isel ski jump
Mayrhofen is a busy, trendy village, beneath high alpine peaks in the picuresque Ziller Valley. It is a ski resort in winter, then genteel and attractive as the seasons change, with shops, cafés, meadow walks, and cable-cars to the high mountains for panoramic views.
Your Holiday Hotel
Your Holiday Hotel
We have 6 nights at 4-star Alpendomizil Neuhaus Hotel and Spa; traditional Tyrolean, yet with a modern feel. The Hotel is located in the heart of Mayrhofen with all the village facilities just a few steps away. Throughout our stay we include the buffet breakfasts and evening meals with menu choice. There is music in the evenings, leisure facilities, pool and spa.
(DAY 1) Sunday 29th September
Eurotunnel to Calais. Overnight at Best Western Victor's Residenz-Hotel Rodenhof, Saarbrucken. Evening dinner included.
(DAY 2) Monday 30th September
Breakfast at Hotel. Arrive late afternoon at Alpendomizil Hotel Neuhaus in Mayrhofen. We stay 6 nights here, with buffet breakfast and evening dinner included throughout our holiday
(DAY 3) Tuesday 1st October
A short drive down the valley to Zillertaler Heumilch Sennerei in Fugen. At this working cheese factory you can see the process of cheese and butter making and visit the mini museum for an insight into its history. The dairy is a co-operative and every day about 270 farmers deliver their fresh hay milk for turning into the delicious products which, of course, are available to taste and buy. Then back to Mayrhofen for a leisurely afternoon with opportunties for cable cars to the high peaks, walks, shops, cafés etc. The Hotel has excellent leisure facilities and music each evening.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 2nd October
Coach to Jenbach where we board the Achensee steam and cog railway (included) for a 50 minute journey up to Seespitz/Pertisau alongside the Achensee, the highest lake in the Tyrol among lovely mountain scenery. Lunchtime by the lake at Pertisau, with time for a steamer cruise this afternoon if you wish. We can call in at Rattenberg on our way back to the Hotel. Rattenberg sits on the fast flowing River Inn and is know for its glass-making. Watch glass being blown and browse the litte shops and cafés.
(DAY 5) Thursday 3rd October
Coach to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. Plenty of time to see the sights, Golden Roof, Cathedral, Hofkirche, Stadtturn etc. The ancient arcaded shops are ideal for browsing and there are plenty of cosy cafés for lunch. This afternoon we visit the ski-jump at Berg Isel, taking the funicular (included) to the panoramic restaurant. Enjoy spectacular views while sipping a coffee alongside the point where the ski-jumpers launch themselves down the slope.
(DAY 6) Friday 4th October
Morning visit to Gerlos, with time for a coffee in the village. This is a jounrey for pleasure of the scenery en-route and beyond Gerlos for a photo stop at the lake viewpoint, before turning around just before the summit of the Pass. Back to Mayrhofen at lunchtime, before we board the Ziller Valley Steam Train (fare included) for a scenic journey along the valley to Jenback where the coach will be waiting to bring us back to our Hotel.
(DAY 7) Saturday 5th October
Mayrhofen Almabtrieb Festival. Enjoy this day of music, Tyrolean costume, street-stalls, traditional food and drink, and watch the ceremony of cattle parading through the main street as they are brought down from the mountains wearing flowers, decorative headgear and enormous cow bells. This is a great event for the farmers and local people, the biggest day of the year in Mayrhofen with coaches from all over the country. We have a real involvement because of all the farmers, our own hoteliers (the Moigg Family) normally have the largest herd, brought right past our Hotel and gathered in the adjacent field.
(DAY 8) Sunday 6th October
Overnight at Best Western Victor's Residenz-Hotel Rodenhof, Saarbrucken. Evening dinner included.
(DAY 9) Monday 7th October
Breakfast at our Hotel. Return home, with Eurotunnel crossing later this afternoon.