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The Zillertal is a popular destination for German and Dutch travelers (oddly not for Austrians, as far as we could tell), easily accessible from Innsbruck. In the summer, it’s great for hiking, and despite a relatively short winter season it’s a major family ski destination. It’s not our scene, but if you have younger children and are planning to be around Munich or Innsbruck, it’s not a bad choice. Ed Sheeran captured the scopes quite accurately in his music video Perfect.

We stayed in Königsleiten, which was a reasonable choice. It’s a small town; most of the buildings are ski-in, ski-out, and it’s quite quiet and peaceful at night.

  • We liked **Biohotel Castello Königsleiten – family run, well-cared for, spacious and comfortable suites, generally very friendly and helpful. Easy walk to the slopes. Food is very affordable and good.
  • *Hotel Königsleiten looks okay – a step down from Castello. We had an average dinner there. It appears to cater to larger groups and younger children.
  • The newest business in town is a rather charming wine bar, **Restaurant Vinothek WeinZeit – a husband and wife endeavor, with a good and interesting selection, including natural wines and more hard to source stuff.
  • We had a good dinner at **Hotel Ronach – a fairly isolated, but higher end, family destination 10 minutes from Königsleiten. It had the feeling of a place you return to with your family year after year.
  • On the way in from Innsbruck, in Ried im Zillertal, the Mari Pop hotel is new and fancy. The building is nice and the spa looks elaborate, but the neighborhood isn’t particularly appealing. I’d choose something more Alpine, out the valleys.

Skiing: Christmas time 2022 was too early for much snow – our hotel told us this is fairly normal; at the low elevation the season is getting shorter every year. We skied at Zillertal Arena: part of the three resorts that make up the Zillertal (collectively the largest ski area in Europe). It has massive amounts of terrain, above and below tree line. 90% of it is intermediate to beginner, predominately low elevation. Lots of high speed quads and nothing but Dutch people. No year round villages, high end spas, or restaurants that we observed. Very crowded. Good for families.

On the slopes, **Larmachalm was the best (only?) option we found with table service. It’s fine, nothing particularly remarkable.

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