Mayrhofen - Boats & Trains of the Austrian Tyrol

Mayrhofen - Boats & Trains of the Austrian Tyrol

A 10 day tour of the Austrian Tyrol taking in spectacular waterfalls, lakes and mountain passes


A 10 day tour of the Austrian Tyrol taking in spectacular waterfalls, lakes and mountain passes

Mayrhofen and Ziller Valley

In the heart of the Ziller Valley lies Mayrhofen, a popular summer resort with plenty to see and do. The main road  travels from Jenbach at the start of the valley and turns east just after Zell Am Ziller and before Mayrhofen to run along the Pinzgau valley through Mittersill to Zell am See. Therefore there is not a lot of through traffic in Mayrhofen. The villages of Finkenburg and Hintertux, are a few km south west of Mayrhofen.


Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km south of Innsbruck. Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the Nordkette in the north, Patscherkofel  and Serles  in the south. It is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. The word bruck comes from the German word Brücke meaning "bridge" which leads to "the bridge over the Inn".


The Krimml Waterfalls, with a total height of 380 metres (1,247 feet), form the highest waterfall in Austria. The falls are formed from the Krimmler Ache river and are located near the village of Krimml in the High Tauern National Park in Salzburgerland. Krimmler Wasserfälle is a tiered waterfall. The waterfall begins at the Krimmler Ache at the top of the Krimmler Achendal, and plunges downward in three stages. The upper stage has a drop of 140 metres, the middle of 100 metres, and the lowest a drop of 140 metres. The highest point of waterfall is 1470 Mt above sea level.


The Achensee Railway is a 6.78 kilometres long metre gauge railway running between Jenbach and Seespitz on Lake Achensee in Tyrol (Austria). Within its length it rises some 440 metres (1,444 ft) in height, with the steeper sections using the Riggenbach rack system. It is Europe's oldest cog railway which is still steam operated. The Achensee Railway has four open and two closed four-wheel coaches.

Day 1

Travelling from Cumbria via a lunch stop in York we join the P&O overnight sailing from Hull to Rotterdam.

Day 2

From Rotterdam our journey takes us to south through Holland towards Maastricht, into Belgium and then Germany and our overnight hotel the Mercure at Saarbrucken. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 3

After beakfast we head towards Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Ulm before passing Munich on our way to the German border at Kufstein. From here we only have a short drive to Mayrhofen and our hotel the Neue Post. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Boats and trains today, we travel to Jenbach where we join the original Lake Achen cog railway for the journey up to Seespitz. This railway dates back to 1889 and the steam engines are some of the oldest in the world. The train winds its way up above the Inn valley to its destination, the largest Alpine lake in the Tyrol, Lake Achen. We then board our coach for the short journey to Pertisau and enjoy some free time here for lunch. After lunch we board our boat for a scenic lake cruise before rejoining our coach to return to our hotel. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 5

Day at leisure in and around the chic mountain resort of Mayrhofen, take the cable car for fantastic views over the town and the valley. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

Today we visit the Tyroleancapital city of Innsbruck, where we have an included guided tour before some time at leisure, why not enjoy a carriage ride through the streets of the old town. We return to Mayrhofen for dinner.

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Day 7

This morning we travel to the Krimml Waterfalls and marvel at this impressive natural spectacle. The Falls are Europe's highest with a drop of 380 metres and the fifth largest waterfall in the world. Our journey then continues on to the pretty town of Zell am See, here we enjoy a picturesque circular boat cruise before some free time to wander through the medieval centre and along the lake shore.Final dinner at the Neue Post.

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Day 8

We leave our hosts at the Neue Post for the Journey back to Saarbrucken and our overnight stop at the Mercure Hotel. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 9

Our journey continues north towards Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.


Day 10

From Hull we return to Cumbria, arriving home early afternoon.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Neue Post Hotel


The recently renovated and enlarged Neue Post Hotel is surrounded by a castle park and the hotel garden. It offers a restaurant, a bar, a well-stocked grocery store, a lobby, a fireplace lounge and a traditional wooden lounge, a TV and reading corner, a roof terrace with its sun loungers and a games room with computer games, billiards, etc. Free wireless LAN access is available in the public area and in most rooms. .

The 1,000 m² spa area features a hot tub, a Finnish sauna, a sanarium, a steam bath, infrared and light therapy, a “shower temple”, oxygen therapy, and a relaxation room by the waterfall. The hotel also has a solarium, a fitness centre, and a big garden with a heated, glass-covered pool (open all year) and a sunbathing lawn. Massages and beauty treatments are also available.

The spacious and cosy rooms are equipped with many amenities. All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is only allowed on the balconies or at the hotel bar.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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