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Zilleraler Alpen
Hochgebirgsnaturpark Zillertaler Alpen
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
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E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R36 Pfitscherjoch / Passo Vizze » Ginzling
  |   5h40   |   24.6 km   |   86 m   |   1358 m

Coming from the Pfitscher Joch pass, walk through the lovely Zamser Grund valley to the Schlegeisstausee reservoir. The popular outing destination is usually very busy, but behind the retaining wall it gets more peaceful. Past Breitlahner, Via Alpina takes you along the “Lass dir erzählen” (“Let us tell you...”) discovery trail, which places many forgotten special features of the Zillertal valley into the limelight.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Pfitscherjoch / Passo Vizze
2261 m
|   6 km / 1h25
1787 m
| BC  1.8 km / 0h25
1785 m
| BC  8 km / 1h50
Gasthof Breitlahner
1281 m
| A  1.9 km / 0h25
1172 m
| A  2.1 km / 0h30
Gasthof Roßhag
1101 m
| A  2.5 km / 0h35
Gasthof Leitenhof
1055 m
| A  2.3 km / 0h30
985 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
From the Dominikus Hut, take the turn-off to the Friesenberghaus lodge, where there is a Jewish memorial and a glorious panorama. You come back again to Via Alpina at Breitlahner.
Useful topographic maps
  • 35/2, Zillertaler Alpen, Mitte und 35/1, Zillertaler Apen, West ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • WK 152, Mayrhofen, Zillertaler Alpen, Gerlos, Krimml ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 37 Zilletaler Alpen, Tuxer Alpen ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • ÖK 50 149, 2230 ~ Bundesamt f. Eich- u. Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Ginzling...Am Anfang war das Bergsteigen; Kröll Alfred, Wallentin Gudrun, Blome Pamela ~ Naturparkbetreuung Zillertaler Alpen (ISBN )
  • Ginzling-Von Karlsteg nach Breitlahner; Kröll Alfred, Fischer Gudrun ~ Naturparkbetreuung Zillertaler Alpen (ISBN )
  • Zillertal, Gerlostal, Tuxer Tal; Beatrix und Egon Pinzer ~ Wort und Welt Verlag (ISBN 3-85373-167-8)

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  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (2) Half a dozen buses a day run from the dam of the Schlegeis reservoir (about 5km into this stage) to Ginzling and on to Mayrhofen (resupply). I did not see a shop in Ginzling (or anything else of interest). Restaurants were closed, and I didn't look for and didn't see accommodation.

    In good weather, from near the dam of the Schlegeis Reservoir (or perhaps where one first reaches the reservoir) it’s possible to follow signposts for sections of the Berliner Hoehenweg via the Olperer Huette and the Gams Huette to Finkenberg (a worthy highline trail). Google Berliner Hoehenweg for more information. Probably really nice.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (1) WARNING R36 starting from the Schlegeis Reservoir through halfway of R38 is a Via Horribile Anti-Alpina (low-level valley walk, on or near asphalt roads (with cars), nothing to see...)

    Default: Take the bus from the Schlegeis Reservoir to Mayrhofen (full resupply, affordable hotels), and then a bus from Mayrhofen to Moesl (the Finkenberg-Moesl leg is a pointless up and down in a non-satisfying environment). From Moesl, it’s possible to walk to Schwaz (end of R40) in one day (R39 and R40 double-count the ascent to Kellerjochhuette, and one may well bypass the final climb to that hut). Schwaz (also) has excellent resupply. -- I am not in favor of taking buses to shorten the distance walked, but the situation here is different from Pragser Wildsee to St Martin, which gave me a nice impression of the changing landscape. Here, in R36-R38, there is nothing worth to be experienced; the routing is plain offensive.
  • Lolo - 2019-07-29
    Passage en Autriche. Descente le long du mur du barrage. Descente le long de la rivière. Suivre le chemin balisé car il y a des tunnels à passer par la route. A Ginzling je décidé de continuer jusqu'à Finkenberg 10 km de plus. Balisage moyen...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Passage to Austria. Descent along the wall of the dam. Descent along the river. Follow the marked path as there are tunnels to pass by the road. In Ginzling I decided to continue until Finkenberg 10 km more. Average markings ...
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    11 juillet 2017
    Aucune difficulté pour cette étape malgré la grande dénivelée en descente (1400m).
    Toujours de beaux panoramas avec ici une multitude de cascades.
    Le chemin passe au pied d'un barrage, équipé d'une impressionnante via ferrata.
    A Ginzling, pour l'hébergement, le plus simple est d'aller voir l'office du tourisme: je recommande l'hôtel Schwarzenstein: pour plus de détails, voir aussi mon blog "".

    Automatic translation [Google]
    July 11, 2017 No difficulty for this stage despite the big drop in descent (1400m). Always beautiful panoramas with here a multitude of waterfalls. The path passes at the foot of a dam, equipped with an impressive via ferrata. In Ginzling, for the accommodation, the easiest way is to go to the tourist office: I recommend the hotel Schwarzenstein: for more details, see also my blog "".
  • Eva - 2017-07-30
    Between Ginzling and Breitlahner is an official Bivouac field. It's next to the road and full of rockclimbers :-) People might call it a campsite (and they might say it's in Ginzling), but in both cases you'll be disappointed.
    Domenikus Hütte is a very nice place indeed. They have no problem with camping for 1 night as long as you ask. Super friendly staff who love to "help" hikers. Warmly recommended!
  • gianadda marie-jo - 2015-08-17
    Sommes descendues jusqu'à Hôtel Breitlahner. Itinéraire de fond de vallée encore assez sympa.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Got off to Breitlahner Hotel. Cross-route still pretty cool valley.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    When you arrive at the newly rebuilt Pfitscherjoch Hut, you instantly feel the urge to move on!
    The privately owned Dominikushutte is great. Owners are very friendly, and they have a free laundry service!
  • Elisabeth - 2012-12-24
    Prix prohibitif à Pfitscherjochhaus (6 € l'apfelstrudel !)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Prix ​​à prohibitif Pfitscherjochhaus (6 € l'apple strudel!)
  • Alpinisten - 2012-09-24
    Wir können die Dominikushütte wärmstens empfehlen! Kamen vonr der Hochfeilerhütte und hatten keine Lust auf den Baulärm am Pfitscher Joch (Umbau)...Sehr gut essen kann man im Gasthof "Alt-Ginzling" (Familie Kröll), die aber keine Übernachtung anbieten.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    We can highly recommend the Dominikushütte! Came ofR Hochfeiler the hut and you can have no time for the construction noise on Pfitscherjoch (conversion) ... Very good food in the restaurant "Old-Ginzling" (Kroll family), but do not offer overnight stay.
  • Mountain Girl - 2011-12-21
    As you come into the village of Ginzling (from Passo Vizze), the first house with a sign for "Zimmer" (rooms) is comfortable. Food options in Ginzling are limited to a bakery with sporadic hours, and a Gasthof, that also offers rooms.
  • Mountain Girl - 2011-10-27
    Dominikushuette is the first hut coming off the Passo Vizze -- 8km down--and a welcome choice. Hosts love hearing hiker stories, offer great food and comfortable lodging. Plus, there's a superb view of the glacier outside the dining room window. Highly recommended!
Last update : 2019-12-15