Zillertal Alps

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Zillertal Alps
Zillertaler Alpen.JPG
The Zillertal Alps
Highest point
Elevation3,510 m (11,520 ft)
Coordinates46°58′22″N 11°43′34″E / 46.97278°N 11.72611°E / 46.97278; 11.72611
Alps location map (Zillertaler Alpen, AVE).png
Zillertal Alps (in red) within the Alps
StatesTyrol, Salzburg and South Tyrol
Range coordinates47°00′N 11°55′E / 47.000°N 11.917°E / 47.000; 11.917Coordinates: 47°00′N 11°55′E / 47.000°N 11.917°E / 47.000; 11.917
Parent rangeCentral Eastern Alps

The Zillertal Alps (Italian: Alpi Aurine; German: Zillertaler Alpen) are a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps on the border of Austria and Italy.


The range is named after the Zillertal (Ziller river valley) on its north.


The range is bounded by the Tuxerjoch mountain pass to the north (separating it from the Tux Alps); the Birnlücke - Forcella del Picco pass to the east (separating it from the Hohe Tauern); the Eisack and its tributary the Rienz to the south (separating it from the Southern Limestone Alps); and the Brenner Pass to the west (separating it from the Stubai Alps).


Simple suspension bridge in the Zillertal Alps
The Große Löffler (3,376 m) seen from the Gigalitz

The Zillertal Alps are divided into the following sub-groups:

  • Main chain of the Tux Alps (Tuxer Hauptkamm)
  • Main chain of the Zillertal Alps (Zillertaler Hauptkamm) and side ridges
    This is further sub-divided as follows: Hauptkamm, Hochstellerkamm, Greinerkamm, Mörchen and Igentkamm, Floitenkamm, Ahornkamm, Riblerkamm, Magnerkamm.
  • Reichenspitze Group and eastern Ziller ridges
    This is further subdivided as follows: Reichenspitzkamm, Gerloskamm, Schönachkamm, Wimmerkamm, Schwarzachkamm, Zillerkamm, Klockerkarstock.
  • Pfunderer Mountains (Pfunderer Berge)
    This is further subdivided as follows: Kreuzspitzkamm, Plattspitzkamm, Wurmaulkamm, Grubbachkamm, Mühlwalder Kamm.


The main peaks of the Zillertal Alps are:

Peak Elevation (m/ft)
Hochfeiler 3,510 11,515
Großer Möseler 3,486 11,438
Olperer 3,480 11,418
Hochfernerspitze 3,463 11,362
Schrammacher 3,410 11,190
Turnerkamp 3,422 11,228
Großer Löffler 3,382 11,096
Fußstein 3,380 11,090
Hoher Weißzint 3,371 11,060
Schwarzenstein 3,370 11,057
Reichenspitze 3,305 10,844
Großer Mörchner 3,287 10,785
Rauhkofel 3,251 10,666
Hoher Riffler 3,231 10,600
Hintere Stangenspitze 3,225 10,581
Zillerplatenspitze 3,148 10,328
Napfspitze 3,144 10,314
Wilde Kreuzspitze 3,135 10,286
Zsigmondyspitze 3,085 10,122
Gitschberg 2,510 8,230
Panorama view from platform at Zugspitzplatt in direction south-east to the Zillertal Alps in winter


The main mountain passes of the Zillertal Alps are:

Mountain pass Location Type Elevation (m/ft)
Mitterbachjoch Zemmtal to Sand in Taufers snow 3130 10,270
Trippachsattel Floiten Valley to Sand in Taufers snow 3054 10,020
Alpeinerscharte Zemmtal to Wipptal footpath 2960 9712
Keilbachjoch Mayrhofen to Ahrntal footpath 2868 9410
Heiliggeistjöchl Mayrhofen to Ahrntal footpath 2658 8721
Krimmlertauern Krimml to Ahrntal footpath 2634 8642
Horndljöchl Mayrhofen to Ahrntal footpath 2555 8383
Lappacherjoch Lappach to Ahrntal footpath 2366 7763
Tuxerjoch Tuxertal to Wipptal footpath 2346 7697
Pfitscherjoch Zemmtal to Sterzing footpath 2248 7376

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