Maria Rast
Maria Rast

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If you are lucky enough to go to Austria for your holidays, and lucky enough to stay in Zell-am-Ziller, here's a pleasant little bimble to get you out walking. Well, I say pleasant little bimble, the first bit is quite steep !
Distance - 8 kilometres, ascent 250m
Terrain -made path, open road and the odd field
Refreshments - the Jausendstation (snack bar) Waidachhof in Hainzenberg and various cafes in Ramsau
Geocaches - Maria Rast and Gold Rush
Maps - local maps are available in the village, or

F&B WK151 Zillertal - buy it from Amazon


Map - © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA


N.B. The Ramsberg Chairlift is under threat - please visit and ‘Jetzt Petitionen Unterzeichen’ :-)

The Maria Rast is a small chapel overlooking the village of Zell

Interestingly (!), as a result of a landslide, the chapel actually overhangs the rock face and you can look out of one window and see nothing but air below

From Dorfplatz in the centre of Zell, walk up Gerlosstrasse to the Gasthof Waldheim, and take the tarmac path to the right of the Waldheim. From here, you can take the 1st path to the left, which will take you (steeply) straight up to the Maria Rast. Alternatively, carry on along the tarmac track, past the goldmine, past the cafe, and take the path that doubles back more gently up the hillside to the chapelzellfrommaria
Take the path between the church buildings, joining the road at a hairpin, and take the signposted path at the far side of the wooden hut, which takes you up to the road again. Cross the road, going up the tarmac track, which doubles back and brings you once again to the road by the Jausendstation Waidachhof. Go 20m up the main road and take the lane to the left. After the houses, where the lane hairpins to the left, take the track to the right signposted Ramsau (7)

This track hairpins down and then goes between two small buildings. Carry on between them and into fields which slope steeply left to right - take care if it is at all damp underfoot. Carry on through the woods, then out into the open, passing to the left of the houses. Follow this road down to Ramsau - avoid turnings to the left or right - once you have gone under the chairlift, the road bends round to the right. Take the lane to the left before the bandstand and cross the main road at the traffic lights - from here you can see the bridge over the river, and nice level footpaths on either side of the river will take you back to Zell

I can't recommend Zell-am-Ziller enough - I've been about five or six times since 1987. Let me recommend some places to stay - Camping Hofer- camping, caravans & Bed & Breakfast. Mintz & Sylvie speak perfect english and their web site is available in English