Holidays in Gerlos in Zillertal

Gerlos vacations - a time when the days barely melt away, like honey dripping from a spoon.  Gerlos is located high atop the Zillertal - a resort village both in summer and winter. The countless recreational opportunities guarantee an incomparable and unforgettable vacation for the whole family.

Ideal location & perfect starting point

Our Gerlosperle vacation apartments are the ideal base for all kinds of recreational activities in the Zillertal Arena. The free ski and hiking bus stops right outside the front door, bringing you comfortably and conveniently to the valley lift station of the Isskogelbahn as well as other recreational destinations in Zillertal. The snowy valley ski run drops all the way down to the center of Gerlos and ends right across from the Milchbar.

In summer, Gerlos is ideally suited for hiking, mountain bike tours and a variety of other outdoor activities in the Zillertal Arena. Gerlos fascinates hikers, mountaineers, climbers, mountain bikers, as well as rafting and paragliding fans with all it has to offer.

In winter, the broad Zillertal Arena ski area, with its 51 lifts and 139 kilometers of pistes, is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders.

Glorious winter hiking paths and cross-country ski trails in the surrounding countryside take you out to beautiful huts and our 5 side valleys.  

Enjoy a first-impression for yourself and learn more about the Zillertal Arena.

History of Gerlos

The name "Gerlos" comes from "Saltus Gerlaise". Ger = wedge of land, laise = bed of a wildwater stream, first documented in 1154. First settlement was by farmers in 1309. Meager settlement of the Zillertal actually began 1200 - 800 BC. Nowadays, Gerlos has a population of around 800 people, approx. 30 farms, 93 hotels - inns - guesthouses and around 6000 guest beds.

Until 1803, the Gerlos Pass was the only direct road link between Tyrol and Salzburg. In 1862, 3 inns already existed: the "Alpenrose", "Oberes Wirtshaus" "beim Gaspinger". 1890, there were still only 30 taverns in the entire Ziller Valley. Construction of a "real road" began in 1912. After contending with numerous problems, the road was not completed until 1962. 

Since 1816, the Gerlos Pass has formed the border between Tyrol and Salzburg, separating the Zillertal Alps from the Kitzbühler Alps. In 1967, the Durlassboden Reservoir was completed. It is 6 km in length, 55 metres deep and holds 52 million m³ of water! The nearby, 380m-high Krimml Waterfalls are the highest falls in the Eastern Alps. The 950 km-long Zillertal Alps are home to 85 ! 3-thousand-metre peaks! The Edelweiss blooms in the countryside around Gerlos, up to elevations of 3,000 metres. The highest point in the borough of Gerlos is the Reichenspitze with a height of 3,303 metres. There has been a house of worship here since 1470, but a parish priest only since 1679. Gerlos is the highest parish in the Salzburg archdiocese. The church, built to incorporate Baroque architecture, was constructed between 1730 and 1735. Gerlos also boasts the highest sailing school in Europe. Since 1923, the village has also had its own ski school. Tourism of note has only been a factor in Gerlos since around 1950. 

Winter vacation in the Zillertal
Reservoir in Gerlos
Summit cross
Gerlos in the Zillertal
Family vacation in the Zillertal Arena
Cross-country skiing
Fun park in the Zillertal Arena