Bruck am Ziller, Austria
Bruck am Ziller is a small village located in Austria’s picturesque Ziller Valley. The area is a great choice for anyone looking for a tranquil retreat free from many of the manifestations of the tourist industry which characterise the larger resorts. Bruck am Ziller is also a particularly good choice for first time skiers and snowboarders.
How to get there
The closest airport to Bruck am Ziller is Innsbruck, which is 50km away from the resort. Innsbruck is well-served by flights departing from airports around the UK and cheap deals with budget airlines should be reasonably easy to come by.
Many hotels in the resort will offer transfers from the airport for an additional fee. However, you may want to consider renting a car at Innsbruck airport and driving to Bruck am Ziller. Travelling by local bus or taxi are the other alternatives.
Who does the resort cater for?
Those considering Bruck am Ziller for their next ski holiday should bear in mind that it is a relatively small resort. Whilst there are basic local amenities, you should seriously consider renting a car, as this will give you the freedom to explore neighbouring resorts at your own convenience.
Alternatively, local bus services provide links to other resorts in the region and a free shuttle service is provided to the nearby resorts of Spieljoch and Hochfügen.
If you have young children and are looking for a safe, fun place to leave them whilst you enjoy some time on the slopes, the local kindergarten services should suit your needs. Typical opening times are 9am to 4pm, and lunch is usually included. The fees charged by local childcare facilities are reasonable but remember that in most cases you will be required to book by 4pm on the day before you drop off your kids.
Parents should bear in mind that the kindergartens in Bruck am Ziller are not connected to the ski schools. If you are interested in introducing your children to skiing or snowboarding, you should book lessons with a local ski school.
If you are eager to take a break from the slopes, the popular Zillertalbahn provides a great day out for both children and adults. This gives you the chance to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Ziller valley from a steam train. You should also try to spare a day to visit the historic city of Zell am See, which is approximately 10km away from Bruck am Zimmer.
As Bruck am Zimmer is a relatively small resort, options for evening entertainment are somewhat limited. This may suit families with young children but groups of adults and couples may want to explore some of the neighbouring resorts in the evenings.
Local buses provide links to all nearby resorts, some of which may be of particular interest to groups of adults who choose not to drive in the evenings so that they can consume alcohol.
A wide range of chalets, ski lodges, and apartments are available for rental in the area surrounding Bruck am Zimmer.
Groups of adults and couples may also wish to consider one of the numerous luxury hotels located in the resort. Some of the hotels even have spa facilities. Family-friendly hotels are also available, many of which provide baby-sitting services, playgrounds, and swimming pool areas which are popular with children.
If you would prefer a more personal touch, one of the numerous family-run guest houses will be a good alternative to hotels, apartments, and chalets.
The Bruck am Ziller area is best suited to beginners. The runs surrounding the resort are perfect for those who have not tried skiing or snowboarding before. In addition to the first-timers, Bruck am Ziller is also a good choice for those who have skied before but still lack confidence on the slopes. The best option for beginners is to book a course of lessons at one of the local ski schools.
Unfortunately, expert and intermediate skiers are likely to become bored by the local slopes after a day or two. If you have both beginners and more advanced skiers in your party, finding accommodation on the outskirts of Bruck am Ziller and renting a car will enable those with more experience to drive to more challenging pistes in neighbouring resorts, whilst the beginners will be able to practice the basics in Bruck am Ziller.
- 150km downhill pistes
- 1 ski lift with capacity of 500
- Resort altitude: 579m
- Maximum vertical: 2470m
- Total population: 912
- 1 green run