Finkenberg is a small, quaint resort located in Austria's Zillertal valley. The charm exuded by this small village combined with the great skiing and wide range of activities on offer bring many families back to the resort year after year.
How to get there
The closest airport to Finkenberg is situated in Innsbruck. If you choose to rent a car at the airport your journey ought to be relatively straightforward. Take the Inntal Autobahn Motorway until you reach the exit for the Zillertal valley. Follow signs towards Mayrhofen, which is only 3km away from Finkenberg. You may be able to arrange an airport transfer through your accommodation if you would prefer not to rent a car.
You may also want to think about flying into Salzburg or Munich, both of which are well-served by budget airlines which offer flights departing from airports across the UK.
If you have time, arriving by a combination of train and bus will allow you to take in the beautiful scenery surrounding Finkenberg. It is probably best to take the train to Jenbach initially. At this point, you will be able to join the famous Zillertalbahn railway, which will take you right through the picturesque Zillertal valley. Local bus services from Mayrhofen to Finkenberg are frequent and reliable.
Who does the resort cater for?
Finkenberg is particularly popular with families. Numerous free or cheap entertainment facilities keep families returning to the area year after year. Ice-skating, bowling, and tobogganing are all favourites with family groups. Access to the ice rink below the Finkenberg Almbahnen lifts is completely free during the winter season (December to March).
The ice rink and curling lanes are open daily from 4pm to 9pm. Miniature golf, horse riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a nature trail, a theme park, and a mountain bike trail are just a few more of the family activities available in the Finkenberg area.
Sports enthusiasts seeking a change from the slopes can try their hand at a range of sports as diverse as paragliding and curling. Squash, archery, fishing, tennis, and fitness trails are other alternatives. There are many hiking paths around Finkenberg offering great views of the Zillertal valley. Holders of the Finkenberg Guest Pass can also enjoy free use of a shuttle bus to the Tuxertal valley, where tobogganing, cross country skiing, and hiking are available. For anyone who feels that their time on the slopes is providing sufficient physical activity, health clubs and spas can also be found in the resort.
Après ski activities are rather low-key in Finkenberg and mostly centre around a cluster of restaurants, cafés, and small bars. Groups of young adults and couples seeking lively nightlife are likely to be disappointed by the social scene in Finkenberg. However, other resorts in the Zillertal area, including Mayrhofen, have a more varied nightlife and are easily accessible by bus or taxi.
Whatever your requirements, the Finkenberg area should have something to suit your needs. Private holiday homes, hostels, guesthouses, and hotels are just some of the options available. If you are interested in booking your own accommodation, the best place to start browsing is the Finkenberg Tourist Office website.
Many hotels will be able to offer airport transfers for an additional fee. If you need advice about accommodation or any other aspect of your holiday planning and find that your queries are not satisfied by the information on the website, contact the Tourist Office directly by calling +43 (5825) 62673 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finkenberg is most suitable for intermediate skiers. With over 70 runs available for skiers of this level, it will be difficult for intermediate skiers to become bored by all that the resort has to offer. If possible, try to visit the Hintertuxer Glacier, which offers some of the best skiing in the area.
If you are eager to get your kids involved in skiing and/or snowboarding, booking some lessons at one of the ski schools is the best step to take. Ski lessons with lunchtime supervision are available for 4-12 year olds, so if your children are comfortable with being left alone for the day you will have plenty of time to explore the slopes yourself. The Finkenberg Ski School has a specially designated common room for kids and a conveyor lift known as the 'magic carpet', which is suitable for use by young children.
Visitors should also have an awareness of the various free shuttle services available in the resort to ski pass holders. The Finkenberg Almbahn ski shuttle transports visitors to the Finkenberg ski lifts. The Greenline Ski Shuttle is a great service for anyone who wants to go further afield: both the Rastkogelbahn lift in Vorderlanerbasch and the Hintertux Gletscherbahn lift are destinations on this bus route. The Redline Ski Shuttle links Mayrhofen to the Finkenberg Almbahn Ski Lifts.
- 59 lifts
- 227km of slopes
- Resort altitude: 840m
- Beginner runs: 43
- Intermediate runs: 75
- Expert runs: 15
- Longest run: 3km
- 44 slopes
- Total piste length: 143km
- Highest lift: 3250m
- Number of permanent inhabitants: 1521