Protected Area

Core Basis of the Nature Park

How many other well-known and popular Alpine tourist regions are potentially endangered due to street and cable-car traffic connections via Upper Zillertal. The last areas of still authentic and unique high-mountain landscape are at risk of being lost.

1978 was the commencement of construction of the Alemagna-Autobahn highway that was originally slated to run through the Zillertal Valley on its way to Munich. In 1981 plans were made to build an overpass spanning over the Hundskehl and Pfitscher Joch as well as implementation of a cable-car connection of the area with the Schlegeis Reservoir.

At the same time, great efforts were expended to place the main mountain range of Zillertal under protective legislation and to build a defence against further traffic connections encroaching in the already well-connected Zillertal. No one was more committed to this cause than the Austrian Alpine Club and its department specialised in nature conservation-friendly development planning in collaboration with the Club's Zillertal Section.

On the 2nd of July 1991 the "Ruhegebiet Zillertaler Hauptkamm" (Zillertal Alpine Protected Area) was decreed into existence by an ordinance issued by the Tyrolean government. In 2006 the protected area expanded in the area of the Gefrorene Wand Spitze and included the Tux municipality. In 2016 the Zillertal Alpine Protected Area expanded again, including in the "Tuxer Hauptkamm" now. Since that time, this one-of-a-kind high-mountain range and its cultural and agricultural landscapes has been subject to the legal provisions of the Protected Area. Non-permissible actions include the following:

  • All significant noise emissions, per example commercial operations
  • Ski slops and construction of cable-car systems for the purpose of transporting persons
  • New construction of streets with public transportation connections

However, "sanctuary" in this context does not mean stagnation or prohibition. Rather, the Nature Park places emphasis on a healthy mixture comprised of regional development, eco-tourism, environmental education, nature protection and research.

Nature Conservation » Protected Area as the core basis