A winding road with views of the Zillertal mountain scenery

The Schlegeis Alpenstrasse Alpine Road leads to a breathtaking high mountain region. Along the 13.3 km long route, waterfalls, natural stone tunnels and many a glacial view await. For true bikers, getting there is more than half the fun - and everyone else can look forward to the emerald green reservoir and a pure mountain experience at the destination.

Hiking paradise in the heart of the Alps

Surrounding the Schlegeis reservoir is the high mountain nature park Zillertaler Alps, which has protected 397 km2 of the rear part of the Zillertal Valley as a nature preserve since 1991. Well developed routes and hiking paths, as well as numerous shelters and mountain huts, make the region with its impressive setting an ideal starting point for easy hikes, moderate tours, lofty mountain routes and sporting summit tours. The area around the Schlegeis reservoir has the perfect range of offerings both for pleasure hikers and for ambitious alpinists.

Electricity from hydropower - experience technology

The reservoir stores a total of 126.5 million m3 of water - the Schlegeis dam is VERBUND's longest, at 725 m. You can check out its inner workings with a dam tour. There you can learn interesting facts about hydropower electricity generation, the special features and history of the construction, as well as the unique fauna and flora. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Zillertal Valley power plant group will make a find right next to the powerhouse in the village of Mayrhofen. This is where the VERBUND Info Centre is located. The exhibit offers interesting facts relating to electricity generation and is open all year free of charge.

Action and adventure on the dam

The Schlegeis dam offers a special opportunity for experiencing the blend of nature and technology for all adventurous types. A via ferrata is installed directly on the dam. With its easy level of difficulty, it is also suitable for beginners. In addition to the via ferrata, a 600 metre long flying fox, a 131 metre high abseiling station and a variety of climbing routes provide for plenty of action and adventure. It is possible to rent equipment on site or to master the 131 metre high dam under the guidance of an expert.

Gift vouchers

Choose from our range of vouchers and give a special kind of mountain experience with a visit to the Schlegeis reservoir.



Winter closure - open again on 21 May 2020!

Schlegeis Alpenstrasse Alpine Road

Tuxer Strasse 795, 6290 Mayrhofen
Telephone: +43 (0) 50 313 23201
Fax: +43 (0) 50 313 23209

Getting to Schlegeis reservoir

The Schlegeis Reservoir can only be accessed via the Schlegeis Alpenstrasse Alpine Road, which is a toll road. The toll booth is open daily from 6 or 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Schlegeis Alpenstrasse is regulated by traffic lights, waiting times are a maximum of 15 minutes.

Schlegeis Alpenstrasse toll booth: N 47° 03' 39.3" E 11° 44' 56.5"

Getting there by car

From Mayrhofen, drive by way of Ginzling along the Zillertal road until you get to the toll booth. From here, follow the Schlegeis Alpenstrasse Alpine Road for about 7 km until you get up to the reservoir. There is free parking both in the front and the rear of the reservoir.

Getting there by touring coach

For all touring buses, a height limit of 3.6 m and a length limit of 13 m apply from Ginzling onwards.
Upon request, the bus company Christophorus Reisen can organise rides to the reservoir with approved buses. Telephone enquiries on +43 (0)5285 6060.

Getting there by public bus

You can get there in an especially environmentally friendly way by public transportation.
You can get to Mayrhofen with bus line 8330 of the Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe. Buses of the Christophorus company will then bring you the rest of the way to the Schlegeis dam. You can find the departure times in the current schedule for bus line 4102 Mayrhofen - Ginzling - Schlegeis reservoir.


Toll charge

1 day

Block of 3

Block of 10






€ 14.00

€ 35.00

€ 110.00

Bus (15 or more persons)

€ 3.60 per person

The ‘Wanderherbst’ autumn of hiking takes place on 6 and 13 September 2020, with an ascent discounted by 50%

End of May to the middle of October 2020

The start or end of the season may be adjusted due to weather conditions.

Day Time Month
daily 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. May, June, September and October
daily 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.  July and August


Facts and Figures

Length of road

13.3 km

Hairpin turns




Altitude of the reservoir

1,800 m

Dam width

725 m

Dam height

131 m

The reservoir stores a total of 126.5 million m3 of water - the Schlegeis Dam is VERBUND's longest, at 725 m. You can check out its inner workings with a dam tour.

More information on the power plants in the Zillertal Valley

Dam tour

A look behind the scenes of electricity generation

Check out the inner workings of the 725 m wide and 131 m high Schlegeis Dam. The one-hour tour inside the Schlegeis Dam is offered every full hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from June to October.

Our knowledgeable staff offers you the rare opportunity to get to know the inner workings of the 131 m tall, double-curved arch-gravity dam. You walk into the first inspection walkway of the 725 m long dam, the longest that VERBUND has. Our guides are eager to explain the complicated technical measuring and control devices in the dam in a way that you can understand.

Meeting place and registration for the tour at the marked meeting point in front of the Bergrestaurant Schlegeis. This is also where you get the tickets for your tour beforehand. We request that you notify us in advance of groups of 15 or more persons.


Adults € 5.50
Children (up to 5 years) free
Children (6 to 15 years) € 3.00
Schlegeis dam tour

The VERBUND Mayrhofen Info Centre is located directly next to the power plant in the village of Mayrhofen. The exhibit offers interesting facts relating to electricity generation in the Zillertal Valley and is open all year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge.

Guided tours for groups and schools
The perfect way to convey knowledge is to combine a guided tour in the Mayrhofen information centre with a guided tour of the dam at the Schlegeis reservoir (can also be combined with a meal in the mountain restaurant if required). We would be pleased to put together a tailored programme for groups.
Inquiries to: tourismus@verbund.com or +43(0)50 313 23201.

VERBUND Mayrhofen Info Centre


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