Open your eyes, find the treasures!
"Mom, look at how gigantic that anthill is over there!" With a few pointers from mom and dad, children explore nature with their senses attentive to everything, and time simply flies by. Who will find the biggest cobweb, who will spot the most beautiful snail shells, see that funny face on that tree trunk over there? And who can make the loudest cracking sound by stepping on one of those pinecones in their hiking boots? Hikes in summer and autumn are especially "tasty": with plump blueberries making their way from hand to mouth as if by magic. And with the chanterelles you collect, together you will be able to conjure up the world's tastiest mushroom goulash once you get back to your holiday home.
Tip: Gigantic anthills can be found, for example, in Rauris Virgin Forest in the National Park Holiday Region, next to inky-black moorland ponds and centuries-old pine trees that provide a home to lots of creepy-crawlies.
NATURE: PLAYFUL LEARNING AS YOU HIKE
The coolest classroom on the planet is nature itself. How do you figure out how old a tree is, what animal left these tracks on the ground? Which bird is hammering on the tree over there and what does the forest floor feel like on your bare feet? Our smaller researchers and explorers would be well advised to stick a magnifying box in their rucksack for an up-close view of all those little creatures and interesting plants. Aside from developing greater awareness and appreciation for everything in nature, hiking also improves children's physical coordination (scrambling over exposed roots etc.) whilst promoting their physical as well as psychological development.
THEME HIKING PATHS IN AUSTRIA AND BAVARIA: OF SPIRITS AND DINOSAURS
Fairytale paths in Schladming, the Bee Path in Lungau, water paths in Murtal, nature trails and the Slide Path in Hohe Tauern National Park, the Pine Path in Pitztal, the "Bärenbachl" on the Bergeralm and so much more... The family theme paths in Austria and Bavaria offer lots of memorable hiking experiences and colorful variety for children.
Ghosts, of course, are always in high demand with the youngsters - which makes a detour to Ghost Mountain in St. Johann / Alpendorf (30 km from Tauernresidence Radstadt) a hot commodity indeed. First by gondola, then in the Ghost Train (pulled by a tractor), you will make your way up the mountain to Ghost Castle, water games and around 40 other play stations, big and small. Absolutely fantastic!
Are you familiar with the spinosaurus, T-rex and brachiosaurus? In that case, you probably have children in kindergarten - or preschool, which means, a visit to Triassic Parc on the Waidringer Steinplatte in Tirol will be a "must". Ca. 40 km from Chalet 149 Westendorf, industrious hikers will learn lots of fascinating facts about those primordial giants, dig for fossils on Triassic Beach, as well as climb and balance in the low-ropes park.
Hiking holidays with children at a holiday home or apartment
In the countryside surrounding our 29 ALPS RESORTS in Austria and Bavaria, countless hiking paths are just waiting to be explored by your family. Our local employees know precisely which routes are suitable for families with children, which hikes begin right outside your chalet or holiday apartment, and where boredom is guaranteed never to be a factor. So, be sure to stop by and ask!