Let’s discover the top 5 experiences not to miss while visiting Austria with family. Nature, relax, bicycle, theme parks in the woods… And where to sleep? You can choose an organic farm, where you can experience the country life. It’s the dream of every child!
We overtake the Alps to reach Austria, a perfect destination for active holidays and fun with children. Between walks in lush green valleys and majestic mountains, staying in beautiful cozy farms where you can experience peasant life and unplug.
1. Experience rural life in Tyrol
Playgrounds, so much green and services designed for them: Austrian Tyrol is child-friendly. Among the many offers suitable for a family vacation, there are many accommodations in the area that offer the opportunity to live a few days in close contact with nature, thus experiencing the life of the Tyrolean farmer. Children will know the animals of the farm, and altogether you can become yourself farm for a day, working in the fields or in the garden, or helping in the making of cheese and butter. The Landhotel Stern offers all the comforts of a hotel, but the authentic atmosphere of a farm. Kids can look and feed pony, dwarf goats, rabbits and guinea pigs in the petting zoo, help grandpa Toni to clean the stables, pick fruit and more.
2. From Italy to Austria by bike
A beautiful itinerary suitable for all families: San Candido-Lienz, between the Italian-Austrian border, along the Drava River, is an easy cycle path but offers fairytale landscapes. The whole cycle track is 366 kilometers long, arriving in Maribor in Slovenia. The first stretch of over 30 kilometers starting from the historic center of San Candido and you immediately immerse yourself in nature, between the sound of the river and the mountain view. In front of us, Mount Elmo, with its thick woods. We pass Prato alla Drava, the last village in Italy, a few minutes and we find ourselves in Austria. In an idyllic atmosphere, we cross small villages in the sun, at the slopes of the mountains. Thus we reach Lienz, the capital of Eastern Tyrol, at the confluence of Isel and Drava rivers. From here it is possible to go back aboard the beautiful trains of Austria’s railways, where it is easy to load bicycles.
3. Green relax in Carinthia
Cariniza is the sunniest and southernmost region of Austria, filled with lakes, skiing mountains, but also art cities such as Klagenfurt and Villach. Here you can find numerous eco-friendly accommodations immersed in the greenery, which offer the perfect location to unplug. Oasis of relaxation and nature suitable for the whole family. In the Alpen Pearl of Mallnitzthere’s the beautiful Alpengarten Hotel, offering comfortable spaces, a beautiful spa and numerous family rooms. The Biolandhaus Arche offers many activities for children, including swimming pools, educational fars and hiking, and a beautiful wellness center for adults who want to enjoy the best. In front of Lake Weissensee, there is the Biohotel Gralhof, a perfect combination of luxury and farm life. The Kinderhotel Benjamin is the paradise for children and the perfect place to get the little ones to know the natural world.
4. Austria by bicycle, along the Danube
It is considered the most beautiful track across Europe: Danube Cycle-routes runs along the entire river, from its source in Germany, through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, up to the Black Sea. We travel the Austrian stretch from Lienz to Vienna, which has no slopes and is perfect for the whole family. During the journey, we discover the Abbey of St. Florian, the largest baroque monastery in Upper Austria, with its incredible library that retains more than 140,000 volumes.
5. The Fairy Tale Mile and more
In Trebesing, the first children’s village in Europe, there is a truly unique playground-park that offers pure fun for the whole family. In the Fairy Tale Mile & Dragon Gorge there is a lot to discover, see, explore! The trip begins onboard the Taca Tuca tractor and continues for 3 kilometers in the woods, between gorges, suspended bridges, fairy tales, and a thousand attractions!
In Carinthia, in Falkert, they created a mountain trail dedicated entirely to Heidi‘s history. The trail is flat and is also suitable for younger children and strollers. Children will have fun discovering stories and fun facts through the 25 stages of the journey, each with a descriptive panel in Italian and German, the statues of the characters. There is also a lovely pond, the reconstruction of Heidi’s home and real goats!
In Arriach, we recommend the Roots Park, a large natural playground consisting of three paths winding through the woods, among wood sculptures and water games.