We decided to go to Austria, specifically Tyrol, a few days before departure. Tyrol was all the more pleasant surprise for us. It's a beautiful area where breathtaking nature mingles with typical Alpine folk architecture. Nature lovers will find their way here. Dozens of crystal clear lakes surrounded by mountains, a plethora of hiking and cycling trails and plenty of opportunities (not only) adrenaline sports. And for those who would not be enough nature and playgrounds almost everywhere, there are endless possibilities to spend your free time with children.
But in this article, I would like to dedicate myself to our trip and what we have seen in our four days. Unfortunately, since I was five months pregnant at the time, we were not able to make any big hikes and not all of the possibilities offered by the area
Four-day itinerary – Tyrol, Kaiserwinkl
- departure from the Czech Republic
- Stop at the Eagle's Nest (there was also a stop at Germany's deepest lake Königsee, but unfortunately we missed the stop for time reasons)
- arrival in Kössen and accommodation at hotel Seehof
- dinner at the hotel
Since we live in the Highlands, our trip started early in the morning so that we could see some interesting places along the way. And that there aren't many of them. We decided at the last minute to stop at the Eagle's Nest, which for us was about a 20 minute detour.
We didn't discuss how to get directly to the Eagle's Nest until we found out that the car didn't lead there :). That's typical of us. We find out a lot of things on the road during "operation". Luckily, it wasn't complicated. Buses run up to the Eagle's Nest at regular intervals of about half an hour.
The starting point for visiting the Eagle's Nest is the Obersalzberg car park (parking costs €3/car for the whole day) and from there, after buying a ticket below the car park, you can take the bus up under the Eagle's Nest, where you can still walk through a 120m-longtunnel , take the lift another 120m higher and you're at the top of the Eagle's Nest.
Before heading into the tunnel and upwards, you need to book a return trip down. Depends on what you want to do at the Eagle's Nest. Right in the Eagle's Nest there is a restaurant where you can enjoy refreshments with a view or you can go to the top of Mount Kehlstein, and after another 150 m a wonderful round trip with beautiful views and benches begins, where you can enjoy this view.
All we had to do was book a return trip in about an hour and a half. The weather was ideal so the whole view of the valley opened up for us and that there was really something to want.
The location offers spectacular views of Germany's deepest lake, the Königsee.
At the hotel we were given all the instructions on what to do where and how and not to get lost and also maybe, in order to take advantage of everything this hotel has to offer, we were given a hotel plan. We were really pleasantly surprised at what's here. So after unpacking all the stuff, we went to explore the hotel and indulge in an excellent dinner.
Note.: Anyone staying overnight in the Kaiserwinkl area will receive a local "Kaiserwinkl Card", with which they will receive discounts on admission.
And since this hotel was really worth it, there's going to be an article coming out soon about him.
- visit to the hotel water park
- trip to Kufstein
- walk along Hintersteiner See lake where there is a wonderful view of the Wilder Kaiser mountain chain
- visit to the markets in Kössen
The next morning, as it was rainy, we decided to use the hotel's water park and wellness after breakfast. I don't have to explain to my parents how hard it was to get our girl out of :).
After noon, we took a little sightseeing tour of the area. Around the Kaisergebirge(Imperial Mountains), austria's most visited mountaineering mountains.
Before that, we made a small stop in Kufstein, which boasts a beautiful, mighty fortress, picturesque square, narrow streets full of cafés, wine bars and shops, and many other historical monuments. That's why this town is nicknamed the Pearl of Tyrol.
After a little refreshment in Kufstein, we headed to hintersteiner see, which is around which various trails lead and according to various guides, a walk around this crystal clear lake takes an hour (no stops). With children, I'd say two, but with stops for photoshoots, rest or bathing, I'd estimate that you need to reserve at least half a day. We parked on the southern side of the shore which acts as a beach and went for a walk along the lakeside.
Surrounded by the Imperial Mountains, the lake, situated in the picturesque landscape of Tyrol, offers a breathtaking spectacle. Well, admit it yourself…
Before dinner, we stopped in Kössen, the capital of Tyrol's Kaiserwinkl region, where markets are held every Tuesday in summer and where local specialties can be purchased, among other things. There are fun and creative playgrounds for children and a children's playground.
As soon as Emmička had fun with the children on the playground, we went to the hotel, which was already only 3 km from the town of Kössen.
- excursion at Jodlerhof farm and walk with llamas and alpacas
- cable car ride in the Höchkössen ski area and picnic with views of Lake Walchsee
- visit to the hotel water park and sauna world
- dinner and walk around the hotel
Even the next morning we couldn't miss the excellent hotel breakfast. For half 10 we had an excursion arranged at the Jodlerhoffarm , which included a 90-minute walk with llamas on a leash.
Upon arrival, the lady first took us to the stables and explained how llamas live and behave. The owner told us a lot of interesting information. Did you know, for example, that llamas are among the camels and that they do not spit on people, but only on their own when they are angry with each other, or when they are ordering themselves in the herd?
A walk with these animals and still in such a breathtaking landscape of Tyrol was unforgettable and I recommend this experience to all (not only families with children).
For more information (in German only) specifically about this farm, please visit: https://www.jodlerhof-tirol.at
Once we absorbed this unforgettable experience, we headed up to the clouds… Well, almost… 🙂 We reached the Hochkössenski area , from where we took the cable car to the top of the Unterberghorn mountain (1800m above .m). At the top of the mountain is a popular spot for paraglidersin summer , perhaps more than "ordinary" tourists. Of course, you can also walk to the top or you can take the cable car only up and then walk down.
The cable car leads directly tothe restaurant , so you can enjoy lunch or dinner on site with spectacular views of Lake Walchsee and the kaiserwinkl area. There's also a children's playgroundat the restaurant , so kids can have fun.
And since we promised TheEmmy a water park again, we had no choice but to go back to the hotel and go enjoy the hotel's :).
- breakfast and departure from the hotel
- walk in Walchsee
- departure to the Czech Republic
In the morning before we left, we packed up, had an excellent breakfast and took a small trip to walchsee, 1.5 km away , which is located by the lake of the same name, before traveling to Bohemia. We gave Emmka the joy of the playground, walked around and went home full of impressions.
It's our first time in Tyrol, and certainly not the last. Three nights in an amazing hotel, offering so much enjoyment for children and adults and in such a wonderful surroundings where you do not know what to see first and what to experience, are simply not enough.
On the other hand, even in such a short time we fell in love with Tyrol and specifically in the Kaiserwinkl area we were pleasantly surprised by what is to see here and how much enjoyment there is not only for families with children, but individuals, younger couples, but also seniors.
Lovers of adrenaline and outdoor sports, as well as families with children who love nature walks and amusement parks, as well as people looking for leisurely walks or e-bike rides, can choose from a wide range of options.
What about you and Tyrol? Have you been there? Have you heard specifically about the Tyrolean kaiserwinkl region? You can also read more about the area (in both German and English) on the official website of https://www.kaiserwinkl.com
If not, I believe I've made you feel a little edxed by this article, and the level of thought about where to go in the near future will be a little 🙂