Austria is the land of beautiful alpine scenery, mountains and flowers and it is the perfect place for a family holiday in the summer. There are plenty of activities to keep families entertained in Austria from zip-lining, mountain climbing, horse riding and llama trekking. The spectacular scenery alone will have you wanting to return year after year, the lakes, mountains and even the buildings here are all beautiful. Plus there is so much going on for the kids, you just won’t want to leave – we didn’t. A Summer in Austria is what we all need!
The Region of Tirol
The region of Tirol is a western Austrian state in the Alps that is famous for its ski resorts, historic sites and traditional folk style. The capital city, Innsbruck is surrounded by mountains and is home to Habsburg Empire landmarks such as the baroque-style Hofburg Palace and Gothic Hofkirche Church.
About Wilder Kaiser – Things to do in Wilder Kaiser
In summer, Wilder Kaiser offers plenty of enjoyment for a family holiday with many places to visit and fantastic vistas that will make everybody feel happy. The Kaiser mountains are seen to the north and in the south there are smaller mountains and hills, offering easier hikes for the family – it’s just beautiful.
There are four main towns – Going, Ellmau, Scheffau and Söll so there’s always plenty of things to do in Wilder Kaiser. The mountainous area in the east of Tirol has lots of walking trails and children can look forward to six outdoor adventure play areas, including the KaiserWelt in Scheffau, Elmi’s Zauberwelt in Ellmau and the Erlebnispark Alpinolino in Westendorf. Nature lovers will love “Moor & More” in Going, an area of wetland and the region also has a number of indoor and outdoor swimming pools such as the Kaiserbad Ellmau.
How to get to Wilder Kaiser
The Wilder Kaiser region can be easily reached by plane from three airports. It can be reached via Salzburg (approx. 1 hour away), Munich (approx. 1.5 hours away) or Innsbruck (approx. 1 hour away). The trains of the Austrian, Swiss and German railways will transport you to the heart of the Alps, the central train station in Innsbruck (Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof) is one of Austria’s busiest train stations and from here you can also travel all over Austria and Europe by train.
Wilder Kaiser in Summer – The Weather
Summers at Wilder Kaiser can be hot, with temperatures sometimes reaching 30 degrees celsius or more. The summer evenings are usually cooler, precipitation is quite evenly distributed over the entire year.
10 Fantastic Things to do in Wilder Kaiser with Kids
Astberg Pony Alm
Marchstraße 53, 6353 Going am Wilden Kaiser
Pony Alm is a fun day out for all the family. If you take the Astbergbahn chairlift, you can go horse riding at the Wilder Kaiser Pony Alm. There are 20 ponies and a big kids playground. The children can enjoy a pony ride and explore the area around the Astberg.
More than just ponies will greet you on the Astberg – many other furry friends look forward to meeting their new pals in the petting zoo!
No reservation is required for pony riding. The maximum weight for pony riding is 40 kg.
As well as Pony Alm, there are gorgeous walks where you can take in the breathtaking panorama of the Wilder Kaiser lake in the Astbergsee, the lake is known as the “mirror of the Kaiser”.
Open daily 9.30am – 4.00pm
The SkiWelt Card
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental is now part of the world’s biggest ski ticket alliance. The range offered by the popular Super Ski Card was tripled in one go and now includes 21 ski regions in 6 provinces. A SkiWelt card allows access to 2,780 kilometres of slopes; 934 cable cars and lifts; 3 glaciers; 86 ski resorts and 787 Alpine inns and mountain restaurants.
The Realm of the Giant – Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Since opening in 1995, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens have inspired visitors from all over, this unique excursion destination is one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions. Step through the head of the crystal giant, which was designed by Andrè Heller, and enter a magical world. There is the Chamber of Wonder with a giant and visitors of all ages are welcome in the playtower, playground, maze and on the Carousel.
Hexenwasser Söll – The Witches Water
Stampfanger 21, 6306 Söll, Austria
At Hexenwasser in Söll, the whole family will have brilliant fun – we did! There are water discovery stations and nature to be explored with the witches. Walk barefoot over grass, bark, massaging stones and splashing water – taking your swim wear is a must.
At the foot of Hohe Salve, there are lots of things to discover and witchcraft programmes, activities and shows that everybody will enjoy – it’s a full day of fun!
Alpine Zoo Innsbruck
Weiherburggasse 37a, 6020 Innsbruck
Boasting a scenic location at 750 metres above sea level, the Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck is one of the most remarkable zoos in Europe. It’s also a popular excursion destination for families and those keen on discovery. Around 2,000 Alpine animals, which are cared for in a lovingly curated environment, romp around on more than four hectares of land.
Going Bathing Lake
Going Bathing Lake is located right next to the forest edge and offers panoramic views of the Kaisergebirge mountain range. Fed by the springs of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range, there is a white beach with a separate amazing children’s play area, pirate ships and non-swimmer zones with a slide.
For the thrill seekers, there’s two fun slides and test your balance on the wobble stones. In summer, the lake is lovely and warm.
There is also a cafe on the lake too.
Moor and More
Close to the Gasthof Römerhof in St. Johann in Tirol, you will find Moor and More. It’s a children’s paradise, is hiding in the woods at the Röhrermoos – a gigantic playground. There are water games; a maze, a giant swing, a climbing tower and much more to entertain the little ones.
Wimm 1, 6352 Ellmau, Austria
The Kaiserbad Ellmau swimming pool is situated at the foot of the majestic Wilder Kaiser mountain range. There is an indoor adventure pool and lazy river leading out to the outdoor pool and its own organic-pond. Outside there is a fantastic water playground in addition to summer and winter slides. The thermal area has a herbal sauna with camomile steam. There is a eucalyptus grotto or Finnish sauna in the Tirolean log cabin too.
Ellmi’s World of Magic
Ellmi’s Magic World on the Hartkaiser mountain in Ellmau invites kids on a journey in the footsteps of the sorcerer’s apprentice, Ellmi, who was transformed into a giant frog by goblins. There is an enchanted forest with talking trees, goblin’s hut and rainforest harbours. Ellmi’s children’s play park has a trampoline, climbing carousel, maze, playground, swings, and much more. You can learn all about the many flowers, medicinal plants and herbs on the nature trails and in the botanical garden.
Llama Trekking on the Koglhof
Lechen 1, 6352 Ellmau, Austria
The Koglhof Llama Trek is set in the Kaiser mountains in Ellmau in Tirol at 850 metres and has been owned by the Oberhofer family since 1942. Everybody gets to lead a llama (even the smallest ones!) to the foot of the mountains and the llamas carry your rucksacks for you. The llama trek is a fun way to experience the mountains and nature of Austria. Kids and adults love it!
We went on a private trek, which you can too. This is perfect for families with younger children as the length can be adapted to your children.
Stampfanger 5, 6306 Söll, Austria
The 11-m deep Ahornsee Lake provides guests and locals a refreshing place for summer fun. With an area of more than 10,000 m², the bathing lake is also used in winter as a snow-making reservoir for Hochsöll. The Ahornsee lake has four bathing bridges, a beach volleyball court, showers, a kiosk, a children’s area with a reservoir, and water stations as well as deckchairs and sunshades.
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4 Family Friendly Restaurants in Wilder Kaiser
Gasthof Pension Lanzenhof
Dorfstraße 16, 6353 Going am Wilden Kaiser
The Lanzenhof is a rustic inn with traditional, down-to-earth cuisine and boutique rooms on the first floor. Right next to the Lanzenhof is the guesthouse, which accommodates guests with its individual rooms and suites and a wellness area. There are two houses with a total of 30 beds in the middle of the Kitzbühel Alps at the foot of the Kaiser Mountains. There is a rich breakfast buffet and in the evening exquisite dishes from the kitchen and cellar.
Die Ellmau Alm
Alte Str. 4, 6352 Ellmau, Austria
In the Ellmauer Alm they will spoil you with typical Tyrolean delicacies and hearty dishes from the Austrian kitchen. Enjoy the culinary delights in the rustic old wood parlour with an open fireplace or on the large sun terrace with a view of the Wilder Kaiser mountain scenery. The dishes on the menu are rustic and the atmosphere is lovely. Aprés ski and live music are then on the program until late at night.
Dorf 24, 6352 Ellmau, Austria
Enjoy a bite to eat in the summer at Ellmau’s most beautiful guest garden – Heuriger – Ellmau. You could enjoy a bowl of soup, hearty roast pork, spicy ribs, minced patties with mashed potatoes or a traditional schnitzel. There are also sweet treats on the menu.
Gipfelalm Hohe Salve
Salvenberg 59, 6363 Westendorf, Austria
Enjoy Tyrolean delicacies with a fantastic summit panorama on one of the most beautiful mountains in Tyrol. The Gipfelalm Hohe Salve restaurant is divided into several cosy rooms with 30 to 150 seats, the Umadum Stubn, the Panoramaalm, the Salventhreslstubn and the self-service area and the Salvenbar.