How does a car-free, romantic holiday village with a varied program of outdoor activities for adults and children sound for your next family escape? If you’re thinking ‘yes please,’ then I’d highly recommend Hochpustertal holiday village in Heinfels, East Tirol.
Hochpustertal holiday village offers a fantastic, whole-family experience and, with free childcare (children aged up to 3 years), parents can even find some time to themselves. For little ones, the varied entertainment program includes activities like panning for gold in shallows and Wonky Tonky river rafting, as well as farm visits to experience animals up close and trips to the Elf Park adventure playground with its giant slide and tepees. The village’s own children’s paradise guarantees plenty of fun too: kids can do things like design and paint their own designs on T-shirts and baseball caps, ready for the junior fashion show. If they’ve got any energy left, there’s still the children’s Olympics to get involved in, as well as go-kart racing where they can compete against other young stars.
For adults, the holiday village and the surrounding region have much to offer. Barbecue fans can take advantage of the open-access grill areas (firewood supplied), so you can enjoy home-cooked barbecue dishes with a glass of wine. If you’re hoping to get fit or shed a few pounds, a 1,000km network of mountain bike trails threads through the surrounding area. Many keen cyclists also come here to experience part of the Drau cycle path, with runs directly past the holiday village and leads through the magnificent Dolomites scenery around Lienz.
Ride along this famous cycle path and stop off at Loacker World of Enjoyment in Aignerbadl (Vitalpinium) on the way, or visit the spectacular Galitzenklamm gorge. If you want to avoid cycling back to your start point, travel by train instead – ÖBB trains operate the service from Lienz to Hochpustertal, and are happy to carry bicycles. For walkers, the nearby Villgratental Valley is a real paradise with the Innervillgraten area (as recommended by the Austrian Alpine Club) home to a huge diversity of tours, from technical climbs to gentle rambles.
Tip: Amongst the peaks of the Villgraten Mountains is the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest and a popular place for photography. Hochpustertal is also home to many beautiful green areas which make great spots for relaxing and sunbathing.
Detailed information about Hochpustertal holiday village can be found at www.feriendorf – hochpustertal.com