Finally, it is time to explore mountain adventure worlds again: Roughly one hour from Innsbruck and Kitzbühel you will find picturesque Alpbach Valley with the village of the same name at its heart.
The epitome of an idyllic chocolate box village, Alpbach is a tidy collection of dark wooden chalets with red and green painted shutters and balconies bedecked with flowers. It is a strikingly picturesque resort with a strong sense of tradition, yet today there is no time to marvel at its beauty. Instead, we head for the base of Wiedersbergerhornbahn Gondola as we have quite something on the agenda—our very first trek to the top of a mountain as a foursome: We want to nab the 2,128-meter summit of Wiedersbergerhorn Mountain.
First Comes Fun, …
It doesn’t take long until the whining and grumbling starts. “I’m tired,” one boy says after a grand total of one minute sitting (!) in the gondola, the other adding rather mournfully, “Me too!” The first few meters from the top of the gondola toward the top of the peak take some time as the trail is a broad path (where kids are easily bored), but after some 200 meters their ambition is fired. We don’t take the Panoramaweg Trail but opt to follow narrow switchbacks up, up, up. (By the way, Michael has found quite a few interesting ways how to persuade kids to enjoy hiking). The steep trail keeps the boys occupied. About one hour later, we have reached the top and are rewarded with amazing views over Zillertal Valley, the Kitzbühel Alps and Lake Achensee. The kids are proud they made it and enjoy the outstanding views, too. We walk back down towards the top terminal in a loop along the scenic Panoramaweg Trail and – finally (!) it’s Lauser Land time.
… then Enjoyment
The first attraction of Lauser Land is located right next to the top terminal: the giant, 44 square meter outdoor inflatable bouncer is loads of fun—and a great photo-op for parents! It’s easy to take great pictures here with that background, so keep your camera charged. Next, kids can test their balance at the Mini Lauser Ropes Course, on courses with varying levels of difficulty. Every now and then, we take a break in one of the outdoor hammocks. A double slackline brings us to a pond with ankle deep water to splash about. There’s wheels to turn and channels and chutes and pumps. There’s fountains and pools and newts to discover and examine.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit late already, and we don’t have enough time to explore more of the play features. We would have loved to try the new ball track. And the Flying Fox zipline! And the slide! And the construction site, and…
… looks as if there will be a next time. The boys will love it :-)
The Bottom Line
Seen from the gondola, the Lauser Land appears quite small; yet it’s not actually as tiny as it looks. There are so many stations here that you and the kids will play all day. The interactive play features are fantastic and there is shadow and sun to your liking. Plus, there are two on-mountain restaurants where you can gather new strength after all the exertion of the day. We really liked it a lot here and we will definitely be back to explore ball track, wave slide and Flying Fox.
The walk atop Wiedersbergerhorn Mountain is quite steep but nothing a healthy child can’t do. The view from the summit is stunningly beautiful!
Time is your friend – so plan for lots of it and be up on the mountain early in the morning—especially if you want to conquer the summit of Wiedersbergerhorn Mountain, too. It really pays off if you want to get the most out of this outstanding on-mountain play and adventure zone and its adventure day camp options at the Kids Center.
Just to let you know, the ball track works with the same wood balls that wind their way down the curving tracks at Kugelwald Adventure World on Glungezer Mountain.
Tirol Werbung/Julia König