Excursion destinations and tips for your vacation with children in Salzkammergut!
Vacation in the mountains is like balm for the soul, but often the mountain regions are overcrowded and the vacation mode may not really set in. That’s why it’s worth exploring Alpine regions that are away from mass tourism, have a fair price-performance ratio and are still considered undiscovered insider tips. We have just such a tip for you, because Bad Ischl, a beautiful small town in the middle of the Salzkammergut, will put you in the vacation mood from the very first minute.
Why? We will tell you in this article.
How a relaxing family trip in winter looks like
A balanced variety of activities during a winter vacation with kids is very important to us. In addition to all the activities like skiing and sledding, we also like to make ourselves comfortable in a cozy accommodation or explore the nearest town when the snow is thick on the slopes. The family-owned Hotel Goldener Ochs in Bad Ischl is just the place to get your money’s worth on vacation with kids in Austria. The nearest ski resorts for families are only a few minutes away and yet the small town flair attracts families to explore.
We start our winter vacation with children in Austria at the Godenen Ochsen with a delicious breakfast in the winter garden. The sun tickles the tip of your nose early in the morning. Everyone can help themselves and from homemade Birchermüsli, cheese and sweet treats is simply everything on the buffet.
Snow fun skiing and sledding with children
Strengthened, we go directly to the slopes of the Postalm. The drive there takes less than twenty minutes. At the parking lot, the skis are strapped on or the sledding unpacked and off to the slopes! The family ski area is designed in such a way that all lifts start from the central hub not far from the parking lot and the slopes also converge there again. In addition to the classic ski slopes, there are sledding runs, cross-country ski trails and routes for touring. So every member of the family can pursue the preferred snow pleasure. At lunchtime, the charming alpine huts tempt you with delicacies from Austrian cuisine. Especially recommended is the Strobler hut. There the children can play around and the view of the menu makes the mouth water.
Vacation with children in the Salzkammergut for connoisseurs
After the last ride, it’s back to the Goldenen Ochsen, or more precisely, directly to the wellness area. The warm pool, a pool and the wonderful saunas quickly thaw out cold snow adventurers. While parents can take turns with sauna sessions, there are toys for the kids to splash around in the pool. In the evening you can dine in the in-house restaurant. The food is prepared using traditional cooking methods. For this, products are preferably chosen that come from the region, so real ingredients are prepared by real people, semi-finished products have no place here. Toys to pass the time are also available in the restaurant.
In addition to the restaurant, the Arthur Schnitzler Bar is another must-see favorite spot in the Goldenen Ochsen. Even with children, because they will find a play corner there, in addition to drinks specially designed for the bar, there are of course children’s drinks. Another light-filled game area with piano is located in the lobby.
Excursion destinations for families in Salzkammergut
For the right portion of variety on vacation, the hike up the local mountain of Bad Ischl the next day ist just perfect. The short hike to Siriuskogel starts directly at the hotel and is also doable with smaller children. The route is short, at times steep, but there are numerous stations waiting for the children. The so-called sensory wonder path shows large and small hikers world of the senses. Hearing funnels, a tree telephone, scent spots and much more are just waiting to be discovered on the way up. Once you have arrived at the Siriuskogel inn, you can look forward to a first-class view over the small town, a children’s playground, a colorful animal world and home cooking.
Lightly step downhill back to Bad Ischl. A walk through the spa town is absolutely recommended. In the children’s store OH!LILLY you will find selected toys from the most popular European brands. The Kas store is worth a stop to stock up on the finest cheese and specialties for home. Café Immervoll serves Belgian hot chocolate and waffles, and even has a play corner for the kids to warm up after a stroll through town. Along the Traun River, which as a tributary of the Danube carries most of its water from the Salzkammergut region, there are several playgrounds. They can be discovered all by themselves while walking and strolling along the banks. In addition, the playground for children at the spa park is a nice change.
For uncomfortable weather, a trip with kids to Hallstatt to the oldest salt mine in the world is just the right idea. The tour starts with a gondola ride and an impressive view over Lake Hallstatt. Via slides and lakes, the adventurous journey continues into the mountain, where already 7000 years ago people discovered the origin of the salt worlds.
For even more winter adventure, take a ride on the Katrin cable car. A nostalgic cable car that starts directly in Bad Ischl and transports its passengers towards recreation. Numerous vantage points on the surrounding lakes and mountains, culinary highlights – long live the Kaiserschmarrn and recharge your batteries while sunbathing make the destination perfect for parents. But also the kids get their money’s worth. On the toboggan run with free toboggan rental, the little ones can really let off steam.
You see the possibilities for your vacation with children in beautiful Bad Ischl in the middle of the Salzkammergut are limitless. There is something for every family member, for every weather condition and especially away from mass tourism. And the very best comes at the end. While in other ski regions are still in the main season and corresponding prices are charged, in the Goldenen Ochsen since February already off-season prices apply, which are very attractive for families. In addition, the house offers very family-friendly children’s prices out of conviction, small guests are very welcome with family Schweiger. In addition to family rooms, rooms with connecting doors are available for larger children.