Bad Hofgastein is an ideal place for parents, who during the Alpine holidays have to not only carry on their skis, but also push the carriage with the baby. This is one of the few ski resorts, where you can walk with children without the thought that you involuntarily registered in the gym. There is no need to overcome numerous descents and ascents, because the city is conveniently located in the flat part of the valley, and you can regularly go up to the booth for physical education. In general, in our mother’s rating of family resorts, Bad Hofgastein, it still ranks first in terms of ease of traveling around the city.
And, of course, there are plenty of other advantages for families with children. For example, hotels that have received the status of “Family Partner Gastein” greatly simplify the lives of parents and offer a lot of pleasant things: from baby monitors and children’s menu to the game room and kindergarten, where you can leave your treasure under the supervision of a caregiver. On the slopes there are ski clubs for kids from three to four years old and schools for older children. And in Ski Center Angertal there is a huge Gasti snow park (10,000 sq. M), where there is everything for children’s happiness: special lifts – conveyor belts, a carousel, a track with funny figures, an igloo, a castle with a slide and a swing, toys and the scene. But that’s not all. During the week of our stay at the resort, we found that, in addition to skiing, there is a sea of other entertainment for the whole family, and chose the five that we liked the most.
In the center of the city, not far from Alpentherme, you can go skating with the whole family on an open-air rink with an artificial surface, or, sitting in the sun-drenched stands, watch your child take the first steps on the ice. Here young skaters practice spinning and jumping, circling, holding hands, romantic couples, and local schoolchildren skipping lessons. At the rink there is a rental where you can rent skates (4 euros) and “support” (2 euros) – a massive penguin on skis, in an embrace with which the little conqueror of ice will not be so difficult to resist on skates. True, the size range here starts from the 25th – apparently, it is assumed that before three years it makes no sense to take the child to the ice. But Luka was so eager to fight, that Sasha had to take him two more skates. Either because of the unsuitable size of the equipment, or because they have not grown yet, but the athlete, after ten minutes of struggle with the moving legs, asked to go back to the stands. Although the parents are satisfied in principle with the result: a trial exit on the ice took place, and now there is no doubt – next year, Lou will definitely drive along the rink, leaving all the penguins far behind. Well, Tim will whistle him from the stands.
Next to the rink there is a nice Kurpark park with a one-and-a-half-kilometer track. Excellent fitness for moms there is guaranteed: babies – in backpacks, and jogging! But children older than three or four years old can be taken along as a full-fledged companion. In the evenings, the park is illuminated specifically for those who like to ride at night looking. From the park you can also get on another circular cross-country ski route – Achenloipe, 4 km long.
Meeting with alpacas will surely become the main event of the day for the whole family, because these cute, absolutely plush animals are able to fascinate not only children, but also adults. A separate pleasure is to go hiking in the Hohe Tauern National Park and the romantic Kotschachtal valley in the Gastein region with them. These distant relatives of camels will not only make you a wonderful company during your walk, but will also carry your load without any altercations. Such entertainment is offered in the Badgastynsky hotel Gruner Baum: on the farm at the hotel there live five cute alpacas and two of their cubs, with whom you can chat and even feed them every Tuesday at 15.00. Also on Tuesdays, the hotel arranges a small half-hour walk with alpacas (gathering of participants – at 15.30 at the hotel, from where the route begins). On Thursdays, a two-hour tour to the Himmelvand alpine hut is organized (collection – at 14.00).
For adults and children from 6 years. Cost: 12 euros per person (10 euros on the Gastein Card guest card) for a half-hour trekking, 35 euros per person (30 euros on the guest card) – for a two-hour trip. Children under four years old can take part in the alpaca walk free of charge, but only if accompanied by their parents.
Here on a sled down not from the hill, but from a real mountain, so the impressions of this exciting adventure will be enough for the whole family. Three-kilometer downhill begins at an altitude of 1350 m, near the mountain restaurant Aeroplan.