Flachau in the summer is stunning. The weather is warm, the evenings are long
and the scenery is breathtaking. The view from the apartment of the sun lighting
up the Dachstein mountain range is eye catching and the distant sound of cow
bells ringing conjures up images of Julie Andrews and the sound of music.
Flachau is a great summer vacation spot for whatever you enjoy doing, from
Para gliding to white water rafting, from hiking to fishing, and from swimming
to horse riding, or even just enjoying the views with a cold beer, Flachau has
- Ski lifts
There is a lot to do in the Flachau during the summer. Most of the ski lifts
reopen for the summer season which creates fantastic alpine hiking opportunities
and it is great fun to watch the Para gliders launching themselves into midair
off the cliffs and then soaring away to incredible heights.
Equally enjoyable are the frequent falcon displays that can be viewed from
several of the mountain huts in the area.
- The Grafenberg
The Grafenberg in Wagrain is accessed by ski lift and is fun to visit. There
are dozens of climbing frames, swings, mountain lake activities and other
exciting things for the children to do.
- The Geisterberg
The Geisterberg at Alpendorf, just outside St. Johnann is definitely worth a
visit. There is a great play area at the bottom of the gondola. The whole of
the top of the mountain, including the peak has been converted into a children's
adventure park. There are climbing frames, water play areas, hidden scary
monsters and even a huge wooden dragon for the children to play on.
The Jägersee is one of our favourite picnic places to go in the summer. It
is about 5 km further than Kleinarl and is accessed through Wagrain. This lake is
absolutely beautiful with crystal clear water and stunning scenery. The lake itself
is fed by a mountain stream headed by two spectacular waterfalls. There are plenty
of mountain hikes for the adventurous and easy walking around the lake for those
with small children. The woods are full of the most delicious wild strawberries
which just burst with flavour.
There is an adventure swimming pool in Wagrain. For more tranquil swimming,
there are small swimming lakes in Flachauwinkl and Reitstadt.
In October 2010 a fantastic indoor and outdoor water park opened in Altenmarkt,
only a ten minute drive from the apartment. Great fun for the kids, it has a
superb water slide as well as fitness training pool and spa.
- Horse Riding
The stables in Reitstadt are great for young riders, and riding lessons are easy
- Mountain Biking
The region is very popular for mountain biking, and these are available for rent
in the village.
There are regular mountain festivals throughout the summer and plenty of child
- Play Areas
Children's petting zoos are very common, the nearest is at the "Musistadl"
only five minutes walk away from the apartment. Further up the Griessenkarweg is the
Waldgasthof which has a playground for the kids and food and drink for the adults, an
alternative is the Sattelbauer which rests on a mountain ridge and has stunning views
on both sides.
- National Parks
The Grossglockner national park and wild life zoo are well worth visiting and
some of the gorges in the area such as the Lichtenstein Klamm in St. Johann will
The Burg Hohenwerfen castle and the ice caves are not to be missed, and then
there is Salzburg...
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