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9 FREE HOLIDAY TIPS

Holidays in Viehhofen don’t have to be expensive…

What would you think if I promised you that your vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. Of course there are countless excursion destinations that fulfill all wishes for action, adventure and relaxation, but let’s be honest, such a holiday can be quite expensive. Especially if you are traveling as a family.

Did you know that there are also activities in our area that you don’t have to spend money on and that are still incredibly fun? It doesn’t matter whether you are already big, still small or just want to stay young at heart.

That’s why I’ve put together a selection of free excursion destinations for you, of course with a description of what exactly awaits you there and how you can find your destination. The following excursion tips are available around the clock from spring to autumn. So you don’t have to worry about adhering to opening hours.

1. The search for wandering Nik

Wander-Nik is probably our best-known resident, whom many children have taken to their hearts. Maybe you’ve already read through his CV, then you probably know how much Wander-Nik loves nature. On his hiking tours through the entire Viehhofen hiking area, he left plaques of himself and would like adventurous children to find them. This is a search game that aims to encourage children to go hiking. Because if children find 3 of these boards and take a photo together (both children and Wander-Nik should be clearly recognizable in the photo), they will receive a gift at the tourist office on the Viehhofen village square. The nice thing about it is that all 10 panels are hidden both in easily accessible places and on summits, thus offering a small or large challenge for all ages.
A little hint:  The Viehhofen children’s booklet will help you with your search!

2. Motor skills trail from Jausern to Saalbach

The Motorikweg, with its 24 play stations and a length of approx. 4 km, offers plenty of space for skill exercises. Show balance at stations with promising names such as spider webs, stretching oasis, alpine water ski wall, target fishing or 3D coordination trail.
In order to be able to try out all the stations, I recommend that you allow around 2 hours. Since the Motorikweg is located next to the Saalach and the forests offer shade, the Motorikweg is easy to walk on even on hot days. The last station on the motor skills trail is in Saalbach, just before the SchattbergXpress. From there you can use the public post bus free of charge with the guest card to get back to Viehhofen. However, if you would like to hike further, the sun promenade to Jausern would be ideal.

3. Teufelswasser at the end of the valley

The valley head of Saalbach Hinterglemm has a lot to offer. In addition to the high rope park, Jump’n Slide Park and Baumzipfelweg, the Teufelswasser is also located here. A spacious theme park with many play and wellness stations. Here you can refresh yourself in the clear mountain spring water on hot summer days. Enjoy your time in the fish pond, the forest playhouse, at the mill wheel, in the rock pool, on the cave or alpine herb path as well as in the fairy and dwarf realm.
The Teufelswasser is easy to reach! Either with the guest card free of charge by bus or by car follow the main road through Saalbach and the Hinterglemm Tunnel until you can’t go any further. The car park at the end of the valley is free of charge. Your destination is quickly reached via a leisurely hiking trail in the direction of the Lindlingalm, which takes around 45 minutes.

4. Fairy Tale Forest Hinterglemm

If you are already on the way to the end of the valley, be sure to visit the fairytale forest, which is located behind the indoor tennis center in Hinterglemm. Of course, this trail is only suitable if you are not afraid of the big bad wolf or witches! Because these villains are waiting for your visit with Snow White & Co and want to tell their stories. Numerous lovingly furnished huts tell the well-known stories of the Brothers Grimm. The only question left for me is: “Who is the bravest of all and dares to touch the big bad wolf?”

5. Swimming in Lake Zell

In addition to the three large lidos in the center of Zell am See, in Thumersbach and Schüttdorf, you can also swim in Lake Zell for free. To do this, simply turn in the direction of the Zell am See hospital, there is a parking lot after about 500 m that can be used free of charge. Along the promenade in the direction of the center of Zell am See, numerous beautiful places invite you to relax and swim. The berths and access to the lake vary. The water is partly shallow, making it ideal for small children, or you can plunge straight into the depths of Lake Zell at one of the bulges.

6. Book rental in Viehhofen

You probably know the Kneipp facility in the center of Viehhofen. This is our little feel-good oasis. Here you will find our book owl Hermine next to Kneipp pools and comfortable wooden loungers to relax. Hermine is filled with a wide variety of books that you can borrow. The books genres change again and again, sometimes there are thrillers inside, other times romance novels or even comics. I recommend treading water extensively first and then relaxing on one of the loungers with a good book. Listen to the lapping of the water and the rustling of the leaves in the wind. A wonderful place to unwind or to end the day.

4. Fairy Tale Forest Hinterglemm

If you are already on the way to the end of the valley, be sure to visit the fairytale forest, which is located behind the indoor tennis center in Hinterglemm. Of course, this trail is only suitable if you are not afraid of the big bad wolf or witches! Because these villains are waiting for your visit with Snow White & Co and want to tell their stories. Numerous lovingly furnished huts tell the well-known stories of the Brothers Grimm. The only question left for me is: “Who is the bravest of all and dares to touch the big bad wolf?”

5. Swimming in Lake Zell

In addition to the three large lidos in the center of Zell am See, in Thumersbach and Schüttdorf, you can also swim in Lake Zell for free. To do this, simply turn in the direction of the Zell am See hospital, there is a parking lot after about 500 m that can be used free of charge. Along the promenade in the direction of the center of Zell am See, numerous beautiful places invite you to relax and swim. The berths and access to the lake vary. The water is partly shallow, making it ideal for small children, or you can plunge straight into the depths of Lake Zell at one of the bulges.

6. Book rental in Viehhofen

You probably know the Kneipp facility in the center of Viehhofen. This is our little feel-good oasis. Here you will find our book owl Hermine next to Kneipp pools and comfortable wooden loungers to relax. Hermine is filled with a wide variety of books that you can borrow. The books genres change again and again, sometimes there are thrillers inside, other times romance novels or even comics. I recommend treading water extensively first and then relaxing on one of the loungers with a good book. Listen to the rippling of the water and the rustling of the leaves in the wind. A wonderful place to unwind or to end the day.


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