Sun, mountains, bathing fun – an active vacation on Austria's Farms
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Get up in the morning when the rooster starts to crow. Fragrant farmer's bread, homemade cheese and smoked ham for breakfast. Freshly rested, you lace up your hiking boots or jump on your bike — and off you go into the wonderful Alpine landscape. You enjoy a spot of lunch at an Alpine hut with a light snack and a cold beer before ending your day by jumping into the refreshing waters of a clear mountain lake. And finally, at sunset, you'll sit tired but satisfied on the terrace while you enjoy a view of the mountains — that's how a holiday must be. If your heart is beating faster now, then you should definitely read on.
We have selected eight fantastic holiday farms and four cozy Alpine huts in Austria, which are perfect starting points for your rides and hikes. Whether you ride your bike along river cycle paths, down mountain bike trails or climb exciting peaks on foot – we've already sourced the right accommodation for everyone, as well as the right base for your Tours.
As an additional delicacy, you will find wonderful bathing lakes, natural pools and outdoor swimming pools around the holiday farms. If a rainy summer's day should make a difference to your planning, no problem either: In leisure pools and thermal baths, you can simply let go and relax in the sauna, steam bath and whirlpool. The next day you start your next adventure with an extra portion of energy.
A total of over 2,400 farms throughout Austria have joined forces to offer first-class guest rooms and holiday apartments under the quality label 'Urlaub am Bauernhof'. So if our eight farms and four huts are already fully booked or you would like to explore another corner of Austria, then you will find your personal dream farm or your dream Alpine hut here in any case.
The programme 'Urlaub am Bauernhof' is supported by the Federal Government, the Länder and the European Union (LE 14-20): ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rural-development-2014-2020_de
The Tobharthof stands on lush pastures in the middle of the secluded Gastein Valley - pure alpine idyll. Only a few minutes away from the farm you will find the mountain station of the Fulseck Gipfelbahn. Cozy you float in the gondola up to the summit. At the top you either just enjoy the magnificent view or you start an exciting mountain hike to the neighboring peaks. On hot summer days, a detour to the Gastein bathing lake or to the solar village of Dorfgastein is also worthwhile. Even mountain bikers are not neglected, because on the mountains around the valley, there are varied routes to discover.
On the Tobharthof you have a total of three rooms with breakfast and six different apartments for self-catering to choose from. Children can also take riding lessons at the farm.
More information and booking at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/tobhartbauer?state=sbg.
The Schmiedsipplhof is located in a uniquely quiet, yet central location amidst beautiful meadows at the foot of the Gosaukamm. Due to its perfect location, the farmhouse is perfect as a base for exciting mountain tours in the Dachstein massif and on the summits of the Gosaukamm. For families, the Hornbahn is particularly beautiful, because around the mountain station on Hornspitz you can expect perfectly developed and pushchair-friendly hiking trails. In addition, on hot summer days, the idyllic Gosausee attracts to a trip with swimming. Mountain bikers cycle on good gravel paths up the surrounding mountains and enjoy the unique panorama from above.
On the cozy Schmiedsipplhof there is a newly renovated and cozy furnished apartment. On the farm live together with the peasant family numerous chickens, cows, some horses and two friendly donkeys. The cows spend the summer on the alpine pasture. Twice a week they drive up to see what's going on - who wants to come along and see how well the cows on the mountain meadows like it.
More information and reservation at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/schmiedsipplhof.
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The children's farm Eggele also bears the nickname Panoramahof. Quite rightly, because the view of the mountains of the Bregenz Forest is simply heavenly.
On the farm there are two large apartments and two guest rooms. Children romp here on a first-class playground, pet the sheep and dwarf rabbits or groat the ponies Katinka and Jacky.
The farm Eggele is located directly below the Diedamskopf. Various hiking trails and a cable car lead up to the 2,090 meter high mountain. At the summit, a unique view of the surrounding landscape awaits you. In addition, you can explore the entire valley on long walks.
More information at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/greber-sieglinde
Bike Touring Highlight
Bauernstube, Canadian Blockbau and Almhütte - these are the three holiday apartments on the Ferienhof Schelchen. And the names do not promise too much: The apartments are lovely, modern and very cozy. From the dreamlike holiday farm you can explore the surroundings on your bike. Above all, the Ybbstal attracts with flat and well-marked bike paths. For mountain bikers, there is a special delicacy: Directly in front of the door of the farm is an 18 kilometer long, signposted mountain bike trail along. Even ambitious mountain hikers will love the Ferienhof Schelchen, because the surrounding mountain peaks are just the right, if you want to sniff a bit Gipfuftuft.
Further information can be found at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/ferienhof-schelchen.
Bike Touring Highlight
Gentle hills, small forests, wide orchards and peaceful villages - this is the Styrian spa town and here you will find the Schwalbenhof. On your bike you can cycle on the little-traveled roads over the hills, visit the towns and villages of the area and enjoy the nature. Especially nice is a trip to the nearby Raab valley with its wide meadows and floodplains. If you prefer to walk, then the Schwalbenhof is also the perfect base for your active holiday, because the wide meadows and quiet forests spoil you with comfortable and varied hiking trails.
At the Schwalbenhof you have the choice between two cozy apartments. Little visitors enjoy the goats, chickens, cats and guinea pigs that live on the farm and the large residents enjoy a glass of home-made spirits and liqueurs in the evening. Big and small alike are happy about one thing: the swimming pool with its large sunbathing lawn is the perfect place for a hot summer's day.
Information and reservations at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/schwalbenhof-st-stefan.
Bike Touring Highlight
The Köglhog is surrounded by a hilly landscape. Orchards, pastures and forests - a perfect place to unwind. The rolling hills, with their gentle ascents and descents, are perfect for long bike rides with the whole family. Sporty cyclists grab their mountain bike and climb the higher mountains on the Slovenian border. Even hikers are not neglected, because the dense mountain forests hold many different routes for you. Whatever your bike tour or hike looks like, on warm summer days a visit to the nearby Naturbad Bernstein will provide you with a refreshing finish.
Young and old guests can also take a bread-baking course. After all, nothing tastes better than a freshly baked loaf of bread.
Eight holiday apartments for self-catering are available at the Köglhof.
More information at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/koegl-hof
Located in the middle of the Zillertal, framed by the mighty Tyrolean mountains - a holiday farm can hardly be more picturesque. The Badererhof is located in Stumm, one of the most beautiful and rustic village in the entire Zillertal. Countless mountain pastures, magnificent mountain landscapes and exciting summits want to be hiked by you. In addition, there are the various summer cable cars in the Zillertal, which bring you comfortably up to lofty heights. In addition, you can cycle from the farm with your bike comfortably along the Ziller along and explore the valley landscape on good bike paths and quiet roads.
Not to forget: just a few minutes from the farm you will also find the outdoor pool Stumm, where you splashing in the water on hot summer days or just enjoying the sun on the lawn.
On the Badererhof there are three cozy apartments for self-catering and two double rooms with breakfast. Small and large animal lovers will not miss out on this, because rabbits, cats, goats, ponies and Haflinger live on the farm. If you like, you will join the farmer in Gerlostal, where the cows of the farm spend their summer.
More information can be found at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/gaestehaus-wechselberger.
Bike Touring Highlight
The Talhof is located in the middle of Carinthia - the perfect starting point for an active holiday with your bike. From here you can explore the surrounding valleys, cycle to the Ossiachersee or make a really long day trip and circumnavigate the Wörthersee. Also for mountain bikers there are wonderful trails in the surrounding mountain forests and exciting tours to nearby peaks. Hikers on the other hand take advantage of the countless hiking trails, visit picturesque lakes, hike from one alpine pasture to another or climb to the nearby peaks.
For bathing fun, you do not have to climb the bike, the yard has its own swimming lake. The Talhof has three different apartments for self-catering and straight kids will be happy about ponies and horses. In addition to cows and pigs live here also some friendly goats, who also have fun on a trip on a leash.
All information can be found at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/talhof.
The Almhütte Auszeit dates back to 1836 and was formerly the bathhouse of Christopher Dilenas farm: laundry and body care were carried out here. The cozy cottage has retained its incomparably rustic charm and is the perfect accommodation for a short or longer holiday in Styria.
The Almhütte Auszeit is located in the Donnersbachtal, one of the most beautiful valleys of the Schladminger Tauern. This makes it the perfect starting point for hikes through the original mountain landscape. In the surrounding villages there are also several beautiful bathing ponds, which invite for a refreshing break on hot summer days. If you prefer to ride on two wheels, you can of course also explore the surrounding mountain forests and alpine meadows on the mountain bike.
All information can be found at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/dilena-badstube.
Alpine lodge harmony - here is the name program. Because in the picturesquely situated hut you live in harmony with nature: fresh water from the Almbrunnen, solar power through the warm East Tyrolean sun, wood burning stove and the breathtaking view of the Lienz Dolomites. No question, it can be sustained. The alpine hut can accommodate up to eight people.
The alpine hut is secluded just above the Drau valley and directly opposite the Lienz Dolomites. They are an Eldorado for persevering hikers: Exciting routes lead through the rocky valleys, over windy passes and unique peaks. In addition, in the Drautal runs the ADFC five star Drau cycle path. Thanks to perfect train connections from the nearby Oberdrauburg, you can also just cycle along sections of the cycle path and enjoy the incredible view of the Drautal valley. As a conclusion of your hiking and biking tours in the Drautal also offer various swimming pools and lakes.
All information about the hut can be found at urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/almhuette-einklang#property-rooms.
View into the Grossartlal, wide alpine meadows, wonderful peace and a wood stove for pleasant evenings in the cozy room - the Sonnseit hut is your dream destination, if you want to enjoy the seclusion of the Alps. And if a few relaxing mountain hikes and hikes are just the right thing for you on a relaxing holiday, then you're in the right place at the hut.
Starting from the hut, you can start your hikes: explore the landscape of the Grossarl Valley on forest trails and hiking trails, walk from mountain to mountain and enjoy the fantastic views. Several mountain peaks are within reach from the hut. If you like it more leisurely, you can drive down to the valley and cycle on your bike along the banks of the Großarler Ache.
The cabin can accommodate up to five people. Here you can book the cottage: urlaubambauernhof.at/hoefe/sonnseit-huette
The cozy Kristemoarhütte is very close to the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, making it an excellent starting point to hike the National Park on your own. But even the meadows Mountain forests around the alpine hut invite you to extensive exploration tours. As you can see, there are really no limits to your itinerary. If you are in the mood for a bike ride, it is best to drive your car down to the Drautal and cycle here on the Drauradweg. The bike path is perfectly signposted, runs on flat paths and thanks to good rail links you can also plan individual stages as a day trip.
If you are looking for a little change between your hikes or bike rides, you can visit the nearby Lienz with its Mediterranean flair. The outdoor swimming pool in the Dolomitenbad also attracts here for a refreshing summer excursion. The Kristemoarhütte can accommodate two to seven people and can be booked at urlaubaufderalm.com/hoefe/kristemoarhuette.