Summer holiday in Ellmau – unforgettable experiences for the whole family
A summer holiday in Ellmau promises plenty of once-in-a-lifetime Alpine experiences and outdoor activities to every taste. Crystal clear mountain lakes are perfect for cooling off on hot days and there is lots to do in the Wilder Kaiser region for young ones too.
Wilder Kaiser in summer
In summer, the Wilder Kaiser region in Tyrol is the ideal destination for hikers, mountaineers and climbers. You can also explore the impressive Alpine panorama on mountain bike or e-bike tours. The area’s six adventure parks above 1,650 metres are a great way to introduce young ones to the magic of the mountain landscape. Manicured golf courses, crystal clear lakes and traditional customs await you at the foot of this impressive mountain range.
The Wochenbrunner Alm, with its panorama views at 1,085 meters, is located on the Wilder Kaiser and can be reached by hiking or a short drive. In the Wochenbrunner Alm you can refuel either with a gourmet menu or a hearty platter of meat and cheese. There is also a game enclosure, a Kneipp water-treading basin and a small chapel here. In the Almladl shop you’ll find typical Tyrolese souvenirs and regional cuisine.
The four Kaiser municipalities of Ellmau, Going, Söll and Scheffau have been awarded the Austrian Hiking Seal of Quality. An extensive and well-signposted network of paths leads through woodlands, over broad Alpine meadows, past mountain pine and across scree fields. Trails range from family-friendly mountain walks to demanding routes for dedicated mountaineers. Cable cars take the pain out of the ascent in a number of places. Rest and refuel at a rustic mountain hut.
The 27-hole Wilder Kaiser golf course is only a five-minute walk from the Haselsberger Apartments. The 88-hectare course blends harmoniously into the landscape. In addition to three 9-hole courses, the facility also has a driving range with various practice options. The broad range of courses offered at the Wilder Kaiser Golf Academy caters to both beginners and the more advanced. Ellmau also has another golf course: the 9-hole course in Mühlberghof.
One of the best ways to explore the higher elevations of the Wilder Kaiser’s Alpine landscape is by mountain bike. The Ellmau, Going, Scheffau and Söll municipalities also belong to the world’s biggest e-bike region: the Kitzbüheler Alpen – Kaiser Mountains. The region boasts 350 kilometres of paths. If you’re not bringing your own bike, you can rent one – and a trailer for children or your four-legged friends – in any of the four Kaiser municipalities.
The Wilder Kaiser region is a great destination for those who love trying something new on holiday. Some of the exciting outdoor activities on offer include canyoning and river rafting. Or you can see the world from the eagle’s perspective while paragliding or on a hot-air balloon trip over the mountain landscape. The Wilder Kaiser has a range of via ferrata routes, from family-friendly paths to more challenging routes such as the Klamml.
Bathing lakes in Sölllandl
The bathing lakes around Ellmau are all delightfully scenic. Reaching to depths of 36 meters, the Hintersteiner Lake is the cleanest natural bathing lake in Tyrol, while Going Lake claims the title of “Tyrol’s most beautiful lake”. At 10,000 square meters, the Ahornsee in Söll offers more than enough space for swimmers and other water sports enthusiasts. The water temperature of the Schwarzsee moorland lake, which is located between Kitzbühel and Reith, rises to a very pleasant 27 degrees Celsius in summer.
The KaiserBad water park in Ellmau has plenty to offer for the whole family, including a white-water flow channel, four slides and two springboards. The water temperature in the heated pools is a pleasant 30 degrees Celsius. There is also a children’s pool and a large play area. While sports enthusiasts can meet up at the beach volleyball court, those looking for some R&R can retreat to the spa area, which has a sauna and steam bath.
The Hexenwasser park in Söll on the Hohe Salve mountain promises hours of fun activities in nature for young and old alike. You and your children can walk Austria’s longest barefoot trail (stopping at over 60 stations), build floodgates and experience how it feels to wade knee-deep through a swamp. Can you get the stone harp singing? In the witches’ workshop, children can make their own personal mementoes, whether that’s a broomstick or a lucky stone.
From Ellmau, you can get to Ellmi’s Zauberwelt, which lies on the Hartkaiser mountain at an altitude of 1,555 meters, with the 10-seater gondola lift in just seven minutes. In the Alpine adventure park, your children become immersed in a magical world and they must use a treasure map to rescue Ellmi, a sorcerer’s apprentice who’s been turned into a frog. A number of educational nature trails open their eyes to the unique flora of the Alps in a fun and entertaining way.