So with Austria treating us to an Alpine Pass on the Gerlos Alpine Road (see full blog here) and a chance to hike up the Stubai Glacier (see full blog here), we've moved across to the Tiroler region of Austria.... and a chance to stay at a campsite with its own cable car at Tiroler Zugspitze! So not the normal facilities you might find at a campsite, but then again nor was the Volcano at Camping Solfatara in Naples, Italy (see full blog here). But read on to find out just why this campsite is rightfully the best campsite in Austria
Priced sensibly, the Zugspitze Cable Car sits just under Germany's highest mountain and only a few hundred metres from our spacious, well equiped camping pitch. For anyone staying at the campsite, you benefit from a discounted price alongside numerous other benefits including local free public transport (courtesy of your complimentary keycard to the Zugspitz Arena).
Regular followers of our website will know we all love cable cars (see our posts on Pic du Midi (Spain), Mont Blanc (France) or Ulriken (Norway)) but today was a full on 'Roadschooling Day' so we left it to the girl's grandparents to take a trip up, but more of that later on....
Firstly, it's a truly beautiful route up to the campsite... past alpine flowers in summer, but we reckon equally spectacular in winter (see this link for more) but it's probably the most spectacular campsite view we've seen in over 500+ days on the road across Europe. As a family, we always seem to head for the coastal campsites, but for an active family, this is truly an outdoor playground to match any other we've seen.. Packed full of hiking trails, mountain bike trails and ski routes (88 lifts, 209km of slopes & 110km of cross country ski trails)
But as ever, it has that 'Leading Campings' quality that the girl's grandparents are starting to recognise as being a real help to the overall holiday. The quality of their shower block & 'open to all' kitchen area would shame some large hotel chains we've stayed in. They really are truly 5-star and certainly comparable with the best we'd seen so far at Camping Krk Resort in Croatia.
The Tiroler Resort isn't just a campsite that's open all year round and sits at just over 1200m. It also has a superb 'country-style' hotel that includes the 'spa and wellness' centre and is accessible 'toll free' from Germany via one of the Alpine Passes. Imagine an indoor pool with jacuzzi cave, water slides within the playground areas... whilst a full on 'free' sauna is available to all guests (even children on selected days each week)
But in truth, we can't imagine too many people spending time indoors when this kaleidoscopic view surrounds you... For us, it was truly a 'feast for the senses' with cow bells chiming, the smell of fresh herbs/flowers wafting past and the thunderstorms crashing around the valley.... If only it had been full sunshine, we might have been persuaded to take these scooters around the local area (like we did at Camping Šimuni in Croatia recently)
One of the benefits of a resort is the chance to enjoy a higher level of facilities, such as the reception or restaurant above. But we don't think this has to come with a compromise. Sure wild camping is cheaper or smaller sites can offer more secluded views. Yet we reckon it's good value for money and well worth considering for both a winter or summer break. Plus the general quality and facilities allow the stay to be that little easier for everyone concerned.
We've never quite seen a pitch like the one we found at Tiroler. To say it was fully equipped might be an understatement, it even had a chemical toilet disposal point on each site... perhaps thats why the alpine flowers are so abundant here!!!
With school work finished for the day (for those interested it was Spelling (have you seen our 'Top 5 Educational Apps' post) followed by a follow up history lesson (see this roadschooling post)... we found time to wave to the girl's grandparents who'd braved the cable car up the Tiroler. Apparently is only takes 10mins to climb 1,725m to the 2,962m peak and offers some of the best views of the Tyrolean Alps. They say that 'On fine days visitors can see mountain peaks ranging from 2,000m up to 4,000m and across 4 countries reaching as far as the Eastern Alps'
In 2016 the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car celebrated its 90th anniversary, and it looks like a new cable car route is planned to open soon (taking 100 passengers per cable car!). So it looks like more people will get to see the top of Zugspitze. According to the girl's grandparents, it's well worth a visit to the Erlebniswelt Zugspitze, a small musuem at the top of the mountain all about the geography, geology and history of the Zugspitze. Whilst we'd love to be there on the night of the 21st June when they light fires on the summits and ridge of the Zugspitze. In fact you can even stand astride Austria & Germany at the top as the Zugspitzhaus hut marks the border between Bavarian Germany and Austrian Tirol.
For us, its been a brilliant couple of days and enough to make us certain we want to return again soon... perhaps this time with our ski boots in the garage of our Adria Motorhome rather than the bikes!
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