There is no other place in Austria we’ve visited this often. There are zillions of attractions, hiking trails, places to see. Here is a list of our favorite kid-friendly summer activities that you should not miss.
Summer Fun Park in Fiss
Three small villages, Serfaus, Fiss, and Ladis have played it smart. They got together and built a huge family playground with unbeatable views. Think ahead what you want to do and buy a cheaper combination ticket of cable car and attractions. Our kids are small, we’ve taken them to the Summer Fun Park and let them enjoy all the free stuff: sand pits, playgrounds, little scooters. There is also a little fenced area with small ponies for petting and feeding.
But it’s not just about the playgrounds. We hiked the Fisser Gonde Nature Trail, an easy terrain for kids with different stations with tasks. A loop up and downhill, about an hour. There are other trails of various difficulties, however it might be a bit hard to get kids of the fun park if you, like us, start there.
Hike from Hoch-Imst to Untermarkter Alm
Just-enough challenging hike from the base of Hoch-Imst station to the first hut, Untermarkter Alm. About an hour-long ascent, not too steep, with good enough terrain even for a 5 year old. To make a nice loop, hike up on the Pilzpfad trail that goes through a forest, near an instagram worthy lake, all the way up to Untermarkter Alm. If you want to go on, a lot of hikes actually start there. The next hut, Obermarkter Alm, has even a little zoo. For us, lunch and playground were the perfect finish. To go down, you can take the world’s longest Alpine roller coaster – they will transport down your backpack. Or walk down on a nice path that is used for sledging in the winter.
Nordkette train and Alpenzoo in Innsbruck
There are no elephants, no lions, no giraffes. The beauty of this zoo is that it shows only animals that live, or have lived, in the Alps. It is very pretty, sitting on a Nordkette mountain range above Innsbruck. There is a small section of domestic animals with some feeding, there is a playground, and needless to say the whole area is stroller accessible.
What makes the whole trip special though is taking the cable railway from Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen – Congress station. Park the car in Congress parking – take the parking ticket with you, they will validate it at the railway terminal, where you also buy a ticket for the railway and the entrance to the zoo. All in all, 17 Eur/adult. The stations have been designed by Zaha Hadid, the 8 minute ride offers great views and couple tunnels, and is, of course, fully stroller accessible (yes, even double-stroller).