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Ellmau

Ellmau Holidays

Set in a sunny valley in the mountainous Sölllandl region, Ellmau is the perfect base for exploring the region's hiking trails, across the valleys and into the Wilder Kaiser mountains. This charming resort is ideal for a family getaway with hilltop adventure parks, water slides, leisure centres and fun night-time activities.

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A family friendly resort

Nestled at the bottom of the majestic Wilder Kaiser mountain range, Ellmau is a popular summer destination among holidaymakers. This attractive resort has all the trappings of a traditional Austrian village – a quaint church, chalet-style architecture and breathtaking views of the rugged Wilder Kaiser and green slopes of the Kitzbühel Alps.

Everything is at hand in the resort centre, with a selection of welcoming bars, restaurants and shops all within walking distance of each other. Plus there are over 700 kilometres of marked trails for cycling and walking. You can take the easy route on the 10 man gondola to access some of the higher paths, as well as six adventure areas at Ellmis Zauberwelt amusement park.

Situated halfway between Innsbruck and Salzburg, there's plenty to do in the area. And even closer is Going the bathing lake just a quick 15 minutes by bus. You can also walk to Hintersteinersee See, the mountain lake in Scheffau within an hour, and trust us it's worth the hike.

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Fun activities

There are heaps of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy on Austria holidays in Ellmau. At the foot of the mountain range, the KaiserBad leisure centre and waterpark has a child-friendly adventure pool, a wellness centre with a sauna and steam bath, a climbing wall and tennis courts.

Families with young kids will also enjoy the mountain top Ellmis Zauberwelt amusement park. Take a gondola ride up to different zones, the playground, trails, and tree houses of Scheffau KaiserWelt. Enjoy Ellmi's World of Magic with a petting zoo, maze and magical rain forest, or let the kids indulge in nature-themed water fun at the Magical Witches' Water in Hochsöll.

Also part of the resort's activity offering are Segway scooters, curling and carriage rides. Plus, the small folk museum on the edge of Ellmau is open Friday afternoons during summer to give you a glimpse into traditional life in the area.

Scenic walks you can't refuse

During the summer Walking is one of the most popular daytime activities when on holiday in Austria's Sölllandl region. The region takes in Ellmau, which is well connected to the surrounding villages of Going, Scheffau and Söll. The green fields and looming peaks offer a stunning backdrop for long walks and there are weekly guided tours to get you started so you know your bearings.

The region's 700 kilometres of scenic hiking trails have earned the Austrian Hiking Seal of Approval. And 400 kilometres of those are suitable for cycling too. You can walk a fairly flat route through the valley to neighbouring Scheffau and its lake, or take a gondola to the edge of the village for access to 196 kilometres of scenic mountain trails. The Hiker's Experience Pass lets you use the gondola to reach all areas.

Night-life and street fairs

Come night-time Ellmau has everything you'd expect from a typical Austrian resort. In the village you'll find a selection of rustic huts and lively bars where you can enjoy a drink or two and listen to live music after a day out and about.

The evenings are so much more than going to the bars. You play bowling or stay outdoors and take in the street entertainment. This includes a weekly market with food stalls to sample wurst and dumplings, craft stalls and brass band concerts. And every Tuesday in summer folk and pop bands play in evening festivals.

Hotels and dining

Whether you're looking for a luxurious hotel with all the trimmings for your Austrian holiday or a budget-friendly villa close to the mountainside, there's plenty of choice on offer in Ellmau. Most of the hotels are centrally located, and some even come with added extras such as hot tubs and spa facilities – perfect for those who want to relax in style.

When it comes to food, there's a good mixture of independent restaurants and hotel run dining rooms. Or to grab a bite to eat while your on the go. Mountain restaurants serve traditional, great value for money dishes with mesmerising views across the valley.