When spending summer holidays with kids in the mountains, parents sometimes need to be really creative to motivate the little ones to join them on day hiking trips. Compared to playing at the pool, walking and hiking does not seem fun for them.
Here in Zell am See – Kaprun area, a lot is done to attract children to discover the summer mountains. Virtually every chair lift that operates in summer brings you to a mountain with playgrounds, child-friendly hikes etc. One of the most popular routes designed specifically for children is the Schmidolin Route up at Schmittenhoehe.
Schmidolin is a little friendly dragon, the mascott of Schmitten.
Your starting point for a small child friendly hike can be either at Areitbahn I (closed for reconstruction in summer 2017) or at City Xpress (down town Zell am See). Get the orange colored maps/score-cards for each kid at the ticket office, take the lift up and start following the path marked with orange arrows.
As you hike along the meadows and through the forest, your kids can stop at each ‘station’, fullfil a task, learn something from the information board and mark it to their score-cards. The entire hike is about 3.5 km long and you will need about 2 hours to pass through all tasks. There are a few resting areas on your way as well as 2 restaurants.
Throughout the year, all paths are very well kept and even though some parts are a bit too steep for a stroller, it is a good excercise to bring it along. Alternatively, backpacks to carry children can be rented at the lift cashier desk.
Enjoy your family day outdoors and ask us for more similar hikes as there are plenty around!