Are you looking for something fun to do while you are in Zell am See or in the surrounding area with kids? Go to Schmidolin’s Baptism of Fire! The kids do the challenges, while you hike with them. This way hiking won’t get boring for the kids. Wonder how do I know the kids won’t get bored? It is because i did it myself!
After you have parked in Zell am See city centre, walk to the CityXpress ski lift that will take you up to the Schmittenhoehe mountain. The tickets are bought at the valley station.
While sitting in the ski lift you can look around at the stunning green mountains and trees. After reaching the mountain station you have to follow the orange signs to get to the Schmidolin area.
Note that before you start following the orange signs you should get an adventure pass for your child. This adventure pass is useful, because they can fill in the answers to the questions and at the end they can trade it in for a certificate. You can place the map of Schmidolin’s Baptism of Fire or the adventure pass on the orange cord you get as well. You can get an orange cord at the ticket desk or at the table where you can get the adventure pass.
Now you are ready to go up the mountain! The walk to start of the journey takes about 1 km but it is a nice mountain trail and you can spend the time looking at nice red, purple and yellow flowers. Note that when you see short zip line there is a set of recommendations at the opposite end.
These recommendations are:
That children 6 years and higher should take part, because some stations might be too difficult for the younger children.
The stations are constructed so that children 6 years and older are able to do the stations by themselves. Nevertheless, kids can’t follow the trail without adult supervision.
That you wear sturdy shoes, because some of the stations are off the gravel path.
Not to bring prams or pushchairs with you, because some parts of the trail are not suitable for them.
That you read the signs before doing the stations, because they give information on how to do the station.
To not leave rubbish lying around the place.You can put it in a trash can when you’re back in Zell am See.
These are the official rules, but i have a slightly different opinion:
In my opinion children older than 10 years may experience the route as rather easy. The two stations that are more challenging than others are The Firewire and Schmidolin’s Smithy. But if you think the route is not difficult enough, you have plenty of possibilities to hike further and longer.
Wearing sturdy shoes is in my opinion not really needed. I wore sandals and I was completely fine. The only problem might be that when you’re going down a hill you might slide and fall.
Reading the signs is also not really needed, because you can see what you have to do by looking at the station. The sign does give information for the story and has a question on it.
Adults are not allowed to do the stations unless, it says on the signs or you are helping your child. Adults can also do the zip line at the beginning.
You can take the CityXpress ski lift to Schmidolin’s Baptism of Fire.
Halfway through the stations there is a place you can eat called Schmidolin’s Rast.
You can only go to Schmidolin’s Baptism of Fire in the summer.