We have spent 4 days at this magnificent campsite in the Tirol, surrounded by stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Alps, the highest being 2,962 metres, and lush alpine forests, ideal for dog walks as they provide much needed shade. I must admit I didn’t expect it to be so hot, as we are 1,000m up, but temperatures have been above 25ºC most of the time and quite humid.
We booked for 2 nights initially, but after the first day, having tried all the wonderful facilities provided, we decided this little jewel was worth a longer stay so that we could indulge on a few days of luxury.
The campsite/hotel/family resort is nothing short of supreme excellence and for €50 a day for the two of us we can enjoy all the first class facilities on site: indoor/outdoor swimming pool with a water slide for children, a gym, the spa centre with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, sun grotto, all kinds of jet showers (hot and cold) and superb washing and shower block with large cubicles with own basin, stool and mirrors, as well as washing up and laundry facilities with a large drying room, all immaculately kept. There is, of course, a restaurant/bar at the entrance offering all sorts of beverages and ice-creams and I even ventured to try the Special House Ice Tea with lemon, lime and mint, almost like a Mojito without the Rum: very refreshing and utterly delicious!
We’ve really had a chance to chill out after 10 days on motorhome aires in France and Germany and we already feel we’ve had a proper holiday and we still have 6 weeks to go.
Apart from making the most of the facilities on site, we also ventured into the town of Erhwald, 3km down the road through the lovely cooling forest path, which took us around half an hour. We strolled gently to the other end of town and bought some postcards for the family and got the bus back, as it is an uphill road back to camp and the sun was beating down strongly by then. The bus cost €2.90 each, which we thought was very reasonable indeed, especially when we compare it to the Public Transport prices back home. Poor Adonis had ventured out walking on his own both ways the day before to buy some beer and came back feeling very sorry for himself and sweating buckets. Why on Earth he didn’t cycle down I shall never know and it will remain a mystery to the end of my days.
I’ve also had a chance to do some washing and change the bedding, the washing machines working with a token which can be bought at the reception shop for €3.50. The driers are free, but I chose to hang my washing in the nice, warm drying room and everything was dry by early afternoon.
Something that I marvelled at during my walks with Beano through the woods are the beautiful butterflies everywhere, similar to the Red Admiral, but darker, smaller and with a fine white edge on their wings. They fly in large groups and sometimes they even seem to lead the way. I felt I was in an enchanted forest and it’s a simple memory I will treasure forever.
Just outside the campsite there is the cable car station to go up the mountains, but we did not take advantage of this facility, although I can image that the views from the top must be absolutely spectacular.
I have to confess that I feel a little sad to be leaving this superb and idyllic place, but now we have Italy, Slovenia and Croatia to look forward to. First stop: Brunico!