On Sunday, we spent a day around the St Wolfgang township and did some of the touristy things.
Firstly, a late breakfast. We then wandered around the town, having a look, but also, trying to find the train station that would take us up the mountain – to 1783m. There was snow. Which the girls were thrilled about.
The views from up the top of Schafburgspitze were absolutely stunning.
We were only up the mountain for 30 minutes, but that was enough with young kids, and the ride itself was 40 mins each way, so we got lots of viewing time. The kids then played for a bit before we had a late lunch…
and then onto the Sommer Rodelbahn! This was fun. The tabogan run was located on the opposite side of the lake from our campsite. The mechanism for pulling you to the top of the run was done in such a way that you were pulled backwards, giving you a few minutes of amazing views back towards St Wolfgang and the Schafbergspitze where we’d just been earlier in the day. Unfortunately I didn’t want to take the camera on the tabogan ride, so I didn’t capture the moment for everyone else.
One funny moment was the first time we went up the run – Faith was on a double tabogan with me, and once we reached the top, she asked ‘Can we do that again?’ not realising that the fun was just about to get faster.
Following the fun of the Rodelbahn, we had an educational stop to make a few kms up the road.
Emma is currently in grade 1, and we’ve taken her out of school to come on this trip. Given that she’s practically missing term 2, we got some homework from her teacher and an outline of the things she would have been doing at school. And we’re trying to incorporate these into our holiday… trying. One of the things Emma’s class is looking at this term is Dinosaurs,Â so when we passed ‘Dinosaur World’ on our way to St Wolfgang, we made the point of visiting.
Dinosaur World is basically an adventure playground with life-size fibreglass models of about 20 species of dinosaur. So we ran around and got photos of most of them, and then let the kids play. There was no point reading the information plaques – they were in German! One thing there that I thought was a neat idea was the sandpit. At the bottom of it was a replica stegasaurus skeleton and some spades and brushes with which to search for it. Whoever came up with this idea is an educational genius! Who else could make Palaentology fun?
We then finished the day with a meal at a traditional Austrian Gasthof (guest house) and I went back to the campsite stuffed with Nougatknodl. All in all a great way to spend our last day in the Salzkammergut region.