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Altenmarkt im Pongau

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  • Day14

    Alternmarkt for the Therme!

    April 14 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Apparently Alternmarkt has a good therme, can’t remember where we read this but we trust the ‘research’ and arrive. We luck out again with a spot to sleep, a lovely farm-style stopover - with a go-kart and sit-on toy tractor that the kids are allowed to use. Another mountain drop background. Fresh eggs, free WiFi and the lovely owner has a discount card for the Therme. The kids enjoy the freedom to run around and play, we take a walk into the little Austrian village for a traditional meal..of Mexican! And Amelia is too excited for the swimming to sleep, awake at 3am asking if we can go yet...mental note to never tell her about the exciting outings until the actual day.

    Now to see if it’s any good.

    We decide to spend the whole day here to give the kids a break from car seats. We were imagining a little pool with some kind of slide, and saunas that we wouldn’t be able to go in with the kids...so we were pretty impressed with what we found. A Centre Parcs style pool; kids area with mini flume, wave pool, outdoor salt water pool full of jets and the grown up sides...

    Nic heads for the big one first. The Anaconda. His face when he returns tells me that it’s gonna be scary. Hard to get a photo of this slide that does it justice! Nic wouldn’t tell me anything about it, so off I go a little nervous. So you enter a little capsule, stand with your back against a wall, and as the capsule closes, it becomes clear what’s about to happen...heart rate is sky high by this point (from the climb up, but mainly from adrenaline). The floor of the capsule disappears beneath your feet, and you get a breathtaking 8m freefall, before the slide shoots you upwards and around a loop.

    Amelia tests out the other slides too, she doesn’t even need to tell anyone she is 10, as there are no lifeguards on these ones, so she enjoys the Black Mamba on her own, a pretty standard flume and the funnel Python on our laps. ‘Again, again’. Definitely an adrenaline junkie like her daddy! Coen also gets to go on the Black Mumba on our laps, but is mainly taken by the buckets and spades in the kiddies pool which entertain him for hours.

    After a tiring but awesome day, we head back to the same campsite for another tractor and go-kart ride.

    We’ve enjoyed this little alpine village, next stop...more alpine villages!!
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  • Day160

    Altenmarkt im Pongau continued

    December 3, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    The farmhouse stopover was at the foot of a wooded hillside and the tall hills around us meant that the sun only rose for a few hours. Consequently the temperature rarely rose above 0°C and with it dropping as low as 8°C, layers of frost built up on top of each other day after day, creating a beautiful coating on the scene around us.

    We enjoyed two walks over the three days we stayed in Altenmarkt in Pongau. The first skirted the foot of the pine clad hillside, past inumerable Christmas trees and a frozen stream before cutting accross the flat valley floor along a nordic skiing track. For the second we climbed the hill, which awarded views accross the flat valley floor to the snowy peaks around it. We walked along a ridge from where we could see snow makers covering the slopes. The thick frost persisted in many areas and when the sun broke through and silhouetted the tall tree trunks, it highlighted the frost crystals so they shone, jewel-like in the beam of light. At times we both felt overcome by the beauty of it all.

    At night the sky view was clear and vast. The low level of artificial light and no moon, meant the stars shone clear and bright. When Vicky was taking Poppy out at about 5am on the last night, she felt a tickle on her face. Looking over at a beam cast by a streetlight, she saw thousands of tiny crystals glinting like diamonds as they fell slowly downwards. Together with the starry sky it was quite an incredible sight!
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  • Day159

    Altenmarkt im Pongau

    December 2, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Will had wanted to visit Altenmarkt im Pongau ever since he saw its name. After driving through numerous ski villages with strips of snow winding down the mountains we arrived at the large farmyard just out of the village. There was a little confusion parking up as Vicky had asked Will to park facing the hill. Considering our position in a valley encircled by hills it probably wasn't the clearest request, but on the third go, Will managed to get the van facing the hill Vicky had meant.

    The stopover was €12 a night but it had electricity and as we'd decided to buy a little electric heater to combat the sub zero temperatures, we plugged in and got it running. We still had the van's gas heating on low to try and make sure the water tanks didn't freeze, expand and split!

    The farmyard itself was wonderfully quiet, it had a hedge of Christmas trees and a 500 year old dark wood farmhouse that could be rented out. A tree trunk trough held water fresh from the mountain that poured in through a hose within an upright trunk that had an icicle hanging from its lip. We filled several jugfulls to drink during our stay. Red and white wine produced on the farm was on sale so we bought a bottle of each as well as 12 huge white eggs.

    The Altenmarkt Advent market opened on our second night so we took the shortcut through the fields to check it out. Like previous towns, the decorations were traditional and classy and the stalls sold beautiful handmade items with a focus on wood. Small Christmas trees were placed along the street and sheepskins slung over upright tree trunks so people could sit around the fire pits with their Glühwein. A traditionally dressed duo stood on a festive stage and played traditional tunes on their trombones. The atmosphere was joyful as children clambered up onto a wooden sheepskin covered sleigh to have their photos taken.
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  • Day2

    Am Abend..

    March 3 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    Am Nachmittag sind die grossen Kinder ins Dorf gefahren. Na größeres Dorf mit Ladenstrasse. Für Andre gab's ein Paar Schuhe und Christian eine Jacke. Immer geradeso vor Ladenschluss. Oma und Opa haben solange mit den Enkelkindern 3D Tiere gebastelt.
    Alle wieder zu Hause wurde gekocht. 2kg Nudeln mit Pesto.
    Der Rest des Abends ging schnell vorbei.
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  • Day3

    Montag - kein Schontag

    March 4 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück ging es für Alle zur Hoppelpiste am Zachernsee. Ute, Antje und Lenni sind wieder auf den höchsten Berg. Na und Christian hat mit Philipp und Jacob die Anfänge des Shifahrens geübt. Ich habe wieder den größeren Beginnerhügel unsicher gemacht. Mit Waky Talky hatten wir immer Kontakt zu den Großen.. Mittags gab es eine Rindersuppe mit Nudeln im Topf. Lecker. Aber auch Pommes, Leberknödelsuppe und Würste waren im Angebot.Read more

  • Day7

    Der letzte Abend

    March 8 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 3 °C

    Nach einem ruhigen Nachmittag kommt zu guter Letzt noch das gemeinsame Abschlussessen im Restaurant.
    Doch ganz der letzte Höhepunkt sollte es für die großen Kinder doch noch nicht sein. Zurück im Apartment hörte der Regen auf und so zogen die Vier spontan noch einmal los zum Nachtrodeln.
    Völlig begeistert kamen sie gegen 22:00Uhr zurück.
    Hat sich also doch gelohnt.
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