A family holiday in Innsbruck
A holiday with the family in Tyrol
At the Hotel Sailer, our youngest guests are equally important. That's why we have selected a range of fun and exciting excursion destinations for visiting children. In good weather you can explore thrilling playgrounds, meed wild Alpine animals and play in and around beautiful lakes. If the weather turns bad, you might prefer a spacious indoor swimming pool or fascinating museum visit. Check out the options here!
Innsbruck's Hofgarten park & playground
The Innsbruck Hofgarten is a heritage-listed park in the historic centre of Innsbruck and a popular destination for families, especially on warm summer days. The large, shady trees of the park are next to the city's Hofburg imperial palace, Congress House and Tyrolean State Theatre.
The south end of the Hofgarten is home to the park's most popular and exciting attraction for younger visitors: the children's playground. Plenty of sunny spots and shady trees – everything you need for a delightful day of energetic play. The playground contains a large sandpit, a water play area and a play-castle with numerous climbing frames and slides to bring a smile to every child's face.
Our tip: there are drinking fountain and toilet facilities at the park.
The Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck is the highest-altitude zoo in Europe, covering an area of 5 hectares at 750m above sea level. More than 2,000 animals of different kinds live here and represent the diverse fauna of the European Alps. And that's what makes the Alpine Zoo so special: all the animals are living in their natural environment. You will see a range of European Alpine animals including marmots, otters, vultures, lynx, ibex and wallcreeper birds as well as domesticated farm animals such as cows, sheep and chickens.
Schloss Ambras & the Tantegert playground
Schloss Ambras is a large castle complex in Innsbruck and one of the best-known landmarks in the region. The interesting thing about Schloss Ambras is that the entire complex was considered an independent village until its incorporation in 1938. The complex, situated at 635 metres above sea level, comprises the Upper Ambras Castle, the Lower Ambras Castle, the Spanish Hall and an administration building.
From Schloss Ambras, visitors with children can enjoy pleasant, direct walk to the playground at Forstmeile. Plenty of shady trees and the facility's close proximity to the rehabilitated marsh make the "Tantegert" a real adventure playground. The slide tower and climbing tree add the perfect touches to a fun day out with the children.
Please note: the playground does not have drinking fountain or toilet facilities!
The Lansersee is one of the most popular swimming lakes in the Innsbruck area. Properly labelled a "marsh lake", these waters remain comfortably warm in summer, unlike many other lakes in the region, making it the perfect child-friendly destination. Visitors can also enjoy a lakeside restaurant (open all year round), children's playground, shallow children's pool in the lake, diving platform for young adrenaline junkies and "magic isle" in the middle of the lake.
Getting there: the Lansersee is 8 km from the Hotel Sailer, or 20 minutes by car.
The Lans forest park & pump track
The Lans forest park is located on the shores of the Lansersee lake. The park is the perfect destination for children of all ages who are not so keen on swimming, and prefer to stay dry while they burn off energy. The Lans forest park has an impressively diverse range of facilities on offer – definitely something for every child.
- A children's playground with treehouse for adventurous climbers
- A water sandpit for water babies
- A flying fox for the high-flyers
- Plenty of swings for the dreamers
- A bike area with pump track for those who are keen to give the concept a try
- A bike area with family pump track for those with a bit more experience
- An uphill-downhill trail for young and old
The Rum nature trail & adventure playground
Tyrol is well known for its natural beauty. The Rum nature trail in Rum showcases the beauty of the landscape, with 16 different stations offering you up-close and personal experiences with the natural wonders of the area. The trail begins at the Römerpark and runs along Holunderweg past the Waldspielplatz forest playground. Here at the edge of the Karwendel Nature Park, Austria's second-largest nature reserve, you can enjoy stunning, panoramic mountain views and an occasional glimpse of the local Alpine wildlife.
The Rum forest playground offers a variety of play facilities for children, including a double swing, a flying fox and "normal" swings of all kinds, a sandpit, assorted slides and several different climbing structures. This adventure playground is a great destination for children of all ages.
Serles im Stubaital
Serles, at a height of 2,717m, is the high altar of the Alps. An absolute must-see on your summer holiday with children. Serles is an extremely popular local recreation area near Innsbruck. The mountain railways will bring you to your goal and the coolest attractions in the region. There's a terrific range of activities on offer on the Serles. A range of not-too-strenuous hiking options (with a few exceptions!) – and, of course, the summer toboggan slope is an absolute highlight for children.
Other exciting features for younger visitors include the Serles worm slide – at 45m long and 15m high, this is the most spectacular slide in the Stubai valley – and the Zanggerbrunnen nature playground with its distinctive Alpine salamander. Enjoy the perfect combination of sun and shade for your family expedition.
Our tip: after your hike, the StuBay leisure centre in Telfes is the perfect place to cool off.
Getting there: Serles is 14km from the Hotel Sailer in Innsbruck, or a comfortable 20 minutes by car.
Another great highlight for children in summer is the Natterer lake. This fantastic water-world and first-class adventure bathing area has an average temperature of 22°C, a children's bathing cove with sandy beach, and a non-swimmers' area, making it Tyrol's most attractive aquapark. Facilities include:
- aquapark with merry-go-round, Action Tower XXL, high roller, monkey bars, flip, slope and bouncer XL
- water trampoline
- water bouncing bridge
- water swing
- swimming planet
- slide platform
- attraction for our youngest visitors
- 66m giant water slide
- canoe polo, water polo and water volleyball area
- hire of electric bumper boats, mini-sailboats, canoes and children's paddle boats, speed paddleboats and sups (stand-up paddleboats)
- kayak school
Getting there: the Natterer See is just 9km from the Hotel Sailer, or around 16 minutes by car.
The bad-weather programme
The Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Just 20 minutes by car or shuttle bus from the central railway station near the Hotel Sailer, you will find the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens. Even the exterior of this crystalline wonderland is truly spectacular – visitors to the Crystal Worlds, located inside a green, grassy hillside, must enter through the head of an enormous, water-breathing giant. The Swarovski Crystal Worlds receive more than 12 million visitors each year, making this one of Tyrol's best-known destinations – definitely worth a visit in all weathers.
Our tip: the Swarovski exhibitions are not so exciting for younger children, but the play tower, carousel and various seasonal themes are a great attraction for our smallest visitors.
Getting here: the Crystal Worlds in Wattens are only a 20-minute drive from the Hotel Sailer.
Audioversum Science Center
Unfortunately, consistent weather cannot be guaranteed during the European summer and autumn seasons. When the weather turns to grey, drizzly skies and chilly temperatures, most people prefer to stay inside where it's warm – the perfect opportunity for a museum visit. Not far from the Hotel Sailer in Innsbruck, in the city's historic centre, you will find the Audioversum Science Center – the museum for everyone, and perfect family entertainment in bad weather.
Unlike many museums, the Audioversum is a great family expedition with something for visitors of all ages. A particularly exciting point to note is that the museum is full of things to hear, rather than things to see. Visitors can immerse themselves in the exhibition at amazing interactive stations throughout the museum.
Olympic village indoor swimming pool
The Olympic village indoor swimming pool promises a world of adventure for the whole family. No matter if it rains or snows, children will find year-round excitement in the baby pool, on the slide, at the palm garden or in the counter-current stream. Parents can also enjoy a well-earned break with a sauna visit or massage.
The Olympic Village indoor pool is almost exclusively a family pool, which is why parents here don't have to worry about their offspring disturbing one or another sports swimmer. Instead, it is a true children's paradise with numerous attractions:
- outdoor pool with flowing current
- large adventure playground for children
- counter-current swimming stream
- infants' pool
- palm garden, café & restaurant
- Black Hole slide (107 metres long)
- Turbo slide (61 metres long)
The Axams indoor swimming pool
The Axams indoor swimming pool is the perfect bad-weather destination for young children. The spacious children's area features pleasantly warm water at a constant 30°C , with a nearby restaurant for when hunger pangs begin to strike either you or your children. The perfect choice for a short impromptu excursion or a spontaneous visit in bad weather.
Getting there: the Axams indoor swimming pool is 10km from Axams and approx. 20 minutes from the Hotel Sailer by car.
The children's area at the StuBay indoor swimming pool is designed for young children. This part of the centre contains children's slides and a range of animal-themed water toys for the children to swim, splash and romp around with. The water temperature is kept at a pleasant 32-34°C.
Older children might prefer to explore the two large waterslides or play around in the adventure pool. The Cone slide is a 100-metre-long funnel-shaped tyre slide with cool light effects. The Turbo slide is a steep, high-speed,130m-long tube . The adventure pool promises even more fun with a flowing canal.
Our tip: the StuBay leisure centre is even more popular on warm summer days. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the sports and adventure pools, the children's playground, volleyball and football fields in the 400 m2 facility.
Getting there: the StuBay leisure centre is 17km from the Hotel Sailer, or about 22 minutes by car.
Joy – a children's paradise
All children love to play. And there's nowhere better to do it than at the Joy Kinderparadies. Joy has both an indoor and an outdoor area, making it a great destination in fair weather or foul. Children will find all manner of delights here, including:
- outdoor playground & spiderweb climbing tower
- enormous soft-play area
- roller slides
- trampoline & bouncy castles
- a toddler play area
Getting there: the Joy Kinderparadies is just 12 km from Völs, or about a five-minute drive from the Hotel Sailer.
The Fliplab is a state-of-the-art trampoline, parcour and freestyle park in the west of Austria. Covering 1,600m2 and including 11 zones and 60 trampolines, it guarantees maximum fun and action. And all this is under the watchful eyes of the centre's qualified instructors, who are always ready to show you how to manage a safe landing or try out some really cool jumps. An absolute highlight and an unforgettable experience for your family holiday in Innsbruck.
Getting there: the Fliplab is located in Völs, 12km from the Hotel Sailer or about 15 minutes by car.
As you can see, Innsbruck has an incredible range of amusements for children and family holidays. So why not get ready for your unforgettable family holiday in the Tyrolean capital and send us your obligation-free enquiry, or book your stay directly online.