Bucket List: 9 adventures for the summer holidays

Soon it will be time for the holidays. For the kids, that means staying up late, eating ice cream, going swimming and asking their parents countless times a day what's on the agenda today. For mums and dads, summer holidays mean one thing above all: no more homeschooling stress.

Plus good weather and great playmates. Summer holidays are the greatest time of the year for children. It doesn't matter whether you're going on holiday with the family to the south or enjoying yourself at home.

With our ideas, excursion tips and activities for the summer, there's no chance of getting bored during the holidays!

1. experience pirate fun in austria's largest outdoor water park.

With a total height of 13 metres, we offer you Austria's largest water park in the outdoor area of the Aquapulco! The open-air facility is just the thing for real water rats! More than 200 interactive water toys, 4 slides and - the absolute highlight! - the 3,000-litre pirate's head with the great "splash experience". Its contents pour over the complex every minute. Which of you has the courage to take the ultimate pirate shower?

2nd Hike along the Trattnach Original Nature Discovery Trail

For the Trattnach-Ursprung-Naturerlebnisweg in Geboltskirchen, the first 300 metres of the former gallery waterways from the mining era were re-excavated a few years ago and the headwaters of the Trattnach were renaturalised. The 1.2 km long, freely accessible hiking trail leads from the Scheiben coal station along the former coal train tracks to the source of the Trattnach. Once there, there is a large water playground with the mascot "Trattino", a fire salamander. An additional bird identification trail with 14 stations tells interesting facts about the local birdlife.

3. experience animal fun in the Botanica Park.

A popular attraction for young visitors to the Botanica Park Bad Schallerbach is the children's farm with small animals to feed and pet, a children's tractor course, an adventure playground and pony rides. For adults, there is a small café to relax in.

4. cool off in the Gallspach nature adventure pool.

The two-hectare area is a paradise for the whole family. Special attractions include the diving tower, a spacious swimmer's pool with 50 m lanes, a pool with gravelled shallow banks for non-swimmers and a shallow swimming area for toddlers, the rope jungle, the sand and water playground, a play stream with sluices and weirs, the climbing wall, the ball play area and two beach volleyball courts.

5. take a bike tour in the vitality world

The leisurely family tour of around 25 kilometres leads from Bad Schallerbach via Gallspach and Pichl back to Bad Schallerbach. Many sights and, above all, exciting excursion destinations along the route or in the immediate vicinity make not only children's hearts beat faster. For example, you can see tigers and giraffes eye to eye at the Schmiding Zoo and Aquazoo, while the Radler Rast petrol station in Gallspach is perfect for a break.

6: Prove your courage in the forest high ropes course

If you're looking for a sporting adventure, you're guaranteed to find it at the "GoRuck" forest high ropes park. In the treetops you will find a creative selection of exercises on six courses of varying difficulty. Climb, swing, balance and jump on various rope and bridge constructions up to 20 metres high.

7 Meet gorillas, giraffes, rhinos & co.

From elegant giraffes and Siberian tigers to vultures in the walk-through bird of prey enclosure and Austria's only gorillas, Schmiding Zoo has the right animal for every taste. A large jumping trampoline, a slide tower, a rope slide and a pirate ship make children's hearts beat faster.

8. recreational and motor parks

Coordination, dexterity and endurance can be trained in the leisure and motor parks. They offer a variety of equipment and exercise opportunities for every age group, playful and free training for coordination, fitness and dexterity.

9. take a trolley ride through the Hausruckwald.

At the Scheiben coal station you can gain an insight into the former life of the coal miners in the Hausruckwald. Ride the trolley bike or diesel locomotive on the 3.5 km circuit through the show tunnel and discover the unique panoramas of the Hausruck ridge.