The Alps for Families
Collected by Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
Whether your children want to try skiing for the first time or learn more about wildlife up close, you can enjoy the ideal family trip in the Alps. The region is even home to a high-speed ride that transforms youngsters into flying superheroes.
Rte de la Croix-de-Coeur 28, 1918 Riddes, Switzerland
While Switzerland’s luxurious, modern cities exemplify its affluence, it’s high up in the mountains where the country’s traditions lie. To experience authentic Alpine life, travel up to La Tzoumaz in Valais and hike the senses...
Kaiser Mountains, 6352 Kufstein, Austria
Once the last snow has melted, one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the Alps is on two wheels. The Wilder Kaiser region in Austria features trails for families and daring mountain bikers alike. It’s also home to the...
Wildparkweg 6, 6371 Aurach bei Kitzbühel, Austria
For a family experience with Alpine animals, head to Wildpark Aurach, where you can get close enough to touch around 150 different animals. Expect everything from llamas, sheep, and goats to Shetland ponies, donkeys, rabbits, and guinea pigs, many...
Großer Arber, 94252 Bayerisch Eisenstein, Germany
The ski schools at Großer Arber enjoy an excellent reputation throughout the Bavarian Alps, catering to children and adults alike with a wide variety of lessons. In the toddler area, little ones ski around fun obstacles under...
Wildkogelbahnstraße 343, 5741 Neukirchen am Großvenediger, Austria
Sledding down an eight-mile track might get your heart racing, but do it at night and your adrenaline levels will hit new highs. The longest floodlit sled run in the world, the track at the Wildkogel-Arena ski area begins at 6,889 feet above sea...
Hütten 39, 5771 Hütten, Austria
At Flying Fox XXL in Leogang, visitors can whiz through the air just like Superman. Secure in a harness and attached to a steel zip line, you’ll soar 469 feet above the mountainside at up to 80 miles per hour. To enjoy this thrilling...
Gurglerstraße 93, 6456 Gurgl, Austria
During the day, Hohe Mut Alm replenishes weary skiers with an abundance of regional specialties and spectacular mountain views. To truly experience the magic of this Alpine hut, however, you need to flick on your head torch and head there after...
Spitzingsee, 83727 Schliersee, Germany
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