NEW: Stubai Tree House Trail
A playful journey of discovery between the forest floor and treetops
The official opening of the ‘Stubai Baumhausweg’ (Stubai Tree House Trail) is expected to take place on 15 July 2017. Stretching from Froneben to Vergör, the trail includes five tree houses that invite you to play, climb and discover along the approximately one-hour walk between the middle station of the Kreuzjochbahn and the Alpengasthof Vergör. Bardin the dwarf guides both big and small visitors through his home and holds a treasure hunt for even more fun and variety. The Froneben Alm, Bruggeralm and Alpengasthof Vergör round off the culinary options available.
The Stubai Tree House Trail is another great addition to the already impressive range of family activities in the Stubai Valley. The new adventure trail in Schlick 2000 expands on Stubai’s outstanding outdoor options.
Through the forest with Bardin the dwarf
Visitors big and small will be received by Bardin directly at the middle station of the Kreuzjochbahn in the Schlick 2000. The dwarf marks the entrance to the nearly 5,000 m² forest area through which the Tree House Trail leads along an easily accessible and pram-friendly route. The roughly two-hour hike covers an ascent of almost 100 metres. And, of course, a few more if you add the five spectacular tree houses along the way.
A world of adventure between the forest floor and treetops
Each one of the tree houses is dedicated to a different theme surrounding dwarf homes. The local experience workshop naturidea elaborately implemented the concept with great attention to detail. The result is a colourful world of adventure between the forest floor and treetops.
If you follow the path from the middle station along the newly laid path towards Froneben, you will reach the first tree house – the ‘Zwergenspielplatz’ (or dwarfs’ playground) – not far from the cable car station. Here, small dwarfs can practice climbing and crawling with a zip line, suspension bridge and a rope tunnel. The wooden structure can be accessed by a bridge from the path. A platform can be reached via a tunnel, while a zip line is found in the main house.
Next up is the ‘Zwergenschatzkammer’ (or dwarfs’ treasure trove). Bridges lead between the path, tree house and trees. The facade of the wooden construction contains many small dwarf faces. Some of them allow you to become a dwarf for a moment, as you can look through them from the inside. Also a great opportunity for a photo! The treasures such as amethyst, rock crystal and pyrite glitter brightly in the sun. A dwarf telephone also provides cheerful entertainment. A slide will then take you to a double swing under the bridge before returning to the path.
Continue along to the ‘Zwergenküche’ (or dwarfs’ pantry). The wooden structure resembles a small witch house and offers various carriage options to safely transport the fruits of the forest from the ground to the dwarf’s pantry, where they can be sorted and stored. A slide, climbing rod and ladder serve as means for getting back down.
With all this action, it’s time for things to tone down a bit. After a climb, you reach the dwarfs’ bedroom. Known as the ‘Baumelhaus’, this station is designed as a very special tree house. Through the rope bracing of the diamond-shaped wooden structure, you suddenly find yourself in a large swing which will gently rock you to sleep if you aren’t careful. After some energising rest and recovery, it’s time to make a quick return to the ground using the swing rope.
If you continue along the path, you will soon see a honeycomb-like construction flashing between the trees. The ‘Zwergenwerkstatt’ (or dwarfs’ workshop) is a very special tree house: a light wooden building around a tree trunk was created using short planks. The many gaps allow the sunlight to draw colourful patterns on the floor. Pick-up-sticks and wooden building blocks intuitively encourage young and old visitors alike to try their hand at their own constructions.
Exciting treasure hunting at airy heights
In addition to numerous opportunities for playing, frolicking and climbing, the adventure trail also includes a treasure hunt. After all, Bardin the dwarf has hidden a magical symbol in each of his tree houses. They have to be found and marked on the treasure map (available at the entrance) with a nipper. It’s even possible for very small children to participate in the treasure hunt. The completed treasure map can be exchanged at Alpengasthof Vergör, Bruggeralm and Froneben Alm for a little surprise from Bardin’s treasure chest.