Monday, 22. December 2014
18. 01. 12. - 17:00
By Rebecca Musgrave
Having previously made family holidays easier on parent’s nerves, the Babyhotel in Trebesing, Austria, is now making holidays that little bit easier on the wallet. With two day ski passes for children normally costing around 40 Euros, a family of five will not always find it easy to enjoy the country’s winter wonderland.
But now in an effort to make the notoriously expensive ski holidays in the Austrian Alps more appealing for families, the Babyhotel is giving free ski passes to all of its guests, both big and small.
The hotel already offers up to 80 hours of free childcare a week to its guests. But as if the prospect of this was not attractive enough, founder of Europe’s first child and baby hotel, Siggi Neuschitzer, has thrown in the costly lift passes as well. The hotel’s pilot project, being carried out in conjunction with the Innenkrems cable car gives guests full access to lifts in Innenkrems, a part of the region in Carinthia known as the "family valley".
The offer, which Siggi Neuschitzer and Franz Kohlmaier from the Innenkrems cable car launched on 6 January, has already had, according to Neuschitzer, "a tremendous response". As a father of four, no one understands better than 53-year-old Siggi how costly a ski holiday for a large family can be but "with this offer however visitors can only benefit," he explained.
The free passes offer is expected to run for the next two years, making sport and adventure in the area cheaper not only in the winter season but throughout the summer also. The unique offer will be available to visitors in the region in peak-season, school term time and also the warmer months, enabling families to enjoy the popular alpine paths around the mountains whilst staying at the hotel.
Through the new cooperation, Neuschitzer and Kohlmaier hope to not only attract foreign visitors in search of a good value, family friendly escape, but also residents of Carinthia. "We have already had interest from large numbers of new customers," explained the Babyhotel owner. Babies as young as one week old are welcome in the hotel where professional childcare is on offer to even the smallest visitor.
Over the winter months children from the age of two can also hit the slopes for the first time in Smileys "nappy" ski school. Regular visitors to the Austrian ski slopes will be well aware of the large number of children who appear to be able to ski before they can walk, a skill so quickly mastered that they leave parents for dust in a matter of days. Located on site, directly next to the hotel, with a constant artificial snow supply, the hotel ski school offers a free taster session to each child before they fearlessly don their skis for the rest of the week.
As much as the enormous kangaroo mascot, zoo with real kangaroos and waterslides are there to cater to children’s needs, the hotel is there to make the parent’s holiday just as agreeable. The 80 hours of childcare give adults the luxury of exploring the surrounding ski slopes in Innenkrems (30 minutes away by shuttle bus) or simply indulging in the onsite spa, sauna and fitness facilities. An additional morning or evening's childcare is also available, giving parents the option to finally have that much coveted lie-in or meal out.
The children’s paradise which was founded in 1983 by Siggi pays huge attention to detail to ensure the safety of children. The four star hotel which he inherited from his father and grandfather, now comes fitted with plastic protective covers on any sharp corners and child safety doors covering all exits, simple measures which allow parents to relax, safe in the knowledge that their children can gallivant around the giant playhouse injury free.
The thriving business, which has a 90 per cent occupancy rate in the summer and 70 per cent over the winter, is now one of several children’s hotels around Europe, with the winter occupancy figures in Trebesing sure to rise as a result of the new ski pass offer.
Siggi and his team have worked hard to make the experience as magical as possible for children at the Babyhotel, and such innovative installations as the tractor ride to the fairy tale fantasy walk, car race track and theatre, appear only to reflect the unfaltering energy of the hotel's founder himself.
This winter season however is now at the forefront of the venture with short, three day breaks at the hotel costing just 530 Euros, inclusive of all child care, food and lift passes for a family of four. For Siggi his mission is clear: "In these difficult financial times, I am hoping to finally make the typically Euro stretching holiday more accessible".
For more information on the hotel and the new offer visit: http://www.babyhotel.eu/en/winter/babyhotel-winter.html
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
More Than Twenty 100,000 GBP Motors Used In Bridal Convoy
A Chinese couple who wanted to have the most expensive wedding convoy possible arranged for a convoy of top of the range cars including a stretch Hummer followed by Lamborghinis, Porsches and other VIP motors.
Riot Police Star In Downs Syndrome Calendar
Spanish riot police have joined forces with Down's syndrome kids to take part in a special calendar for charity.
Chinese Nuclear Winter Smog Leaves Clinics Full
Fresh proof of Chinese scientists' claims that the country's toxic air pollution resembles a nuclear winter are shown by these images that show clinics and hospitals packed with patients suffering with trouble breathing.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|UN Security Expert Says One Jihad Poster Girl Is Dead|
|Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student|
|Russian Cops Beat Man To A Pulp In Front Of Children|
|Porsche Driver Crushed After Ploughing Into Lorry|
|Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.