Daniel Gollner_Zeilinger Urlaub am Bauernhof in Kärnten
Daniel Gollner_Urlaub am Bauernhof
Scatter the corn for the hens, bottle feed a lamb, brush down the ponies – farm stay holidays are a delight for young and old alike. And in Austria, farm breaks and farm holiday cottages are something of a speciality, set amidst the country’s spectacular scenery and defined by the warmth of Austrian hospitality. We’ve found some of the most beautiful places in Austria for farm and cottage holidays.
Erlebnisbauernhof Urak describes itself as an adventure farm and this idyllic place beside Lake Klopein in Littermoos is surrounded by an outdoors wonderland of mountains and forests. Climb trees, learn how to milk the cows, then swim in the bathing lake. This 200-year-old, family-run farm stay for kids and grownups has it all!
On a hillside overlooking Lake Millstatt near the village of Dellach, the Götzfried-Hof has been providing panoramic views and warm hospitality for over 50 years. Take a farm tour with farmer Stefan and meet the animals. Of course, there are also plenty of options for hiking, biking, swimming and day trips from this farm stay Austria.
The Gasthof Pension Rabl near Völkermarkt offers comfortable apartments and rooms for family farm holidays. As well as the relaxing terrace and restaurant serving regional specialities, there is an outdoor pool and garden. Kids love making friends with the ponies, cows, chickens, and cute rabbits.
An organic farm in the middle of an idyllic mountain world, with views of beautiful Lake Weissensee. The same family has owned this farm for 700 years and it is rich in tradition, as well as comfort. With sustainable energy and lovingly furnished apartments, this family farm stay in Carinthia is simply wonderful.
Experience pure nature when you visit the Erlebnishof Tschabitscher farm, with well-cared for animals and a restaurant featuring their own produce. In the warmer months, hike up to their alpine hut on the Gajacher Alm for tasty Carinthian snacks and incredible views.
At the Fuggerhof they specialise in family farm holidays. In a quiet location in the midst of beautiful meadows, children can run free and enjoy all the fun of the playground and farmyard. Campfires and barbecues in the evenings and cosy apartments welcome guests after a day of farm and hiking adventures.
This family-run working farm is a paradise for family farm holidays. Feed the calves, ride the ponies and cuddle the rabbits, before having fun on the go-karts and trampolines. And that’s only the start of the outdoors activities on offer at the Steiner farm stay. It’s a special place to get away from everyday life and recharge your batteries.
Winter and summer the Pension Holle offers beautiful holidays on its sunny alpine plateau near Lake Millstatt in Carinthia. Pony rides and bunny cuddles are daily pleasures at this cosy country guesthouse.
It’s not all about the animals and farmyard activities – what else is there to do on family farm stays? Here are some of our favourite activities on farm breaks.
Hike around the farm, around the lake, up to the alpine pasture, and into the Carinthian mountains. Hiking in Austria is all about beautiful nature and well-marked trails for all ages.
Some farm and cottage holidays have swimming lakes for summer fun in the water. With private jetties for boating and jumping off, and sunbathing lawns for relaxing. And because it’s Austria, the water is usually of drinking water quality!
Carinthia has many wonderful biking trails and your farm and cottage holiday is likely to have easy access to lakeside loop tracks and adventurous mountain bike trails. And of course you can bike around the farm itself, saying hello to the animals as you go!
Being surrounded by fields and forests, horse riding farm stays are perfect for long or short rides on countryside bridleways. Many farm stay Austria hosts are riders themselves and will have plenty of advice on the best places to ride. Help out in the stables and learn more about how to care for the animals on horse riding farm stays.