Poised below the picturesque Totes Gebirge (Dead Mountains), Grunau (pop. 2100) is ideal for almost any kind of outdoor activity. The real reason to visit is EIThe Treehouse , Schindlbachstr. 525, a backpacker’s dream resort. The incredibly friendly staff organizes adventure tours, including canyoning (â‚¬50), bungee jumping (â‚¬95, only on weekends), and horseback riding (â‚¬9.50 per hr.). To strike out on your own, rent a mountain bike (â‚¬6 per day) or ask the staff about hiking trails. For winter visitors, the ski lift is a 5min. walk from the front door, and snow gear (jack ets, snowsuits, gloves, etc.) is provided free of charge. Day ski-lift passes are â‚¬20.50, and skis and snowboards are available for rent (â‚¬13 and up).
Regular trains service Grunau from Weis, on the Vienna-Salzburg rail line (lhr. 6:45am-8:45pm, â‚¬6). Call ahead to The Treehouse to be picked up free of charge. Rooms feature private showers and goosedown blankets, and amenities include a TV room with hundreds of English-language movies, book-exchange library, sauna, basketball and tennis courts, Internet (â‚¬0.10 per min.), and two in-house bars for nighttime revelry. ( 84 99. Breakfast included. 3-course dinners â‚¬7.6-bed dorms â‚¬14.50; doubles â‚¬37; triples â‚¬51.50; quads â‚¬66. AmExMCV.)