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.
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The incredibly friendly staff organizes adventure tours, including canyoning (‚50), bungee jumping (‚95, only on weekends), and horseback riding (‚9. 50 per hr.). To strike out on your own, rent a mountain bike (‚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 ‚20. 50, and skis and snowboards are available for rent (‚13 and up).
Regular trains service Grunau from Weis, on the Vienna-Salzburg rail line (lhr.6:45am-8: 45pm, ‚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 (‚0. 10 per min. ), and two in-house bars for nighttime revelry. ( 84 99.
Breakfast included. 3-course dinners ‚7. 6-bed dorms ‚14. 50; doubles ‚37; triples ‚51. 50; quads ‚66.AmExMCV. )