Last week, accompanied by my six-year old nephew Elias, I tried and tested this attraction in the Salzburger Sportwelt, in St. Johann-Alpendorf to be exact. In the summer months you can take the Alpendorf cable car up to the “Ghost Mountain”, which sounds really exciting. Where in winter skiers have a great time, in summer there’s fun for all the family with a number of play stations.
When you arrive at the cable car station in St. Johann-Alpendorf you’ll find a large adventure playground. However, our destination is the mountain, so we head on upwards on the cable car. After a short journey of around ten minutes we reach the mountain station, from where you take the path up towards the Ghost Mountain. Some families have small children in pushchairs, which is no problem as the path is wide enough and suitable for pushchairs. Transporting them on the cable car is no problem either.
Here you’ll find an adventure playground of a very special kind - spread out around the peak of the Gernkogel. Air, earth, water and fire ghosts attract you to the various stations. The walk between the stations is no problem, though the area covers the mountain extensively. Yet when there’s so much to explore you soon forget about walking. A new highlight is the Ghost Castle towering over the Ghost Lake and has been the central feature for over two years now. The four connecting towers can also be climbed – a fun activity.
Equipped with the Ghost Mountain medal and stickers which we received at the lift cash desk, we head off from station to station. We learn interesting facts about the legends of the region. Did you know for example that the word “Krampus“ comes from the words “grampus orca“ which literally means “frightening creature of the underworld”? Plus information boards tell you which ghost stickers need to be stuck where on your medal.