For those who dream of getting away from it all and leaving the stress of daily life behind, there is no better destination than one of the many Vitality Farms in Tirol. These traditional farmsteads, surrounded by stunning nature, can be recognised by their marigold logo – symbolic of nature's healing powers. At these Vitality Farm ('Vitalhöfe' in German) visitors can look forward to herbs fresh from the garden, vibration massages with singing bowls, horse-drawn carriage rides through the landscape and aromatic oils in the sauna. While children help look after the animals on the farm, adults can relax and enjoy the fabulous scenery. Meals are prepared using locally sourced produce and plenty of ingredients from the farmhouse's own garden. Each Vitality Farm has its own unique character and highlights, from horse-riding to child-friendly facilities, sports and even special beauty and massage treatments with local herbs. Cocooned from the outside world, you will return to your natural state of energy and vitality.
Situated high up on a sunny Niederthai plateau in the heart of the Ötztal Valley, the Veitenhof is more than 700 years old and stands proudly above the valley floor at 1,550 metres above sea level. As well as spectacular views of the Stubai Alps and the Ötztal Alps, it also offers easy access to the nearby Stuibenfall – Tirol's highest waterfall. The farm is run by the Leiter family, who are 100% committed to organic and sustainable farming. Indeed, over the years they have received a number of awards in recognition of their commitment and hard work. Rosmarie Leiter is a trained herb expert and runs herb hikes where she explains to visitors the many different herbs and healing plants native to the region and how they can be used. Her husband, Gustl, can often be found looking after his pride and joy: Haflinger horses bred on the farm and used for romantic carriage rides through the landscape.
Situated in the heart of the pretty Ötztal Valley, the Vitalhof Tischlars is the ideal basecamp for guests who enjoy being out and about in the mountains in both summer and winter. The farm also offers a selection of massages and beauty treatments. Host Anna Schöpf will even take you on a shamanic-celtic journey of discovery or introduce you to the art of meditation. The day starts with a healthy and hearty breakfast with plenty of organic produce from the farm. Horse-riding enthusiasts can try out pony riding, hacks into the countryside and romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through the natural landscape with a picnic lunch. The farm even offers riding lessons.
Perched on a sunny plateau above the town of Schwaz in the Karwendel Silver Region, the Tunelhof is a family-friendly farmstead where visitors of all ages will feel right at home. While children enjoy taking the goat for a walk, brushing the pony, baking bread or running around in the outdoor play area, parents can lie back and relax. Each of the Tunelhof's cosy apartments had its own infrared steam cabin, and owner Christa Sponring offers relaxing meditation sessions with singing bowls. Farmer Josef will be happy to show guests a range of yoga exercises and take them on a hike through the mountains to teach them all about local herbs and plants. There are also free guided hikes in the Tux Alps and the craggy peaks of the Karwendel Mountains. A special highlight in winter are the free ski courses for children aged 4-12 years and adults over the age of 50 years.
Located at the start of the Zillertal Valley, surrounded by the lush meadows of the Inn Valley, the Schleicherhof is easy to reach but at the same time offers plenty of peace and quiet. The farmhouse itself dates back more than 400 years and is still the heart of the action, where guests are encouraged to join in and have a go at milking the cows, helping with the harvest and tending to the green meadows at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains. Bread, yoghurt, milk, jam and liqueurs are all made on-site at the farm, which also has a gym with an infrared cabin. Guests even have the choice between a range of pillows filled with different herbs. The Schleicherhof is positioned next to the Inn Cycle Path and the Zillertal Cycle Path, making it ideal for those travelling through the region by bike.
Specialising in accommodation for families with children and babies, the Brixnerhof in the Zillertal Valley is home to rabbits, ducks, ponies and dwarf goats just waiting to be fed and stroked. It also has a playground, bicycles, children's beds for a range of ages, baby intercoms and special crockery for children. Owner Elisabeth Hirschhuber does everything she can to make sure that guests of all ages feel at home. Highlights in the surrounding region include hiking trails and cycle paths starting right outside the front door. After all that activity, why not enjoy a relaxing massage to soothe tired muscles or a session in the infrared cabin? The delicious meals served at the Breixnerhof are made using ingredients sourced from the local region, including fresh milk, dried bacon, salami, herb spreads and alpine honey. Guests can choose between spacious holiday apartments and cosy rooms.