Magic dwells in each beginning …
… and even the ride up on the Hartkaiserbahn lift is a magical experience. Enjoy a comfortable ride up the mountain, and the higher you get, the more gigantic and more impressive the view of the mountains from the gondola becomes. And of course, we can’t forget to mention the view of the extraordinary Wilder Kaiser.
Once you have arrived at the top, more than just the children’s eyes will be sparkling: while the little ones explore adventurous play stations in a world of magic, Mom and Dad can marvel at the Tyrolean mountain idyll that stretches out in all directions.
After arriving on the mountain, even the inviting sunny terraces of our restaurants receive longing looks from all visitors, who look forward to being pampered with culinary delicacies after their eventful day.
But first things first: head out into a magical adventure! Together with Ellmi, the magical frog, and all his friends, there are many puzzles to be solved along the trails, secrets to uncover, and interesting information about nature and the mountains to learn. You can read more about Ellmi’s story here.
In addition to the magical adventure world for families, there are many special features to discover on beautiful panoramic trails, and the Hartkaiser is also optimally suited as a starting point for many hiking tours. The flora and fauna on the mountain are an absolute highlight in itself, and our Alpine plant garden, which is lovingly planted and cared for by the Erlebnisgärtnerei Hödnerhof, also provides interesting information about the world of high altitude-loving plants. All nature lovers are guaranteed to blossom here!
From an irascible boy to a magical green frog.
"The story of me, Ellmi, goes back a few years, and actually, I haven’t always been a frog. At one time, I was just a little boy, who didn’t have many good qualities: I was impatient, hot-tempered, and thought about no one but myself. And with that, I, Ellmatio (as was my full name) broke the most important rule of the magic world. Tumaris, my teacher, then turned me into a frog as punishment.
Since then, I've wanted nothing more than to be a boy again – at least that's what I thought!
You can certainly remember the wish cards you put into the magic wish tree, on which you could decide whether I should remain a magic frog or turn back into a boy? The result was pretty clear: you wished that I would stay Ellmi, the little green magic frog.
So, my transformation back into a boy will not happen for now! And honestly? The more I think about it now, the more I'm looking forward to experiencing many exciting adventures together with you as a magic frog in the near future!
But believe me: just because my transformation is no longer the goal for now, it doesn't mean that there aren't enough puzzles to be solved and secrets to be revealed here in the magic world!
Now it's time to find the treasures of the magic world – are you ready for our new adventure together?
This year, a very exciting mission awaits you in the magic world. It all starts at the valley station, where every child is given a mysterious card for the ascent, which is sealed with a strange wooden coin.
Curiously, you take a closer look at this mysterious card and the taler while you float comfortably up the mountain with the Hartkaiserbahn. Lo and behold: you discover that this is a magical Ellmi coin that the magic frog wants to give you right at the beginning of your adventure – much to the annoyance of the goblin king.
The taler will accompany you on your journey through the magic world – take good care of it! Maybe it will also provide one or two surprises at the artistic play stations!
After you have carefully removed the thaler from the card, the tension increases. What will it say now? You carefully unfold it and after opening it completely, you see what you already suspected: a real treasure map!
Now it's up to you: can you, together with Ellmi and his magic friends, find the hidden treasures of the magic world?
You visited the magic world and now want to give your Ellmi thaler your own personal touch? Then just grab the coloring template and create your own individual work of art, then simply cut it out and stick it on the back of your coin! And your very personal Ellmi thaler is ready.
If you don't have an Ellmi thaler yet, you can of course still download the coloring template and design the motif with your favorite colors as you wish. Or you just drop by Ellmi's magic world very soon and get your Ellmi thaler! :-)
Despite being in a magical world, we unfortunately can't teleport you, but the way to Ellmau is easy to find - we promise!
You can reach the Hartkaiserbahn lift in Ellmau easily by car. At the valley station, you will find plenty of parking spaces that can be used for free. An underground garage is also available for free.
A parking spot in the underground garage is reserved for guests of the Tirol Lodge!
The nearest airports are located
- in Innsbruck – ca. 1 hr. drive
- in Salzburg – ca. 1 – 1.5 hr. drive
- in Munich – ca. 1.5 hr. drive
Shuttle services are available at the airports – it is best to book your airport transfer in advance! You can find more information about this on the website of the respective airport.
Upon arrival, you can reach us by train via the Wörgl, Kufstein, or St. Johann train station in Tyrol. You can find schedules and connections on the website of the ÖBB.