Area 47, an outdoor playground in the Oetz Valley near Sölden. You’ll remember my previous visit to the Oetz Valley, which was not as extreme as what I am about to show you. If you’re feeling adventurous and are in Innsbruck at the time, you would definitely want to check out Area 47, an outdoor adventure park, which recently opened (I believe it was April or May this year). They offer heaps of things to do, canyoning, rock climbing, flying fox and many more things that’ll excite your nerves and push you to your limits.
I visited Area 47 (situated on the 47th degree of latitude, hence the number) with my research group for an outing in my second last week in Innsbruck. We had booked a group canyoning tour. For those who are not familiar with the term (I know some people I spoke to did not know what it meant), it involves hiking along a river within a canyon and can require you to abseil down cliffs, jump off small waterfalls and slide along rapids. Definitely an extreme tour.
Having arrived and parked the car, we were greeted by the high ropes course. Fancy hanging from the bridge by a rope and trying to get from one end to the other across these obstacles?
That’s a highway bridge by the way…
Once in the Area, register at the River House for whatever activities you’d like to do and head into the park.
Rock climbing with the mountains in the background and a raging river below you sounds like fun doesn’t it? I know some extreme sports enthusiasts would love to do this.
I’ve got a pretty big fear of heights. Don’t think I’d every try one of these obstacle courses…
We headed in the direction of canyoning base camp and passed by the Water Area. Was looking forward to trying out the water slides!
Did not manage to take my camera with me while canyoning as we required both our hands and would be submerged in the waters of the raging river most of the time. So here’s a quick summary of how it went. Drove up to above 1400m, where we first had to abseil off a bridge (15m above the river). Whilst I had lots of trouble overcoming my fear of heights, I eventually gave in and managed to take that big leap of faith. We continued along the river afterward and were faced with a few jumps off waterfalls and abseils down cliffs. The whole tour lasted about an hour and by the end of it we were quite tired, yet energised for the remainder of the day.
Regained my physical strength after some nice lunch!
Delicious lunch indeed!
The schedule for the rest of the day swimming and just enjoying the day. The weather was on our side and the sun was shining brightly. For anyone visiting the Area, I recommend trying out all the slides. You’ll also have the opportunity to be blasted into the air by a high-pressure water pump, walk along a tightrope (or slackline as the adventurers call them) and scale a small rock wall. The huge ramp is for skiers by the way, who wish to pull tricks upon launch.
The fitness centre is called Venice Beach. Looks quite nice, being at the water edge. You can rent out chalets if you wish to spend a few days doing extreme activities, this would be where the fitness centre may become of use.
We swam for several hours and then decided to finish off the day with beach volleyball. Our whole group split into four teams and played a few sets. You can rent the balls from the Water Area’s reception for a small deposit. There are three beach Volleyball courts (with real sand!).
The last item of the day was a communal sun-downer at the Area’s cafe. A “Radler”, Shandy you could say (beer + lemonade) to rehydrate ourselves before we set off for Innsbruck. It was a long, but very enjoyable and exciting day.
I’d show you a map of the area, but since it is only a recent establishment, there has yet to be a satellite image uploaded onto Google’s Map service. Anyone interested, can however consult the Area’s official website. Plenty of information is available in both English and German, so enjoy the browse. If you are in Innsbruck and decide to visit the area, then I wish you the best of luck on your extreme adventures