Sleeping in Austria
Finding inexpensive accommodations in Austria is simple. You can use the usual suspects, Booking.com or Airbnb.com, but we highly recommend you stay on a farm and use Holidays on the Farm website.
This site is in English, and if you use the map option, you can locate the perfect farm for your home base. Most farms require you to wire the deposit in Euros to their bank account. If your bank is like mine, that can be quite expensive. I email the host and ask if I can send a money order in dollars instead. In our experience, the host has understood and told us to forget the deposit.
I always send my request in German using Google translate. You can convert their reply into English by the same method.
Below are three of our most memorable farm experiences
Hildegard showed us the hand crank machine she uses to churn butter. She told us that the farm has been in the family six generations.
This fantastic farm provided us with a one-bedroom apartment with full kitchen and private bath for $67/night. From this perfect home base, you can hike to see the Grossglocker, Austria's highest mountain. Find it at Holidays On The Farm
Imagine our surprise when our host gave us some farm fresh treats. In addition, we were invited into their kitchen for an evening of conversation and cherry schnapps. Wow, what a great welcome to our home away from home in Austria.
Werner and Gerda's farm is several miles outside Wenns. Wenns is a non-touristy town that provides all of your necessities, restaurants, groceries, gas station, etc.
Werner and Gerda provided us with a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and private bath for $71/night. Located just outside of Wenns, Austria it was a wonderful home base for our adventures in the Pitztal and Kaunental valleys. Glaciers top both valleys and we watched them ski on the runs at Kaunental in May.
Austrians like most Europeans use thick comforters on their beds.
Großscharnhof farm B&B is on the mountain side above Bramberg am Wildkogel, Austria. We had a beautiful room and a wonderful breakfast for $65/night. Our room was just inside the upper most balcony. Danielia apologized that the balcony flowers were not at their peak since it was October.