One would think that a VW Multivan offers enough space. I had to load the luggage of three children, two adults and a dog into the car with my head. But nevertheless, as soon as we had made the trip from Nuremberg to the Walliserhof, all strains were forgotten: Our much longed-for family holiday could begin!
Oh, maybe I should introduce our wild bunch first. My wife Maria, our common children Tim (12), Felix (9) and Maja (7), our faithful dog - a Golden Retriever - Jonny and my humble self, Klaus, were also part of the party. Maria and I were at the Walliserhof a few years ago. A romantic couple's holiday was yesterday, though: An adventurous family holiday was imminent.
Inside in a sense of well-being
From small and big to four-legged friends we were spoiled in the Valais farm cross-country. In our hotel room Jonny has received his own basket with a blanket, in which he has made himself comfortable. Our two boys slept together in one room, while little Maja could sleep for free in our parents' room.
Every morning a family breakfast awaited us, which even for the delicate Felix had something to offer. In the children's spa Tim, Felix and Maja could play without worries, while Maria and I put our feet up on the wellness loungers by the pool. Child carer Beatrix became, as soon as she showed us the room to play, the favourite of our offspring. The evenings we spent together at the delicious Family Dinner.
© Michael Marte, Brandnertal Bike Park
Out in the woods
Fun and variety were a must on holidays, otherwise the kids would quickly have become bored. Situated at an altitude of 1,000 metres and in the midst of the mountains, our children at the Valais farm promptly became curious naturalists. Jonny also seemed to enjoy our walks and hikes, picking up tracks and cooling down in the fresh spring water.
We also benefited from the outdoor activities of the Walliserhof: once we went to the outdoor cinema and another time we took part in the fairytale tour with the Tschengla Express.
After all these great experiences the departure was difficult for us. I had already gained experience loading the car with luggage - but this time I was faced with the challenge of convincing the children and Jonny to get into the car.