All campers choose a country and base programme for their stay, and with a few exceptions these activities are during the morning period of 3 hours. For the rest of the day campers from all programmes come together for a variety of general camp activities. For more information about individual programmes, please choose below.
Wilkommen to Zell am See, Village Camps’ base in Austria, the pretty village of Piesendorf, 10 minutes from Zell am See. Located in a mountain valley with 360 degree spectacular views that include the permanent snows of of the Kitzsteinhorn, a real glacier!
The Notburgahof Chalet is a small family run hotel that is exclusive to Village Camps during the camp season. With maximum capacity to accommodate 80 campers, the chalet has a family home feel and facilitates the bonding between campers and staff. It also includes several classrooms and outdoors facilities.
Highlights of our Camp in Austria include a hike up the mountain to stay overnight in a traditional Mountain Hut, a day trip to Salzburg, visit to museums and site of natural beauty such as the Krimml Waterfalls.
The very special Chalet Notburgahof is a friendly, welcoming, traditional-style hotel in the centre of the village of Piesendorf which is located between Zell am See (10km) and Kaprun (3km) in the heart of the Austrian Alps.
The Chalet has a maximum capacity of 80 campers, which quickly creates a congenial atmosphere between campers and staff. Breathtaking views of the mountains of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the Kitzbühel Alps can be seen from the Chalet’s terrasses and the bedroom windows.
Campers sleep in high standard rooms for 2-5 campers with en-suite facilities. Bedroom sharing is assigned according to age and gender.
The wonderful chef’s team resident at the Chalet provide an enticing variety of meals every day, that include local cuisine as well as many favourite international dishes.
Meals are provided in the chalet’s spacious and comfortable family-style dining room. Once a week the chefs prepare and serve a BBQ meal on the terrace.
Vegetarian options are available at all meals. Other diets can be accommodated upon request.
In the immediate vicinity of world-famous places such as Kitzbühel, Saalbach-Hinterglemm and the city of Salzburg (90km) Piesendorf offers wonderful opportunities for many types of outdoor activities. The lake can be reached by car in 10 minutes and offers the ideal location for the practice of water sports.
At Village Camps campers are assigned to groups according to age and/or skill levels. The morning period of 3 hours is devoted to the campers specialty programme.
During the afternoons campers from all programmes join an array of exciting activities. Certain afternoons the children can “sign-up” for an activity of their choice while other days, age group and all-camp activities are organized. The evening programmes offer a variety of fun and challenging events that help build team spirit.
Campers visit the village in small groups and get to taste local specialities, visits traditional shops and sightsee the quaint village streets. Occasionally, the local artisanal ice-cream van parks up at the Chalet’s entrance and campers enjoy some ice-cream and Austrian style waffles.
Evenings are filled with exciting imaginative games, spectacular events and relaxing activities. These include:
Lip Synch Battle - Campers are divided into different groups to prepare a small performance based on one of the most popular songs! A lot of costumes, laughter and most importantly are guaranteed. We even have disco lights to create a more spectacular environment.
Camp Fire - After dinner, we sing songs, tell stories, and roast marshmallows in front of the fire, whilst watching the sun set behind the beautiful mountains that surround the village.
Fun Friday – A very special activity takes place every Friday, called the Clash of Camps. Campers are divided into 4 teams - Water, Fire, Air and Earth. Every team has to prepare their own skit and complete different tasks working all together to surpass the challenges they face along the way.
Carnival Night - This night starts with had a delicious BBQ and Italian Gelato and then moves on to lots carnival type games and music.
Movie Night – Usually happens on the evening of day trips. Campers arrive at camp tired and after a comforting dinner, they settle down to watch a movie and enjoy some homemade popcorn.
The Battle for Piesendorf – This game involves running, strategy and intense team work. It is a good bonding activity between campers of different ages.
Stock Market Evening – A very special activity for the whole camp is our famous Stock Market Event. This game turns our campers into professional buyers and sellers that visit eachother’s stands (representing their own company creations) and try to predict what is going to happen in the future. Tension, emotions and communication make for loud and expressive evening that campers deeply enjoy.
International Night – All our campers are divided into different groups that represent theirs countries of origin. Each group has to create and act on a special performance which can include singing, dancing, fun facts sharing, games, etc. Some of the campers are charged with preparing samples of national dishes from different countries for all campers and staff to try before dinner.
Prom Night - The evening starts with everyone dressed up for a special dinner. After dinner campers take turns in the PhotoBooth for their souvenir camp photo, and then go dancing at the disco party dance floor. There are the announcements of the winners of the prince and princess (campers) titles, as well as the queen and the king (counsellors) as voted by the campers. At the end it is time for goodbyes, last hugs, and getting to bed early as some campers have to leave very early in the morning.
Evening activities are often run independently for each separate age group but sometimes are organised as all-camp events where the entire camp comes together for some of the spectacular and much-anticipated Village Camps all-time favourites.
On all excursions we ensure free time for cultural visits, shopping and walking around in small groups. On visits to places of interest admission fees are included.
Highlight of excursions that take place over the two weeks are:
Salzburg - After breakfast, campers pack their lunch and get on a bus for a day out. First stop is the Schloss Hellabrunn - a castle and a park, with magical hidden fountains which start working at the most unexpected moments, showering some of the campers trying to escape, and provokes a lot of squeaks and giggles. Later, campers visit the town centre and have some free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Krimml Waterfalls – This place is a very impressive natural wonder. Campers enjoy a hike to the top of the waterfalls. Dropping in three stages, a total of 380 metres, all campers say it is worth the hike uphill!
Sigmund Thun Klamm Gorge – Campers walk the wooden platform paths inside the gorge, and the more adventurous ones then dare a quick dip in the cold icy waters of the river below.
Mountain Hut Overnight Stay–After an exciting hike through the scenic Austrian Alps, campers enjoy dinner and a camp fire evening. They sleep in the comfortable traditional mountain hut before having breakfast, and trekking down the mountain back to camp the next morning.
|Mornings||07:30 - 08:00||Wake Up|
|08:00 - 09:00||Breakfast|
|09:00 - 10:30||Period A - Speciality Programmes|
|10:45 - 12:15||Period B - Speciality Programmes|
|Afternoons||12:15 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 - 14:00||All camp meeting|
|14:00 - 15:30||Period C - Sign-up Activities|
|15:45 - 17:15||Period D - Sign-up Activities|
|17:15 - 18:15||Free time|
|Evenings||18:15 - 19:30||Dinner|
|19:30 - 21:30||Evening Programme|
|22:00||Lights Out - (10-12 years old)|
|22:30||Lights Out - (13-14 years old)|
|23:00||Lights Out - (15 and older)|
|Sunday||Morning: Late wake up call, breakfast and relaxed morning
|Notes:||** This is a sample schedule and may be subject to change