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stories/tirol/the-ultimate-outdoor-adventure.jpgThe ultimate outdoor adventure

'Area 47' a purpose built outdoors adventure theme park is set to open in Otz in the Austrian Tirol

Opening in May 2010, AREA 47 is one of the most extraordinary outdoor adventure playgrounds in the Alps. Located at the entrance to the Ötz valley in the Austrian Tirol, this ultimate theme park is exceptional, offering climbing, canyoning, rafting, mountain biking and much more. Combining nature and the latest technology it creates an innovative environment, offering the very best the outdoor world can offer.

Situated where the Ötztaler Ache flows into the river Inn, AREA 47 derives its name from its location at latitude 47ºN. At the end of the day, there is also a rich indoor world to enjoy. The Area Dome is an event venue that can hold an audience of 6,000 while there are also facilities for conferences and workshops. Restaurants can hold up to 500 people and the Saloon Sports Bar is an ideal place for dining and cabaret evenings.

ACCOMODATIONTirol Area 47 accomodation

For an overnight experience you can stay in one of the wooden Tepees or in a traditional log cabin, with B&B prices starting from 22 per person per night (sleeps up to seven. Or a night in a lodge starts at 32 per person per night sleeping up to four. For those holidaying for a week or longer, choose to stay in one of the villages in the Ötz valley, from Haiming at the entrance to the valley, to centrally located Längenfeld or Obergurgl high up in the Ötz valley. The nearest airport is Innsbruck, served by www.easyjet.com.

OUTDOOR AREA

The best the outdoors can offer all in one place. AREA47 is a climber's high octane playground, where you can test your balance 30m above ground on the high rope course, your physical limits on the climbing wall or race against the clock on one of the speed climbing routes. For a thrilling descent, ride 600m on the `Flying Fox' high wire ride. Safely attached to the wire, you `fly over' the camp's Water Area and enjoy a unique view of the whole AREA 47. Or why not enjoy some acrobatic action and swing across the Ötztaler Ache on the `Megaswing' liana line. Speed and adrenaline junkies will get their money's worth on the go-cart and KTM Electro Enduro tracks or on the MTB downhill trails. For an adventure deep inside the earth, experience a spectacular caving trip. Constructed as part of a huge hydroelectric project during the Second World War, the Amberg tunnel system takes you down a 100 metre deep abseil to the central cathedral cave, then a further 350m deep down a watery tunnel before emerging back to daylight.

WATER AREA

Water lovers will have a splashing time with a rafting or kayaking adventure on the Ötztaler Ache and Inn River, or try canyoning down the picturesque gorges of the Ötztal mountains. The swimming lake has a thrilling waterslide park, with six crazy water slides and chutes ­ including the steepest in Europe. Then there is the awesome 27m jump platform from the cliff side. There is even a water ramp area for budding stuntmen to try and land their creative jump stunts down the water ramp on skis, snowboard or even on a bike. For those who prefer the safer option, can try a test flight on one of the water trampolines. And who said a country surrounded by land can't have any beach-based fun? AREA 47 features sandy beaches ad plenty of activity with beach volleyball, beach soccer pitches and a Venice Beach style gym.

PRICES AND INFO

Sample active packages:
Stairway to Heaven High Rope Course, Flying Fox & Mega Swing
tasty AREA 47 grilled Special II · admission to Water Area during the bathing season
Price: €€82, per person.

Rafting & Canyoning Combo:
Tasty AREA 47 grilled Special II
2 nights bed & breakfast in a wooden tipi
Admission to Water Area during the bathing season
Price: €€166, per person.

CONTACT
For more information visit or call +43 5266 8 76 76. www.area47.at
For more information on the Ötz Valley visit www.oetztal.com