Ofnerhof: Cycling holidays on an organic farm

The family-friendly cycling host in St. Corona am Wechsel

Fast-paced downhill runs, exciting flow trails, cute petting animals: reconciling the different holiday wishes of a family is not always easy, but it is possible at the Ofnerhof in Wechselland.

Only 500 metres from the St. Corona Adventure Arena, the Ofnerhof has become a popular meeting place for mountain bikers – with service corner and bike storage included. But the Ofnerhof is much more than just accommodation for cyclists. As a traditional organic farm complete with cows, chickens, pygmy goats and cats, it is also a true paradise for children. Three generations of the Gruber family look after the well-being of their guests, and are also happy to share one or two tour tips from the region.

Wexl Trails and Schwaigen Romanticism

The top tip for mountain bikers is only a few minutes away by bike: root trails, stone fields and steep steps await you on the Wexl Trails. Fancy some longer tours? With the e-mountain bikes available to rent from the Gruber family you can, for example, cycle up the Hochwechsel and explore the wide meadows of the Schwaigen. The Feistritztal cycle path is the right choice for an excursion with the whole family: flat – except for two short intermediate climbs and always far away from car traffic. The children can dip their feet in the stream along the way, and thanks to the many inns along the way, there is also plenty of apple juice to be had along the journey.

Bad weather? No problem!

If the weather doesn’t play ball, there is just as much to discover in the surrounding area: in addition to the adventure arena in St. Corona, you can take a trip to the Eis-Greissler or Mandl’s Ziegenhof in Austria’s “Bucklige Welt” region, or explore the Hermannshöhle cave with its impressive stalactites in Kirchberg.

Swapping foodstuff “like in the old days”

You don’t see something like this every day: The Gruber family exchanges fresh food with other farms in the region – as was common practice here in Wechselland a few decades ago: including milk, honey, yoghurt and fruit. The eggs for the cyclists’ breakfast come from their own henhouse, the naturally cloudy apple juice from organic farming and bread and pastries from the village bakery.