Holiday Paradise Natterersee, A-6161 Natters/Tirol/Austria, Tel 0044 (0) 512/546732

 www.natterersee.com

To Find Site:- From the Brenner motorway exit at Innsbruck Sud. At end of slip road join road and immediately move to the left and do a U turn around fuel station. At roundabout take first, sharp, right signed to Natters. Follow road to the village of Natters and watch out for sharp right turn signed for campsite. The campsite is about a mile further on. Pass old reception building and car park and continue to new reception.

We first came to this campsite 20 years ago and this is our third visit. Of all the campsites we have been to across Europe this one has the most spectacular setting we have yet to see. The campsite is set out around the lake called Natterersee with the backdrop of high mountains. Since our last visit in 2000 there have been many impressive improvements to the facilities and pitching areas. In all there are around 200 touring pitches. There are four categories of pitches, standard 55/70 sq mts, Comfort 90 sq mts, luxury 100 sq mts and luxury S/lake 110/155 sq mts. The standard pitch is the base price but you can upgrade to larger pitches for an additional supplement, even if using the ACSI Card. All pitches other than the standard ones have access to 16 amp electrics, the standard only have 6 amps. Connections are via CEE17 blue plugs. All pitches other than standard are fully serviced with water and waste connections, they are also enclosed by low hedges. There are three pitching areas, one in front of reception on two sides of the lake, a new area behind reception with wonderful views of the mountains and the final terraced section high up above the campsite, access to this area is up some steep roads. The site has two toilet blocks. The one on the higher terrace is older but still of an excellent quality. The new block next to reception is something else and certainly has a wow factor. I suppose you could argue that itís a bit OTT for a campsite but it is superb. There are hairdryers in both menís and ladies. Suffice to say that they contain all pedestal toilets and paper is provided. Even the chemical waste point has a hot water supply for rinsing plus paper towels and soap. To cap it all there is even a dog shower. The site has a lovely restaurant right on the shores of the lake with a large open air terrace. The menu is reasonably priced and meals generous in portion size. The only slight downside is that wine by the bottle is very expensive although strangely cheaper by the glass. There is also a takeaway menu available from the restaurant. The actual lake called Natterersee is divided at the restaurant and the side away from the campsite is used for swimming with sunbathing on the surrounding lawns. Both the restaurant and the swimming lake are open to the public.  The plush reception includes information on the area and on the side of reception is a good site shop, even selling English newspapers, however not everything was priced during our visit. The other side of reception is a rather smart bar area. The site offers a WiFi service although, like me, many campers found it not very reliable especially at certain times of day. About the only disappointing thing about the site especially as it is not a cheap service. This site is very popular and was full most nights during our visit in the second week of June so early arrival might be sensible if turning up on spec. There are tour operators on site.  It accepts the ACSI Card and Camping Cheques although it seems it will be the last year it will be accepting the latter.

If you are a first time visitor there is a lot to do in the area. There is now a bus service from the site into Innsbruck and on arrival you are given a pass for free use of this bus. For something different you might want to visit the Swarovski Kristallwelten at Wattens which is basically an art gallery based on the use of crystal. Unfortunately you canít visit the Swarovski factory. Many places in the Tirol are within easy travelling distance of the site. Another worthwhile excursion is the tram from either Natters or Mutters that goes up into the mountains to Fulpmes. For shopping Innsbruck has endless opportunities but nearer to the site there is a nice supermarket in Mutters with a fuel station next door.

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