Am See was the first Campsite that we have stayed in which has warranted a review as this blog is about promoting the positive things in life not the mundane. When we started this trip I hoped to experience some beautiful and inspiring guest houses and pitches. This is certainly one of them and I hope the first of many.Situated on the banks of the crystal clear lake Hallstatter See, Am See is a homage to what is good and beautiful about the minimal travelling life.
Lovingly restored to their former glory, each beautiful vehicle is a little haven, positioned within beautiful gardens and complete with a bedroom,lounge and kitchen. There is even a 1930’s bathing machine refurbished as a sauna.
The nightly rental of each unique dwelling is approximately 120 euros during high season but for those on a stricter budget, or with their own tents and campers selected plots are designated to make best use of the space and to ensure that the overall vibe is not compromised. No idiot parking their tent or car in front of your front door here! Arrive early or book ahead for a premium lakeside view as if your too near the road the ambiance is rather lost.
The central meeting point is a typically quaint, Austrian wooden house complete with a sunny terrace and restaurant, perfect for whiling away a few hours over coffee or a glass of wine.
A comunal seating area and small childrens playground suround a sunny couryard remenisent of a french farmhouse. A Renault Dolly, Salvaged tin baths and a rustic pizza oven galvanise this couple’s love of salvage and the magic in reclaiming and restoring previously loved things.
The campite is a short work from the unescso world heritage listed Halsteed, a chocolate box picture of a village. Sample a traditional Weiner Shnitzle in the cobbled square, marvel at pear trees seeming to prop up houses or hire a boat for a spin round the lake.
The village has been settled for over 4500 years and the lakes reputation has become notorious as a dumping ground for Nazi treasures, disposed of by retreating generals as they fled across the Alps. The body of a prehistoric miner was found in the 18th cenuary and can be viewed as part of an exhibition. 20 minutes walk in the other direction caves up to 80km deep can be explored. They are rumored to be millions of years old.
Camping can be soul destroyingly bland and a huge amount of sites put little effort into creating an atmosphere of calm and tranquility. Am See’s owners have injected their own personality and artistic flair into this perfectly sutuated plot making it a holiday destination to remember.
Address: Winkl 77, Obertraun, 4831, Austria