We stayed with Familie Huber from 13-16 May and enjoyed our vacation immensely, despite the rain that seemed to hover over Altenmarkt, where the bauernhof is located. The farm houses dairy cows, two chickens and one rooster, several cats with tiny kittens, and several goats and kids which our boxer dog mistook for white dogs. The farm next door maintains horses which can be ridden, however, given the rain and the enormous amount of tourist attractions we wanted to enjoy, we never got to riding the horses! While in the area we saw the salt mine in Hallstatt, which is about an hour away, the Eisriesenwelt ice cave--which is the largest in the world and are a half day event with the cablecar, the hiking and the drive to get there, and the Liechtensteinklamm, which is a beautiful gorge only about 30 minutes drive away. We attempted to ride to Dachstein glacier, but discovered that the seilbahn (cablecar) was closed for renovations until 28 May and there is no other way we could determine to get there in the vicinity.
Our favorite area, though, was in Werfen, about 30 minutes drive, just below the ice cave, where there is an incredible fort on top of a small hill by the river. There was a falcon and eagle show at 11:15 and even in 40 degree temps with the wind whipping, it was worth every minute. We enjoyed the tour of the castle which started shortly thereafter and included sights such as the dungeon where a certain Protestant revolter was kept for seven years, after which he had gone blind and mad. The Wasserwelt in Wagrain was nice afterward to get warm in the pool!
We can recommend Pinocchio restaurant in Altenmarkt, which, besides scrumptious pizza, also has gourmet meat and pasta dishes for reasonable prices. The mountain views were stunning and Familie Huber provided a simple but sufficient breakfast of muesli, yogurt, cheese, ham, semmeln, homemade bread, juice and coffee for us. The highlights for the kids were collecting eggs from the two hens in the mornings and of course, the trampoline, where they were found every evening, bouncing in the pouring rain. For the three nights we stayed, we paid a reasonable 254 Euros, including two adults, two children and one boxer dog!