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Farm Stay in Austria

I have recently learned about the farm stay tradition in Austria and I'm quite smitten. I've been all through https://www.farmholidays.com/ and I'm a little overwhelmed by the choice. We are looking to spend about 10 days somewhere late June-Early July. My husband and I want to work remotely while our 13 year old can be outside and have a little freedom. She loves animals and Heidi is her favorite book so I think this is right up our alley.

As long as we are close to a town and not really remote, can anyone comment about whether the WiFi at place such as this will be sufficient for two people to do regular work things (we could skip the video calls).

Does anyone have a Bauernhof in particular to recommend? I am leaning most to Salzburger Land but really just want to be close to the mountains. We haven't booked any transpo yet so we're very flexible at this point.

Thanks!

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I have stayed at small inns and farmstays multiple times in Alpine Austria. Unfortunately, wifi connections were a hit and miss. I strongly suggest that: (1) book a place that has solid reviews on its wifi connections, and (2) choose a location that is somewhat close to a major city with internet cafes.

I wouldn't take any chances with work.

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With such a great idea, I am wondering why you and your husband want to go to Austria and still work? Wouldn't it be great to be fully present with your daughter while she experiences these great things. I'm not being judgemental, just wondering what about working in Europe on vacation is important to you.

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Thanks Barkinpark, that's helpful information. Not really what I wanted to hear but that's how it goes sometime.

And, Mo R, I do appreciate the sentiment and relate to it. We are planning on spending a month in Europe part of which will be total vacation, but we can't take a month off of work. I was leaning toward a farm stay because I thought it would give our daughter some freedom and safety to venture out on her own a little. Of course we will have evenings together, but she is at about the age where she doesn't necessarily want to be watched over by her parents all day long. Such is life. :)

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My general gut feel is that rural Austria is still behind in their internet infrastructure. Sometimes, however, issues are simply caused by weak routers.

In addition, when choosing a farmstay, make sure it's a working farm with animals to play with. Some establishments were farms before but now are just small commercial inns with a farmhouse facade.

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We love the Bauernhof and we love the Wolfgangsee area as it has a lot to keep you busy. Alternatively, the area around Schladming is great.

While I understand that internet connectivity will be important to you, chances are it is not important to your hosts. I would lower your expectations in this regard, but I'm sure sending emails will be no problem.

I would continue to just use the farmholidays.com for your searching and booking as there are reviews. Many of these farms are also on booking.com or airbnb so you can probably also read reviews there. I'm sure you know that there are farms that are more geared towards families than others.

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Emily made a good suggestion about cross checking reviews on booking.com and other hotel websites. In fact, if you click the review link for each hotel, they show a score for internet connections. I would rent establishments with a score of least 9.

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Wow, I never noticed that the Booking.com reviews show categories as well, that's great information. Thanks guys. You've made my little research-obsessed heart happy.

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Another benefit of reading booking.com reviews is that they are written by guests who actually stayed at the respective properties. On the contrary, in Tripadvisor.com, anybody with a real or fake email account can write a review.

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Hi,

We have stayed in Germany, Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden, gorgeous mountain scenery and Ramsau is a cute village, 5 times at The Pension Mayringerlehen. It is a real farm with absolutely wonderful, friendly owner. This is 10 min. from the old town of Berchtesgaden. By car it’s 30 min. from Salzburg. The bus stop is basically 100 yards away. As is a really nice bakery.

www.Mayringerlehen.de

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My wife and I stayed at Rettenbachgut in Werfen, and it was a wonderful experience. It is about a mile/kilometer or so outside of town, and the family that runs the stay speaks little English. However, this is a very Austrian experience in a kindly home/farm. My wife and I were interested in hiking the countryside and we often missed the evening snacks due to our late arrival back to the farm. I won’t forget the kindliness of the caretaker leaving us chocolate cake for our return. Every morning, the breakfasts were great. To my surprise, it does briefly appear on a Rick Steve’s episode surrounding Salzburg. Salzburg is only a 30 min or so train ride away, but don’t overlook the ice cave in Werfen. It is a very unique experience and worth taking a day if you like unique hiking experiences. There is also a castle worth the time to tour in town so there is a lot to do and see in the area even in a small village, and as of 2010, there was no crowding for the attractions. Good luck with your planning!

EDIT POST to say I have no idea how the Wi-Fi is at this place, but short of getting that answered, I highly recommend.