A Big Bang in Podersdorf am See

It’s finally been time this month for the family experience world in the Podersdorfer Strandbad, planned and implemented by Sunkid’s partner Almholz, to open the gates to its 18,000 m² facility.

As reported in September 2020 already, Styrian company Almholz joined forces with the Podersdorf tourism association and the municipality to launch a gigantic and unique experience world.

The PODOplay experience world, designed to suit the entire family, opened its gates on 22 May 20221, to the joy of those in charge of it, cordially welcoming its many guests.

“This experience world will be unique in Austria with its size, breathtaking backdrop, and unmistakable equipment. It surely is one of the most attractive projects we have tackled in our company’s long history,” Wolfgang Wild, managing director at Almholz, rejoices.

It is hardly surprising that the two largest attractions – the pair of blue-and-white spoonbills and the 7-metres-tall water lily with its blue slide – were targeted first by children playing and climbing on them. “Every large installation has been planned and implemented for Podersdorf specifically. They are unique to this one facility,” Michaela Wohlfart, Podersdorf’s mayor, tells us enthusiastically.

While the children play to their hearts’ content in the wooden structures, adults can cross the longest consecutive motor skills climbing route to be found in Austria. Guests, expected mostly from Styria and the Burgenland region, can then recover their breath on the deck chairs and seats in the Strandbad, resting and enjoying a snack to fuel up again.

In addition to serving as playing equipment, the wooden structures also form impressive and unmistakable photo motives. The facility planners have considered the backdrop as well. The motor skills route, for example, is aligned for an uninterrupted view of the famous Podersdorf lighthouse.

The total costs for the entire facility amount to two million euros. Mayor Michaela Wohlfart and the tourism association expect that this great investment will bring more than an additional 100,000 visitors to Podersdorf from March to November, while also animating day guests to spend the night in town to enjoy the entire experience world in full. Podersdorf’s mayor is convinced that “In difficult times like this year’s, the municipality is called upon more than ever to create framework conditions and infrastructure for a good placement for the future!”.

Further projects are planned already to keep the “fresh wind”, as this one’s motto was, blowing. The outdoor sports offer is to be developed even further.


Photocredits: Almholz, Eric van Ommen

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