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I had seen many positive reviews for this site and it did not disappoint on any level. Approaching from Zell am See the entrance is well signposted on the right just on the outskirts of Lofer. Stop before the barrier and check in at reception where the staff speak excellent English. They also provide you with lots of local information. We were given a site plan and allowed to select a pitch from a choice of five. The majority of pitches are at least 120sq m. There's also a lot of space between the rows. It is by far the least packed continental campsite I have visited. There is power, water and drainage on every pitch and a separate area for tents. There are stunning views from most pitches. Wifi coverage and speed are good but charged extra. Guests with dogs are pitched in specific rows. We arrived on a Thursday at the beginning of June which we didn't think would be busy. We had not considered the German school holidays. Schools in Bavaria get a week off for Whitsun but those in Baden Württemberg get two weeks. This resulted in caravans pouring in during Friday evening and Saturday. On Saturday all the roads from Germany where at a standstill. By Sunday the site was full but the facilities coped well. Our comfort pitch gave us access to the family bathrooms. These included toilet, wash basin and walk in shower. They were big enough for a family of 4 and superbly fitted out. We ate in the restaurant twice. The quality of the food and service was excellent. A number of walks start near the site and dozens more nearby. Saltzburg and Berchtesgaden are a 50 minute drive away. We went up the cable car from Lofer which takes you to a beautiful plateau with a good choice of walks and Alms. The views are stunning. Lofer is a lovely little town with several restaurants and bars. There are several supermarkets. The site accepts the ACSI CC card up until the beginning of June so we paid full price but we felt we got value for money. We saw more British vans on this site than any other we stayed on in Austria. Presumably this is because it can be booked via the caravan club. This is probably the best site we have stayed on during or 25 years of touring because it has everything - large pitches, great views, superb sanitary facilities, good restaurant, peaceful, good walking. It's got it all.
Response from the Club:
Thank you for your review of this lovely site ,for your information the site no longer accepts Acsi cards for 2020 but has a long stay offer at various times during the low season with the Club.
This site is in a stunning location and worth the 750 mile drive from the Belgian Coast. As others have said the facilities are very modern and spotless, the pitches are large and well spaced, but please bear in mind that our European friends pitch 'end to end' and not 'side by side'. This format actually gives you a decent sitting out and barbecue space which does not look directly into the caravan on either side of you. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking and there's loads to see, but when it rains - it rains! We visited in late June and the river was nearly bursting it's banks. The 'guestcard' you get when checking in gives discouts on many local attractions. Staff friendly and helpful, advising on local shopping, sightseeing, visiting Saltzberg etc.
We wholeheartedly agree with all the other reviews of Grubhof - it really is a spectacular site; and we just wanted to write another good review to support the others. Location: stunning. Pitches: enormous. Sanitary block: out of this world. We made full use of the free local "summer card" for the swimming pool and cable car in Lofer as well as a trip to the gorges. The local cycle path was brilliant (virtually no gradient!) so we used it to visit Lofer, Weissbach and the gorges. The ability to swim in the river was an added bonus - great when the temperature hit 35 degrees in August! Something worth bearing in mind (though not a complaint) is that caravans have to be pitched in a precise way (as detailed by another reviewer). Our pitch had connection to water, wastewater & electricity, which we wanted to make full use of during our 12 night stay. These connection points are located between every other pitch, so there's a 50:50 chance of your connection being at the front or the back of your unit. Unfortunately our services were at the front end of the pitch and our inlet/outlet are at the back of our caravan, so it took some jiggery-pokery to get everything to reach, but we eventually managed it. We highly recommend this fantastic site and if, like us, your previous continental caravanning has barely strayed beyond the French border, we urge you to take the plunge and try something new in Austria!