My son sits in the August sun on the wooden decking. He’s completely still and seems mesmerised by what we’re watching. We’re at the edge of a turquoise lake in a beautiful place called Area 47 in the Ötztal valley in the Austrian Tirol. We’re staying higher up the valley at the village of Obergurgl and have come to Area 47 for the day.
Area 47 is a kind of extreme sports outdoor playground which opened five years ago. It’s in a protected nature area of green, green forest surrounded by rugged mountains. It’s listed as one of the top water parks in the world by CNN. If you want to try out activities such as wakeboarding, white water rafting, canyoning, caving, motocross or the highest high ropes course in Europe (it’s a giddying 27m high) then this is the perfect place for you. But it’s not great for very young children: you need to be at least 12 years old to take part in most of the activities.