Walking Holidays in Austria - Schladming - Austrian Delight

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This walk is located in the wide valley of the Enns, a lively river which flows east to become a tributary of the Danube. The principle town is Schladming a modest town of 5,000 people it is known throughout the world for its winter sports. Small villages are dispersed along the valley.

The Enns valley is dominated to the north by the stark limestone mountains, of which Dachstein (the ‘Roof Stone’) is the largest. To the south are the peaks of the Schladminger Tauern. 

There are pristine landscapes, lush green alpine valleys and charming small villages to explore, some still with houses dating back centuries.

The area is in the Styria region of Austria, famous for its hospitality.

You walk mostly on paths and tracks with some small country roads. The paths are well marked as the local authorities maintain a network of well-signed paths of all levels of difficulty. Our walking notes, written by one of our team, will make sure you do not go astray. Although on the map it looks as if you are just walking along the side of a valley it disguises all the side valleys you explore as you contour around these deep side valleys. The walking is gentle and where there are days with larger ascents and descents they are not steep.

Day 1 
Take the train to Öblarn and overnight here. 

Day 2 Today introduces the south side of Ennstal and a westward journey – with terrain and scenery of unique geology and aspect. An easy level start is followed by an ascent to the isolated hotel. Overnight Michaelerberg.

Ascent: 800m. Descent: 270m. Distance: 9 ½  miles. Walking time: 4 ¼ hours.

Day 3 A longer route winding in and out of side valleys and undulating over spurs and ridges with a variety of woodland and pasture environments. Overnight Oberhausberg.

Ascent: 790m. Descent: 780m. Distance: 14 ½ miles. Walking time: 6 ¼ hours.

Day 4 Today you have the option of extending the walk (recommended!) by 90 minutes and walk alongside the foaming Talbach torrent into Schladming and back. Before that though, you have an incursion into the side valley of the Hauser Kaibling, then crossing the flanks of the Planai upland through woods and the floral meadows mostly with views of the Enns valley below and the Dachstein massif beyond. Overnight Untertal.

Ascent: 200m. Descent: 540m. Distance: 8 miles .Walking time: 3 1/2 hours.

Day 5 A most enjoyable walk incorporating the full range of Austrian valley and lower alp landscapes. There are great views of the Dachstein and the Enns valley throughout.Overnight Mandling.

Ascent: 380m. Descent: 560m. Distance: 8 ¾ miles. Walking time: 4 hours.

Day 6 Today the route turns eastwards along the north side of the Enns valley, climbing up through woodland, pastures and hamlets to the high plateau of Ramsau, where the Dachstein massif looms above. Passing impressive ski jumps and a 15th century shingle-roofed church, you walk through the woods of Sattelberg before descending to your hotel. Overnight Ramsau. 

Ascent: 500m. Descent: 440m. Distance: 9 miles. Walking time: 4.5 hours.

Day 7 This is a fairly relaxing walk, with several points of interest and pleasant scenery. At first it crosses the Sattelberg, encountering an award-winning environmental trail for the young, the Wurzelsteig trail. In the Birnberg area some pleasant villages are encountered, before heading for Pruggen. Overnight Pruggen.

Ascent: 420m. Descent: 700m. Distance: 10 miles. Walking time: 4 hours.

Day 8 Return to Schladming by private transfer to catch the train back to Salzburg for your flight or on to Munich to fly from there.

Baggage transfer
Your Baggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can then travel with day rucksacks. Maximum 15kg per luggage.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate, with one long day. Most days you can use public transport if you do not wish to walk, but at Michaelerberg and Oberausberg you would require a taxi. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 3090m, Descent 3290m, 60 miles.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Schladming Trek

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All the hotels are family run on this trek and vary in size from 5 rooms to 40. Most are 3 star with one 4 star and two small country hotels. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, except at Michaelerberg with a private bathroom with toilet along the corridor from the room. Food will feature local specialities and is taken in the hotels. All hotels will give you a warm Styrian welcome.


Availability Information

This walk is available from the end of May to the middle of October.  You can start on any day The temperature has an average high in July and August of 23C with June and September cooler and April and October an average high of 14C.

The best time to go is late Spring before the summer peak temperatures and spring flowers are in evidence. Equally September and October are good with cooler weather, lower rainfall and autumn colours starting. In July and August the area is at its busiest, but quieter than many other Austrian locations.

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