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In the Shadow of the Dachstein

Steiermark’s dramatic mountains

In Ramsau, the focus is very much on walking – and no wonder, given the drama of the scenery. We provide notes for the walks below, three of which lead direct from the hotel, while the others make use of the excellent local buses, travel on which is free with your Summercard. In addition, your hosts organise five guided walks each week, which are free except for any transport costs, and your visitors’ Summercard entitles you to a whole host of benefits, including guided glacier and nature walks, and introductory sessions in Nordic walking

• RITTISBERG CIRCUIT (21km, 7hrs)

Starting from the hotel, this walk is an excellent introduction to the Ramsau Plateau, affording broad views of the Enns Valley and the Dachstein Mountains as you cross undulating, south-facing pastures dotted with traditional wooden cabins.

• SILBERKAR GORGE (16km, 5.5hrs)

From Ramsau Ort, you head through woods and meadows to the entrance to the steep-sided Silberkar Gorge, where wooden walkways and bridges crisscross the powerful torrent and a series of cascades. The gorge then opens up to reveal an equally impressive cirque. It is worth continuing to the secluded Silberkarhütte for refreshments before returning through the gorge.

• BENEATH THE DACHSTEIN (12.5km, 4.5hrs)

Take the bus to Bachalm, where you can feed the marmots before striking out along a panoramic path beneath the south wall of the Dachstein, whose pale rock face rises steeply above the larch forests and pastures. Having walked the length of the 4-kilometre-wide wall, you return to Ramsau on a forest track and across meadows. (14km, 4.5hrs)

• PANORAMAWEG (8km, 2hrs)

A perfect introduction to the area, this low-level, circular walk leads from the village across fields, meadows and woods to the east of Ramsau offering good views over the surrounding peaks.

• THE DACHSTEIN GLACIER

Take the cable car to the Dachstein Glacier, from where the views stretchas far as the Slovenian border. At the top there is a range of attractions including an Ice Palace, suspension bridge, 'stairway to nothingness' and a 'sky walk'. You can also walk on the glacier itself, on a broad path through the snow, to gain an even closer view of the Dachstein’s south wall.

Extend your holiday

Why not add on a couple of nights in Salzburg if you are flying via this famous musical city?

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