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In the Shadow of the Dachstein

Steiermark’s dramatic mountains
Be exhilarated by fantastic walking amid idyllic Alpine scenery on this single-centre, self-guided holiday based at a highly-praised 4-star hotel with easy access to the Dachstein Glacier. Enjoy free bus travel and other benefits with your Summercard (included).
In the Shadow of the Dachstein. 7 nights
In the Shadow of the Dachstein. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday in Steiermark

South-east of Salzburg, the tranquil village of Ramsau nestles on a sunny, south-facing plateau between the River Enns and the formidable Dachstein Mountains, which are capped by a glacier of the same name. The range’s rocky peaks are a constant companion as you explore, dramatically framing the views on your walks past mirror-like lakes, through pine woods, across lush pastures, through twisting gorges and along high ridges. The extensive network of paths is matched by that of the local buses, meaning that you don’t need a car to access the best of the walking.
But the scenery and the walking are not the only reasons for coming to Ramsau: the Hotel Matschner is fantastic too. We have worked with the English-speaking Knaus family for many years, which means that, as an Inntravel guest, you can be sure of a particularly warm welcome and very attentive service. This is complemented by refined, highly praised Austrian cuisine and excellent facilities that include an adjoining leisure complex with spa facilities.

Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C -2 0 3 7 11 15 17 17 14 10 3 -1
    mm 70 67 77 94 114 146 158 146 99 78 86 79
  • An introduction
    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.
  • Choice of routes: 7.5km to 21km

    Panoramaweg: 7.5km, 2.5hrs
    A good warm-up or wet-weather option, this low-level, circular walk leads from the village across fields, meadows and woods to the east of Ramsau, offering good views of the surrounding peaks.

    Rittisberg circuit: 21km, 7hrs
    This walk is another 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. You can choose to reach the peak on foot, or take the cable car. 

    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.
    Panoramaweg: 7.5km
    Rittisberg circuit: 21km
    Silberkar gorge: 16km
  • Choice of routes: 10.5km to 12.5km

    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. 

    Around Filzmoos: 10.5km, 3.5hrs
    Combine a visit to the charming village of Filzmoos with a lovely circuit to the south of the village that starts at the top of the gondola (open certain days only) and leads you through high pastures and pine forests before a gradual descent back to the village.
    A wide range of routes beneath the Dachstein
    Beneath the Dachstein: 12.5km
    Around Filzmoos: 10.5km
  • Dachstein Glacier & more

    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, flattened path through the snow, to gain an even closer view of the Dachstein’s south wall.

    Schladming is a small, bustling town which is worth a visit in itself, but is also within walking distance of a dramatic gorge. We provide notes for a short circular route (5km, 1.5hrs) through the gorge and back through meadows.

    For a day of culture, head to Mozart's birthplace. We provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of this cosmopolitan city, taking in both well-known sites and hidden corners.
    A walk on the Dachstein Glacier


Nestling on a high plateau, Ramsau is a quiet village, with just a handful of shops and cafés.

Important: the adjoining lesiure complex (bar the fitness zone – pay locally) is currently closed for renovations and will not re-open until December 2019. During this time, guests can travel by public bus to Schladming to use the swimming pool there. Buses depart regularly (every 20 minutes) and are free of charge with the included guest card.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
Hotel Matschner



Extend your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 22 June 2019 - 22 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    22 Jun - 1 Jul 2019 £780 £100
    2 - 7 Jul 2019 £815 £100
    8 Jul - 19 Aug 2019 £845 £100
    20 - 25 Aug 2019 £815 £100
    26 - 31 Aug 2019 £780 £100
    1 - 15 Sep 2019 £760 £98
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 22 June 2019 - 22 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    22 Jun - 1 Jul 2019 £845 £100
    2 - 7 Jul 2019 £880 £100
    8 Jul - 19 Aug 2019 £910 £100
    20 - 25 Aug 2019 £880 £100
    26 - 31 Aug 2019 £845 £100
    1 - 15 Sep 2019 £825 £98
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    A supplement of approximately £35 per car per single journey applies on certain dates over the Easter holidays. A supplement of approximately £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays in late May/early June and during the school summer holidays. Please contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Matschner, Ramsau
    Larger 'Ramsau': 22 Jun - 22 Sep 2019 £5

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Matschner, Ramsau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    22 Jun - 07 Jul 2019 £96 £109
    08 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 £104 £117
    26 Aug - 22 Sep 2019 £96 £109

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not liste. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Salzburg easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Birmingham - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Salzburg Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Salzburg Charter (contact us),  TUI 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Salzburg (via Hamburg) Eurowings 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not liste. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Salzburg

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Salzburg airport to hotel (1h10) £74 flexible
    rail Salzburg HB to Schladming (1h35), taxi Schladming to hotel (0h15) £36 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Salzburg airport (1h10) £74 flexible
    taxi hotel to Schladming (0h15), rail Schladming to Salzburg HB (1h35) £36 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    afternoon tea & cake daily
  • route notes and maps
  • visitor’s pass

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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