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Hotel Matschner, Ramsau

Steiermark - the quiet face of Austria
 
The 4-star Hotel Matschner lies in a tranquil village in a culturally rich and highly scenic part of Austria. Guests have a wide choice of winter activities – including cross-country skiing, winter walking and horse-drawn sleigh rides – and the hotel also offers free access to the village’s extensive leisure complex and swimming pool.
Hotel Matschner, Ramsau. 7 nights
Hotel Matschner, Ramsau. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Ramsau, Steiermark,

for skiers and non-skiers
Beneath the imposing crags of the Dachstein Mountains and Glacier, the village of Ramsau Ort nestles on a high plateau in the north-west corner of Steiermark. This unspoiled region is one of Austria’s most traditional – rich in history and folklore, and with a wide choice of cultural attractions.
It is also a superb place to embrace the beauty of winter. The terrain is ideal for cross-country skiing, with delightful trails for all abilities meandering across the snowy meadows, as well as for winter walking, with the excellent network of paths supported by an equally fine selection of refreshment stops. Horse-drawn sleighs are also a frequent sight on the trails, and make a wonderfully relaxing way to explore.

Our chosen base for the week, the 4-star Hotel Matschner, continues to earn consistently high praise from guests, who appreciate the delicious cuisine, the tranquil location at the heart of the plateau, the direct access to the cross-country skiing and winter walking, and the attentive service provided by the Knaus family that own the hotel.
 

Our expert says

"What I love most about Ramsau and the Hotel Matschner is the spectacular scenery of the Dachstein peaks, which makes the cross-country skiing and winter walking here all the more enjoyable. To top it all off, the Knaus family looks after Inntravel guests wonderfully. You couldn’t ask for more."
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 

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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • 220km of trails in the Schladming-Dachstein region; suited to all levels
    Ramsau is located in the heart of the Schladming-Dachstein cross-country ski region, an area with an excellent snow record. A trail pass is required to access the trails, which begin from the village’s cross-country ski centre – situated just behind the hotel – and lead in both directions along the plateau, criss-crossing the meadows that surround both Ramsau and the neighbouring settlements.

    The terrain immediately surrounding the village is reasonably gentle, with a good choice of undulating routes – ideal for finding your ‘ski legs’. More accomplished skiers will find suitably challenging options in the valleys nearby, and there are even some trails on the Dachstein Glacier, at a height of 2,700 metres. Of the many routes available, these are some of our favourites:

    Sonnenloipe: 14.5km
    Sonnenloipe translates as ‘sunny trail’, and this route certainly enjoys its fair share of sunshine on bright days. The trail comprises a full loop of the Ramsau Plateau, where there is a good selection of refreshment stops – meaning you are never too far away from a coffee or a slice of cake! Locals recommend approaching the trail in a clockwise order, though it is also possible to complete it in stages, making use of the local bus network to access the various sections of the route. 

    Kulmloipe: 12.5km
    This second option is a scenic route which leads through the trees and behind the ski-jumping hill that you can see from the hotel.

    Rössingloipe via Lodenwalker: 7.5km
    Beginning in the neighbouring village of Mühle, this challenging trail takes you close to the Lodenwalker factory – home to the oldest business in the Steiermark region. The factory has been producing traditional clothing since 1434, using the wool of the local mountain sheep to create a durable and water-resistant fabric known as ‘Loden’. The factory is most famous for its distinctive, dark-green jackets, but today a wide range of items are produced here, including blankets, scarfs and slippers. There is a small museum where you can watch how the cloth is made, although much of the information is in German. The shop and tavern are both well worth a visit, however – we can highly recommend the tavern’s goulash soup!
    Excellent cross-country trails ©Steiermark Tourismus/Peter Burgstaller
  • 70km around Ramsau
    There’s a great variety of maintained walking trails around Ramsau, and whether you choose the routes that strike out across the plateau or those that lead into the surrounding valleys, you can be assured of magnificent views toward those mighty, ever-present Dachstein peaks. This area is also very well supplied with mountain inns, giving you plenty of opportunities to pause mid-walk for that all-important Kaffee und Kuchen. Access to the trails is right behind the hotel, with further options accessible via the local bus network (enjoy discounted travel with your included visitor’s card).

    All trails are well signed, and the snow specially flattened to facilitate walking. In the detailed documentation we provide, we give an overview of our five favourite options, including the following three routes:

    Panorama Loop: 16km
    This – the region’s main walking trail – is an excellent way to discover all that is so special about Steiermark: enjoy breathtaking views of the Dachstein massif as you stroll along the plateau; visit the area’s traditional, unspoiled villages; and call into a welcoming café for a warming drink and tasty, homemade snack… If you don’t want to commit to the full circuit, it is possible to complete the loop in stages – there are frequent short cuts to return back to the hotel.

    Kulmberg Loop: 10km
    A very pretty route which leads you around the Kulmberg – the hill that is visible from the hotel and which is home to the area’s ski jumps. Once behind the Kulmberg, there’s an especially scenic section through the trees.

    Halser Trail: 5km
    This loop explores the area to the south-west of Ramsau and is a favourite of Inntravel guests – which can perhaps be attributed to the Halseralm, a 400-year-old mountain hut that makes a wonderfully atmospheric place to stop for refreshments. Its speciality – flaming Kaiserschmarrn (a sweet, shredded pancake) – is particularly delicious.
    A good choice of routes ©Steiermark Tourismus
    Plenty of mountain inns for refreshments ©Steiermark Tourismus/Ikarus
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing & more

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    A horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow is always a lovely experience, but in Ramsau it is particularly special. For one thing, there are 40 kilometres of prepared routes in the region, offering great scope to explore; for another; your sleigh is pulled by the elegant Haflinger horses – a breed that was developed in Austria and northern Italy in the late 19th century and which is known for its gentle temperament, golden chestnut coat and striking flaxen mane.

    Snowshoeing
    Requiring no special technique, snowshoeing is a fantastic way of exploring this picturesque high plateau, and the hotel has a resident guide who leads up to five snowshoe hikes each week. These excursions are free to hotel guests, and equipment is provided. We also recommend a couple of additional trails – including an easy, 4-kilometre route through a beautiful larch forest – should you wish to head out independently. (Please note equipment is only included when with the hotel guide; snowshoes and poles for your personal use can be hired from the sports shop next to the hotel.)

    Tobogganing
    There are various options for those keen to try their hand at tobogganing: take the bus to the nearby Hunerkogel restaurant, located at 1,700 metres above sea level, and enjoy the run from here; or travel the short distance to Rittisberg, where there is a floodlit, 3.5-kilometre run open three evenings a week. Sledges can be hired from both locations.

    Downhill skiing
    Downhill skiers can access a couple of gentle pistes in the village itself, and there is a small domain at Rittisberg – just a short bus ride from your hotel. Alternatively, the huge Ski Amadé area, including the renowned resort of Schladming, is only 15 minutes away by bus, and there is further skiing on the Dachstein Glacier.
    Horse-drawn sleigh rides ©Steiermark Tourismus/Tom Lamm
    Exploring on snowshoes ©Steiermark Tourismus
  • The Dachstein Glacier
    No visit to Ramsau is complete without a trip to the Dachstein Glacier, which looms high above the village and is accessible by bus and cable car. The journey itself is quite an experience – when the cable car was first built, it was the longest single-stretch cable car in the world; today, the cabins are constructed entirely from glass and have roof-top balconies to better appreciate the incredible views. The Glacier itself is well-known for its year-round skiing possibilities, but there is also much to interest the non-skier: the Sky Walk viewing platform is a must – you can see as far as Slovenia’s Triglav Mountains on a clear day; while another spectacular viewpoint can be reached by crossing what is Austria’s highest suspension bridge and descending the Stairway to Nothingness – 14 steps extending from the cliff face. Those without a head for heights may like to visit the Ice Palace, where a local fairy tale is told via intricately carved ice sculptures, or simply enjoy lunch at the highest restaurant in Steiermark.
  • Special events
    At Christmas, there are traditional celebrations with music and songs around the Christmas tree, plus a special dinner. New Year’s Eve features a gala dinner and live music.
 

Where you stay

Quiet Ramsau Ort (altitude: 1150m), where your hotel is situated, is the main village on the plateau. It has a bank with an ATM, sports and tourist shops, and a number of cafés and restaurants. Behind the hotel there are also two ski jumps; you can watch people practising from the comfort of the hotel’s lounge! In the past, the area’s inhabitants made a living selling cheese and wool products – you can find out more at the Lodenwalker factory or the local history museum in the village. 

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

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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 & 02 January 2021 - 28 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1695
    02 Jan - 03 Jan 2021 £1365
    09 Jan - 17 Jan 2021 £1245
    18 Jan - 26 Jan 2021 £1365
    27 Jan - 09 Feb 2021 £1445
    10 Feb - 16 Feb 2021 £1695
    17 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 £1445
    24 Feb - 12 Mar 2021 £1245
    13 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1125
    Single traveller supplement £135

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day

    Included travel: British Airways Heathrow or Gatwick to Salzburg (2h) (times vary, please contact us for details; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (1h10)

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room - see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 19 December 2020 - 01 January 2021 & 02 January 2021 - 28 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    19 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £1780
    02 Jan - 03 Jan 2021 £1560
    09 Jan - 17 Jan 2021 £1450
    18 Jan - 26 Jan 2021 £1580
    27 Jan - 09 Feb 2021 £1670
    10 Feb - 16 Feb 2021 £1745
    17 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 £1670
    24 Feb - 12 Mar 2021 £1465
    13 Mar - 21 Mar 2021 £1340
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below (see 'Rail option from London' section).

    * Start days: 19-27 Dec Saturday/Sunday; all other dates any day

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Hotel Matschner, Ramsau
    Larger 'Ramsau': 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £12
    Single room: 19 Dec - 28 Mar 2021 £12
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Salzburg (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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 listed here. 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
    Bristol - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Salzburg jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Salzburg jet2 
    Edinburgh - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Salzburg jet2 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Salzburg jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Salzburg British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Salzburg British Airways,  Eurowings 
    Heathrow - Salzburg (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Salzburg easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Salzburg Eurowings,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Salzburg British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  Eurowings,  jet2,  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 listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative 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 above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

  • Take high speed trains via Brussels to Frankfurt, changing pace for the last part of the journey, during which the mountains gradually draw closer. Travel home via Stuttgart to Paris Est station, then stretch your legs with an easy 7-minute stroll to join Eurostar.

    If you would prefer an alternative route, perhaps by sleeper train, our rail specialists can tailor the arrangements to suit you.

    > Travelling by train to Austria: what to expect
    > More about 'by rail' prices

    Route on which prices are based

    Outward journey Departure time
    from London
    Arrival time
    at hotel
    St Pancras–Brussels–Frankfurt–Salzburg (Eurostar, ICE & Eurocity, 12h), transfer to hotel (1h20) Approx 0650 Mon-Sat (0855 Sun) Approx 2120 Mon-Sat (2300 Sun)
    Homeward journey Departure time
    from hotel
    Arrival time
    in London
    Transfer to Schladming (0h15), Schladming–Stuttgart–Paris–St Pancras (Eurocity, ICE & Eurostar, 13h30) Approx 0800 Approx 2040
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
    7 light lunches
  • daily afternoon tea and cake
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Salzburg Airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • They are two mattresses (each with separate bedding) on one large base. 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.
  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • 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 and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. 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 www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • (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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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.
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