In his song „Long live sport”, the Viennese songwriter Rainhard Fendrich scoffed at contemporaries whose sport consists of sitting passively in front of the TV, or others who enjoy watching spectacular sport accidents whilst biting into their burger. At the other end of the scale, some people exaggerate their sport and ruin their body. It might well be true that the DACHSTEINHOF has more to offer for young, wild venturers than old, mild pensioners, but it is ideal for a third group of sportspeople: the older generation who have remained young-at-heart and the younger generation who know their limits – in other words, people who practise sport with passion and understanding.
The DACHSTEINHOF is located directly at the intersection of two hiking trails. The Panorama path (from West to East) is ideal for guests who prefer even terrain, whilst the steeper Gutenberghaus trail (from South to North) is for the more ambitious.
According to Wikipedia, the first via ferrata (fixed-rope route) in the Alps was installed in 1843 by Friedrich Simony in Ramsau am Dachstein. Today the region offers approx. 20 via ferratas, which cover all levels of difficulty. The via ferratas for children and young people can be found at the Sattelberg, 1,5 km from DACHSTEINHOF. The more ambitious via ferratas are situated in the beautiful gorge “Silberkarklamm” 4 km away.
400 metres below the DACHSTEINHOF is the Ennstal cycle path which offers a lot of variety. As is the case on several paths in Ramsau, you can cycle at a leisurely pace. On the whole however, the region is more suitable for mountain bikers. Schladming is one of the most significant international venues for the MTB World Cup. The region offers 54 designated MTB tours, including the Dachsteinrunde which is 256 km long and covers an altitude of 4800 m.
The DACHSTEINHOF is situated at an altitude of 1140 m. You can set off skiing on the Sonnenloipe-trail directly from our property. The Dachstein trail at 2700 m above sea level even offers skiing in mid-summer. Altogether Ramsau offers 220 km of trails, which is one of the largest trail networks in Austria. Ramsau not only offers a night-trail, but also 10 KM trails with artificial snow; it also hosts the FIS World Cups (Nordic Combined). It is not unusual to meet World Cup athletes training in the region (roller skiing in the summer months).
Good hiking areas are also good for hiking in winter. In addition, there are 43 designated ski tours, some of which you can begin just a few metres from the DACHSTEINHOF.
Downhill skiing fans will soon discover that Ramsau cannot compete with Schladming. There is however a slope for families and a button lift just 200 m from our house. The skiing and sledging area Ramsau Rittisberg is 5 minutes’ drive from the house; the linked ski resort „4 Berge“ in Schladming is about 15 minutes away. Schladming is a venue for downhill World Cups and offers world-class Alpine skiing areas.