Explore the Dachstein Mountains

Self-guided walking holiday in Austria

From € 364 / person / week

Price per person based on 2 people sharing. Longer & Shorter stays are also possible.

  • One accommodation
  • Self-guided walking holiday
  • Group of walkers sitting on a bench next to a cross on top of a low mountain. They look out over a wide landscape with high snow-capped peaks in the background.
  • A cable car going up in the dachstein Mountains in Austria.
  • A valley with a small village in the Dachstein Mountains in Austria.

The varied and 3-tiered landscape and picturesque scenery of the Dachstein Mountains in Austria make this a popular and varied walking holiday destination that offers something for everyone.

There are walks at the Ramsau high plateau at 1,200 metres, the alpine pasture area at 1,700 metres and the Dachstein Glacier at 2,700 metres above sea-level. You can easily get to the higher walking areas through gondolas and cable cars.

Pair of walkers on a rocky outcrop, overlooking a wide valley below. A family hiking in Austria, resting and playing a the side of a small, clear river.

During this self-guided walking holiday you stay in a small and friendly family run pension/guesthouse. Some walks start right from your doorstep, and many more walks are accessible through short bus or cable car rides.

Accommodation in the Dachstein Mountains

For this holiday in Austria you stay in a small family-run hotel/pension. Your accommodation lies in a quiet and sunny spot on the outskirts of the pretty alpine village of Ramsau am Dachstein. The pension is located at a height of 1,244 metres on the Ramsau plateau, at the foot of the majestic Dachstein Glacier.

View from the balcony of Hotel Pension Hoffelner towards the dachstein mountains Pension Hoffelner in the Dachstein Mountains in Austria

The double/twin rooms all have balconies with panoramic views and feature 'continental twin' beds (2 single mattresses within 1 bed frame 180 cm wide - superking). Each room has either 1 or 2 sofa beds, sleeping from 2 to 4 people. The rooms in the hotel have newly refurbished en-suite bathrooms with power-shower/bath/WC and hair dryer. The rooms also have a Sat TV/DVD player, room safe and seating area.

Superior rooms with 4 poster beds and antique furnishings are also available. In addition there are 3 fully equipped apartments, each with 2 bedrooms available as either self-catered accommodation or with breakfast included.

Pension in Ramsau at the foot of the Dachstein Glacier. Continental twin-bed superking size. Shower and bathroom.

Other facilities at your accommodation include: dining room in traditional Austrian style with fantastic mountain views, spacious guest lounge with several comfortable seating areas, billiard table, self service bar, internet terminal, books and board games, large screen tv, free wireless internet throughout the pension, sun-deck with beautiful views, table tennis, washing machine and drier (coin-operated) and private car park, plus a new Wellness Area featuring a sauna with steam function.

Breakfast is an extensive buffet. Your hosts can provide packed lunches, but all walks have several mountain huts en-route serving food and drinks as well. There are several good quality restaurants serving traditional Austrian and international cuisine within walking distance from your accommodation.

Walking in the Dachstein Mountains

Looking out between trees over a lush green field and the Dachstein mountains in the background. Small Austrian restaurant in an Alpine meadow

Austria's Dachstein Mountains offer a varied range of walks for every ability. There are many walking routes, from high level mountain walks and hiking on the glacier or other local peaks (such as Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm) to level walks around the plateau (1,150 metres). You'll receive a local walking map, and your hosts will sit down with you to advise you on a personal walking programme based on your interests and wishes.

The footpaths in the Dachstein region are well-marked and lead through stunning, sunny terrain to the alpine pasture region at 1,700 metres. A thousand metres above the mountain pastures at an altitude of 2,700 metres above sea level lies the Dachstein glacier that is easily accessible with the Dachstein cable car. From the Hunerkogel station you can enjoy a 360 degrees panorama.

It is also possible to stay in higher level huts overnight to break longer walks and add to the adventure, or you can join accompanied walks. Please contact the holiday providers through the contact form, for more information on these optional extra's.

Dachstein Mountains walking holiday itinerary

Walkers taking a break at the top of a mountain trail. They sit on a wooden bench next to a large cross. View across the Dachstein mountains in Austria

This 10 day itinerary is just an example to show the variety of walking available, your hosts will recommend a personal walking programme, based on your interests and wishes.

8 Day self-guided walking itinerary from €340.- per person.
10 Day itinerary from €430.- per person.

Day 1 - Travel to Austria, meeting your hosts who will sit down with you to discuss your walking programme.

Day 2 - The most popular hiking trail in the province of Styria: The 5 Huts or Dachstein trail, in the shadow of the south wall of the Dachstein range. The pale, four-kilometre wide south wall rears up above pale larch forests and mountain pastures dotted with mountain chalets, horses, cattle and sheep. Visit the Alpine Museum at the Austria Hütte. This traditional hiking trail is one of the most impressive hikes in this area, with superb views.

Day 3 - The 'Wild Waters' hike in Schladming-Rohrmoos is the world's first National Geographic hiking path. It follows the Talbach River from Schladming via the village of Rohrmoos-Untertal.

A hiker resting next to a waymarking cross, overlooking the mountains around The Dachstein mountains in Autumn

Then you are walking to the Riesach Falls, which are the highest in the region. The walk leads over an adventurous trail which includes ladders, ramps and a high suspension bridge which follows alongside the thunderous falls leading to a broad area of alpine pastures next to the picturesque Riesach Lake (1,338 meters altitude).

Day 4 - Another day of self-guided walking. You head up to the Bachlalm and across the Mandling River. Then you go on to the Dachstein Glacier cable car and take it up onto the glacier (2,687 meters high).

From here you walk in the snow to the Seethalerhütte for lunch, visit the ice palace and enjoy the fantastic views. Travel down on the cable car or, alternatively across the glacier and back down into the village.

Day 5 - Walking to the Silberkarklam which is a very picturesque narrow gorge accessed by wooden walkways along the waterfall and opening into a huge natural bowl.

Lunch at the Silberkarhütte, then head up to the Silberkar Lake (1,805 meters altitude) and across to the Guttenberghaus (2,147 meters altitude) for afternoon tea (this is the highest 'Hütte' in Austria).

A pair of hikers sitting in grass looking at a map Path through a wide valley surrounded by mountains

Then you walk down the trail which emerges directly behind your accommodation. This is a very impressive hike.

Day 6 - Take the gondola up to the top of Planai (1,906 meters) and then the 'Panorama Way' around the top of the mountain for 360 degree views.

Lunch at one of several mountain restaurants and then either take the trail or the gondola back down and visit the pretty Austrian town of Schladming.

Day 7 - Walking through the village of Ramsau to the Rittisberg (at 1,565 meters high) and around a pretty circular woodland trail. You can have lunch at any one of the 6 mountain restaurants en-route and then stop off at the swimming lake to swim or do some archery or try the Forest Park. Then you can take the chair lift up to the top of the Rittisberg and enjoy the views and afternoon tea.

Day 8 - Take the gondola up the Reiteralm and then hike up to the Gasselhöhe (2,001 metres). From here you'll have magnificent views of the Dachstein Mountains.

Follow the ridge around the natural bowl and then take the trail down to the Spiegelsee (Mirror Lake), for a refreshing swim or paddle, then on down to the gondola.

Day 9 - Walk through mountain pastures and woodland in a very pretty circular walking-route around the sunny Ramsau plateau. You can visit the churches in this historic region and stop for lunch at one of the many mountain restaurants en-route.

Day 10 - End of this self-guided walking holiday in Austria. Travel back home.

Dates and availability

This self-guided walking holiday to Austria is flexible and can start on any date to suit your travel plans. The above itinerary is for 10 days, but your holiday can be longer or shorter.

Austrian mountain style waymarker made from wood in the shape of a cross Hikers enjoying sunny weather in a mountain cafe

For groups of 4 to 8 walkers arriving on the same flight in Salzburg, your hosts can provide a private minibus transfer: approx. €40.- to €60.- per person return (the transfer takes about one hour).

You can also take the train from Salzburg to Schladming (10 minutes) with a railway transfer. Of course car hire from the airport is an option as well. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.

Map of Austria woth the location of the self-guided walking holiday in the Dachstein Mountains.

Holiday type

One accommodation Self-guided walking holiday
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast


From € 364 / person / week

Price per person based on 2 people sharing. Longer & Shorter stays are also possible.


7 nights accommodation, breakfast, tailormade walking program, walking map and walk descriptions, use of walking poles. The Dachstein Summer Card is also included and allows you the free use of all mountain gondolas, cable cars and chair lifts, free entrance to all local swimming pools and lakes, free entrance to museums and free use of local buses, toll roads and hiking taxis. Over 90 local activities and attractions are included.

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference


Walking grade

Walking holiday in low to high mountains
  • Low to high mountains
  • Moderate walking
Walking holiday in alpine mountains
  • Alpine conditions
  • Challenging walking

  • Tailor-made walking possible

Best time of the year

June - October

Walking Holiday by:

Pension Hoffelner

Joanna & Rob White


Contact details

Languages spoken

English, German

Getting there

  • Salzburg (90 km)
    Munich (257 km)
    Vienna (306 km)
  • Salzburg (63 km)
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