Activities for the whole family to enjoy
Schladming is well known for its wide range of outdoor pursuits. For families who wish to stay active on their Austria holiday, the village leisure centre features a large outdoor pool with slides, a playground and tennis courts. Other daytime activities include mini golf, segway tours, playgrounds and a thrilling 7km toboggan run on the nearby Hochwurzen Mountain. There are also a few natural bathing lakes, such as the popular Ramsau Beach, where kids can splash around in the water while parents relax on the lawn.
Those who enjoy a spot of culture can visit one of the many museums to learn about the local way of life. One of the most popular attractions in the area is a tour through the fascinating Bromriesen silver mine, where you can learn about the town's rich history.
The perfect base to explore nature
With forest-filled valleys, tranquil lakes and crashing waterfalls right on the doorstep, Schladming is perfectly placed for exploring the great outdoors. The area is popular for walking holidays – and it's easy to understand why with the vast number of hiking trails on offer, including the popular walk to the Riesach waterfalls. Those looking for high altitude adventures can take the gondola up the Planai and Hochwurzen mountains to access the alpine trails.
Schladming also attracts cyclists who prefer to explore the countryside on two wheels. Although the area has plenty of gentle, family friendly routes, thrill-seekers should head to the Planai Mountain. Home to the longest downhill bike track in Austria, advanced bikers can look forward to steep descents, sharp turns and exhilarating jumps with spectacular views.
When it comes to food and drink, Schladming has a lot to offer. Impressively, the small town is home to around 40 restaurants, including everything from traditional taverns and mountain huts to high-end dining. You'll also find international restaurants such as Chinese, Mexican and Caribbean on offer.
Although the night-time atmosphere is generally low-key, there are a number of lively bars and nightclubs to choose from, including the popular Cabalou bar. Many of the hotels also include their own bars and restaurants – perfect for a laid-back evening after a long day of outdoor activities.
The best time to visit
Although it's a well known winter resort, holidays to Austria are all year-round fun. As a mountain town, the area has a typical alpine climate characterised by cooler temperatures. However, during the summer the region benefits from plenty of sunshine and clear skies, making it ideal for outdoor recreation and leisure activities. There are also a number of exciting festivals and events throughout the summer months, including the Mountain Bike Championships in June.
The summer season runs from May until September, but luckily hotel prices remain affordable. However, if you're looking for even cheaper holiday packages, the best time to travel is during the spring and autumn months when there are less crowds and milder temperatures.