Schladming

Schladming

Schladming is a small - former - mining town in the Enns valley part of Styria (Austria), that is now a very popular large winter sports resort. It has a great view on the Dachstein mountains.

Understand

The population of Schladming is only 4,367 (2012) inhabitants, but because it is a well-known European winter sports resort during the season it is swarming with tourists from home and abroad. It held the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Planai is the most important mountain with many ski routes and the other popular place for skiers is Hochwurzen.

Several shops and boutiques are located within the city limits and many restaurants, so called 'hüttes' is located all around the city, mostly on the slopes.

Get in

By plane

The closest international airport is the Munich Airport (MUC) (260km distance). The Vienna International Airport is approximately 300km away. Alternatively there is the smaller Salzburg Airport (SZG), which is served by Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Ryanair, as well as other major carriers.

By train

ÖBB serves high capacity trains to the train station that belongs to the "Ennstalbahn" (Salzburg - Bischofshofen - Schladming - Selzthal - Bruck - Graz route). The train station got modernised in 2011/2012. Schladming can be reached by night trains with a single stop in Munich. The trains take 4:10 hours from Vienna, 2:40 hours from Graz, 3:00 hours from Linz, 1:30 hours from Salzburg (add 1:40 hours for the link to Munich), and 3:00 hours from Innsbruck.

By car

Schladming can be reached by car within an hour from Salzburg Airport, 2 hours from Munich, Ljubljana and from the Italian border, 3 hours from Switzerland, 12 hours from Denmark. Beware of possible winterly road conditions when planing the road trip.

Get around

The inner old town of Schladming is small and easily traversed by foot. For skiing their are lots of lifts connecting the different mountains.

See

Austrian Alpine Hunters on exercise at Schladming in 1930 with Dachstein background
Rathaus Schladming, former Palais Coburg
Schladming Bruderlade

Do

Ski resort Schladming

Learn

Buy

Schladming cannot compete with worldwide fashion scenes, but they offer interesting articles for skiers, as well as some sports articles. Several big supermarkets are also located within the city. Hofer - just outside the city, in Pichl - offer groceries at a discount and are often the cheapest option in the area. In the very heart of the city you will find Billa and Spar. You can find Billa at the Planet Planai or at the train station. SPAR is located at the highway, just a minute walk from Planet Planai and some hundred metres from the parking space. Billa and Spar offer the same groceries at almost the same prices. Both a butcher and a bakery is to find inside the two stores.

Eat

Hochkönig

A large number of restaurants and cafés are located in the small old town, some are listed below. From the lodges Quellbodenhütte at Planai offers an relaxed atmosphere and some nice food. Hochwurzenhütte at Hochwurzen offers a very high quality food, refusing to sell french fries and other very high calories food. A local speciality is the "Graukäse" cheese, which is a special "Steirerkas" and is eaten on bread or with "Nockerl".

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Brauerei Schladming
Schladming by nightfall and winter

The local brewery was founded in 1909 and is partly owned by the bigger Austrian brewing company Brau-Union. It produces yearly 35000hl. Most of it is the blond beer, famous is also the "Dachstein Naturbier", where all ingredients are organically grown. The "Knappengold-Pils" is a dark beer. Plus there exists also a light "Radler" (half beer mixed with lemonade). Most restaurants or bar will serve the "Schladminger" beer. During winter the town sees many tourists and there are several lively bars inside the town.

Sleep

If one stays inside the old town there is no need for a car to reach the cable trains. Although cheaper recommendation are also found higher up on the way to the Planai middle station or on the other side of the valley.

Budget

Mid-Range

Splurge

Connect

The ski resort offers at several stations free Wi-Fi access.

Go next

The neighbour towns in the Enns valley are Gröbming, Liezen and Radstadt.

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