In summer my best friend and I made a road trip to southern Germany and to Schladming in Austria. For the first days we went to the Berchtesgaden National Park in Bavaria and then we spent four days in Schladming. From there we had a very good starting point for trips nearby and every morning we had a very nice view of the mountains. If you drive to Austria by car, you have to get a vignette for your car before you enter the country. This cost us about 9,20 Euro for ten days.
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EXPERIENCES IN SCHLADMING IN AUSTRIA
Accommodation in Schladming
During our trip to Schladming, we stayed three nights in the Bio-Hotel “Bergkristall”. We were greeted with a fresh lemonade, had a very nice, comfortable room with a view of the mountains and a delicious breakfast buffet, with a big vegan selection, was included. We also had daily yoga classes booked, which took place before breakfast and in the afternoon/evening. Weather permitting, the yoga classes are held on the roof terrace with a unique mountain panorama. On a rainy day or after a long hike, you can make yourself comfortable in the relaxation room (with mountain view) or the sauna.
One evening we went to the restaurant “Braunhofer” around the corner where they serve classic Austrian food and one lunch we went to the Italian restaurant “Alfredos”. There I ate the best vegan ravioli in a long time.
Bodensee in Schladming
On one day the yoga practice was moved to the open air and so we went with the whole participating group to the not far away Lake Constance to do a little walking meditation in the green and yoga on the meadow in front of the waterfall. After the day in the green, we were hungry, ate at the “Forellenhof”, where they serve fish directly from the lake, and then sat down in a small restaurant around the corner where they served vegan apple pie.
Hallstatt in Österreich
On the way to Schladming we made a stop in Hallstatt. The small village has become a real hotspot due to Instagram. That’s why there are indications of how many parking spaces are still available kilometers before entering the village. We were lucky that day and got a parking place in the middle of the village. For the parking ticket we paid approximately 5,50 Euro for two hours. Due to Covid-19, tourists of overcrowded cities like Hallstatt currently have a break, which may last for the coming year.
We strolled through the small town, enjoyed the panorama and walked a bit further to avoid the many tourists. Hallstatt is really very beautiful and in winter it is surely a dream. Nevertheless, I have to admit that the tourist approach takes away a little of the charm of the small place. Those who want to stay a little longer in Hallstatt can do some hiking tours in the surroundings or take the gondola up the mountain in order to enjoy the view. For the continuation of the trip I can also recommend a stop at the Wolfgangsee.
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Hike to Rippetegg (2126m)
Duration: approx. 5-6 hours
The Reiteralm circular hiking trail is a popular excursion destination, not only for hikers. On the route from the Reiteralm hut up to the Rippetegg or, if you like, to the Schauer, there are many smaller and larger mountain lakes and the 360 degree view when you reach the summit cross is unique. We first hiked to Untersee, then to Spiegelsee, to Obersee up to Rippetegg. From the summit cross one can then slowly enjoy the descent again via the beautiful high trail. During the hike you have a great view over the Dachstein and the Reiteralm and I can only warmly recommend the hike if you like hiking and are free from giddiness.
Alternative for the hike to the summit from Rippetegg:
Gipfelkreuz Gasselhöhe – Runde von der Reiteralmstraße
Ca. 5,09 km hin und zurück, Dauer: ca. 2 Stunden 20 Minuten
With the gondola to the Dachstein glacier
Although it was a little rainy that day, we started to go by gondola to the highest mountain of Styria: the Dachstein. We went up with the panorama gondola. Once we arrived at the top at a height of 2.700 metres, we did not have a good view due to the thick cloud cover, but it was still a very nice scenery to see the surrounding snow covered mountains. Once I walked over the suspension bridge, where one should clearly be free from giddiness. The ascend and descent costs approximately 40 euros per person, but we had this included in our hotel by means of a region map.