Mountain Adventure at the Schlosswirt

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Unfortunately until we are unable to take any further bookings here until we are able to visit and test out the new set-up.The Schlosswirt is an elegant, traditional Austrian hotel which has been individually decorated in keeping with its rich cultural heritage. Situated on the edge of the village in the stunning Moelltal valley, it is nestled between woods and streams and surrounded by the grand peaks of the High Tauern national park, including Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner. Nature and Wildlife Riding Trips up to the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. Ever popular with Riding Company clients this warm and friendly hotel makes the perfect summer or winter venue to provide you with a memorable riding holiday.

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT. Unfortunately until we are unable to take any further bookings here until we are able to visit and test out the new set-up.

The Riding

Half-day and full-day treks from the hotel for novice, intermediate or experienced riders. Overnight trips up into the high alpine landscape, sleeping in rustic mountain huts along the way. Nature and wildlife riding tours into the national park with resident park ranger. We offer customised Alpine Adventure trail rides designed just for kids (with an accompanying adult). Children from 8 comfortable in all three paces can undertake trails. See below in the pricing section for more details of the adult Alpine Adventure trails.

Winter riding also available. Snow trekking and ski & ride.

The Riding Facilities
12 Haflinger ponies, Western tack. 20x30 paddock. Unlimited riding in the national park, a different trail each day

The Haflingers: the much loved Haflinger has been an established breed since the 1800’s and orginates from the Tyrol area of Austria and Northern Italy. They take their name from the village of Hafling, and are a cross between the local Tyrol pony and Arab. All the pure bred Haflingers can be traced back to the first stallion, Folie. Always chestnut in colour and with their distinctive flaxen mane and tail, they are sturdy yet energetic, surefooted enough to manage the steep mountain paths in their homeland, yet graceful enough to adapt to dressage and other disciplines under saddle. They are friendly and loveable creatures and are renowned for their sprightly gait and rocking horse canter. They are ideal trail riding horses and though small (usually between 13.2 hh and 15hh) are able to carry an adult with ease.

The hotel
23 en-suite bedrooms, with satellite TV; singles, 3 twins, doubles and family suites are all available. Table tennis, 2 clay tennis courts and free admission to the adjacent outdoor swimming pool. Finnish sauna, steam bath, relaxation room, and tanning booth. Massages and beauty treatments available. Large garden, playground, orchard and terrace with deckchairs. Healthy buffet breakfast with fresh, regional produce. Choice of delicious home-cooked set dinners, salad bar and Carinthian specialities. Sociable and cosy bar with fireplace. Panelled dining room with large open fireplace. Garden terrace. Great for active families who want to get the most out of the National Park surroundings.

Get-together Riding Weeks for Solo Travellers:
Includes a familiarisation ride, 2 whole days with picnics and 2 full days of trekking (4 to 5 hours) with an overnight in a mountain hut with spectacular views across glaciers and the high alpine landscape plus a half day ride to the waterfall. The mountain trip is optional; you may ride on day trips (up to 3 hours per day) from the hotel instead. Accommodation will be in a single room at the hotel but please note that there are no single rooms in the mountain hut. Get-together table for evening meals. Keep an eye on our newsletters and latest news section for trip dates.

Activities for non-riders and rest days The national park is excellent for mountain biking, hiking and adventure sports (white-water rafting, rock-climbing, canoeing, paragliding and canyoning). Summer skiing on the glacier is also available. Just tell us what you want to do and leave the rest to us! Guides available on request for all activities.

The Schlosswirt is a wonderful winter playground for those who love the snow. Ride in the mornings, ski in the afternoons. See our Winter Riding programme for more details. Romantic sleigh rides along the river and through the winter forests. We can organise 'Outdoor activity weekends' here with ice-climbing, powder ski-ing, ski-touring, toboggan races. We can also arrange romantic winter weddings with sleigh ride to a mountain chapel lit by lanterns.

Guest book:'I had a great few days and enjoyed the riding very much the haflingers were wonderful and responsive to my cues but knew when I needed them to take over. The rides were spectacular and the views were wonderful. I loved the hotel and the food was lovely, everyone was so friendly and caring which is particularly noticable when you are on your own.
Thank you and I will spread the word amongst my fellow western riders'. Alice, Sussex (Schlosswirt).

'Just to say thank you for a great holiday. The hotel was charming - just right - utterly friendly, great with children, comfortable and authentically Austrian. We could not have been happier. The haflingers were such a hit that we are now trying to buy one. If you know any good breeders or sources let us know! I shall certainly be recommending the trip to other people and hope to try out some of your other destinations in the future (although my daughters have asked us to make the Schlosswirt an annual event!) ' Susanna (London)'

'The Schlosswirt is a lovely hotel with a very homely feel to it. As for the riding, after I changed my first pony after a few enthusiastic bucks on the way back, I found a much calmer, but still forward going pony 'Salut' which I could have quite happily taken home with me given half the chance. Chris also kept 'Anton'. It was great to keep the same pony as you got to know them really well, including grooming them before and after the treks.
We did some lovely rides out, along and through the river, through the woods and some more adventurous ones up the mountain led by Toni. It was amazing what the ponies could scramble up and down, and when I dared to look the views were amazing! The ponies were so good as there was not much of a path for them to walk on.
The rides were usually between 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day. I did like the way that they tried to vary the rides.... They also split us into different ability groups so we could have a great gallop along the river which we loved. Thanks again for organising it for us both - we really enjoyed ourselves in such a lovely place! ' Hayley and Chris (Nuneaton)

'My final comment belongs to the stars of the show - the horses. They were incredible - great big teddy bears with massive personalities and big hearts.' Laraine (Staffordshire)

Press Articles

Good Housekeeping.
Mail On Sunday.
England's Equestrian Magazine.
Equestrian Plus Magazine.

The Summer season runs from 15 May until 15 October. (Opens again mid December for winter ride & ski season).

Please note that there is no single accommodation available in the mountain huts. All meals are included on the overnight trips.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Klagenfurt (1hr 40 mins). A minibus or car transfer to this airport is included in the cost of the holiday. Transfers from Salzburg (2.5hrs) can also be arranged for an extra charge. The new BA connection to Salzburg makes life easy for our Channel Island customers with good, reasonably priced connecting flights from Jersey.

Ryanair (London Stansted to Klagenfurt: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the summer).
Thomsonfly (Manchester to Klagenfurt).
British Airways go LGW to Salzburg
It is also possible to get to the hotel from Vienna :
Connecting flight: (Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow and Dublin to Vienna, Air Berlin (Manchester, London Stansted, Belfast and Glasgow to Vienna),
Take the train from Vienna to MALLNITZ Austrian train timetable where we will pick you up.

Lowcostseats - internet travel agent for charter flights offering good deals.
Jetnav - an independent website searching schedule services, budget airlines and some charters.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos. Please tell us so that we can reduce the quote of your holiday.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

If you would like to view the location of this holiday, please refer to the overview map and detailed map.

Riding ability

The Haflinger ponies are ridden Western style. This is a more comfortable and secure way of riding and is better suited to the national park terrain. The main differences from traditional English style of riding are the longer leg and stirrups that don't swing and the deeper seat of the saddle. For the overnight trips you should be familiar with tack-up and horse care. Experienced riders only on the Glacier and Alpine crossing trips. You should be fit for 4-5 hours in the saddle and comfortable at all paces. The ponies, however, are easy to ride and are well adapted to the terrain and climate.
Novice riders are those who have limited riding experience or who ride in a controlled environment - would be most suited to a 'panorama' or t'rekking ' week. There is no tuition given at the Schlosswirt.
Intermediates are those who are comfortable at all paces, including a controlled gallop and are able to ride in open country but who may not ride on a regular basis. Intermediate riders can join any of the rides offered at the Schlosswirt.

What to bring

Riding trousers or jeans, chaps or mini chaps, sun cream, rain wear, riding hat and sturdy boots. For overnights in the mountain huts you will need a sleeping bag but this is provided. A small rucksack or 'bum bag' and torch are advised. Saddlebags provided. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, but you are advised to bring your own.

Weather

Current weather forecasts and general weather information for the region can be found here and here.