This 700 year old rustic hotel, once a coaching inn, set in the Kitzbheler Alps has its own riding school which has been in the Nothegger family for generations. Riding lessons of the highest quality are offered throughout the year in addition to daily rides out in small groups. One of the most beautiful places to ride in the Tyrol. The family breed their own Arab and warmblood horses on-site and host an annual, national riding competition. Lunge lessons for beginners. Ponies for young children. Facilities include light indoor riding school, specialist outdoor jumping and 60x 20m dressage arenas plus kilometres of wonderful Alpine trails.
Experienced, state qualified trainers, one for dressage and one for jumping: Christoph Nothegger, the son of your hosts, has his focus on jumping: He has been Tyrolean champion on numerous occasions. He also has substantial experience training young horses. The Strasserwirt offers guests instruction up to Elementary in dressage and jumping up to 1.15m tracks. Susie runs the stables and takes many of the rides and lessons herself. English spoken.
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.
Hotel Strasserwirt offers double and single rooms and apartments (sleeping 2-7 people) all with with shower or bath, Sat-TV, internet and balcony. There is a sauna and steamroom area with views of the mountains. Massages are bookable at reception. Also there is a fitness room, kids' play room with table tennis on the lawn in summer. An attached farm with petting animals including llamas, goats etc. appeals to the youngest guest. The cosy, traditional restaurants serving regional specialities use ingredients from the farm and herb-garden. Farmhouse breakfast with organic local products, afternoon tea and cakes are included in your half board, dinner with choice of menu including a fondue evening or Tyrolean grill on the terrace evening in summer. The hotel is open throughout the year for riding holidays. For more details of winter holidays and (from December to mid March) ski & ride holidays see Winter at the Strasserwirt
Also available nearby: fly fishing / swimming in the lake Pillersee, golf, climbing, paragliding, white-water rafting. Excellent hiking, often guided by your hostess, Frau Nothegger, and mountain biking on well marked trails.
Visit Salzburg during the week or on your departure day and take in the Sound of Music tour in this historic walled city. Sing like Maria to your heart's content, as you visit the scenes where the famous film was shot, including the 18th century Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children were seen singing 'Do-Re-Mi' around the statue of Pegasus, the winged horse, and Leopoldskron Castle which was used as the von Trapp family home. The tour lasts 4 hours (9.30am and 2pm) and runs every day. Or how about staying a couple of nights in Salzburg. Ask us for a quote.
Price per person on half-board based on two sharing a double Standard ensuite room and airport transfer from Salzburg. High season supplement 4 July to 24 August of £66 per week or £40 for 4 nights. Family suites and singles available.
With riding: £519 (10 hours per week, trail riding or group lesson). Without riding: £398.
'Learn to Ride' beginners's programme including 5 private lunge lessons and 5 group lessons with horse-care and theory instruction : £557
With riding: £337 (5 hours riding).
Without riding: £268.
Includes half-board accommodation, return airport transfer.
Single rooms: 17m2 with shower and balcony. High season supplement of £60 per week or £38 for 4 nights.
7 nights with riding (10 hrs): £615
4 nights with 5 hrs riding: £415
Larger appartments and suites available for 2 to 7 people, from 43m2 to 60m2 with double and single bedrooms, sitting room, balcony) ask us for a quote.
Other Riding prices: private dressage or jumping lessons: £45. Extra lunge lessons £20
Half-board accommodation (breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner) in a double Hausberg room. Return airport transfer to Salzburg and riding program where stated. High season (12 July to 23 August) £60 per week supplements. Child discounts apply.
Flights, insurance, lunches.
Holidays can generally be of any duration and start on any day (except where specified).
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The nearest airport is Salzburg (ca 60km). A minibus or car transfer to this airport is included in the cost of the holiday. Munich (Germany) airport is ca. 130km away and Innsbruck ca. 100km. The nearest train station is Fieberbrunn. 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, Liverpool, Dublin and East Midlands to Salzburg).
Skyeurope (Manchester to Salzburg).
Thomsonfly (Coventry, Doncaster, Sheffield, London Gatwick and Bournemouth to Salzburg).
Flybe (Birmingham, Exeter and Southampton to Salzburg).
Aer Lingus (Dublin to Salzburg).
First Choice (London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Innsbruck).
Flythomascook (London Gatwick and Manchester to Innsbruck).
British Airways (London Gatwick to Salzburg, London Heathrow to Munich).
Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow to Innsbruck).
Easyjet (London Stansted to Munich).
Lufthansa (London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester to Munich).
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.
Beginners to advanced riders welcome.
Your normal riding clothes with layers that can be easily added and removed as necessary. Waterproofs and a small rucksack are advisable for the full day treks. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.
You can calculate the CO2 emission of your journey to Austria at Climate Care and compensate for your 'environmental footprint'. If you let us know how much it is we will be happy to pay this on your behalf.
Austria has one of the highest levels of household recycling and organic farming in Europe. It also has some of the cleanest lakes, is 47% forested and produces nearly 70% of its energy from renewable sources such as water.
In the office, we use paper from sustainably managed forests and recycled material where possible.
We encourage you to travel onwards from your arrival airport by rail when possible, and will book seats on your behalf.
To make a non-binding enquiry or a provisional booking, please fill in the reservations & enquiries form. Once we have checked availability, we will send you a quote with a holiday reference number by email. To secure your holiday, a deposit is required of £200 per person (or half the cost of the holiday, whichever is lower) and forward any insurance premiums to the insurance company. You should book your flights at this stage, and forward details to us so that we can organise your transfers. The balance of payment must be received by us not less than eight weeks before departure. Payment instructions.
Insurance: all riders must be fully insured. We can recommend this travel insurance policy. The application form may be printed out to send with your premiums direct to the insurance company.
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