Strasserwirt Hotel

A charming, traditional family run 3 star riding hotel in a spectacular valley in the heart of the beautiful Tyrol region surrounded by the mountain ranges of Loferer Steinberge and the Kitzbuheler Alps. Hack out on haflingers suited to the mountain terrain. 'Improve your riding' programme, dressage and jump training from award winning instructors in the sandschool on home bred warmbloods and Arab horses. Short transfer from Salzburg. Riding lessons with Ski -ing in winter. 'Learn to ride' programmes for adults and kids. This great venue for riders offers a super indoor arena as well as outdoor facilities. A great family venue at a competitive price.

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Riding

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.

Rides out on 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.

Hotel accommodation & facilities

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.

Salzburg and the Sound of Music tour

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.

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Getting there - guidelines only

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.

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.

Austrian train timetable.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos.

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

Beginners to advanced riders welcome.

What to bring

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.

Weather

Current weather forecasts for the next five days for Salzburg can be found here and weather information for the Tyrol region and Austria in general can be found here.

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