Family Mountain Adventure Riding at the Schlosswirt

Riding treks in the dramatic High Tauern national park for kids (with accompanying adults) if they know how to ride, (slow or fast pace). For 2011 we have a new 7 night holiday that incudes a 3 day adventure trail ride. Guided trips on foot along the Geotrail to the glacier for nature and animal observation. Stunning pool adjacent to the hotel. Tennis.

The Riding

A week full of adventure in the national park for the whole family: horse riding, trekking tour with picnic, nature and wildlife tour in the High Tauern national park with resident park ranger.

New for 2011 - Our Family Mountain Adventure Programme!

Take a 7 night holiday at The Schlosswirt which includes a fabulous 3 day adventure for children (with accompanying adult). Custom made holidays to suit your family's requirements.

Sample programme; Saddle up and set off from the Schlosswirt, head for an Alpine waterfall where we will enjoy a picnic lunch before heading onwards to an old gold mine for our next stop. Overnight at a high Alpine hut with open fire.

On day 2 we ride above the tree-line, stopping for lunch at an authentic wooden "almhutte", opportunity to freshen up in the river before heading on to the Glocknerblick mountain hut for the overnight stay.

Day 3 , we ride into the valley for a visit to the "Klettergarten" where climbing and abseiling are available, then on to the Schlosswirt garden where coffee and cake await and you will receive your Adventurer's Certificate.

The Family Mountain Adventure is available upon request, please contact us for further details and availability.

The Riding Facilities

11 Haflinger ponies, Western tack. 20x30 paddock. Unlimited riding in the national park from the rivers and valleys to the world above 2500m.

The Riding Centre

Stylish three star national park hotel on the edge of a village, between river and forest, surrounded by spectacular mountains.
Comfortable rooms or family studios with satellite TV.
Large garden, playground, orchard and terrace with deckchairs.
Table tennis, 2 clay tennis courts and free admission to the adjacent outdoor swimming pool
Health and fitness area with Finnish sauna, steam bath, relaxation room and tanning booth.
Healthy buffet breakfast with fresh, regional produce.
Choice of delicious home-cooked set dinners, salad bar and Carinthian specialities.
Winter riding also available. Free bus shuttle to HeiligenBlut ski resort (2900m). See our Winter Riding programme for more details.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Klagenfurt. A minibus or car transfer to this airport is included in the cost of the holiday.

Ryanair (London Stansted to Klagenfurt).
Thomsonfly (Manchester to Klagenfurt).
Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow and Dublin to Vienna - good connections to Klagenfurt).
Air Berlin (Manchester, London Stansted, Belfast and Glasgow to Vienna).

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.

We can advise on flying from other airports, train, car hire and self-drive options - please contact us.
Austrian train timetable.

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

Novice riders are those who have limited riding experience or who ride in a controlled environment.
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.

What to bring

Your normal jodhpurs / trousers and boots will be suitable for most rides. In the summer months, boots with ankle support and good treads worn with half chaps would be ideal. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.

Weather

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