In the north, the limestone massif of the Dachstein group, in the south, the water-rich Schladminger Tauern, where the popular holiday villages of Rohrmoos and Pichl invite you to discover a fairytale mountain world. A mixture of sporting challenges, extreme sports, laid-back holidays, a tasteful party atmosphere, warm Styrian hospitality and delicious local cuisine is united with a centuries-old cultural backdrop and imposing natural scenery.
In 2022, Schladming celebrates the 700-year anniversary of its award of a city charter. This charter resulted from the booming mining industry in the Schladminger Tauern at that time, and to this day, the remains of the city wall, gate, the smelter in Obertal and the mine tunnels themselves attest to this fascinating and colorful history. The “Schladminger Bergbrief”, a code laying out the rights and obligations of miners and mine owners, is regarded as a historic landmark, bringing Schladming international recognition. Later, the railway built in 1875 would draw the very first summer tourists to Schladming. Many of today’s summer hiking paths lead via the same routes once trekked by miners to reach the tunnels where they labored. The historical locations – along with the wealth of alpine tarns to which the Schladminger Tauern is home – can be discovered individually, or hiked to on extended tours from hut to hut, such as the “Schladminger Tauern Höhenweg” or the “Obertaler Berggenuss”, sections of which also lie along stages of a route known as “From Glacier to Wine”.
Through conscientious utilization of its mountain environment, the establishment of winter sports associations and, ultimately, the exemplary way it has hosted major events – such as the Alpine Ski World Championships in 1982 and 2013, the Special Olympics World Winter Games 1993 and 2017 as well as the world-famous “Nightrace”, Schladming has written a new chapter in its success story and is today – now more than ever – a mountain town of international renown.