Schladming is a former silver mining town but now well known in the sporting calendar for ski-ing, mountain biking and downhill golf. It has a pedestrianised centre with good selection of shops and cafes. They even have their own local brewery - Scladminger beer and a Schnaps distillery.
The Plania cable-car is just a few minutes walk from the centre - up here its a haven for mountain bikers. Planai mountain plays host to the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup every summer. Planai also run a series of hiking buses so linked walked or circular walks can be enjoyed quite easily. On the outskirts of town is a large sports centre with open and indoor pools...so there's plenty of things to do here in this family friendly market town.
Since 2007 Schladming area has a free summer card for guests staying more than 3 days in participating hotels. An incentive to draw in summer visitors, the card gives free access to hiking buses, gondolas, chairlifts, museums, swimming pools and bathing lakes....the list goes on. A whole host of activities for families too, from baking bread on a farm to guided glacier hikes, even childcare facilities. Can really save a load of spending money.
Walking is mainly at intermediate to hard level with panorama loops for easier walks. The summer card enabled us to enjoy some wonderful walks up one valley, hiking over the top and dropping down to another valley where a hiking bus could be caught back to base. A great system. Best of all Schladming is still unspoilt , their approach to tourism is softly, softly. people come to enjoy the nature and sports, not to indulge is tacky touristic shops and long may it continue...so perhaps I'd better not shout too loud about its virtues....
Favorite thing: Just round the corner from our hotel on the way to the central bus station, the remains of the old walls can be seen - just near the Catholic church with its typical Austrian dome shaped tower.
Favorite thing: Schladming has a beautiful town hall - well actually is more of a castle, being built in 1884 by Prince August of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha. It was originally a hunting Châteaux.