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  • Location:Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Christmas Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

Enjoy a quintessential Christmas experience on a horse-drawn sleigh ride in a tiny village near Schladming during this day trip from Salzburg. Travel along the Salzach River valley past many of Austria's top ski resorts before reaching Schladming, where you will ascend 3,281 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level to the base of the stunning Dachstein, an Alpine mountain dominated by glaciers. In Ramsau, enjoy lunch (own expense) at one of the local inns before you embark on your 2-hour horse-drawn sleigh ride full of wintry sights and jingle bells!


  • Chrismastime horse-drawn sleigh ride day trip from Salzburg
  • Get into the Christmas spirit on a merry horse-drawn sleigh ride in the tiny village of Ramsau in the Alps
  • See stunning alpine scenery as you travel alongside the Salzach River after leaving Salzburg
  • Marvel at panoramic views from the base of Dachstein mountain before your 2-hour horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Sit back and relax or snuggle up as your sleigh glides along the snow!

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What You Can Expect

Christmas Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

Christmas Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride from Salzburg

Make your own way to Mirabellplatz in central Salzburg, and then travel by coach along the Salzach River valley past ski resorts to Ramsau, near Schladming. This small but popular village is at the base of the Dachstein, a massive Alpine mountain with many glaciers.

In Ramsau, your guide will suggest inns where you can enjoy lunch (own expense) while your festive horse-drawn sleigh ride is prepared. Sample some Austrian specialties including Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel. Take a stroll in the frosty air before proceeding to an open field where your festively decorated horse-drawn sleigh awaits. Climb into your sleigh and glide along as your horse trots through the snow, its harness bells jingling.

The ultimate destination of your 2-hour sleigh ride will be determined by snow conditions. Following your Christmastime adventure, travel back to Salzburg, where your tour concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We did the trip on St. Stephens Day. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There wasn't the snow that we thought we were going to have but that had nothing to do with organiser. The weather is the weather. We had an enjoyable dayand would go on sleigh ride again. Very well organised.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great day out!!
Tour guide was excellent.
Would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

does it get any better than taking a horse-drawn sleigh through the Alps!? it brings new meaning to the Christmas tune..."dashing through the snow, in a 2-horse open sleigh"! we had an absolutely amazing time. the only slight bummer is you share the sleigh with 6 people, so you may not get to sit in front, as you have to keep the same seats the whole time based on weight distribution. BUT, you're getting gorgeous views of the Alps and Ramsau/Dachstein no matter what. plus you get to make a nice stop for a gluhwein und kuchen!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Wonderful experience and fabulous scenery all covered in snow. Surreal, felt a bit like a character in a snow dome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Fantastic day, my friend and I loved it, friendly staff, beautiful setting, totally recommend it, was a dream come true!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Went on Dec 28th. We were worried bec the weather had been so unseasonably warm in Salzburg that we wouldn't see snow and we would wind up on a carriage ride....but NOT the case. They take you by bus (about 1 hour) to Town of there's lots of snow. The journey along the way is spectacular.

My family of 3 joined another family of 4 on the carriage. (The tour person effectively organizes this for everyone to be with whomever they want to share sleigh with so don't worry). The two kids in the group sat up front with the driver and totally loved the experience. (The front group gets snow kicked up from hoofs of horses sometimes). For about 1 hr 1/2 you journey thru town taking loads of photos breathing in cold fresh air and laughing "all the way". You will see lots of locals and vacationers cross country skiing. You will also see lots of people sledding and riding horses. It's just magical. All the time you are comfortably covered up with the supplied blankets from the carriage. Do not forget: hat, gloves, scarf and camera.

Midway is the stop for a little warm up inside if you choose. Kids played in snow - making snowballs
. Snow angels and running around in general. Adults had coffees and delicious AMAZING strudel from the cabin house outside under heat lamps taking in the scenery. Stop here for 1 hour.

Alas the horses get ready again and your off for the second part of the journey.

The last stop in the returned village is where you can eat a meal (on your own). You are there about 2 hours. We enjoyed meal and then went outside with one of the sleds the hotel has to offer. Great fun...surrounded by skiers,snowboarders and other sliders.

Walk around the town and watch the ski jump contest if there is one taking place!

Retuned back to hotel about 6:30 at night. This was the very best exhilarating and most fun day the family had.

Highly recommend it do not miss this opportunity.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Loved the whole day! We enjoyed seeing some of the ski villages on the way, and the sleigh ride was really authentic and fun. We'd thoroughly recommend this activity.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A very fantastic trip with my daughter on the sleigh ride. All the way up to the snowny plateau area, the scenery is so beautiful. During my coffee break, my daughter had her happy time in a very small playground near the restaurant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

We had a wonderful time during this tour. The tour was organized so well and the guide we had was very friendly, knowledgeable. Our children also enjoyed it very much. The pick up was on time as well. A must do for any visitor to Salzburg! Thank you Panorama tours!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Our family of 5 had a great day. The sleigh ride was fantastic(2 hours in all) and even though there was no snow in Salzburg, in the mountains it snowed lightly for most of the day. Magical! Could not think of a better family experience around Christmas. The stop in a ski village for lunch was good

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