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In the 14th and 15th centuries Schladming was a thriving silver-mining town, then in 1525 the town was burned in an uprising by miners and farmers. Most of what you see today dates from 1526, when reconstruction began, but traces of the earlier town wall and the old miners' houses stand as testament to the town's imposing earlier wealth. Dominating the skyline is the Romanesque tower of the St. Achaz Pfarrkirche, or parish church.
This is an area where winter sports are taken seriously; not only does it attract the world's best skiers, but it also gives beginners ample scope. In summer the area becomes a mountain-biker mecca and hosts an annual world cup downhill race. In happy contrast to fashionable resorts in Tirol and Vorarlberg, Schladming and its surrounding areas (Radstadt, Ramsau am Dachstein, and Filzmoos) are reasonably priced. To get to Schladming from Radstadt, take scenic Route 320 east along the Enns River valley for about 20 km (13 mi) over the provincial border into Styria at Mandling, or if time is of the essence, take the A10 autobahn to the Altenmark exit and follow the signs. The town is also accessible by rail via the Salzburg-Graz line.
Schladming at a Glance
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