Holiday resort Ramsau am Dachstein

Geography
Ramsau am Dachstein is a beautiful landscape in the Alps. A high plateau 1000 m above sea level, approximatly 400 m above the Ennstal and in the south of the Dachstein massif with the highest mountain of Styria - The Dachstein (2996 m). The climatic health resort is the most popular holiday community in Styria with a high class infrastructure for people on holiday and those who seek relaxation and recreation. 

History
Ramsau am Dachstein is a place with a coulourful history. The first alps were built on the high plateau "Am Stein" in the bronze age, later in the Hallstatt time "Salttrails" led from Hallstatt via Ramsau am Dachstein to Italy. The first mentioning of Ramsau in a document dates back to the 12th century. In the 15th century miners brought the Lutheran believe from Sachsen (Germany) to the region. Soon the Counterreformation arose and the people of Ramsau am Dachstein operated almost 200 years their Protestantism in secret. Even nowadays the majority of the population is Lutheran.

Touristic development
Archduke Johann visited his home and the Dachstein back in the days. Via the "Feisterercirque" he and his entourage hiked to the Dachstein Glacier to measure the peaks. In the 19th century the so called "professor Dachstein" Friedrich Simony was the one who was fascinated by the Dachstein area. He explored and painted the Dachstein as well as having build the first via ferrata to the Dachstein in 1843.
It were the people from bigger cities who initiated the modern tourism at the end of the 19th century. They came to Ramsau am Dachstein for recreation in this summer health resort.
Other landmarks in the history of this mountain farmer village were the building of the turnpike and the Dachstein Glacier railwai in 1969 and the Nordic Ski Championship in 1999.
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