Radstadt Tourist Attractions
Radstadt, lying between the Radstädter Tauern to the south and the Dachstein massif to the north, was once a fortified town standing guard over the Radstädter Tauern Road. It is a good base for walks and climbs in the surrounding mountains and a popular winter sports resort. Radstadt - somewhat spread out, and with the town square in its center - has preserved much of its old world quality, with remains of the old fortifications and town walls, including three massive 16th C. round towers. The parish church of the Assumption, displaying both Gothic and Romanesque features, has a prominent tower and a long Gothic choir, as well as a fine-sounding organ installed in 1959 in memory of Hofhaimer. In the churchyard stands a "lantern of the dead" (1513), popularly known as the Schustersäule ("Shoemakers' Column"). The local museum in Schloss Lerchen is also worth a visit.
A narrow road 12km/7.5mi long to the north of Radstadt takes you to the Rossbrand (1,770m/5,807ft; Radstädter Hütte, inn), between the Dachstein and the Tauern, with views of both massifs.
Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria
Altenmarkt im Pongau (850m/2,789ft; pop. 2,400) is of Roman origin and the oldest place in the Enns valley. The parish church contains a 14th C. image of the Virgin.The town of Altenmarkt im Pongau is noted for alpine and nordic skiing. It has been the site of numerous World Cups, as recently as 2006, and several national championships.
Proceeding 12km/7.5mi further southward from Altenmarkt im Pongau we come to the Zauchseealm (1,350m/4,429ft; Gamskogelbahn (railroad) to 2,114m/6,936ft), a very popular skiing area in winter.
8km/5mi southwest of Altenmarkt in the Enns valley, on the motorway, lies Flachau (927m/3,041ft; pop. 1,600), from which there is a chairlift to the Griesskareck (1,991m/6,532ft), an increasingly popular winter sports area. A chairlift and cabin cableway ascend southward to the Rosskopf towering above the Zauchsee.
Eben im Pongau
On the motorway northwest of Radstadt lies Eben im Pongau (alt. 850m/2,790ft; chairlift to 1,225m/4,020ft), a health resort and winter sports center.
From Eben im Pongau a road leads north east to Filzmoos (1,055m/4,030ft; pop. 800), a popular tourist and winter sports resort. Filzmoos is a good base for mountain tours in the Dachstein range (see Dachstein); a toll road runs north for 5km/3mi up to the Hoferalm (1,298m/4,260ft).