Jonathan and Natalie welcome you to Haus Heidi, our family home in the picturesque village of Ramsau Kulm. Our love of mountain scenery was ignited on honeymoon in 1991 in Kandersteg, Switzerland, and since then we have enjoyed lots and lots of alpine holidays, both in the summer and winter.
Our dream of one day living in the mountains, where we can soak up and enjoy all things alpine (the dramatic weather, beautiful scenery and fresh air to name a few!) was finally realised when we purchased Haus Heidi, in April 2014.
Our living accommodation is within the house, so we are always on hand to offer information and advice if you need it; for example we can help with maps, walking routes, suggestions for restaurants, or where to find the best pistes – if we don’t know the answer then we’ll find out for you!
We look forward to welcoming you to Haus Heidi !
Haus Heidi was built as a guesthouse in 1955 by Hans and Maria Dounik - and they named it Haus Dounik. The house was extended in the 1960s - adding the side extension which is now Apartment Alpenrose. Maria Dounik lived in the house until her death, aged 97, in 2005.
The house was then bought by the previous owners to us; they spent over 4 years extensively renovating it, to create holiday accommodation in 3 self catering apartments. They renamed the house Haus Heidi - Heidi being the name of the younger daughter of Hans and Maria Dounik.
The Ramsau plateau, at 1100m, lies between the dramatic Dachstein mountain range to the north and the Enns valley (700m) to the south. The Dachstein peak at 2996m is the highest in Styria. At approximately 75 km², the vast plateau is an exceptional geological feature in the Alps, which is more usually characterized by mountain peaks and narrow valleys.
Bavarians are believed to have settled at Ramsau in the 11th century. For many centuries, sheep were farmed in Ramsau, providing meat and wool. As early as the 15th century, the area established a tradition in the manufacture of ‘loden’, a thick fabric made from wool used in the traditional dress of the region. The Lodenwalke factory, dating from 1434 is still in operation today, and is well worth a visit.
Tourism in Ramsau started to grow in the early 20th century. In 1961 construction began on the Dachstein road, which rises 500m in height over its 6.3 km length to the high pastures. In 1966 the Dachstein cable car was built, its lower station being at the top of the Dachstein road. The car rises 998m on a length of 2147m cable, in one span, with the top station at 2700m. The Dachstein glacier is the first alpine glacier seen from the east and is one of Styria’s top five destinations.
Since 1995/6 Ramsau has been a fixed point in the FIS World Cup calendar for the Nordic Combined event. Over 65 athletes compete for coveted World Cup points, in ski-jumping and cross-country.
There's lots more to discover about the Dachstein area and all that it has to offer on the Ramsau tourism page.