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Ride along the glacial river Isel to the top of Austria - Hotel Ortnerhof

Ortnerhof: holidays at a riding stable in Austria – Tyrol

Saddle up and head for the heights

Into the stirrups, ready, go. We ride out into the wild nature of the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern region. With loose reins and the wind in your hair following along the turquoise-blue glacial river Isel and towards the highest peaks in Austria. A paradise for both horse and rider.
Come along! Experience your equestrian adventure and discover the East Tyrolean mountains from a different perspective with us and other horse lovers.

Woman sitting on a horse and adjusting her hat - Hotel Ortnerhof

Passionate trail riding guide

Immerse yourself in our world, where the gentle sound of horse hooves sets the rhythm of our lives. Family, passion and the art of trail riding merge into a mountain experience in harmony with nature.

We look forward to shared adventures with fellow horse riding fans.

Barbara & Markus Kratzer and family


Dates & reservation

WhatsApp / SMS / Tel.: Barbara: +43 664 4105132
Hotel guests, external riding guests and local riders welcome! Dates only possible after registration!
Please notice: If you enquire early enough, we will try to schedule your preferred dates. Especially for accommodation at the Ortnerhof, it is necessary to reserve rooms in good time. A minimum number of participants is required for day tours. Individual dates for groups possible.
Glücklicher Reiter mit gesatteltem Pferd vorm Aufstieg - Hotel Ortnerhof

Riding stable

You will find our horse stable with a covered round pen and a training area in the middle of our meadow paddock which is just a three-minute walk from the Hotel Ortnerhof.

Three horses in the pasture - Hotel Ortnerhof
Our horses

Strong, robust & tame

A balanced and well-practised team awaits you. Our mountain-experienced leisure horses from our own breeding. A horse family with the best mix of Quarter Horse – the Western horse par excellence, compact, versatile and willing to perform – and Tyrolean Haflinger – wonderful all-rounders with a strong character, calm nerves and sensitive at the same time. With loving rearing and care, they become loyal friends and reliable partners.

The young horses spend the summer months together with cows on the alpine pastures in the Virgental valley and explore the rugged mountain trails at 2,000 metres above sea level. Doing so makes them strong, robust and sure-footed companions for your horse-powered mountain adventures.

Mann reitet mit lockerem Zügel Zwei Frauen reiten mit lockeren Zügeln über einen Feldweg - Hotel Ortnerhof
Trail riding

Mountain fun on four hooves

Mount up and discover the unspoilt landscape while firmly in the saddle. Feel the nature. Ride through shady forests, along wild streams and across sun-drenched meadows. And then, as your gaze wanders into the distance and you only hear the gentle beat of your horse’s hooves, you feel a sense of lightness. That pure feeling of FREEDOM.

Our guided day tours are particularly popular in summer. Trail riding takes you uphill to over 2,000 metres above sea level, including a stop at a mountain hut. Varied terrain and exciting gallops are guaranteed to make your rider’s heart leap for joy.

Day tours

Equestrian highlights in summer

Our guided rides are unique in Austria. With us, you explore the Tyrolean mountains on horseback. With our well-behaved, sure-footed and home-bred horses, we ride out into the breathtaking landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park region.

Horse rides

One, two or three-hour rides in a western saddle and on a loose rein. Look forward to the varied terrain and many relaxed gallops.

€ 38,- per riding lesson
(1 unit = 50 minutes)

Training in the roundpen

One-to-one lessons for small and large riders, individually tailored to you. You will learn how to handle the horse correctly and become saddle-fast in walk, trot and canter. Also ideal for beginners or to improve your riding practice.

€ 38,- per training session
(1 session = 25 minutes)

Alpine ride Maurertal

This tour is ideal for experienced cowgirls and cowboys who like to ride a little faster at a gallop through the forest and beside rushing streams. The rest and lunch together by the fire in our rustic “Almkuchl” at 1,450 metres above sea level is really cosy.

from € 160,- incl. lunch + drink
Difficulty: medium

Bodenalm & mountain meadows

Cosy tour with campfire and sausages in a fantastic mountain setting on our mountain meadow next to the Heuschupfe. Suitable for riders who prefer to take it easy, but want to experience the adventure of riding in East Tyrol with the whole family.

from € 160,- incl. lunch
Difficulty: easy


With our sure-footed horses, we ride uphill along hiking trails at over 2300 metres above sea level. An adventure that is also our insider tip for cowgirls and cowboys who love riding. Breathtaking panoramic trails with fantastic views await you on this ride, where glaciers are close enough to touch. The Lasnitzen and Berger See huts are on the way.

from € 270,- excl. lunch
Difficulty: demanding

Towards the Großvenediger

2-day tour with overnight stay at the Johannishütte.

On horseback through the Dorfertal valley up to over 2,100 metres. Unexpected expanses open up and the feeling of being a cowboy on the wide prairie overwhelms every rider. Discover the unspoilt world of the Hohe Tauern National Park region. Feel the freedom!

High alpine adventure:
Day 1:

Start at almost 1300 metres. Walk, trot and canter for approx. 15 km towards the head of the valley. Then ascent in serpentines and past rushing mountain streams and rugged rocks. Breathtaking views of the Lasörling group. Lunch at the Johannishütte, 2,121 m in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Then a leisurely exploratory ride in the terrain – at the foot of the Großvenediger. Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.

Day 1:
After breakfast at the Johannishütte, saddle up and ride into the valley. Detour into the Mauertal valley to our mountain pasture – lunch break with refreshments. This is followed by a brisk ride home along the ISEL glacier river back to the Ortnerhof.

Please note: Overnight stay and catering in the Johannishütte is not included in the price. Lunch on the 2nd day at our mountain hut is included. Please book your overnight stay at the Johannishütte in advance by telephone. Family Unterwurzacher Tel. +43 4877 5150

from € 380,- excl. catering and overnight stay
Difficulty: medium

Please note: Weight limit for riders: 90 kg. Before every high alpine adventure, a test ride with riders we do not know is MANDATORY. It takes about 10 minutes and can be done immediately before the tour (from € 10,-). Our trail rides take place from mid-June to the end of October, depending on the trail conditions. Of course, professionally guided and accompanied by our experienced trail riding guides.

Two women with their horses in winter - Hotel Ortnerhof
Winter riding

Galloping through the snow

The snow crunches under the horses’ hooves, the winter sun gently kisses your face and the snow-covered mountain landscape warms your heart. Winter riding in Prägraten am Großvenediger, guaranteed to be the coolest nature experience for all experienced riders.

Nahaufnahme zeigt eine Art Blick über die Schulter eines Pferdes das mit einer Reiterin durch die Natur reitet - Hotel Ortnerhof
Riding holiday in Austria

Holidays at the riding stables

A time-out with horses makes stress easy to forget and sometimes you need to escape from everyday life and change your perspective.
Discover the fascinating magic of the Tyrolean mountains on horseback and experience horse-powered adventures in a breathtaking natural landscape. Afterwards, relax in your cosy room at the Hotel Ortnerhof, unwind in the sauna and enjoy the culinary delights in the evening.

Book your unforgettable riding holiday with your family, a riding weekend with friends or your unique Tyrolean experience for two now.


Our riding offers

Book your unforgettable riding vacation now.

Trail riding in East Tyrol
Rider and horse on the way to the mountains - Hotel Ortnerhof

11.06. – 05.10.2024

Ride high on horseback through the Virgen Valley and towards the highest peaks.

7 nights incl. half board and horsey adventures in the mountains from 782,00 â‚¬ per person

Ride & Bike
Two cyclists doing a fist check - Hotel Ortnerhof

11.06. – 05.10.2024

Do you love horses and riding, but your favourite person would rather be on a bike?

7 nights incl. half board and with horse or bike towards the peaks from 832,00 â‚¬ per person