Course Description

Are you interested in being inspired by your CAS programme and/or get inspiration for your CAS programme in a unique & traditional alpine setting? Then come and attend our 4-day CAS Edventure trip next summer to Mariazell and the Ötscher region of Austria’s Alps.

If you also wish to have this unique experience recognised for CAS hours, then you may also want to check back with your CAS Coordinator at your IB school prior to joining us…

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Mariazell is a picturesque small alpine town in the Ybbstal Alps with an impressive history dating back to the 12th century. It is located in the centre of Austria, about 1.5 hours drive from Vienna. It is known for its magnificent gothic basilica and has therefore been a place of intercultural meetings since many centuries. But this region is also known for its astonishing landscape, canyons, turquoise waterfalls and its spectacular national park with impressive wildlife including rare brown bear and lynx.

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You will be immersed in the old Austrian culture & traditions of a mountain village, will experience breathtaking mountain hikes and spend a night in a typical ‘Schutzhaus’ whilst discovering the secrets of this spectacular national park with our nature guide.

Das Schutzhaus am Vorderötscher, © Mostviertel Tourismus,

You will also be helping the local rangers repair foot paths, small wood bridges, combat neophyte populations and clean up this magnificent nature park… And, you will be experiencing some unique evenings in one of Austria’s very authentic spots, close to the peak of the Ötscher (1893m).

Hiking Ötschergräben, Austria's Grand Canyon, Lower Austria | Moon & Honey Travel

Participating in our CAS summer camp will foster and deepen your knowledge about nature, culture, and the IB core. The focus will be on local and global issues, and the course offers both PRE-IB and MID-IB incentives. All students will complete the camp with a memory that highlights their own experiential learning for their individual CAS programme.

Whether you are PRE-IB or MID-IB, you will engage in a variety of exciting ways of how to successfully engage in CAS and accomplish CAS hours, for example:

  • Creativity
    • Traditional baking & decorating your personal ginger bread (Lebkuchen)
    • Learn to play a traditional Austrian instrument
  • Activity
    • Hiking in nature and wilderness
    • Wakeboarding
    • Mountaincarts
    • Tennis
    • Swimming
    • Cycling
    • Running
    • Many more
  • Service
    • Volunteer in a unique Austrian nature park
    • Clean up nature and help repair nature paths
    • Help rangers combat expanding neophyte populations
    • Help in a typical restaurant or farm

This summer experience will allow you to meaningfully further your CAS exposure, be immersed in the typical traditional Austrian alpine lifestyle in the fore Alps, its crafts and old traditions, discover the purity of nature and support it, and stay in a typical ‘cosy’ village hotel!

CAS CERTIFICATE: each student will receive a certificate with exact dates, hours and description of accomplished program and duties.

Dates and Fees

Mariazell Camp Dates: July 23-27th (4 days/4 nights)

Pick-up from IBWISE-Campus, Vienna: July 23rd (3pm)

Departure from Mariazell: July 27th, 2pm

Cost per person (full board, transportation, 24/7 care & supervision and activities): 1150€

Our CAS trip is a 4-day camp and is combinable with our PRE IB – and MID IB Summer Revision Course (in Vienna). You can hence book it alone or in combination with our Vienna IB Summer Revision Course sessions during July 20th-August 4th, 2020.

You are a PRE IB student: Sign-up by choosing the PRE IB online form.  

You are a MID IB student: Sign-up by choosing the MID IB online form.

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Course Schedule

Thursday, July 23rd:

Arrival and check-in at “Hotel 3 Hasen” Mariazell

Stroll around Mariazell


Introduction to programme

Friday, July 24th:


City tour Mariazell including Basilika Mariazell

Workshop “baking and decorating ginger bread”

Lunch at “Pirker’s”

Hike to Bürgeralpe (and cleaning up nature park) with optional possibility for wake-boarding or mountain biking.

Dinner at “Stadtheuriger”

CAS Reflections

Saturday, July 25th:


Visit the “Montanmuseum” Eisenwerk Gusswerk and experience casting of iron in traditional way.

Gondola to the Gemeindealpe

Lunch at “Baltzplatzl”

Hike to the top of Gemeindealpe (and cleaning up nature park), with optional possibility of descending by mountain carts.

Dinner “Stadtheuriger”

Workshop “Traditional Austrian musical instruments”

CAS reflections

Sunday, July 26th:

Breakfast and check-out from hotel

Train trip on unique “Mariazellerbahn” to the Ötscher canyon base station

Hike including helping the local rangers repair foot paths, small wood bridges, combat neophyte populations and clean up this magnificent nature park.

Overnight stay and traditional alpine dinner at “Schutzhaus Vorderötscher”

CAS reflections

Monday, July 27th:

Typical mountain breakfast

Hike back to Ötscher canyon base station while continuing to explore the typical alpine flora and fauna of this region


14.00 transfer back to Vienna

(additions and slight variations/adaptions to this programme are possible)

More Info

If you have any questions, please contact us.

You are a PRE IB student: Sign-up by choosing the PRE IB online registration form.  

You are a MID IB student: Sign-up by choosing the MID IB online registration form.

CALL US: +43-1-3191068
Nora is also available via cell phone or wifi options on smart phones: +43-664-1306197

We are happy to assist you!