Hiking in Gesäuse, Austria

Hello readers,

in the middle of August this year we went to Gesäuse in Styria, Austria. We stayed at the camping place in Gstatterboden (Forstgarten), which was very nice. (The only thing I didn’t like was the showers that went hot and cold while showerig) There was a fire place at night and it was a great place to start a hike. Which we did already the day we got there. We chose to hike to Ennstalerhütte at 1543m with a hike of 13,1 km and an elevation of 897m (source). It took us about 6 hours with smaller breaks and a long one at the hut.

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The river being a bit brown! Also the start of our hike (the campsite is on the right). There were people with kajaks and you can do whitewater rafting.

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Soon after the start the path looked like this. It went often through the forest, which was very nice because it was so hot in August!

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Some water spots were on the way, with cold and refreshing water.

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It was still a long way to go and although I normally don’t complain when hiking, on this one I did a bit. I was very tired that day, and so happy when we finally arrived at the hut!

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At the hut we had some cake and I drank a radler (boyfriend had coffee). The view up there was amazing! So rewarding after the hike.

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After some relaxing (and looking at funny cats that lived at the hut), we went back down and still enjoyed amazing views while walking. We had packed some lunch and ate it on the way. Altogether we only met about 15 people while hiking (not including the ones sitting at the hut). I always enjoy not meeting many people while hiking!

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I highly recommend hiking in this area, and it’s been my second trip there. But I’m sure not my last!

 

 

 

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Grüner See/ Green Lake, Austria

In the beginning of August my boyfriend and I made a trip to the Green Lake (Grüner See) in Styria, Austria. The lake is located a bit outside of the town of Tragöß. We went there on a Friday and arrived shortly after 8 a.m. at the parking spot, which was lucky, because at about 10 a.m. the place was full of people! So we were still able to take a few pictures without masses of them!

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Parking costs about 4 Euros per day, but we got a free ticket from a woman that just left, which was very nice of her. We even got to park in the shade of a tree.

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We walked from the parking place to the lake and took some way that is not marked on this map (it was similar to the second walk “Pfarrerteichweg”, but went to the other side of the lake). It also took us like 15-20 minutes.

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There is more of the lake in spring, I’ve heard, but, well, that’s what we saw in August and yes, it was green indeed! 🙂

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You’re not allowed to swim in the lake (except if you’re a duck or a fish) but I don’t see who would anyway, because it was freezing!!

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We sat a bit by the water, had some lunch (someone had forgotten their beer in the cold water, but we didn’t take it, but joked about it) and took many pictures. Then we walked around the lake, that kind of was two lakes these days because it carried less water.

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This was the “second” lake. By then we started spotting people taking obvious pictures for Instagram and even someone with a drone. The drone was especially annoying since it was so loud!

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All in all it was very beautiful and an amazing lake! I would recommend going there earlier or during the week since then there’s less people and it feels more quiet!