Hiking in Bärenschützklamm, Austria

Hello readers,

this hike is from October this year, but soon I will be posting about a recent trip also! Couldn’t find the time to properly post in the past weeks.

So, in the second week of October me and my godmother went on a trip to a gorge that’s nearby my hometown. It’s very beautiful there, even more in spring where I went there twice in my life already. But the autumn colours were also great to see!

“Bärenschützklamm” basically means “Bears (Bären) protecting (Schütz[en]) gorge (Klamm)”. Wikipedia says that it has nothing to do with bears (I don’t even think we have many!), but comes from the slawic word “pršica”… which sounds a bit like “Bärenschütz”. I’ve said it out loud now a few times to hear the similarity and well, with some (ok, a lot of) imagination it works. Luckily I’m writing at home and not in a coffee shop!

It’s easy to get there by car, there is a big parking space, and I’ve never had trouble finding a spot. There is also a train going to “Mixnitz/Bärenschützklamm” by ÖBB train (from for example Vienna, Graz or Salzburg with Graz being the closest). From the train station it’s a bit of a walk to the gorge, but it goes through a nice town and by meadows. I went by car last time, so I can’t remember how long it really takes, but I would guess like 30 minutes to the parking spot. Then you hike some time through the forest, by a nice stream and then uphill. We started at about 10 am, the sun only came out later.

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At the entrance you have to pay, I can’t remember how much, but it wasn’t a lot (under 5 euros). Unfortunately I can’t find online information about the fee (something I should stop relying on, obviously). Edit: According to Wikipedia it was 3, 50 Euros in 2017 for adults.

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The hike from the parking spot to the hut at the end of the gorge should be about 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your breaks. It goes up most of the time, with ladders and bridges. It’s 164 bridges and 2500 steps on ladders (Source).

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There weren’t many people, but it was also cold and foggy. The steps were a bit slippery at times, but it wasn’t too bad.

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Unfortunately I lost my lense cap to the gorge! I wasn’t happy about that! But luckily I still own more of them. Just feeling a bit bad about my “littering”.

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After all of those steps (so many!) you have to walk a bit further through the woods to get to a hut, that offers food and drinks. From there you can even hike a bit more if you like. We stopped at the hut and then hiked back down. In summer it’s very nice to sit outside, but we only sat there shortly, it got very cold when the sun was hidden! In summer you can even have a picnic on the meadow, if you don’t want to get anything from the hut. They also have a vegetarian dish (lentils), which is uncommon for those huts, but very cool!

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Bergfex.at says it’s about 3:30 hrs to hike the whole thing. After the hut, we walked back down (you could also hike the gorge back down, but I think no one does that, since it would be annoying to get past the other hikers!), it mostly goes downhill from there, but still very nicely through the forest.

Compared to the last gorge I went to, it was such a nice hike! There weren’t tons of people (just a few) and you could really enjoy the views!

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On the way back the sun came out and we saw colourful autumn trees, which I’m fond of. I can see an elephant on the picture, but I might be the only one! An elephant without ears.

I found another picture on my computer from a hike to the same gorge in spring (taken by a friend), so you’ll have a comparison. Much greener and less fog! 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed my little post about this great hike!

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