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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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!

 

 

 

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!

A walk around Offensee, Salzkammergut (Austria)

Hello readers,

this is the second lake trip we did around Salzkammergut in March 2018. This one was more open than Langbathsee (maybe that’s where it got his name from? “offen” means “open” in German) and there were way more people. It wasn’t as warm as it looks on the pictures, but still very, very enjoyable!

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At this point it looked a lot like there was a spot for swimming in summer, with a (then closed) kiosk and a lawn for sunbathing. We sat there for a while and enjoyed the nice weather.

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This is me at the spot where we sat the longest. It was such a beautiful day!

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After the walk around the lake we went past a small hut, where a lot of people were sitting (and drinking! Btw, it was still in the morning/lunch time) and bought some coffee to take away. Then we walked back to the parking spot. Many people and cars had come by the second time we got there. But who could blame them? It was the perfect day to go there!

Here is some information that I found online about the walk (it’s in German but includes a video and a map): outtour.at

Hiking the Langbathseen (Langbath Lakes), Salzkammergut (Austria)

Hello readers,

I finally found time to write about my boyfriend’s and my last hikes. This one was two months ago, in March. It was still snowing at times then, such a long winter!

The Langbathseen are located close to Ebensee in Salzkammergut in Upper Austria. We went there by car from our place in Ebensee. The hike took us about 2 hours including a lunch break and taking lots of pictures!

 

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This was were we started and we took the round tour (both of the lakes, the third one on the list).

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This was one of the first views when doing the hike. It’s the first Landbath Lake and it just looked amazing with the mountain!

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We went in the morning, at about 10 a.m. and there were some people, but not many. A group with huskeys was also hiking, but unfortunately we didn’t take any pictures of them.

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The hike was pretty easy and the path had almost no elevation.

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This was the second Langbath Lake and we had some lunch there and enjoyed the sun.

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We enjoyed this walk a lot. I really like the combination of mountains and lakes, one of the nicest views to have in my opinion!

Here is some information on the hike on the webpage of Salzkammergut: Langbathseen

Bad Ischl, Salzkammergut (Austria)

Dear readers,

my last trip was to Ebensee, a small town in Upper Austria and Salzkammergut at the end of March 2018. Salzkammergut is a region that is famous for its lakes and mountains. Ebensee is located at Traunsee (a lake with 24,4 qm), the deepest lake in Austria with 191 m (source)!

We arrived on Friday and the weather was really bad, rainy and grey. And I noticed that I had forgotten my DSRL, that is the reason my photos aren’t of the usual quality. I noticed on the highway, it was too late to go back.

On the first day we went to Bad Ischl (Upper Austria), famous for the “Kaiservilla” (of which we only got very bad pictures, due to not having a proper camera and the lights) and Konditorei Zauner (a pastry shop). Bad Ischl is also a spa town and has about 14 000 inhabitants (source).

We parked the car somewhere in the centre and took a walk around, also in hope to find some food.

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In the red phone boxes are books, ready to take with you for free! This is a really nice idea and often seen in Austria. It’s also funny to see a red phone box here (in Austria they are grey and yellow)!

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These lions are seen all over Bad Ischl and painted in different ways!

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This was how the weather looked like. Fortunately the following days were much nicer and we went to some lakes in the sun (see my next posts)!

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This was the window of the famous Konditorei Zauner with easter decorations. We went back there after eating, but it was already closed by then. Would have been nice to sit there in the warmth!

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We searched for a restaurant online and found “Weinhaus Attwenger” on Tripadvisor To get there we had to walk over this bridge. I really like iron bridges, they look nice (that’s why I took a picture!).

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You can still see snow on this picture! Now it’s getting really warm, but this was only a month ago!

The food at the Weinhaus was very good and the prices were reasonable (not the cheapest, but the food was very tasty!).

Hope you enjoyed my little post about Bad Ischl!

Travel Tip: Riegersburg and Zotter Chocolate Factory (Austria)

Our trip to Riegersburg and Zotter Chocolate Factory was about a year ago, in November 2015 and we had beautiful weather. I really recommend going there in autumn because of the colours, it just looks amazing.

Both, Riegersburg and the chocolate factory, are in the same area, easily reached from Graz. Graz is located in Styria, South of Austria.

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First, we went to Riegersburg and had Pizza at the restaurant (“Seehaus”) at the lake. The lake looked so nice, it must be fun to swim there in summer. Then we drove to the castle Riegersburg, parked in the town and walked up. We had to pay a fee at the entrance. I remember we couldn’t go inside the castle because it was too late in the year, but we enjoyed the place and the views anyway! Please check their website before visiting because opening times can change.

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Funny dude watching us

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Afterwards, we drove to Zotter chocolate factory and did the tour (we had booked it before by calling). These are the prices.

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You get to see a short film about the history of Zotter Factory and then the tour begins. Ours was with audio guides and the best part is that you get to taste tons of different kinds of chocolate! Even hot chocolate and really weird ones with Tequila for example. I especially remember the Tequila one being pretty good, so I bought some in the shop later to take it home. Also their Soja white chocolate, it’s very tasty!

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Last, we went to the zoo (price is included in admission) and looked at some animals. Unfortunately, it has gotten dark, so we couldn’t see some animals anymore. There were bunnies, pigs, horses, goat, …

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I really recommend visiting the area! There also are many different walks you can do and it’s especially beautiful in autumn. Maybe go a bit earlier than we did, to still see the inside of the castle Riegersburg! Also, there are many more things to see and do in the area, so we might even go there again some time!

Links

Riegersburg (Their homepage had some troubles loading fully in my browser, but if it works in yours, you can click on “Deutsch” and change the language this way!)

Seehaus Riegersburg

Zotter

If you like ham, Vulcano Schinken is close and easily reached by car.

A Walk In The National Park Gesäuse, Austria

Hello readers!

Two days ago we went on a trip to see the (Stift) Admont Library in Styria, Austria and afterwards the national park Gesäuse, which is pretty close to Admont. The national park was beautiful, even though it was cloudy. The mountains looked amazing, the tops covered with snow in combination with the colourful trees.

First, we parked at Stift Admont and went to see the library and museums. This is their website. We paid the student entrance fee (5,80 euros), the regular entrance fee is 10 euros. We also paid for one photography ticket (5 euros), so we would be able to take photos of the library. I asked and they told me that I can’t publish those photos online (or anywhere else). The library is great to see, still. Here is a link with official photos.

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Admont, church next to the monastery

After eating in Admont, at Gasthaus Kamper (Kamper restaurant), which offers warm food even after lunch time (we went there at like 3pm), we went off to the national park!

The following pictures are from our stop at the Eisenbahnbrücke, where I assume the rafting starts in summer!

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There we only walked around a bit, since we were both recovering from having a cold! I’d like to go there another time, to hike properly. The map we got at the information centre in Admont showed many great trails!

We parked at the junction where you can take a right to Johnsbach (coming from Admont). There is also a rafting centre (something I’d really like to try in the area!).

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We walked at the river to take photos and then went on the ‘Leierweg’, which offers benches and games (I’d recommend going there with children, they would clearly enjoy that!). It is also accessible with a wheelchair, as the sign said. It is going upwards for a longer time, though.

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One of the games, we couldn’t get the ring on the poles, just from very close!

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A place to relax in the woods

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Colourful trees!

It ends at a very nice viewpoint and you can get water from a well on the way.

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Viewpoint with hut

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View from inside the hut

Then we drove to see the campsite (‘Campingplatz Forstgarten Gstatterboden’) and I decided to maybe go there some time with a group of friends and then hike in the area. In summer, of course. You can also rent a hut there, but on Friday everything was empty. The season is over, with the cold coming.

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The empty campsite (it even has a beach volleyball court – on the right!)

I have to say I enjoyed being in the national park a lot. It’s very beautiful and it was a calm day, without many visitors!

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National park Gesäuse

Hiking In (Lower) Austria

So I went on a hike this September (about two weeks ago) in Lower Austria, to be more exact at Schoberalm. I took a train to Wiener Neustadt, where I got picked up and then off we went, after parking the car close to Haltberg.

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Start of the hike, through nice forests

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I like my country, but I find it easier to see the beauty in other countries, on my travels. It’s probably because I am used to seeing the views in Austria, all my life. Of course, I can’t see mountains every day, even if sometimes people believe that Austrians live in the mountains. I do live in a city!

When trying to see the beauty of my own country it helps to look through my camera lens. I’ve been watching the British TV show “The Hoarder Next Door” once or twice lately (just for relaxation after busy days, and yes, I’m a bit ashamed when admitting it) and in one episode the psychologist tells a hoarder to take pictures of the mess, to realise it fully. It’s a bit like that with me and Austrian views.

So, we went to Schoberalm, parked the car and hiked up. It was an easy hike most of the time, just when going up it was a bit hard. It took us 5 hours, but we had a (great!) lunch break at Öhlerschutzhaus with mushroom sauce and dumplings.

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Great for refilling water bottles!

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Funny looking tree in the middle of the meadow

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Short break before hiking up there

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From Schoberalm you can nicely see Schneeberg (“snow mountain”- not covered in snow in September!) and very far. It was a clear and warm (but not hot) day and I enjoyed it very much!

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When hiking down from Öhlerschutzhaus we took a road, and I think there would have been nicer ways to walk down again (there were a few options to pick from). Still, there were some nice views, like this one:

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All in all, it’s a great hike to relax a bit and get away from the city. It’s not very challenging and has amazing views. I recommend hiking in the area highly!

 

Links

This is not the exact hike we did, but about the area (only partly in English): Bergfex

This link is in English and also about the area: Summitpost