The Dr Vogelgesang gorge near Spital am Pyhrn in Upper Austria climbs 500 wooden and stone steps over a length of about one and a half kilometres.
The walkway through the gorge is well over 100 years old and is named after the local doctor who promoted the concept back near the beginning of the 20th century.
As chairman of the local beautification association, Dr. Moritz Vogelgesang wanted to make the wild and romantic gorge accessible. It was first opened in 1906, but only two years later a flood destroyed the footbridges. Almost 20 years later the local council built new footbridges and steps.
To the right and left of the path, there are steep rock faces and an impressive view of the various turbulent waterfalls. The hike to the Bosruckhütte takes about an hour and 15 minutes, which makes it an ideal day out for the family. From there visitors can continue to the Rohrauerhaus and the Hofalm on a five-hour circuit or take the path back into the valley.
More information: www.urlaubsregion-pyhrn-priel.at