The eleven stages of the Kalkalpen Trail in Upper Austria offer hikers the chance to discover the hidden spots in this impressive wilderness area.
The Kalkalpen National Park, Austria’s second largest national park, is characterised by huge mixed woods with remnants of rare primeval forest, streams, caves and rocks. Lynx returned to the forests again a few years back, and red deer, chamois, golden eagles and many other wild animals also make it their home.
The best way to take a closer look at the many natural treasures is to set off on foot.
The 150-kilometre-long Kalkalpen Trail is ideal for an in-depth tour of the area. It has 11 stages and connects the Enns valley starting from Reichraming with the Tote Gebirge mountains near Hinterstoder.
The trail leads over mountains and through valleys taking in some of the loveliest locations along the way. Highlights include the peaks of the Gamsstein and Kleinerberg, the Gowialm mountain meadows with their panoramic views and the natural spectacles of the steep Dr. Vogelgesang-Gorge and the Strumboding waterfalls.
The longer stages take up to seven and a half hours. Overnight accommodation is available either in huts or in lodgings in the valley villages.
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