In the Footsteps of the Lynx

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 06:49 am

The new Luchs-Trail (“lynx trail”) runs through three provinces and three important nature reserves.

The 200 kilometre long trail leads in 11 stages from Reichraming in Upper Austria via Styria to Lunz am See in the Mostviertel in Lower Austria.

There are three internationally recognised large nature reserves along the way: the Kalkalpen National Park, the Gesäuse National Park and the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area. Austria’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, protecting the ancient beech forests, also extends into these protected areas.

Hikers on the Lynx Trail in the Mostviertel
Hikers on the Lynx Trail in the Mostviertel
© Mostviertel Tourismus | Max Mauthner

A project to reintroduce lynx has been running in the Kalkalpen National Park since 2011. However, the probability of encountering a lynx on the Lynx Trail is low. The population consists of only a few animals, and they are good at hiding in the forest.

Lynx are harmless to humans and they never attack.

The Lynx Trail is a long-distance hiking trail of moderate difficulty at altitudes below 2000 metres. The daily walking times are up to eight hours.

The best time for hiking is between May and October and inclusive packages are available during that period.

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