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The Mostviertel district in Lower Austria. Many times, we talk about “secret tips” while travelling. The Mostviertel, however, really deserves to be put on the map: During my first ever trip to the “Must Haven” of Lower Austria in the spring of 2013, I have already become enchanted by the Mostviertel with fellow travel bloggers Monika & Petar Fuchs, equally cherishing their experience.
And now? Well, dear readers: It is Mostviertel again. Pure unspoilt nature, culinary “Mostviertel delights” coupled with great concerts featuring national and international musicians: That is what the Mostviertel district offers around a series of music events called “Gipfelklaenge” as part of the mountain summer events in Lower Austria. Together with a team of international travel bloggers and journalists, my friend Julia has travelled to Mostviertel with the likes of Andreas Susana (Travelwriticus) as well as Laurel Robbins and her husband Jörg (Monkeys & Mountains). Here, we want to share with you our experiences featuring the famous “Geniesserzimmer” (typical style rooms of the area), the “Gipfelklaenge” music events as well as all the perfect hiking options available in Mostviertel.
The so-called “Gipfelklaenge”, taking place each year at the beginning of the mountain summer events in June, are an excellent combination of hiking and music concerts surrounded by Alpine pastures and meadows in the Mostviertel mountains. When the opening ceremony featuring the Serbo-Kosovarian duo Catch-Pop String-Strong at the “Genießerzimmer” hotel Fahrnberger came on, everybody got really excited about the rest of the events. Balkan rhythms as well as classic music and unique compositions provided a feast for the senses – check it out!
What on Earth is a “Geniesserzimmer“? Am I able to enjoy something truly special here? Can I travel in luxury and style yet still feel connected to the essence of a place? The answer is yes and a lot more. For the past few months, the Lower Austrian “Geniesserzimmer” have even devised a unique wish list surprising guests with an unexpected eye for detail! It is hence of no surprise that we chose to stay at the Mostviertel “Geniesserzimmer” hotel Mandl-Scheiblechner in Göstling upon Ybbs. My friend Julia has travelled here for the first time and is under a spell immediately: „The rooms and all those little touches provided a big part of the unique charm of these kind of accommodation: Local paintings, fresh seasonal fruit and a mighty four-poster bed made me feel at home right away. I have really enjoyed my stay here! Lady Irmi, our charming host, has even prepared a special wish list for us, fulfilling at least three wishes during our stay! Not only in the rooms, all over the hotel the message of active moments of pleasure & regional delights became transparent; the home-made black forest jam being an absolute delight.“
According to Julia, the “Gipfelklaenge” hiking team already had a lot of fun when travelling to the Mostviertel. Part of the distance was covered using the typical Mostviertel “Schienenradl”, a kind of track car that is pedalled like a bike : “I have tried this for the first time and was indeed a little bit skeptical about its practical use, but all my worries were in vain: Altogether, we covered about 11 kilometres from Ruprechtshofen to Wieselburg on the historical narrow tracks of the former railway passing romantic meadows and swamplands. Before stopping for a hearty snack at the Mostviertel Schienenrast in Reisenhof, we first had to pedal about 50 metres upwards. Well, it sounds easy, but this does require some kind of training! Fortunately, we got lucky being pushed up by local expert Toni Hackl on his quad bike. Wohooo – using all of his extra horsepower engine, we gladly made it up top! Hungry from all the excitement, it was just amazing stepping off at the enchanting Ablasshof farm in Hochreit. The house, more than 300 years old, boasts magic panorama views and oh so delicious snacks: The pork roast was simply divine, I just (had to) finish it all. 😀 What a perfect day – not only for hikers!”
On Saturday 8 June 2013, the first part of the Mostviertel “Gipfelklaenge” started with a hike up the Königsberg mountain close to Gasthof Jagersberger in Hollenstein. The weather was just perfect and you could tell from the look on everybody’s faces that they were surprised to be led by … a donkey called “Maxi”! Hiking itself was only slightly demanding, stopping all the time for music (and food 😉 )! The band Saxofour gave a great jazz concert, their melodies in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape!
Julia continues to be enchanted: “After enjoying Saxofour, we had the pleasure of listening to the a-capella band Insingizi from Simbabwe who performed together with the Austrian artist Klaus Trabitsch at the Hollensteiner mountain rescue hut. The African rhythms created a wonderful atmosphere, the combination of those with light-hearted Viennese humour was just marvellous! After this live performance, we started our descent back into the valley, not without stopping at the “Kräutergarten” herbal gardens. Finally, the Florianer Tanzlgeiga played at Gasthof Jagersberger featuring fast Polka and vals. What a day !!! Full of culinary, musical and mountain delights – an hiking experience as I have never enjoyed it before!”
On the second day also, Sunday 9 June 2013, one highlight continued to chase the other. On this day, the scenery changed slightly: “Gipfelklaenge” hikers could explore the local adventure world Mendlingtal showcasing the life & work of earlier woodcutters and smiths – a combination of music, learning and hiking.
“At the entrance to the adventure park, the local music association St. Georgen am Reith greeted us with traditional Austrian folklore music. At Mendlingtal, you can discover a museum, a Venetian wooden saw, a fully-functional water mill and much more. Hiking across the narrow wooden bridges, we were able to see and experience one of the last wood drifting facilities still in use in Central Europe. We could even watch a few “woodcutters” at work, which in the past would have been no easy task. They most certainly would not have had such fancy boots protecting them from the cold mountain streams?” 😉
At the end of the 3 km circuit, the Viennese singer Tini Kainrath ended the “Gipfelklaenge” events with a tribute of her band: Jazz, Soul and Pop combined into an explosion of sound and feel-good-rhythms. Be sure to check back again next year!
“The Gipfelklaenge music events would have been the highlight of my trip into Mostviertel; however the truly astounding quality of staying at the “Geniesserzimmer“, a ride with the Mostviertel Schienenradl and a visit of the 300-year-old “Ablasshof” farm in Hochreit have all turned this journey into an unforgettable experience for me. Absolute must-do for lovers of good food, mountain scenery & music!”
Check out further impressions on our Flickr photo album featuring “Gipfelklaenge” in Mostviertel.