Just about one year ago, I have been travelling to the Canadian Rocky Mountains for the first time in my life. Only to find that they are “right here, too” (in our beloved, northern Austrian Alps)! Certain elements in the cragged ridge lines, rocky outcrops, soaring mountain walls & mighty forests clad in the colours of the season’s change, really have me look at them as the “Rocky Mountains of Austria“, right here where the two national parks Kalkalpen & Gesäuse meet at the border between Upper Austria and Styria. The only difference, of course: A look of peace upon the century-old alpine hut at the horizon. The lonely cow droppings up at the high alpine pastures, recalling the recent “Almabtrieb” (during September, all cows are being walked back down into their winter stables in traditional ceremonies, and harvest festivals). Our typical, Austrian “Gemütlichkeit” (cosiness & comfort), when you enter one of the old huts and are being served typical “Kaspressknödel” (cheese dumplings in a steaming broth), schnapps, or else. Lovely, really: A place where nature and culture combines to welcome any visitor. Check this out.
The name “Gesäuse” comes from the German word “sausen”, which means to rush. And rushing is what the national park’s largest river does, the mountain river Enns at the entrance to Gesäuse national park where it has to break through a narrow passage in the rocky valley floor. Then, there are the views: My friends and I just can’t take our eyes off the soaring mountain walls, nor the wide open views once you reach the plateaus after a good hike. With nature being so breathtaking, the air itself is fresh and spicy, refuelling us with energy for the soul.
… “Gesäuse dreaming”, really! If you, too, wish to explore more of this particular place on Earth, then check out my photo album on Flickr:
… or how about enjoying this little travel video to get your “nature taste buds” going?
Next up, I have some more practical tips for you in order to organise your stay, such as accommodation at the Hotel Spirodom, hikes we did & places we visited around Gesäuse national park. Stay tuned! 🙂
Disclaimer: We have been invited on this trip to Styria by Hotel Spirodom & Gesäuse national park, supported by the Austrian Eco Label. All opinions are my own.