Nationalpark Hohe Tauern – Day 1

Here we go again!

After a very lazy winter time finally we are back on our hunt for nice outdoor destinations. A few weeks ago we booked a 5 day trip to Neukirchen am Grossvenediger, Austria. Neukirchen is located in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern. From here we are planning different activities for each day.

On Monday 5th of June we left our house early in the morning to take on the 3.5h drive to Neukirchen. There were no problems at all. Only in a few parts it was raining and foggy. We only had one quick stop at a bakery in St. Anton in Tirol for a nice little breakfast. From there we drove on until the top of the Gerlospass where you have a very nice view to the famous Krimmler Wasserfälle. Those very impressive waterfalls we are gonna visit on friday on our way back home.

From there it was only a 10 minute drive until we reached the guesthouse in Neukirchen. Wow! Gästehaus Stottner is simply an amazing place to stay. The house is buildt in the traditional austrian way with a lot of wooden elements. Our big room has a very modern bathroom, lots of wooden furniture, an own balcony with a great view to the mountains and landside and also comes with an own fridge.

After a confirmation of our lovely hostess that the local cablecar is open (usually opens in late june) we quickly changed into our hiking gear and went to the cablecar station. The area here is known for skiing and hiking in summer and is called Wildkogel arena. We also receive the summer card which is included in the price of the room. This card is worth so much since you can use a lot of cable cars for free, free entrances to museums, free rides with local transports and and and…

Even the ride with the cable car is impressive since you get a lot of spectacular views to the mountains in the whole region.

10 minutes later we arrived and decided to hike until the top of the Wildkogel summit. On the way we stopped several times to take breathtaking images of the view.

We also passed a lake which still had ice in it. Looked almost like at the northpole.

From this lake we continued up towards the summit. We had to cross a few snow patches which covered the path. But you can go easily around them since the terrain is very easy to hike and you don’t really need to stick to the path.

It felt great to be on the summit of the Wildkogel and we enjoyed the view for a bit before we continued on the panorama path towards the Geisl Hochalm. This part of the panorama path is just wow, yes….just wow! The path itself is fantastic to hike along, the views all around you are fantastic and it is a fairly easy hike. We couldn’t believe that we met noone else on this part of the tour. Some people just went up to the summit and then the same way back down. Enjoy a few impressions!

After 50 minutes we arrived on the Geisl Hochalm which is still closed until end of June when the season starts. From there we decided to take the main path back towards the station. We were very hungry since we only had the little breakfast so far and by this time it was already 2:30pm. On the way there we passed the Ganzer Alm and some huts made out of rocks from the Wildkogel.

30 minutes later we finally could sit down and enjoy a well deserved meal. Gigi ordered a classic beef burger with fries and I had Tiroler Gröstl (potatos with bacon, onions and a egg on top). We enjoyed our meal with a wonderful view.

On the way to the cable car we discovered a trunk of a tree with holes in it. After taking a closer look, we figured out that each whole gives you a focused view to a specific big mountain of the area and it even says its name on a plaque. What a nice idea!

We went back to the guesthouse to take a shower and rest for while before we decided to go for a walk through Neukirchen to check out what this nice little town has to offer. It felt really nice since everything is so calm and very traditional. Most restaurants are still closed for a few more weeks until the season starts, but we found a place with selfmade ice cream and we could not resist to have some to end our first day here in the Hohe Tauern region.

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