Hiking and Mountain Climbing in Heiligenblut
Hiking and Mountain Climbing
This is a hiker's El Dorado during summertime, with more than 240 km (150 miles) of marked pathways and trails in all directions. There are relatively easy hikes to the Naturlehrweg Gössnitzfall-Kachlmoor (1½ hours), Wirtsbauer-Alm (two hours), and the Jungfernsprung (one hour), which ends atop a 500-foot stone cliff above the Mölltal.
Guided Tours. Enjoyable group or private guided tours are run by the national park service. These could include walks to the foot of the Grossglockner to see surefooted ibex in their natural habitat jumping about on seemingly sheer rock walls; a hike to the Pasterze Glacier, the largest in Austria; or the recently-opened walk to the Mollschlucht gorge, much of it a via ferrata route—not for the faint-hearted. 04824/2700 national park programs office. From €8 for short group tour; from €130 per person for private one- to three-day tours.
Heiligenblut Climbing Park. The park has a high-rope course, climbing wall, children's playground, and restaurant. The new via ferrata has two routes of varying levels of difficulty, which take you along spectacular waterfalls and cliffs. The high-rope course is at the Gasthof Sonnblick, where the Brandstatter family can give information and make bookings. Hof 21, Heiligenblut, A-9844. 04824/21310. www.sonnblick-heiligenblut.at. €20. May–Sept., 10–4.
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