Lakes – Mountains – Landscapes
The Auseerland is an area in the center of Austria characterized by its breathtaking landscapes. Clear lakes were surrounded by mountains and in October you’ll find that special and foggy mornings with typical autumn colors. What a place for a few days off. So we did end of October 2015.
We decided to rent an apartment directly next to the Grundlsee. If you were searching for a great place to stay visit the owners website to get in contact.
Krippenstein – Dachstein
There are countless places to visit in the Auseerland, but our visit was limited to 3 days so we decided to spend most of the time with hiking the area. The first excursion took us to the Krippenstein peak. 2100m high it offers unlimited views of the landscape around and is a famous spot for tourists. A cable car takes you to the top. Depending on your motivation you can decide to just enjoy the view, or as we did, take one of the hiking tours on the plateau.
Maximale Höhe: 2110 m
Minimale Höhe: 609 m
Gesamtanstieg: 1974 m
Gesamtabstieg: -478 m
Our estimation of the weather and the temperatures on top were totally wrong. While down at the bottom of the mountain the temperatures were as low as 5°C, on top the sun was heating us up and we took off several layers of clothing after 5 minutes.
An ongoing construction work at the buildings up there was supported by helicopters and one of them decided to do a short stop directly on our hiking route. Perfect to get some close shots of the helicopter.
While we skipped a visit to the well known Dachstein caves, at least a small sibling came across our path.
The complete tour took us about 3 hours, including breaks for taking pictures. It is a moderate walk which ends at the Gjaidalm cable car station that takes you to the top again. As an alternative you could add another hour and climb up on your own.
Once back on top, we enjoyed the sun, the incredible view above the Halstättersee and watched the flex-wing people flying down the mountain.
As we’ve been already quite near to Hallstatt, we decided to visit it right after our mountain excursion. While it is great place to visit, it over and over covered with tourists and photographers and after half an hour we left it to get back to the nice and silent Grundlsee.
When we returned home we realized that we both suffered from a calenture from walking in bright sunlight all day long. We never expected such a sun exposure during that day. Luckily some sleep cured everything.
Because of the location of the apartment we had a wonderful view at the lake and especially in the morning allowed for some great shots directly from the balcony.
The other day we visited the Toplitzsee. This lake is popular for many tales and rumors. People suppose that during the last days of WWII the third reich was hiding unknown treasures in the deeps of that lake.
Maximale Höhe: 732 m
Minimale Höhe: 699 m
Gesamtanstieg: 216 m
Gesamtabstieg: -209 m
Our tour started in Gössl, a small town at the east end of the Grundlsee and there are several tracks you can take to the Toplitzsee. We walked along the steep face of the nearby mountains.
Once you reach the bank of the lake you’ll find out that you’re very limited if you want to further explore the area around the lake. Passing by the Fishermen’s hut you can climb a few more meters to a floating base but if you want to continue you’ll need a boat. We did a break at the float and then went to the other side of the lake.
Also at the other end the way ends after a short while and if you really want to go to the other side of the lake you have to take a boat tour which starts at the Fishermen’s hut and takes 45min. There is a waterfall and an other small lake, called Kammersee, which can only be reached by boat. We didn’t take the tour because there were too many tourists again.
Our way back took us along a nice stream that finally ended at the Grundlsee where we spent the rest of the day.
As we had to leave on Monday we visited the Wörtschach Klamm on our way back to vienna. A short stop at the Kulm, a famous Skijumping hill, was also on our schedule.
Maximale Höhe: 805 m
Minimale Höhe: 661 m
Gesamtanstieg: 211 m
Gesamtabstieg: -206 m
Most of the way up you’ll walk along a wooden steep track. Even when photographing in between it takes less than an hour to reach the end of the track. There are several routes you can take to continue, but as we were on our way home we went back after a stop.
Overall it was a great trip, the Auseerland is one of the most beautiful landscapes within Austria. We’ll definitely go there again.
If you’re interested in more images please visit the Auseerland Album on Flickr.