Hollersbachtal

Hollersbach

Summits and crossings:

Summits:

  • Larmkogel (3.017 m)
  • Kratzenberg (3.022 m)
  • Seekopf (2.921 m)
  • Abretter (2.979 m)
  • Tauernkogel (2.988 m)
  • Geieringhöhe (2.746 m)
  • Hoher Herd (2.824 m)
  • Pihapper (2.513 m)

Crossings:

  • via Sandebentörl (2.751 m) to Venedigerhaus /Innergschlöss
  • via Larmkogelscharte (2.933 m) to Neuen Thüringer Hut

Valley of Mountain Pastures

 

The around 18 km long Tauern valley is wider and more open than its neighbouring valleys. The wide valley floors and geological bedrock (shale) favour transhumance. In its heyday, there were 34 alpine pastures in Hollersbachtal, to day the area of alpine land covers around 3,500 ha. The treeline was artificially lowered to 1,700 metres, with large-area belts of dwarf shrubs, alpine meadows and alpine lawn extending above.

 

Valley of Vultures

 

The griffon or white-headed vulture is a summer guest to the national park. Up to 100 of these majestic vultures visit the area. The groups regularly return to their traditional roosting places. Some are located in Krumltal (Rauris), the others here in Hollersbachtal. The vulture's aeries are located in Steigklamm gorge, east of Ofner Boden and further into the valley at Geiering, a prominent ridge. You can identify the aeries by the spots whitewashed by droppings. Often red lichen can be found there as they thrive on nitrogen.

 

The largest mountain lake in the national park.

 

Kratzenbergsee lake (natural monument since 1974) at 2,167 m above seas level is around 24 hectares large and a maximum of 32 metres deep, making it the largest natural mountain lake in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Rocks and extensive screes line the shore. In the south you can find an exceptionally beautiful silting area with white cottongrass. Ofnerboden Lake (1,465 m) is also a unique habitat. It was formed by rockfalls from the Säullahngraben rift and Steigklamm gorge. Mighty boulders bear witness to this geological fault zone. Weathering makes easy inroads here, triggering mudflows and rockfalls with the last major mudflow coming in 1933. The anterior and posterior moss in the south-east head of the valley – Weißenbachtal Valley – are treasures of natural history. The stream winds though fens with interesting moor flora and endangered plant species growing here. These are very sensitive habitats – please keep off!

 

Water realm

Educational - the stream nature trail

 

This interesting nature trail leads through grey alder meadow by the orographic right banks of the stream. Moss, fern and butterbur are frequent here. The adjacent spruce forest is home to blueberries, goldcrest and coal tits. Yellow lichen grow on the moist rocks by the stream. Information boards tell us about the biological and ecological interrelationships in and by the stream. Before the Wirtsalm hut, stone walls line the path and are worth a closer look. In around 20 minutes you'll get to the Senningbräualm lodge (snack-bar) and from there it's another 30 minutes to the Edelweißhütte lodge (1,219 m).

 

Walking time: approx. 30 minutes from Hollersbach to parking lot, then approx. 1 hour to the Wirtsalm hut (1,088 m).

 

Panoramic - Neue Fürtherhütte lodge and Kratzenbergsee Lake

 

The climb to the left of the goods cable car winds its way up to a large cairn, from where wonderful views of Weißenecktal valley with its meanders in the anterior and posterior moss open up. A perfect rest stop for observing ibex, chamois, bearded vultures and white-headed vultures. Even edelweiss can be found around here. The Neue Fürtherhütte lodge is just forty minutes away from this spot. Nearby Kratzenbergsee lake reflects the 3,000 metre high peaks in its waters. The Larmkogel can be reached in approx. 2 ½ from the hut.

 

Walking time: around 2 hours from the parking lot to the Edelweisshütte lodge, from there approx. another 3 ½ hrs. to the Fürther lodge.

 

National Park Workshop in Hollersbach - Environmental education for all the senses

 

In the Klausnerhaus – a rustic residential building from the 14th century – you can find the national park workshop. Here (not only) children will learn how to approach nature by means of various modules such as churning butter, gathering wild and healing plants, national park detectives and tracking as well as the history of our trees and forests. Factual information is presented in a pedagogic way and is slipped into the activities in passing.

 

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