Schödertal

Großarl, Hüttschlag

Summits and crossings

Summits:

  • Spielkogel (2.144 m)
  • Keeskogel (2.663 m)
  • Zwölferspitz (2.773 m)
  • Arlhöhe (2.326 m)
  • Weinschnabel (2.754 m)
  • Schöderhorn (Großes Mureck, 2.475 m)

Crossings:

  • via Arlscharte (2.252 m) into Maltatal
  • via Murtörl (2.260 m) to Sticklerhütte lodge

Mysterious Lake

 

In Schödertal the special feature is a periodic lake - called Schödersee or Schöderlacke. Huge boulders have closed off the rear valley giving rise to a basin. Mostly, the Schöderbach stream winds it way through wet alpine meadows, disappears underground only to reappear again several hundred metres further north. After heavy rainfall or snowmelt, however, the basin fills up forming Schödersee lake. The mountain pines on the west side indicate the high water mark. Legends abound about this natural wonder.

 

Valley of Mountain Pastures

 

Grossarltal is known as the Valley of Mountain Pastures Above the treeline they extend a far as the eye can see. Around 40 serviced hut and lodges and about 220 km of trails are found all through Grossarltal. The valley is abundant in wildlife with chamois, deer and stag being frequently spotted. In the sun-exposed rocky ranges around Hüttschlag, many notable plants such as Savin Juniper or animals including the wallcreeper and sometimes Alpine swift can be found.

 

Famous gorge and notable forest

 

The 4 km long Liechtensteinklamm at the entrance to Grossarltal is regarded as the most beautiful gorge in the Eastern Alps. Here the water cuts through the gorge limestone at an impressive 225 metres depth all the way to Salzachtal valley. In some places, the cliffs stand just two metres apart. The gorge can be accessed on paths since 1870. One of the first records of the existence of crag martins in Salzburg comes from this gorge. The Aigenalm pasture is located in a climatically favourable location south-west of Grossarl in the foreland of the national park. In this climatic niche stands the wonderful beech forest of Aigenalm with some individual trees being age-old.

 

Historic copper mining

 

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Hüttschlag gained significance thanks to copper mining. There were also sulphur furnaces, but they were shut down in summer. Today, mining has ceased and agriculture and forestry as well as tourism are the main economic sectors in the valley.

 

"Secrets of the mountain forest"

 

At the boundary to the head of Talwirt valley lies the national park information centre with an exhibition presenting the "secrets of the mountain forest" in an entertaining fashion. On the area of the information centre, a valley museum with old farms was built.

 

Biotope Trail Hüttschlag

 

The biotope trail leads from Talwirt around 600 m to the north to Haussteingut, a farmhouse from the mid-17th century. It winds – with its disabled-friendly layout – almost level along the Grossarl river to one of the last wetland biotopes with beautiful stands of reeds from a long silted up lake. Insularly located presentation boards showcase rare animals and plants.

 

Walking time: approx. 1 hours, disabled-friendly

 

Nature Trail Schödertal

 

The nature trail leads from Talwirt (NP-info centre) past the Krealm waterfall into the head of the valley and then into Schödertal. Around 50 presentation boards showcase the natural history, folk medicine and history of Grossarltal valley.

 

Walking time: approx. 2 hours to Schödersee lake.

 

From Grossarltal into Maltatal

 

A magnificent crossing, from Stockham (1,040 m) ascent via Schödersee lake, the size of which varies greatly, to Arlscharte (2,252 m). On hot days you can cool down in the small Pfringersee just before Arlscharte wind valley. Superb views from the Arlscharte of the peaks and glaciers of Hochalmspitze and the Kölnbrein reservoir. Descent on the agricultural road by the north banks of the Kölnbrein Dam and along the agricultural road to Berghotel Malta (1,933 m) at the Kölnbrein reservoir. Resting and snacking options at Berghotel Malta or at Kölnbreinstüberl alpine inn.

 

Walking time: approx. 4 ½ hours to Arlscharte, approx. 1 hour up to the Kölnbrein Dam.

 

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