Into the Enchanted Larch and Pine Forest

Listening to the call of the wilderness is nowhere easier than here

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  • Saturday, Jan 2th / Feb 20th  2021
  • Individual arrangements on demand

Meeting point: 09:00 a.m. at the base station of the Wurzeralm funicular railway, Spital am Pyhrn  (registration necessarily required!)
We cross the ski area on the Wurzeralm before we dive into the snow-covered old forest with larch and pine trees. Here we feel the sense of eternity, emanating from this landscape and the magnificent trees which are "rocking" the boulders. A stone pine takes at least 50 years to become sexually mature, so it is not surprising that the average age is several hundred years. They have developed special survival strategies to survive the cold winter months in the high mountains. Dying trees are creating favourable conditions for the next generation, nothing gets lost.

The winter landscape is a special attraction, the abandoned derelict alpine huts of Purgstall and bizarre karst formations are buried under a thick blanket of snow and arouse our imagination, only huge boulders and karst streets look out from the snow cap. We enjoy the fresh mountain air and the clear view to the surrounding peaks, the sun is shining. Except for the sound of our snowshoes, it is quiet, only occasionally we hear a snow sparrow chirping, the "wize-wize" of a coal tit or a fir-tree joker. Everything seems so peaceful and quiet.

End: approximately 15:00 p.m. at the base station of the Wurzeralm funicular railway


Location: Spital am Pyhrn
Characteristics:  Not very difficult snowshoe hike but needing some effort with a few steeper ascents and descents. It addresses to both experienced and casual walkers. No prior experience or knowledge needed!
Total time:  09:00 a.m. to 15:00 p.m. of which pure walking time approx. 3.5 hours
Prices:**: adults 21 € / children and young persons 12 €. Paypal accepted.

Group prices p.p. **: (from 20 persons) adults 21 € / children and teenagers 12 € / school classes 14 €

** Prices are exclusive up and down with the Wurzeralm funicular.

Discounts NATURSCHAUSPIEL: Holders of the 4you-Card, Steyr Card, OÖ Family Card, OÖNcard, ÖAMTCard minus 10 percent discount (bring your ID). In case of group rates, no further discounts are possible. 

Special dates for school classes and groups on request (from 7 persons).

Needed equipment: sturdy hiking boots with ankle support / snowshoes * / telescope sticks * or ski poles * / gaiters (not essential) / warm clothing comprising ski underwear, ski socks, waterproof jacket (with hood), waterproof over trousers, general trekking trousers (not jeans or cotton material), warm thermal top and fleece top (made of merino wool is recommended) / warm hat / gloves and mitts / backpack / thermos with hot drink / food / sun glasses and sun cream

* snowshoes and telescopic sticks to rent

Service rent snowshoes and telescopic sticks


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