February 5, 2016

Atmospheric Lower Austria

Visiting two gorges in the North-Eastern Limestone portion of the Alps. 

At the beginning of January, I joined my family on a trip to the hills south of Vienna. Our goal was to hike across Myrafälle (Myra Falls), a gulch with many waterfalls.

the trail starts next to a small dam with some crystal clear water.

The trail starts next to a small dam with some crystal clear water.

Through the ravine goes a wooden path with many bridges and stairs, which offer straightforward access to the valley.

Myrafalle (6)

Originally, the river served industrial purposes, but since the Austrian Tourist Club (ATC) built the path (already in 1885), it’s quite a touristy place.

Lack of snow and freezing temperatures formed some cool scenes, although the water level was low this time of the year.

Myrafalle (2)

The section is about 650 Meters (2100 Ft) long, so it can be finished in a rather short time. With the whole afternoon still ahead of us, we opted to check out another gorge nearby.

Steinwandklamm (2)

It's called Steinwandklamm (Stone Wall Gorge) and is deeper, longer, and dryer than the previous one. For a while, the trail goes through a neat canyon.

Steinwandklamm (6)

There are two ways from it: one keeps inside the valley until it levels with the surroundings, while the second goes straight up via ladders and caves. It's not a hard guess which one did we took..

Steinwandklamm (8)

The ladders section climbs around 150m (500ft) up, and a couple of natural tunnels are on the way. This is a look from the entrance into the largest one, called Wildschützenloch, which translates into something like a wild fox's hole.

Just as in Myrafälle, the Steinwand gorge is also under the care of the ATC, who’s responsible for the ladders. They were erected in 1927 and still holds strong.

Just as the Myrafälle, the Steinwand gorge is also under the ATC's care, who's responsible for the ladders. They were erected in 1927 and still hold strong.

Once we got above the ravine, the woods were obscured by mist. Cold air caused it to decorate everything around.

We planned to reach the top of the hill, to eat supper in a local pub and to enjoy a superb view of the Eastern Alps. However, due to the fog, we completed only the first part, as the visibility was no further than a few meters ahead.

fog

Still, the trip was a success, bringing smiles to all involved.

Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories

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