Pho­to: Egerer

This time, we have opt­ed for a fam­i­ly-friend­ly hike: a walk up to Seeben­stein cas­tle. There is a large play­ground at the palace grounds, the space where the Christ­mas mar­ket usu­al­ly takes place also invites us to stroll and rest.

At the foot of the cas­tle, there is a large vis­i­tor park­ing lot — right next to it, we find an inn and the play­ground. Well sign­post­ed, we start to the left, direc­tion cas­tle. Indeed, there are a few side paths, but all beat­en paths lead to the cas­tle, some steep­en a bit, the marked path is suit­able for a baby pram. One reach­es the cas­tle after half an hour – there, lit­tle bench­es offer a place to rest. Next to the cas­tle, there is a play­ing field and the so-called Lutherkanzel (atten­tion: dan­ger­ous for chil­dren), offer­ing panoram­ic views towards the Wech­sel region, Son­nwend­stein, Rax, Schnee­berg and Hohe Wand. When the weath­er is nice, one can even spot Stuh­leck in Styr­ia. A lit­tle bit hid­den, a steep track branch­es off to the right to Lutherkanzel. Oth­er­wise, one hikes along the mead­ow until one arrives at the for­est road, which takes us back to the location.

Who wants to hike more, can move on to the ruin Türken­sturz, about forty min­utes walk­ing time from the cas­tle. From there, a loop-hik­ing track leads back to Seeben­stein, maps are avail­able at the municipality.

Dolores Marie Schärf unter­richtet Englisch, Franzö­sisch, Spanisch sowie Ital­ienisch und ist als
Dol­metscherin bzw. Über­set­zerin tätig.

Tip from the moun­tain secu­ri­ty service

Dear leisure time sports­men and sports­women!
Exer­cise (like hik­ing or moun­taineer­ing) is impor­tant for our children’s devel­op­ment. We should spend much time with them in nature, yet there are sev­er­al things to keep in mind to make sure the excur­sion will be a pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence – also for our kids. Only do hikes or moun­tain tours with your chil­dren that are plea­sur­able for you and do not over­strain you. Kids are very sen­si­tive – there­fore your young com­pan­ions will feel and reflect it. A cer­tain amount of expe­ri­ence is essen­tial both for adults and for chil­dren, par­tic­u­lar­ly in areas where the risk of falling is high. Some­times it is even nec­es­sary to pro­tect kids in cer­tain pas­sages. The say­ing “the jour­ney is the reward” is a good advi­sor when hik­ing with chil­dren. Offer your beloved ones the oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cov­er inter­est­ing things (riv­er cours­es, small climb­ing rocks…) and do not push them to reach the summit.

Bring enough food and bev­er­ages.
Only plan tours that are appro­pri­ate for chil­dren and mind the weight of the kids’ backpacks.

Erwin Jung / Pho­to: Bergrettung

Hier find­en Sie die deutsche Ver­sion des Beitrags. / Here you can find the Ger­man ver­sion of the article.