Pho­to : Egerer

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Today we are visi­t­ing a mul­ti-face­ted moun­tain: the Hohe Wand. This hiking regi­on pro­vi­des appro­pria­te oppor­tu­nities for ever­yo­ne – fami­lies, hikers, moun­tai­neers and clim­bers – all of them are going to find a cus­to­mi­zed offer here. We cho­se a medi­um hea­vy tour, which is not very long, yet it deman­ds a cer­tain con­fi­dence in your foots­teps and phy­si­cal condition.

We start from “Son­nen­uhr” par­king lot (Son­nen­uhr means sun­dial), loca­ted on the toll road, with cos­ts at wee­kends and on holi­days. The­re are other pos­si­bi­li­ties for ascen­ding as well, e.g. if you start from Mei­ers­dorf you do not pay anything. At the par­king lot, our path first leads us to the left, then stee­ply up across the mea­dow direc­tion Völ­le­rin. Always uphill, we walk through the forest. Magni­ficent out­loo­ks towards the val­ley are the reward for our efforts.

Even­tual­ly we arri­ve at a secu­re steep track, spec­ta­cu­lar, not dan­ge­rous, but swea­ty. After two thirds of the path, the next reward is wai­t­ing for us – who gets the­re ear­ly can watch ibe­xes living in the wild.
Four­ty-five minu­tes later, we are alrea­dy stan­ding on the sky­walk and able to enjoy the gre­at view towards three car­di­nal direc­tions. After a short rest, we walk back the same path for a while, which we were fol­lowing from the pla­teau to the skywalk.

Soon we are going to spot a sign­post lea­ding to the right, direc­tion Postl inn. We keep left, the sign­posts direct us way Luf inn and “Stra­ßen­bah­ner­steig”.

This rather plain path is lea­ding us in a west­ward direc­tion. Right next to the inn, we catch sight of the sign­post “poin­ting” to the left: Straßenbahnerweg.

A spe­cial tre­at is awai­t­ing us here: We descend in bends via a steep track, con­ti­nuous­ly enjoy­ing magni­ficent views.
The last sec­tion leads back to the par­king lot via an unhur­ried forest path. Altog­e­ther, this tour takes about three and a half hours.

If you are loo­king for lone­li­ness and peace, we can only recom­mend this tour during the week and in the morning. As both the catch­ment area and the leisu­re faci­li­ties of Hohe Wand are huge, it attracts loads of people.

Dolo­res Marie Schärf

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,
Alt­hough Hohe Wand offers attrac­ti­ve hiking oppor­tu­nities for fami­lies and less trai­ned sports­per­sons, you will need some­thing more sui­ta­ble than just casu­al shoes for hiking the “Völ­le­rin” track. Our cur­rent excur­si­on tip, a well-known and popu­lar path in natu­re park Hohe Wand, is kee­ping some chal­len­ges rea­dy. Make sure that you start your tour wea­ring appro­pria­te shoes. As many peop­le use this track, the soil is rather plain, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in the rocky parts. Here, ankle-deep alpi­ne boots with slip resistant shoe soles are essen­ti­al.
The use of hiking sticks is an addi­tio­nal bene­fit. The sticks offer two sta­bi­liz­a­ti­on spots more ‑the­re­fo­re, the trunk mus­cu­la­tu­re needs less effort to keep the balan­ce. Ano­t­her bene­fit: the­re is much less pres­su­re on the knee joints when hiking down the moun­tain. Plea­se buy alpi­ne shoes and hiking sticks at the regio­nal spe­cia­list shops. Fit­ting accu­ra­cy and advice alrea­dy pay off during your first tour. Come back home in a healt­hy and safe state!

Erwin Jung, Pho­to: Bergrettung

pho­tos: Ege­rer, Gra­phik: Scherz-Kogel­bau­er GmbH