The nature parks are scattered all over Austria - almost like apples in meadows. Each one has its own hobbyhorse. In the case of the more alpine nature and geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen, it is on the one hand the flora and fauna and on the other hand the strong word "geo", which mainly comes into play around the GeoDorf Gams and is even so important that UNESCO has designated the region a GeoPark.
A nature park is there to hold up natural treasures, moreover, the sustainable use of the cultural landscapes shaped over the centuries is the central theme. Nature park specialties partners produce delicacies around scattered fruit meadows, herb gardens and more. The nature park hosts take these specialties and conjure up regional delicacies from them and otherwise it's "protect by using". This also works well with the nature in forest and meadow as well as with the geology in the Geopark.
The GeoDorf Gams is embedded in the Styrian Eisenwurzen. This and the geological deposits around it are decisive for the fact that UNESCO has taken over the protection of this region. As the only Geopark in Styria, the Styrian Eisenwurzen is truly unique. Geopark, by the way, is not a legally established protection category, but a predicate for areas that have a rich geological heritage and a good strategy for sustainable development.
In the Nature and Geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen you will be surprised every day anew: natural wonders like the Kraushöhle, the Nothklamm, the Brunnsee or the emerald green Salza greet you. With hiking boots or a paddle in hand, you can explore the region and find your own happiness. In addition, you can travel millions of years into the past - in the GeoDorf Gams.
With a good guide you will go through the Kraus Cave, which is a collection of superlatives: it was the first illuminated show cave in the world, traces of the old lighting system can still be found today.
In summer, there is no place more refreshing than the Nothklamm gorge near Gams. On wooden paths you traipse further and further into the beautiful natural formation of the Gamsbach.
Near Palfau is the mystery waterhole. A gorge hike with waterfalls, beautiful views and the possibility for culinary reward.
In the Gesaeuse north of St. Gallen there is a castle that reminds us that there was already a lot going on here in the 13th century. The Benedictines from Admont took refuge there when the monastery was no longer safe enough from a warlike point of view.
At a glance with all the details
You don't buy the Gesäuse at the lift ticket counter. The Gesäuse wants to be experienced by you with heart and soul. Whatever you have in mind, your dream experience is waiting behind the next click. The rest is up to you.
Before you and the Gesäuse really get started, we have compiled the most important tips and information about the nature and geopark for you. If you still have questions, just contact our team - we will be happy to help you personally.
From formerly 7 nature park municipalities 4 municipalities were created by the Styrian municipality merger: Altenmarkt bei St. Gallen, Landl, St. Gallen and Wildalpen.
The Styrian Eisenwurzen Nature Park is characterized by magnificent forests, romantic river valleys and idyllic farms. All this connects and offers the nature park communities, whereby each community, each place or even each resting place, each forest clearing, each meadow spot and each mountain peak has its uniqueness and its special features.
They are rustic and outspoken, the Gesäuse inns. And "regional" is not a code word in the Gesäuse, but a duty. In their backpacks they have a selection of Styrian classics to delight the palate. The traditional preparation awakens a thousand and one memories and, on balance, simply makes you blissful.
And restful sleep is possible in the Gesäuse anyway. Hotels, guesthouses, huts and campsites are scattered all over the Gesäuse. Everyone is sure to find a comfortable bed for the night. That's a promise!
Pictures say more than a thousand words. And before you form your own picture of the Gesäuse, let us seduce you a bit visually. The rest will happen automatically on site. Because the Gesäuse has never left anyone untouched.