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Power place gorges Ötschergräben and Erlauf reservoir

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We hike through the largest nature park in Lower Austria. The Ötschergräben with wild gorges, bizarre rock formations and waterfalls should not be missed on any visit!
The Ötschergräben are among the top 5 power places in the region Mariazeller Land: Treat yourself to your personal time-out with a cozy picnic at the power places of Mariazeller Land. Power places have a striking, unique appearance and possess a special energy.

Rugged cliffs, thundering waterfalls, unique nature - this is how one of the most exciting landscapes in Austria presents itself.

Hiking experience of a special kind: the "Grand Canyon" of Austria - the Ötschergräben await you with impressive scenery and waterfalls.

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Result
Scenery

Best season

January
February
March
April
November
December

The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
10,8 km
Route
3:40 h
Duration
427 hm
Ascent
422 hm
Descent
833 m
Highest point
617 m
Lowest point

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We start in Wienerbruck (arrival: ride with the Mariazellerbahn from St. Sebastian to Wienerbruck) and walk a short distance along the reservoir, then turn left into the gorge and come over footbridges and footpaths, past the waterfall Lassingfall, down to the power station in Stierwaschboden. There we keep to the left, cross the bridge and hike first along the river Erlauf and then along the river Ötscherbach stream through an enchanting landscape with numerous pools, cascades and rock formations to the Ötscherhias snack station.

From the Ötscherhias we walk up through the forest and along the forest road to the Hagengut. We then branch off to the right to the southern shore of the Erlaufklause reservoir and walk along a shady forest promenade to Mitterbach. It is then about 10 min. to the train station, from where we can take the Mariazellerbahn train back to our starting point in Wienerbruck.

Refreshment stops:

Ötscherhias snack station, Tel.: +43 664 27 59 888

Ötscher-Basis, Wienerbruck, Tel.: +43 2728 21100

Erlaufstauseeschänke (stack house), Tel.: +43 664 932 22 67

Discover gorges and waterfalls as you only know them in the Grand Canyon. The hike through the Ötschergräben can best be combined with a ride on the Mariazellerbahn.

Don't forget your camera! :-)

By train from St. Sebastian to Wienerbruck

>> Here you can get the timetable information of the train Mariazellerbahn

Directly at the train station in Mitterbach or at the Ötscherbasis in Wienerbruck
Tourist office Hochsteiermark - Mariazeller Land

Hauptplatz 13, 8630 Mariazell
T: +43 3882 2366
tourismus@hochsteiermark.at
www.hochsteiermark.at

 

Naturpark Ötscher-Tormäuer

www.mariazellerbahn.at

www.mitterbach.at

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What the weather will be like

Mariazell (860m)

Morning
15°C
95%
10 km/h
Noon
19°C
60%
10 km/h
Night
18°C
25%
5 km/h
Rain and rain showers will end around noon. Dry with a chance of sunny spells afterwards.
Morning
15°C
0%
5 km/h
Noon
26°C
5%
5 km/h
Night
22°C
10%
10 km/h
Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine, clouds will be rare.
27.06.2022
14°C 30°C
28.06.2022
16°C 28°C
29.06.2022
15°C 27°C

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