A Day in the Austrian Mountains
Yesterday a small group of students travelled to Bärenschützklamm to enjoy a hike at one of Austria’s longest flowing gorges! We caught the train from Graz à Mixnitz (a small village at the bottom of the mountain). We arrived at Mixnitz within 45 minutes and began our ascent!
The ascent to the top of the gorge takes about 2-2.5 hours one way. After hiking up the mountain footpath for 45 minutes, you arrive at the bottom of the Bärenschützklamm gorge. This ascent to the top is unique because it involves 164 wooden ladders and bridges! This amounts to conquering 350 meters of altitude!
The entire hike was absolutely stunning! Steep wooden ladders hugged the gorges’ edge, while wooden bridges zigzagged over waterfalls and pools. On our way up we noticed the unusual rock formations that were shaped by hundreds of years of roaring waterfalls. We also saw 10-15 mountain goats along the way!
At the top of the Bärenschützklamm gorge, there is a small cabin that was transformed into a restaurant. When we finally arrived, we were exhausted so we sat a picnic table to relax and have a bite to eat!
There is an option to continue hiking on a footpath to the very top of the mountain but it takes 4 hours! After lunch, we decided to start our journey back down the mountain. It took us about 2 hours to get back to the bus station in Mixnitz.
Overall, we had an amazing day! This hidden gem is by far one of my favourite hikes yet!
Photos by Dan Culter