Glaciers, caves, gorges and other mines. A short trip to the Salzkammergut in September 2016
One day, walking across the expanses of the Internet came across information about the ice cave in the Austrian Alps. It took about a year and now the idea has matured.
Here coincided several factors:
- Came across an article about the biggest caves in the world, it turned out that the biggest cave in Europe is located in nearby Austria, where the ice.
- In the end, a proposal of surrender in September of a whole floor at affordable price, well, for us, democratic.
- We offer the apartment turned out to be two kilometers from the castle Hanoverian and the largest ice cave in Austria, though they say in the world, but what did not say!
It prompted us to book us the option of three nights and start looking for more natural attractions in the surrounding area.
In the result, it was decided to visit the following places:
- The Dachstein Glacier
- castle Hohenwerfen
- The ice and mammoth caves near the town of Hallstatt
- The town of Hallstatt and the salt mine, according to guides, the most ancient in the world
- Gorge Liechtensteinklamm, one of the deepest in the UNESCO list
- As a fallback, laid the rise of the hill and the waterfall on the lift Stubnerkogelbahn.
- Well, on the way back to drop in the city of Salzburg and Nuremberg.
The trip was scheduled from 3 to 6 September. Car, apartment and a gondola to the glacier had booked in advance back in June, and this is why you got the discount.
Life, in this case the weather, as always, he made adjustments. From the evening of 4 September to 6 September inclusive promised heavy rains. Of course this did not stop us, everything was paid for, but I had to attend to protective agents and to adjust the plans according to the weather forecast.
So the trip began.
On the first day.
September 3, 2016, Gletscherwelt Dachstein, Hohenwerfen castle
The day began early as I wrote in the Preface, the weather made its own adjustments to our plans. Decided to go to the Dachstein glacier lift to it is in the village of Ramsau am Dachstein, and then go to check in.
Had to move the reservation gondola to the glacier for 12:00. So started at 3:00.
Despite the fact that speed on the autobahn is not restricted and I was driving through Germany about 160 km/h, caught a couple of sections of the repair of a road (as always in Germany, for 16 kilometers, there are certainly longer). But in Austria I had to go a bit slower (that way three times, on average). The last kilometers of the route was on a mountain road with a great incline and sharp turns 360 degrees. Had to drive in first and second gear, on arrival from the car frankly smelled of burnt rubber.
By 11:45 tickets have been purchased (three ticket that includes all attractions and the lift cost 143,5 euros) and we went to the lift.
Rise to the top in the yellow gondola.
And, if you speak the language and be active, you can negotiate and go on the roof of the gondola.
The rise is fast enough, the sensations for 10 minutes (the site says 6), but this time we went up to the station standing right above the glacier at the altitude of 2700 meters.
Dachstein (it. Hoher Dachstein) — karst massif, the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. Is a high plateau situated on the territory of the Austrian lands of Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg, because of what it called "the hill of the three lands" (Drei-Länder-Berg).
The Dachstein massif has dimensions of 20×30 km, about ten peaks have a height of above 2500 m, the highest are in the southern and South-Western part of the plateau. North wood covered with him down the glaciers, above which are seen the mountain peaks, and from the South, the mountain dropped almost vertically into the valley.
Thanks to its exceptional landscape, in 1997, the mount Dachstein, together with the town of Hallstatt joined the list of UNESCO world heritage.
The acquaintance began from the observation platform at the station, it opened with a wonderful view of the valley with the departure station and the glacier.
The photo shoot was short, I really wanted to eat!
Familiarity with local cuisine is not delayed, sausage, and donuts. (something like donuts with chocolate icing) with coffee quickly regained our strength.
Then we were on our way to the suspension bridge, but first we took some photos of the glacier and mountain peaks.
The bridge is made of grating, so you can see the abyss under the feet.
"The thrill of view point" promises a suspension bridge Dachstein.
The highest suspension bridge in Austria connects to the Ice Palace, the attraction that you should not miss. Leads you on the suspension bridge, under the feet of about 400 meters depth. An impressive mountain panorama in front of you and the view of the rocks of the Dachstein massif around you provides exciting moments.
The way the bridge ends at a stone platform which is the famous sightseeing point of "stairs to nowhere". A ladder of several steps ending on a platform with a glass floor hanging right over the precipice at an altitude of 400 meters.
"Stairs to nowhere" where you have a unique sense of free floating in the air.
Then we went to the ice Palace(Dachstein Eispalast)
The Dachstein Ice Palace is a mystical world of ice
Sit on an ice throne in the ice Palace in the Dachstein.
The Dachstein Ice Palace immerses you in a mystical world of ice and snow, deep inside the Dachstein glacier.
The path goes under the eternal ice at a depth of six meters through Steiermark!
Established in 2007, the Ice Palace with carved figures, ice crystal columns and dome is amazing.
Ice Palace is just a three minute walk from the mountain lift station of the Dachstein glacier is open daily to visitors.
Actually it is not very large, the attraction of ice sculptures, and installations.
But we waited for the glacier and climb one of the peaks.
As not everyone was equipped for Hiking, we decided to go to the nearest vertex on the shortest route and the two of us.
The glacier literally flowed, had to probe the surface tricomalee sticks, that would not cocanut water.
Rise in fact the rock was not complicated.
but the last hundred meters was much steeper and we decided not to overstrain, especially because we were waiting for(bothered on the mobile phone, well, that's why there is a connection! ). The way back was quite ordinary, it was only for photography but as on the way up.
When the group reunited, it was decided to climb to the observation platform on the glacier and eat while enjoying the views.
No sooner said than done, after 5 minutes we were on the spot, not surprisingly worked up the escalator!
From the platform gave a great view.
But most of all we were interested in choughs.
They are not afraid of people, walking around on the railing and beg for handouts like pigeons.
And they do not eat a loaf of bread. I agree on the sausage!
Alpine Chough (lat. Pyrrhocorax graculus) is a bird in the family Corvidae. It inhabits Alpine meadows and bare rocks in mountainous areas of Eurasia and Northern Africa at a height of 1260 m to 5000 m above sea level. Meeting flocks of these birds near the summit of mount Everest not only shows that if necessary the bird can fly even higher, but also confirms the thesis that it is the highest of the vertebral body in the world.
In summer, feeds on insects and other invertebrates, in winter, the fruits of various plants. In search of food frequently visits ski resorts where just hanging around hotels and dumpsters. Not afraid of man.
Descent I reserved at 17-00, but we got off two hours early and had to go down on a General basis, all the missing reserved the descent to the time forward. But no one wanted to wait two hours to ride on the roof of the gondola.
During the descent down to the window, watched the adventurers coming down from the station walk down on the rocks. Unfortunately, they are in the picture not included, the gondola was moving fast, but the incline we took a picture.
Via ferrata — a term adopted in the field of mountaineering. He represents the rocky area, specially designed metal structures that help to overcome it with greater speed and lower cost energy than when climbing in the traditional sense. Typically, this area is equipped with a safety rope or chain that runs along this stretch and fixed on the rock located at some distance from each other steel anchors. Footrest — either natural (rock) or steel staples, pins or corrugated plates of small size.
The site can be done in the form of metal stairs (as, for example, in many safety areas in the South Tyrolean Dolomites).
Via ferrata so-called "sport" can be composed also nose or crossing suspension bridges, that consists only of strung parallel ropes. The lanyard is through a universal insurance system or gazebos and so-called "kit lanyard for via ferrata" (Via Ferrata Set, Klettersteigset, EAS), consisting of dynamic rope or slings, snatch absorber (shock absorber) and two special "ferrety" carbines (i.e. carabiners, type "K" according to the UIAA classification), worn on a rope.
Modern set lanyard for via ferrata is sold assembled, so to bring it in "working condition" enough to connect a shoulder strap (also included) to the rail.
Translated from Italian Via Ferrata means "road of iron" (PL. C: Vie Ferrate). In the French языкVia Ferrata was borrowed from Italian.
German via ferrata called "Klettersteig". In modern sports (mountaineering) the jargon used 2 names for the fanatics of these sites: "Ferratist" and "Verticalo", of which the first is more common.
The founder of via ferrata Austria is the first "ferrety" the site was built in 1843 in the Austrian mountain range of the Dachstein. Intensive construction of via ferrata has been observed since the 90-ies of the last century, the most active in this affair the French and the Swiss.
The length and complexity of via ferrata can vary in a wide range, from horizontal sections of length a few hundred meters to the parcels of land of record-breaking with a length of over 2 kilometers and a height difference of over 1000 meters.
Use of European the via ferrate free; the exceptions are some sports via ferrata, where a visit will be charged a small fee, and sometimes there is the opportunity to take ferrate equipment rental. There are via ferrata, the condition of stay which is the presence of the accompanying person (instructor).
Each year in the Alps are built about 50 new via ferrata, in 2008 the total number of via ferrata valpo was estimated about 1000 pieces, most of which were in the Eastern Alps. Italianskaya known as an Eldorado for "ferrarista" — here an abundance of complex, long-term, often "ladder" via ferrata.
France and Switzerland began to build these areas in recent time, so in these 2 countries, these sites are technically the most advanced.
Most high-rise via ferratas in the world is the via ferrata, located on the island of Borneo (mount Kinabalu-4095 metres). Routes length of 400 metres and 1,200 metres.
Below the cliffs the trail widened considerably.
But then it generally turns into a road, not even a bench there.
At the bottom, after a visit to the gift shop
sat in the car and went to Imlay, to settle.
Descending from the mountains ran into the checkpoint, it was found that during the descent from the top lift station we had to mention the coupon that you got at the entrance. Of course this was not done, used to leave things on the dashboard of the car. But seeing our tickets for the lift (thrust for picking up debris is not always harmful ), employees let us through for free.
Arrived as promised the Navigator, in 50 minutes. House found the second time, the first time the Navigator is started in the field on the hill, had to ask directions from a local resident.
Don't have time to Park, as he approached the hostess. No problems arose, the whole process took about 20 minutes.
In 18-00 we were in the Parking lot of castle Hohenwerfen.
Hohenwerfen castle (German. Festung Hohenwerfen) is located in Austria at a height of 155 meters above the valley of the Salzach river (it. Salzach), 40 km from Salzburg.
Land Salzburg is located in the center of the valley. From the South it is surrounded by two massive mountain ranges that create a natural barrier to any traveler or a conqueror. The only possibility to cross the mountain — pass "Lueg", which was a strategic location for defense of the land of Salzburg for many centuries.
In 1077 by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg Gebhard (Gebhard von Salzburg) to protect the pass was built near the town of Werfen ( (it.)Werfen) castle.
In the XV century, Archbishop Eberhard III (Eberhard, 1403-1427) rebuilds the castle with the development of artillery.
In 1524-1525 years of the outbreak of the peasant war in Germany, raised and land of Salzburg. Marauding peasants and miners from the South besieged the city in 1525 and 1526. the Rebels managed to seize the Hohen-werfen and destroy it. However, to build on their success they failed and all were captured. The local peasants as punishment had to participate in the reconstruction Hohenwerfen.
In the modern form of the Hohen-werfen was built in the XVI-XVII centuries.
In 1623 by order of Prince-Archbishop Paris Lodron (Paris von Lodron) built the tower in which was placed a battery of guns. Built a few more towers and a cistern for water. After that, the architecture Hohenwerfen does not occur any significant changes until the present day.
In the early nineteenth century the castle was desolated, but then it was rebuilt in the years 1824-1833, by order of the Austrian authorities. In 1931, all the furniture of the castle was almost completely destroyed in the fire.
Until 1987, the castle was used as a training camp for the local police, then was turned into a Museum and opened to the public. The castle regularly hosts the show birds of prey.
The bottom lift was already closed, so we went up the trail on foot.
The Museum was already closed, we went via the "back door".
The castle acted as local jazz bands. Worked the restaurant, there were tables in front of the stage. We had a great time together and ate dinner.
We are about 20-00, on the Elevator, as it turned out he worked on the descent, free of charge, went down to the Parking lot.
After 10 minutes we were home.
This long day ended, the next day we waited for the caves and observation of the same of the Dachstein massif, but from the town of Hallstatt.
I prefer this holiday more than just lying by the pool somewhere in Turkey, sipping a cocktail. Looking at Your photos, too, wanted to go there. And tell me, problematic whether to go with a 6 years old child? ...
We were also in Austria, but unfortunately, so many outlandish beauty not seen. First, the trip was as part of a bus tour "Trip to Europe" (crossing Europe, you might say). Second, I went with a small child, and such height and distance we were not able to do. Most memorable house-Museum in Salzburg, where Mozart was born. I absolutely agree that this holiday is much better than just roast the belly on the beaches of bored of the Turkey-Egypt... I'm Sure we'll catch up. Photos are fascinating. Envy))) :Super: ...
I think not. It is in these places all the most well-planned, based on the elderly and children. ...
I wonder what the temperature in the ice Palace and the caves? How cold is it? Do I need to take with me clothes, and what? ...
In September there was a near zero. Enough of my fleece jackets and windproof jackets without insulation. In the ice cave was about -3, uniforms was the same. But all this is subjective. :D ...
As all the same beautiful, nature is fascinating! Particularly impressed with the ice Palace and castle) ...
stay really busy and active, something that was originally planned) ...
Just have to be ready to go and a long ride. :) ...
Yes, it is pretty there, but I would not dare to visit such places as afraid of heights and small spaces. ...
So do not need to climb into mines and caves. And to the edge no one come close makes. There are many interesting and not extreme. :) Austria is extremely well-maintained country. ...