We are fantastically placed between several mountain ranges and two narrow valleys each with a river which leads to our wide valley. Each range has stunningly different landscapes. Although this section is labeled 'Summer' it is not only Summer that is great for walking here. Autumn is a fantastic time to be on the hills. The colours are changing, the weather is cooler and more stable and for pics the air is clearer. So don't just think Summer or Winter when you think of holidays.
The other main valley is the way into the Lungau from Salzburg on the A10 but you won't see the most spectacular scenery whle driving as the road disappears into tunnels deep underneath it! In July 2012 this area was certified as an official UNESCO Biosphere site which basically means it is a totally natural landscape and is happily protected to maintain it. Other such special areas around the world include Ayers Rock, the Central Amazon, Yellowstone, Guatamala’s Tikal National Park and the Galapagos Islands. It is a truly fantastic area to hike with mountain lakes, flower meadows, ridge walks, the list just goes on and on. It is about a half hours drive from our door plus the local bus goes from St.Michael centre all the way into the park so no car needed. Have a look at Google Earth for a 3D flying view to get a taste or click on the Bing map link below, (Bing has better resolution than Google maps). Type in Wald 48, 5584 Wald, Austria and that will take you to the Alm on the lake .
Just under half an hour the other way, well in fact it's the next valley over but from here you have to go up and sort of left and... ANYWAY... just up the road there is the fantastic area of Obertauern. A great and high ski area in the winter ,its rugged terrain becomes a walkers paradise in the Summer and Autumn with some very dramatic and quite tricky terrain to deal with. But your effort is rewarded with magnificent views, a fantastic sense of achievement, some surprises and ,of course wonderful huts to relax in and quench the well earned thirst.
If you feel the need to get even higher, then we have the Hohe Trauren national park near by. The river Mur starts in the park so we just follow the river up and we are there. Alternatively we can pop through the tunnel under Katschberg mountain and enter through there. The park has most of the local 3000+ meter peaks and some great Via Ferratas .