Where the wild rivers Salza and Enns meet the looming rock faces of the Gesäuse Mountains, where the only National Park connects with the largest Styrian Nature Park and the thousand-year-old high culture of Admont Abbey intertwines with the century-old popular culture of the region – that’s where you’ll find the Gesäuse. No matter if you enjoy hiking, mountaineering, white water adventures or culture activities – the Gesäuse doesn’t provide you with a checklist. Instead, it is a place with a lot of room for your own stories, which, in the end, will make you say: the Gesäuse gives you strength.
Want to learn how to kayak? Well, if you’re going to do it, do it right. All you need are the following ingredients: the rivers Enns and Salza, mighty rocks to both sides of the beholder, a professional kayaker and 3 days stuffed with theory and practice and et voilà – you are on the best way to a career in water sports. And on top you’ll gain your very own perspective of the Gesäuse when whooshing down the rivers Enns and Salza.
The University of Mountaineering belongs to the Gesäuse, not as an institution with study fees, but as a term for more than a hundred years of alpinism in which the Gesäuse mountains have made history. And this story is not over yet, because the university has expanded its curriculum.
Pack up your swimwear, take your suitcase and off you go right into the white water paradise called Gesäuse. During a 2-day course on the rivers Enns and Salza, water sports enthusiasts will gain all the knowledge they need in order to be calling themselves true canoeists. Navigating a boat through the roaring white water using your own physical strength? What sounds so hard and might raise some eyebrows at the beginning, can work out perfectly after 2 days of training.
You can explore the legendary Gesäuse mountains for three full days. Not alone, as you would have done it under normal circumstances, but with a mountain and hiking guide. He will give you some useful and sustainable information that will coin your future in the mountains till eternity. The magic words that will make this dream come true are: BaseCamp Summer Hiking I.
You can book a workshop concerning hiking in the Gesäuse mountains. All of you who like to be out and about on the mountains, will have great fun with the contents of this course. But most of all the hiking itself that will guide you through the only National Park in Styria will do the trick.
The Gesäuse gives you strength. Literally. We don’t say this because it sounds good or because it is in fashion right now. We say it because it is something that we experience every day with our bodies and minds. The Gesäuse does not provide you with a checklist, the Gesäuse wants to be discovered individually.
To each their own Gesäuse. Some may find their Gesäuse in the tranquillity and the serenity of nature – and nature is a vital element of the Gesäuse. It is not without reason that the Gesäuse is home to a National Park – offering strictly protected and untouched wilderness that is hard to find elsewhere in Europe – and a Nature Park that is synonymous with a life in harmony with nature. Thanks to its geological features, the latter has also been declared a Geopark by UNESCO.
In the midst of the whitewater and the looming rock faces that the two parks offer, others will find their Gesäuse in sports. The region is also known as ‘The University of Mountaineering’, not to be understood in the sense of a university with tuition fees, but instead as a symbol of more than one hundred years of alpinism, during which the Gesäuse mountains have earned their place in mountaineering history. But, of course, there are also alternative, less demanding, routes up the mountains to those that go straight up the rock faces. With over 500 kilometres of hiking trails and one of the highest densities of mountain huts and lodges, the Gesäuse is the ideal destination for mountain lovers.
Deep down in the valleys framed by the impressive limestone mountains the wild and untamed rivers Enns and Salza are flowing. That’s where the Gesäuse gets its name from – from the German word ‘sausen’, which can be translated as the whirling or also roaring of the water. And it’s the wild waters of these two natural rivers that offer a white water paradise to its visitors that is unrivalled in its purity in Austria.
Others will find their Gesäuse while immersing themselves in the thousand-year-old high culture of Admont Abbey, which is home to three museums and the world’s largest monastic library. And let’s not forget about the century-old popular culture that is still being lived today at countless festivals and events centred around music and traditions in the area.
The Gesäuse does not provide you with a checklist: it gives you a collection of activities that will help you to regain some of the mental and physical strength that so often gets lost in our challenging, everyday lives.