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.