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Not only does Admont Abbey house the largest monastic library in the world but the room is also regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. So, if you visit Admont, under no circumstances should you miss this highlight of Baroque architecture. It’s hard to believe your eyes when you are faced with a staggering 70,000 books, frescoes by Bartolomeo Altomonte and the well-known limewood carvings 'Four Last Things' by sculptor Josef Stammel. Painted in gold and white, the library exudes a unique and majestic air.
The Ardning Alm Lodge is a place to unwind, plan your next hike or simply to rest, with Karin and Karl always on hand to indulge their guests with delicious meals and drinks. Numerous hiking tours in the area are sure to make any mountaineer’s heart beat faster. During the winter season it’s the ski tourers who are the ones rubbing their (gloved) hands together with glee when they hear the lodge’s name as the location is accessible by car and even offers a parking lot.
Klinkehütte Lodge has a lot to offer: a large hiking trail network in the surrounding area, a parking lot directly at the lodge, comfy beds and hearty meals. All of this makes it a perfect starting point for your family excursion or climbing trip. With the Kaiserau and Mödlingerhütte Lodge nearby there’s almost no excuse for not visiting this lodge, which is heaped in tradition and charm.
Kaiserau helps you to get the most out of winter. No matter if you come here for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing or walking – the high plateau is perfect for breathing in some crystal clear winter air. Choose between the high-altitude cross-country skiing track, the only skiing school in the Gesäuse, tobogganing at Klinke Hütte Lodge and the possibility of warming up at Sportalm mountain inn and trying out some regional cuisine.
They say that the eighth wonder of the world can be found in Admont. We are talking about the monastic library, which will indeed make you fell tiny. Surrounding it is a lively Benedictine monastery where both faith and culture are lived every day. The latter in particular in the form of several museums – the Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art leave nothing to be desired.
There are people out there with an eye for detail and it’s they who are sure to enjoy this lovely Christmas market right in the heart of the Gesäuse National Park; a Christmas market that is still unrivalled in its atmospheric charm. Small, wooden huts filled with regional delicacies and hand-made presents exude Christmas cheer and succeed in enchanting visitors in no time.
Mother Hulda has covered the Gesäuse in white and it’s almost Christmas. During this time there’s one place that you shouldn’t miss out on: the Christmas market at Admont Abbey. Enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere with regional delicacies and handmade products. The programme for kids includes a post office for letters written to the Christkindl, the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria, and musical delights such as the Weisenbläser brass band, which makes the Christmas market in Admont particularly special.
Being up on the mountain in winter is a whole different story than in summer. During the cold season, green becomes white and lively becomes quiet. It is a time when experts come to the mountains of the Gesäuse and when beginners call up a mountain guide or register for the BaseCamp in order to learn everything about this sport. The only question remaining is: which tour to go on next?
Year after year, countless photographers come to the Gesäuse – no surprise really as so much natural beauty simply has to be photographed in all its facets. From the courtship display of the wood grouse to the rutting of the deer, from the starry sky to the life on the alpine pastures – so many things to see, the release button won’t stand still. Luckily there’s the Gesäuse Photo School, where you can learn one or two things from professionals and local photographers.
Who’s in the mood for a little time travelling? And by using the word ‘little’ we are only referring to the duration of the activity, because the journey itself will take you back several million years. In the streets of the town of Gams and in Nothklamm Gorge, step by step you will learn more about geology and how different the scenery must have been when oceans and beaches existed here. To prove it you can even find fossils on the ground!
The Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Hall bei Admont received the Styrian Quality Seal for its tracks, certifying that the high standards of length, signage systems, safety etc. are all being met. The centre offers a total of 33.5 km of tracks – for both skating and classic-style skiing alike – with perfect snow conditions and for all difficulty levels. What's more, everything is topped off with amazing views of the Haller Mauern Mountain and the Gesäuse Mountains.