Austria 2010 Holiday ... 4 ... Myrafalle and Limestone
Date & Time: Saturday 29th May 2010.
Location : Winzendorf in Lower Austria.
Places visited : Markt Peisting, Pernitz, Muggendorf, Klosterdal, and back via Gloggnitz.
Walk and drive details : 2 hrs walk at Myrafalle and an 8o mile drive round.Highest point : Hausstein Rocks
With : Myself and Ann.
Weather : Generally sunny and warm .
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Next day we had no great plans but we did want to explore the surrounding area.
Helmut and Susan suggested a tour around the limestone valleys that make up the Schneeberg Massif.
With map in hand and ideas in our head we set off into the unknown.
You can see our route on the map above.
Hohe Wand with Schneeberg in the distance to the left.
The escarpment has a Skywalk structure we wish to visit but we'll leave that for our last day.
In the valley below, the classic Church in the village of Gaaden.
We had been stuck for over half an hour and guys in harnesses and climbing gear had been passing walking back and fore.
It turns out they had been climbing the rocks and knocking off the loose ones.
The road had been closed by a guy and a hand signal . . . so refreshing.
[ Over in UK they would probably spent days just putting up signs and traffic lights before they even started the job ! ]
The road swept clean, we were on our way again.
Turning at Pernitz, we made our way up the valley a short way to Myrafalle
described as a " Hiking and Water World around the Myra Cascades"
Water World started at the children's water play area
but I gave it a miss today in favour of more grown up pursuits.
The Waterfalls at Myrafalle in Austria have been a tourist attraction for well over a century.
We headed for the boardwalks and bought our ticket to the cascades
The area has been important for water power and the small model nicely depicted an old riverside water mill.
The 19 bridges take you to the heart of the cascades
artificial, but in its own way it brought a new appreciation of this mountain torrent.
The top waterfall flows out between two massive boulders.
At the head of the path we find a small weir and a lake alongside the valley road.
This is the head water for hydro electric plant that was built around the falls.
The pipeline led back, underground through the hill, to the bottom of the falls. I understand it may not now be in use.
From here we followed the red path markers up towards the top of the woods.
Such lovely detail amongst the wayside plants.
The top of the woods and we get a view of Hausstein Rock.
The path forked and offered a way up so we headed for the top.
Ann sits amongst the pines on the summit . . . within feet of the edge.
Relaxing at the summit with views of Schneeberg in the distance.
Views down to the village of Muggendorf below and Pernitz beyond.
The wall on the side was part of an old water mill
and a signboard below gave a brief history of water power in the valley.
A last view of Hausstein Rock as we return to the car.
This cheerful gentleman was just passing after taking visitors down to the falls.
Back to Pernitz and off to Gutenstein
passing through traditional and modern small towns and villages along the way.
We also passed these goats . . . so just had to stop and reverse back !
From here we enter the limestone gorges that wind their way around the back of the mountains.
Deep valleys and high limestone cliffs . . . very dramatic.
A large umbrella for what was the briefest of rain showers and the only one we had all day.
" Banana rama "
All too soon we were heading out of the valley and leaving the high cliffs behind.
The Rax Seilbahn or Ski Lift.
The Rax is another high mountain, with a plateau a lot like Schneeberg, and suitable for winter skiing.
Out of the valley and back into town architecture at Reichenau.
I may be driving on the 'wrong' side of the road but green lights are green lights in any country . . . time to go.
From here we completed the circle and found ourselves back at Weikersdorf once again.
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An excellent meal again and an a nice place to stay had we not already booked in to the Dorfmeister.
[ These two pics were taken the previous day or scanned from their brochure, hence the different coloured skies ]
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . . our own car and a desire for exploration