ST09 AAT: Danielsberg - Hühnersberg
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Panoramabahn KreuzeckPhoto: Markus Kritzer, Kärnten
The Danielsberg nature trail will lead you through the small nature conservation area on this unique hummock which stamps the landscape of the Lower Möll Valley. In Kolbnitz, the main village of the municipality of Reißeck, it is impossible to ignore the use of water power to generate energy. Right at the start you will cross the pressurised pipeline of the Reißeck group of power plants. At almost 1,800 metres, the difference in altitude between the reservoir and the power plant is the second largest in the world! Shortly afterwards you will also cross the pipelines of the Malta group of power plants, which take the water from the Kölnbrein reservoir in the Malta Valley to the power plant between Kolbnitz and Mühldorf. At 200 metres in height, this reservoir has the highest retaining wall in Austria! Given the worldwide discussions on energy, it has to be asked whether water power should be unconditionally welcomed as an emission-free form of energy, or whether the high demand for natural areas to be used for reservoirs and pipelines is not imposing too much of a strain on the landscape. The Reißeck group of power plants currently has an answer: Its subterranean pumping station means that its efficiency can be substantially increased without any visible interventions.
Near the municipality of Mühldorf you will once again be walking on historic soil: Emperor Friedrich I, known as “Barbarossa”, once returned here from the Crusades with his brave warriors and stopped to rest in the gorge. He fell asleep exhausted on the “Barbarossa table” while some of his soldiers kept watch overnight. Soon the Devil appeared to them and chased them. You can discover how the story ends on the enchantingly beautiful trail through the gorge.
Rest stopsPeharz - Wirtshaus seit 1898
Gasthof Zum Richter
Here we follow the village path towards Kolbnitz for a short way, but then we turn off left again in the hamlet of Sandbichl and cross the Riekenbach stream on path number 572. Immediately after this we head uphill along the stream and hike through the railway viaduct, so that we reach the road a little above the railway line. Walking slightly uphill and downhill, but always staying above the railway line, we finally reach the Barbarossaschlucht Gorge (also called the Klinzerschlucht Gorge) at Mühldorf. The hike through the gorge with its waterfalls includes some especially charming scenery. Our hike through the gorge concludes with the historic “Barbarossastein” rock, where according to legend the Emperor Barbarossa spent the night with his Crusaders.
From here we first hike along footpaths in the forest, then we once again follow small village paths through the hamlets of Göriach and Stöcklern, and thus reach the pilgrimage church of St. Maria in Hohenburg. From here the last part of the route leads us along side roads to the Kolmwirt inn on the Hühnersberg.
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