In an earlier post, we summed up everything you need to know about Bärenschützklamm (Bear Gorge). You've certainly heard of the popular Austrian gorge and seen a lot of pictures, but do you know what else you can do in the area? While writing that earlier post, I was also surprised to see how many nearby programs are ideal for children and for couples as well. So if you're wondering what to do on a long weekend, read on!
If you have decided to spend several days around Bärenschützklamm, enchant yourself with a great weekend. And in this case, you should know what programs to choose from! It's a good idea to look forward to some programs that are guaranteed to please you. Depending on how many programs you choose out of our selection, you can easily find 2-5 days worth of experiences.
|Bärenschützklamm attractions||Address||Distance from Bärenschützklamm||Season||Opening hours||Closed||Prices||Min age||Dog firendly?||Website|
|Bärenschützklamm||Bärenschütz Weg 40, 8131 Mixnitz, Austria||0 km||May - Oct, every day||07:30 - 16:00 (last entrance)||Nov - Apr||3,5 - 5 euro||6 yrs||No|
|Teichalm Adventure park||8163 Fladnitz an der Teichalm||32 km||May - Oct, every day||10:00 - 18:00||Off season: closed on Mon, Tue, Wed||5 - 25 euro||0 yrs||No||https://www.almpark.at/|
|Raabklamm, Raba gorge||Raabklamm Kleinsemmering 1328160 Weiz||32 km||Every day||00:00 - 24:00||-||-||0 yrs||Yes||-|
||Latschenhütten Weg 8163, Österreich||25 km||Every day, ex. winter||00:00 - 24:00||Winter||Free||0 yrs||Yes|
|Ecopark Hochreiter (Wildlife Park)||An der Teichalmstraße 1, 8614 Breitenau am Hochlantsch, Österreich||10 km||Apr - Oct, every day||10:00 - 18:00||Nov - March||6,5 -8 euro||0 yrs||No||https://www.waldpark.at/|
|Kesselfall||Gasthaus Sandwirt (starting point)||35 km||-||-||-||2 euro||0 yrs||Yes||https://www.almenland.at/en/bewegen-erleben/ausflugsziele-natur/kesselfall-semriach/|
|Sulamith's Hanging Garden||im Almenland AT, Sulamith Weg 1, 8171 St. Kathrein am Offenegg||50 km||May - Oct||13:00 - 17:00 (Wed - Sun)||Nov - Apr||7 -3 euro||0 yrs||No||http://www.sulamith.at/index.php?LANG=eng|
|Alpaca Hiking and Farm||Sonnleitberg 34, 8616 Gasen||30 km||Jan - Dec||Every day||-||-||0 yrs||No||http://www.gasenalpaka.at/index.php/unser-hof/ausflugsziel|
In this list, we also thought about children, so most of the programs are ideal for families, as well as for couples or groups of friends.
The long route of bear gorge next to Mixnitz can be completed in about a day (about 6 hours), while the shorter tour can be completed comfortably in up to 4 hours, i.e. half a day.
Our full post about Bärenschützklamm can be found here. In this post you will find out all about the one or half day tours, the accommodations in the area, entrance prices, and opening hours. This information is not included in this post.
- Address: Bärenschütz Weg 40, 8131 Mixnitz, Austria
- Parking: Free
- Opening hours: May - October
- Daily opening hours: 07:30 - 16:00 (opening hours of the cash desk)
- Closed: November - April
- Hiking difficulty: Medium (about 4-7 hours)
- Admission: €3.5 - €5
- Min. Age: 6 years
- Dog-friendly? No
#2 Teichalm Adventure Park
Located on the other side of Bear Gorge (not at the entrance), the village of Teichalm offers an adventure park for adults and children alike. Here you can live out the extra energy that lies within you.
Next to Mixnitz, in the direction of Guten Hirten and Tyrnaueralm, is the largest adventure park in Almenland Nature Park. The sky playground, with 70 obstacles in the forest, promises special experiences.
Training ground for small children
Inside the park there is a forest park for the smaller ones, which tests the smaller children on the ground. Anyone can enter this section of the park as there is no minimum age limit! The entrance fee is 5 euros for children, while the accompanying parents can enter for free!
During the exercises, children develop their motor skills by imitating the movement of the fox.
The larger cableway for children and adults consists of 8 stages and a total of 70 exercises. The park is spread over a total of 3 hectares and the highest rope point is 13 metres. Google Maps
- Address: 8163 Fladnitz an der Teichalm
- Distance from Bear Gorge: About 25 minutes / 32 km
- Opening hours: May - October
- Daily opening hours: Vary (10-18)
- Closed: Vary (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in low season)
- Admission: 5 - 24 euros
- Min Age: 0 years
- Dog-friendly? We have no information
The adventure park is open from May to October from 10:00 to 18:00. The adventure park next to Bear Gorge is open of different days each month:
- May and June: Thursday to Sunday (10:00 - 18:00)
- July 1 - September 8: Open daily (10:00 - 18:00)
- September 9 - October 31: Thursday to Sunday (10:00 - 18:00)
The adventure park usually opens in early May and is open until the end of October. This year, in mid-May, 2020, the park opened on the 15th, and the season is scheduled until October 26th.
Attention! If you're going around season opening or closing, make sure the park is open. The opening and closure of the season is greatly influenced by factors such as Covid-19 or weather conditions!
#3 Raabklamm (Raba gorge)
Austria's longest gorge
Are you still not tired of the gorges? Then let's go. If you still feel the urge to explore another gorge after (or before) the Bear Gorge, don't miss the nearby Raabklamm. In the strait, you can enjoy a relaxing half-day trip.
The gorge gained its reputation by being Austria's longest-running gorge. The magnificent rift consists of two parts, the Small - and the Great Raba Gorge. The two gorges are 17 km long. Raabklamm is located on the edge of Almenland Naturpark. You can enter the strait area in several places!
Like Bear Gorge, you'll see steep walls, sometimes wide canyons, wooden boards and bridges. The gorge can only be walked on the designated route. The tour takes about half a day and is not demanding.
- Tour distance: 4 hours / 10 km back and forth
- Elevation: 370 m
- Round Tour
Small Raba Gorge - Kleine Raabklamm
The Small Raba Gorge is the upper section of the strait. Compared to the Great Raba Gorge, this 7 km long stretch makes the tour easier, the river is gentler, the canyon is narrower, and its coastline is more romantic.
While the Small Raba Gorge can be visited on a round trip, its larger brother can no longer
Great Raba Gorge - Grosse Raabklamm
The Great Raba section is slightly longer, roughly 10 km long. Although I'd put this gorge in the easy category, based on difficulty, the view is different from that of his smaller brother. Here, the canyon is wider, and the vegetation is less diverse.
This section is no longer a round trip. The endpoint is the Jägerwirt host, the starting point may be Arzberg. Either call a cab at the end of the tour, or walk back to where you came from.
- Tour distance: 4 hours / 10 km just to get there
- Elevation: 340 m- 450m
- Type: Not a round tour
- You can find your route here on Google Maps.
- Address: Raabklamm Kleinsemmering 1328160 Weiz
Tip: Compared to Bärenschützklamm, Raba Gorge has something else in store for you. You'll cross fewer bridges and wooden boards, and the "hiking" terrain will be much more playful. If you have time and would like to go on a trip, it's also worth visiting. I do not recommend to tour the two gorges on the same day due to the limited time.
#4 Moor Trail in Teichalm
The recently renovated swamp trail runs around Lake Teichalm. The swampy path, built of larch, is a real comfortable, relaxing program for the whole family.
This area is the only one in the area with moors, and is even one of Austria's last remaining alpine pine swamps. Its attractiveness is not only due to the easy-to-complete hiking trail, but also to the special flora and fauna found here.
The "Moor trail" route starts directly from the "Teichalmsee", or Teichalm Lake. You can find it here on Google Maps. You can park at the starting point!
The walking path around the lake is suitable for wheelchairs or strollers!
- Address: Latschenhütten Weg 8163, Österreich
- Distance from Bear Gorge: About 30 minutes / 25 km
- Opening hours: Every day (except in winter)
- Daily opening hours: 0-24
- Closed: In winter
- Admission: Free
- Barrier-free?: Yes (accessible with wheelchairs and strollers!)
- Min. Age: 0 years
- Dog-friendly? Yes
The path is closed to hikers in winter due to icy conditions. No admission, access is free.
- The tour starts at Latschenhütte next to Lake Teichalm.
- From here you will make your way through raised planks all the way to Mixnitzbach, where you will reach the so-called alder swamp.
- Leaving the triple point on the map, you can even take a bigger break. This open part is specifically designed for relaxation and meditation. Your journey then continues along a path surrounded by spruce trees.
- The tour ends at the same place you started, at point 1 on the map.
#5 Eco Park Hochreiter
Make friends on the 1 km trail with the local farm animals. Donkeys, goats, deer, foxes, raccoons, and many other cute animals are waiting for you to stop by. With children, the wildlife park promises to be an ideal program, and the distance should not be an obstacle, as the animal park is only 23 minutes from Bear Gorge.
The park is also located in the Almenland Nature Park, right on Teichalm Street. You can find the route here on Google Maps.
- Address: An der Teichalmstraße 1, 8614 Breitenau am Hochlantsch, Austria
- Distance from Bear Gorge: About 23 minutes / 20 km
- Opening hours: Mid-April - End of October (every day)
- Daily opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00
- Admission: €7 - €5.5
- Barrier-free?: We have no information
- Min. Age: 0 years
- Dog-friendly? We have no information
Admission for adults and children up to the age of 15 is EUR 7. For smaller children, only 5.50 euros. Expect the program to last for about 1.5 hours.
#6 Kesselfall Waterfall
Kesselfall Gorge can be a romantic addition to the weekend. Its distance from Bear Gorge is only 31 minutes (34 km), while the gorge can be walked in about 1.5 hours.
I know I've offered you another gorge, Raba Gorge, but Kesselfall could be a shortcut. I suggest you start the tour from the bottom and go uphill. Admission is about 2 euros per person.
- Start- and end point: Guest House Sandwirt
- Length: 2.7 km
- Travel time: 1.5 hours
- Level difference: 180 m
- Route numbers: 740 and 740b
- Parking: at Guest House Sandwirt
On Google Maps, you can find Kesselfall Gorge here.
#7 Sulamith's Hanging Garden
Sulamith's garden, built by the Sichart family, is a charming local plant and spice garden of 4,000 m² open to all flower lovers! It's a real local miracle that few tourists know about. The family developed a different theme in the garden, which was carried out with a separated cascading solution. Rare species of different origins (more than 100), herbs and bushes and shrubs can be found for medicinal purposes.
The garden is only an hour from the Bear Gorge. (Google Maps)
The garden is open from 1 May to 26 October, from Wednesday to Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00. The garden is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Count about two hours for the program. In the garden you can buy soaps and other products made from plants.
- Address: Im Almenland AT, Sulamith Weg 1, 8171 St. Kathrein am Offenegg
- Distance from Bear Gorge: About 55 minutes / 50 km
- Opening hours: May 1st - October 26th
- Daily opening hours: 13:00 - 17:00 Wednesday - Sunday
- Closed: On Mondays and Tuesdays
- Admission: 7 euros + 3 euros for an audio guide
- Min. Age: 0 years
- Dog-friendly?: We have no information
#7 Alpaca farm and walking
With this extra program, I admit I also wanted to favor myself a bit, as I am a big llama and alpaca lover. I've heard of the so-called alpacawalking before - but I admit I haven't had a chance to try it yet. Yes, even that's possible at the Bear Gorge! 🚶 🦙 🦙
What's alpaca walking?
The increasingly popular program hides exactly what first comes to your mind. It's nothing more than walking a dog, but instead of a puppy, alpacas can be walked in forests and fields.
Since these fluffy animals also require a lot of movement, this new "form of excursion" is useful not only for us humans, but also for animals with soft fur.
The alpaca hiking trail has a 300 m elevation and is about 6 km long. The location is on the huge area of the family estate. The tour is only possible if an appointment with the family is made in advance.
Gasen Alpaka farm is located on the Stelzer family estate, about 40 minutes by car and 31 kms away from the Bear Gorge. You can find it here on Google Maps.
- Address: Sonnleitberg 34, 8616 Gasen
I hope you got to know the Bear Gorge area better. If you have the time, I really recommend spending more days there, even an extra day can accommodate 2-3 amazing programs.
You can find our full article about the Bear Gorge here. With the help of these two posts, everything is ready to complete your weekend.