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Water adventure trails

On the routes in Defereggental mountain rivers are a constant companion. Through them you learn that the only constant thing is life is change. Stream courses change, erode and end. Everywhere there are strata, islands and remnants of the last floods, as well as exposed vestiges of the past. The angular edging of the rocks yields to rounded, flowing features, smoothly polished. Sitting at a mountain river, your feet dipped in the cool water, you can sense change. It is here that surface crusts are polished away and the hidden comes into view. The river bank is where you feel connected with life.

Pfauenauge: Energy-filled water area

From the car park in Oberhaus a well signposted trail proceeds to the nearby Oberhausalm and continues through the Swiss pine forest and a gorge, heading for Seebach- and Jagdhausalm in the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is here that ‘Pfauenauge’ is located, somewhat off the beaten track, high up. The little mountain tarn, surrounded by sedge thickets, presents a popular photo opportunity.

Pfauenauge. Energy-filled water area

Hirschbichl "cult" site

Even 8000 years ago Stone Age hunters realised that the Hirschbichl, and its lovely mountain lake, was a place to be cherished, as corroborated by archaeological finds. Ibex, chamois and marmots were hunted here. These days it is not just the history which impresses, the breath-taking panoramic views and the tranquillity of the area do too.

Hirschbichl ‘cult’ site

St. Jakob water adventure trail

This easy and informative half-day hike starts to the east of the town centre of St. Jakob i. Def. and proceeds along the Schwarzach into the valley, passing wetlands, waterfalls, sources and rivers. Information points invite you to stay for a while and relax. Also ideal when the weather is wet. Tip: Rangers in the Hohe Tauern National Park offer exciting guided tours. From May on request; weekly in July and August.

St. Jakob water adventure trail

Gassen-St.Veit hiking trail

From St.Veit town centre proceed on the shady forest paths into the valley, passing little waterfalls to the hamlet of Gassen at 1568m altitude, where information boards recount the at one time difficult life in this mountain farming settlement. The return leg proceeds via the road to the junction, where you then follow the signposts back to St. Veit. The birth-house of the renowned Tyrolean poet Sebastian Rieger, alias Reimmichl, is located on the route too.

Gassen-St.Veit hiking trail


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