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Want pure East Tyrol? Without beating about the bush, simply reduced to the fundamental, to the essence you might say? East Tyrol, that is mountain Tyrol, as it is called in many places. Almost nowhere else is this statement more, that East Tyrol is mountain Tyrol, than in Innergschlöss. Innergschlöss is an alpine settlement in Gschlösstal. It is situated at 1689 metres altitude, just before head of the Tauerntal valley and is considered by many as the most beautiful valley head in the East Alps. It is superb when you get to hike from alpine inn to alpine inn here. Gasthaus Venedigerhaus is there waiting to serve its guests and you won’t have to search for long for many other alpine inns.
The Gschlösstal is not just lovely, it is also a perfect starting point. There are a few tour destinations in particular, for instance the Innergschlöss glacier exhibition trail, which quite plainly shows just how gigantic, fantastic and just how speechless the natural surroundings can render you when it is revealed at its loveliest. The ascent to the Alten and Neuen Prager Hütte, and the ascent to St. Pöltner Hütte offer that bit more. At every step and with every view into Gschlösstal it becomes clear that East Tyrol really is genuinely mountain Tyrol. Mountains, glaciers, alpine inns and a wonderful mountain landscape – you don’t need any more to be content …
The hike begins at Matreier Tauernhaus (1,511 m, parking) and leads along a driveway, first slightly uphill past the Wohlgemut alpine pastures up to the alpine pastures Außergschlöß Mountain Lodge (1,680 m). From there, impressive views into the glacier world of the Venediger Group (3,667 m) open up already. The forces of the glacier once shaped this landscape and here in the Hohe Tauern they are still at work. From Außergschlöß Mountain Lodge, the hike leads along the wild Gschlößbach River without climbing too much in direction of Venedigerhaus Lodge (1,689 m). On the way to the Venedigerhaus in Innergschlöß village, you'll find the so-called rock chapel. It dates back to the year 1688 – back then occupiers of mountain pastures built a Lady chapel, which was destroyed by avalanches twice in a row. Finally in 1870, a natural rock cave was expanded into today's rock chapel. All along the way, the direct view into the world of the glaciers never fails to impress. From the Venedigerhaus you can walk along the river all the way to the valley floor without any climbs.
The hike from Matreier Tauernhaus alpine inn to the Venedigerhaus can also be easily negotiated with a pram along the alpine trail.
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