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Mountaineering in East Tyrol – the routes to the home of the Gods

If Tyrol is presented as being synonymous for mountains, self-assured people and an unspoilt dialect, then East Tyrol is the comparative of Tyrol. Rocky mountain tops jutting out steeply in the sky, gnarly inhabitants and a dialect, which even in Austria itself is not understood everywhere. This is almost Tyrol times two.

Hohe Tauern National Park - an incomparable natural paradise

Mountains shape the inhabitants. It is no wonder that the East Tyroleans still have the utmost respect for them. This humility is manifest in a lovely way in the ‘gentle’ tourism, for which East Tyrol is known, far and wide. The people who are responsible for this state are also dedicated to this method of conservation. This positive attitude towards nature ultimately brought about the creation of the incomparable Hohe Tauern national park. The question remains; why do people climb the mountains? Because they are there. And because they are still fascinating. In earlier times they were for the most part venerated as the home of the Gods (and at times goddesses too), yet today things are somewhat more profane.

Vertiginous heights

East Tyrol almost has a ‘jackpot’ of three-thousand metre mountains in Austria. 266 summits alone are above 3000 metres. The most prominent is probably the Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, set in the midst of the wonderful Hohe Tauern National Park. For mountaineers a real paradise of vertiginous heights opens up in the midst of this dreamy, unspoilt landscape. It much like normal life – the routes to the summits are varied. Whether you venture it all using ropes and pitons, or you prefer to opt for a summit route on a good hiking trail accompanied, the good old-fashioned way, by an East Tyrolean mountain guide – the route always heads to the summit; that is the destination.

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