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Hiking Area

The large pulpit at the Felswandergebiet (Photo: Alice Alteneder)

The Felswandergebiet or Rocky Hiking Area

The foothills of the border mountains in the vicinity of the village of Schönnbrunn am Lusen are characterised by particularly impressive rock formations and near primeval forest.

Due to the mighty stone blocks, which are strewn over the whole ridge, the region has acquired the name Steinberg (Stone Mountain). The most important and most magnificent rocks bear the names Große und Kleine Kanzel (Large and Small Pulpit).

The Rocky Hiking Area is connected to the network of hiking trails in the national park. There are a number of varied routes that can be taken, for example the Fir Tree Hiking Trail from Mauth, the Rowan Tree from Schönbrunn am Lusen or the main hiking trail from the Lusen National Park Centre in Neuschönau.

Hazel Grouse Circular Hiking Trail

From the Igelbus bus stop “Felswandergebiet" the trail leads to a small clearing in the forest with a picnic area. After a passage through the rocks the forest can be seen in its traditional character. Stone steps help with the ascent.

On the way to the highest point of the circular trail uprooted trees with their gigantic root plates give an idea of the dynamics of an undisturbed forest and enable the study of decay and growth. This impression is enhanced further on the last climb, which is perhaps the most impressive part of the whole Rocky Hiking Area. Tall blocks of rock impose themselves on the hikers below and act as guards to this primeval forest treasure.

The trail now goes only downhill past beautiful groups of rocks and mixed mountain forest to a viewing cliff with a view of the national park and given the right conditions to the Alps.

The continuing descent hides a few pleasant surprises for the attentive friend of nature. Typical gnawing marks on dead beech trees reveal the habitat of the rare White-backed Woodpecker, and with a bit of luck the vertical start of the hazel grouse will also be observed. It’s the species of grouse, which gives its name to this circular trail in the Felswandergebiet.