kals am grossglockner dorf und st georg rundwanderung
kals am grossglockner dorf und st georg rundwanderung

Water Experience Trail and Kals valley hike

Anyone who thinks of Kals am Grossglockner, thinks about glaciers and alpine mountains. But also during a comfortable circular valley tour, nature and culture can be experienced.

At the Knopfbrücke bridge, beneath Unterlesach, our hike starts on the east bank of the Kals Brook. The path proceeds to an area of gravel soil with sparse vegetation (Schotterfluren), a particular habitat for many animals and plants. An observation tower offers the view on the area and informs about the nature at the mountain brook. Following the river course always uphill we reach first the outfall of the Ködnitzbach brook and then the village centre of Kals. At the church square, interesting facts about the history can be found, about the origin of the town names from the various settlement periods of the Romansh peoples, Slavs and Germanic peoples. Here also the Glocknerhaus of the High Tauern National Park is located, where plenty of information about the highest mountain of Austria and its first ascent can be found.

We continue our circular walk along the road to Großdorf. Past the St. George Church we reach the little church in the village centre of Großdorf. We walk past the valley station of the Kals Cable Car and reach the Kals Brook again, where we hike on the west bank back to the Knopfbrücke bridge, where our hike ends.

Author: AT

If you want to do this walking tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Knopfbrücke bridge near Unterlesach, Kals
Route: Kals Brook east bank path – Kals (village centre) – Großdorf – Wassererlebnis-Weg path
Distance: approx. 9.2 km (in total)
Walking time: about 2.5 hours (entire circular walk)
Altitude difference: approx. 200 m
Altitude level: between 1,240 and 1,390 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: August 2017

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