There's so much to do in the area that you'll be hard pressed to fit it all in to a weeks' holiday. This is just one of the reasons our guests keep coming back! Not only does the Landhaus Bergner Alm chalet offer ease of access to a large variety of sporting activities, its the perfect starting point for an abundance of excursions and outings. After years of living here, we still haven't made it through even half of what there is do - there's just too many and so little time. In saying that though, we've made good headway & here are a few of our personal favourites.
The starting point of the world famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road is just 800 metres from our chalet. This 48km stretch of alpine road winds playfully up through the Hohe Tauern National Park, the Alps' largest protected area, to just a stone's throw away from the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner.
There are so many natural gorges in the area, it's hard to know where to start! A personal favourite of ours is just a short 10 minute drive from the chalet, called the Sigmund Thun Klamm. This natural beauty boasts whirlpools & waterfalls, all visible from a wooden boardwalk suspended above the wonders below.
You're bound to stumble across crystal clear rivers and striking waterfalls when exploring the area. Krimml Waterfalls is one not to miss, which with a height of 380m is considered one of the largest in Europe. Hike all the way to top of the waterfall or simply stand in the wake of the falls to observe this force of nature.
The captivating mountain reservoirs of the Kaprun valley have it all - imposing jagged rock faces, crystal clear lakes & breathtaking views. The two man-made reservoirs, the Wasserfallboden & the Mooserboden, offer a Fjord like scenery 2,040m above sea level, reached either by funicular or a beautiful hiking trail.
The Weißsensee Gletcherwelt; the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and the famous Pasterze glacier that lies next to the majestic Grossglockner mountain, are definitely places that should be added to your must-see list in the area. These are serene places, often with electric blue glacial lakes at their wake.
Just 10 minutes from the chalet is what is considered the largest National Park in the Alps and also Central Europe; the Hohe Tauern National Park. This nature reserve covers over 1,800 square kilometres of protected land, & is not to be missed when staying in the area. The rawness of its beauty is awe inspiring.
If you're seeking historical culture, the state of Salzburgerland is for you. With over 130 castles and palaces scattered across the state, it's easy to feel like you're in a fairytale. Bruck's own castle, Schloss Fischhorn, proudly overlooks Lake Zell, and the medieval Hohe Werfen Castle is just a short drive away.
The Eisreisenwelt is the largest ice cave in the world, with a total cave length of 42 km. Discovered in 1879, this intricate labyrinth of caves weaves itself through the mountain at 1,656m above sea level. Why not take a tour through these impressive natural ice sculptures and enjoy this otherworldly experience.
The highest accessible viewing platform in the state of Salzburg, the Gipfelwelt 3000, stands at an impressive height of 3,029m. Just a short journey from the chalet, the 'Top of Salzburg' viewing platform on the Kitzsteinhorn gives an unbeatable view over 200 alpine peaks including the Grossglockner mountain.
Home to the birth of Mozart; traditional Sacher Torte & the first Steigl brewery, Salzburg is a haven for the foodies and cultural magpies amongst us. Spend a day meandering the quaint streets of this UNESCO World Heritgage Site, or simply enjoy the alfresco dining and coffee culture of this baroque beauty.