3 Sister Hike in Nationalpark Gesäuse

Located only about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Vienna, the Nationalpark Gesäuse is a pure treasure for hikers, climbers and nature lovers. We started our adventure with a night hike organised by the “Nationalpark Erlebniszentrum Weidendom”. From 9 pm to midnight, the ranger walked with us along the Enns River and explained sounds of animals and the basic structure underlying the forest in the area. The sound of the river Enns gives the area the name – Gesäuse, meaning murmuring and roaring river.






On the first day, we hiked up to the Mödlinger Hütte (1503 m) where we stayed overnight. In the evening sun, we enjoyed our company and the cool beer.











In gorgeous weather, we hike the next day to the Oberst Klinke Hütte. We followed the recommendation of the “Hüttenwirt” (cabin owner) to hike a more beautiful way and soon got lost without any signs to follow. Our intuition brought us to a wonderful old cabin on the Wagenbänkalm.






Wild strawberries….delicious!



An abundance of blueberries – it was hard to stop picking them.



In the cabin of the Wagenbänkalm, we had lunch prepared by Hanni (women on the right with the blue shirt). We also met a guy from the “Bergrettung” (mountain rescue service) with his wife and had wonderful conversations. We stayed for three hours.




The bread covered with a black bread spread is a typical cheese of the area, tasting like blue cheese.

The bread spread on the bottom left and right corners is called “Gehacktes”, a meaty spread. The bacon is homemade.



Hanni invited us to  have home made apple Schnaps.






I loved the laundry in the back of the cabin, it looked so fresh and clean.

It was easy to find the way to the Oberst Klinke Hütte. However, we did not stay overnight in this cabin. A taxi brought us back to Johnsbach, where we parked our car. In the Gasthaus Köblwirt we spent the night. In the early morning, we started our hike to the Heßhütte (1699m), again a gorgeous alpine path with spectacular views.

















The hike was a birthday present from my sisters, Christi and Ilse. I feel blessed to have such wonderful sisters!

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. My heart sang as I scrolled through your post. I miss hiking in the Alps so much. What a wonderful way to spend time with sisters. Much love, Erica

    • Yes, dear Erica, the Alps are really a paradise for hiking and being in nature. Hiking is also a good way to spend time with each other. I know you love the Alps. Would be great to spend time together with you! Love, Traude

  2. Wie schön! “Die Schwestern!”
    Johnsbach, der Kölblwirt und die Gegend sind mir gut bekannt. Ich freue mich, dass ihr euch dort wohlgefühlt habt.
    LG. Eva


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