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Dr. Vogelgesang Gorge

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Tour and route information

  • Starting place: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn
  • Starting point: Parking Dr. Vogelsang Gorge in Grünau district in Spital am Phyrn
  • Destination: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn
  • Destination: Bosruckhütte Spital am Pyhrn
  • Path number: 2
Duration: 1.44 hours
Length: 2.743 km
Metres of altitude: 333m
Lowest point: 732m
Highest point: 1065m

Paths covering:

  • Hiking trail

Most economical season:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
A wild romantic gorge with a doctor’s title – the LONGEST GORGE IN UPPER AUSTRIA & THE SECOND LONGEST GORGE IN AUSTRIA!

Experience the natural spectacle of rushing water in the longest gorge of Upper Austria with a total length of 1.5 km as well as 500 wood and stone steps. The gorge is also the starting point of a 5-hour alpine hut hike (Bosruckhütte, Rohrauerhaus und Hofalm).

The Dr. Vogelgesang-Gorge is a welcome destination for all ages, from infant to old age. At the end you connect with the international long distance hiking trail (E 601 via alpina), from where you can embark on a beautiful and popular circular hiking path. To ease the tired bones, take a break and enjoy some local specialities at one of the the alpine huts Bosruckhütte, Rohrauerhaus or at the Hofalm before your descent to Spital am Pyhrn.

Dr. Moritz Vogelgesang was the local doctor at Spital am Pyhrn and also head of the local improvement club. His efforts to make the gorge accessible are the reason why it is named after him.
The word “Vogelgesang” also means bird song, the gorge is therefore often erroneously called bird song gorge.

The Dr. Vogelgesang-Gorge was made partly accessible for the first time in the summer of 1906 for tourists. In 1908 the gorge was destroyed by floods. From 1926 – 1927 the entire gorge was made fully accessible by the municipality of Spital am Pyhrn by means of steps and footbridges fixed vertically into the rocks. The entire gorge can be climbed by approximately 500 steps. Every May the steps are inspected and maintained all summer long, to ensure that visitors can enjoy the water falls at no risk. In 2006 the gorge celebrated its one-hundred-year old existence.

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Pyhrn-Priel Tourismus GmbH
Stiftsplatz 7
4582 Spital am Pyhrn

Phone: +43 7563 249-99
Mobile: +43 664 4970135
Fax machine: +43 7563 249-20

We speak the following languages

Tour - Details

Details - hiking

  • themed path
Arrival / Arrival


On the A9, the Pyhrnautobahn take the exit Spital am Pyhrn and go through the entire urban area of Spital am Pyhrn. 100 meters behind the town (just before the panoramic indoor pool), turn right into the sand road.

From here follow the signs to 2 km up to the parking lot of the Dr. Vogelsang Gorge in the village of Grunau.


  • Parking space: 150
  • Bus parking space: 3

Parking fees

Parking at Dr. Vogelsang Gorge is free of charge!
Opening hours

Open from May to the end of October
on weekdays 7h30 to 18h00
on Sat., Sun. and Public Holidays 7h00 to 18h00


Discounts (Age-related/Groups):

  • Children
    Kids (6-15 years): € 2,00
  • Families
  • Groups
    Groups (from 20 pers.): € 3,00

Discounts (Memberships)

Pyhrn-Priel AktivCard
Free Entrance with:Pyhrn-Priel ActiveCard and Pyhrn-Priel SeasonCard
Payment methods

Payment methods

  • Cash
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Suitable for single travelers

Other special suitabilities:

Open from 1 May to October
on Weekdays 7.30 bis 18.00 clock clock
on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 7.00 bis 18.00 clock clock

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Mountain biking is one of the most wonderful outdoor leisure-time activities. Whilst biking or on a mountain biking tour, mountains and lakes, meadows and cabins are re-discovered in new ways. A couple of rules for fair play in the forest help to avoid conflicts whilst mountain biking.


a.Pedestrians have the right of way: We are accommodating and friendly to pedestrians and hikers. Upon encountering these fellow travellers, we alert them by using the bicycle bell and slowly overtake them. We avoid paths with heavy pedestrian traffic altogether. Take nature into account: We do not leave refuse behind.

b.The braking distance should be half of the total distance visible: We ride at a controlled pace, are ready to brake and maintain a braking distance half as long as the total distance visible, especially in curves, because we always have to count on obstacles on the path. Damage to the path, stones, branches, wood piles, grazing livestock, cattle grids, barriers, tractor-type forestry machines and authorised vehicles pose dangers that we need to be ready for.

c.Don’t drink and drive!: Do not drink alcohol when mountain biking. Take care at stop-off points (dealing with bike racks, dirty shoes or clothing).

It is obligatory to provide first aid!

d.Marked routes, closed paths and blockades: Keep to the marked routes, observe the blockades and accept that these roads are primarily for agricultural and forestry use!

Blockades can often not be avoided and are in your own interest. Biking beyond the intended path and outside of opening times is punishable and turns us into illegal bikers.

e.We are guests in the forest and behave accordingly, including vis-à-vis forestry and hunting staff. Whilst mountain biking, mobile telephones and music players are forbidden! Biking requires your full attention.

f.Avoid unnecessary noise. Out of consideration to the animals living in the wild, we only bike during full daylight. As a principle, we always wear our helmet (even when riding uphill)! Don’t forget emergency supplies: We always have a repair set and bandages along.

g.Don’t overestimate your skills: We should not overdo it when it comes to biking technique and physical fitness. Take the level of difficulty posed by the route into consideration and make a precise estimate of your experience and skills as a biker (braking, bell, lights)!

h.Close gates: We approach grazing livestock at a walking pace and close every gate behind us. We should avoid causing escape and panic reactions in the animals. Nothing stands in the way of the fun and athletic challenge in the mountains and forests!

i.Traffic rules: The general traffic rules (StVO) apply for all the mountain biking routes and we adhere to them. Our bike therefore needs to be in perfect technical condition and equipped in line with the traffic rules, including brakes, a bell and lights. We inspect and service our mountain bikes regularly anyway.


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Spital am Pyhrn

Duration: 1.44 h

Length: 2.743 km

Metres of altitude: 333m


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