Dr. Vogelgesang Gorge
From 1st of november till the beginning of may the gorge is closed.
Tour and route information
- Starting place: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn
- Starting point: Parking Dr. Vogelgesang gorge in the district of Grünau in Spital am Pyhrn. ATTENTION: Drive off the motorway exit without navigation - this usually leads you wrong to the gorge! On the A9, the Pyhrnautobahn take the exit Spital am Pyhrn and turn left. You drive through the village of Spital am Pyhrn. 100 meters after the end of the village (just before the panoramic indoor pool), turn right into Sandstraße and follow the signs to the district of Grünau (about 2km) along the Trattenbach stream. Or via the B138 from Windischgarsten in the direction of Spital am Pyhrn, after the panoramic indoor swimming pool turn left into the Sandstraße and follow the signs along the Trattenbach to the district of Grünau (about 2km). Public transport: With the ÖBB-Postbus (line 911) or with the Postbus (line 430) to the bus station Spital am Pyhrn Hauptplatz - walking time to the gorge entrance approx. 30 min
- Destination: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn
- Destination: Bosruckhütte Spital am Pyhrn
- Path number: 2
- Hiking trail
Most economical season:
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.
Tour - Details
Details - hiking
- themed path
Accessibility / arrival
ATTENTION: Drive off the motorway exit without navigation - this usually leads you wrong to the gorge!
On the A9, the Pyhrnautobahn take the exit Spital am Pyhrn and turn left. You drive through the village of Spital am Pyhrn. 100 meters after the end of the village (just before the panoramic indoor pool), turn right into Sandstraße and follow the signs to the district of Grünau (about 2km) along the Trattenbach stream.
Or via the B138 from Windischgarsten in the direction of Spital am Pyhrn, after the panoramic indoor swimming pool turn left into the Sandstraße and follow the signs along the Trattenbach to the district of Grünau (about 2km).
With the ÖBB-Postbus (line 911) or with the Postbus (line 430) to the bus station Spital am Pyhrn Hauptplatz - walking time to the gorge entrance approx. 30 min
- Parking space: 150
- Bus parking space: 3
Parking feesParking at Dr. Vogelgesang Gorge is free of charge!
Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
Open from May 1st to October 31st
on weekdays 7.30am to 6.00pm
on Sat, Sun and public holidays from 7:00 to 18:00
General price information:
- Adults: € 4.70
- Children (6-15 years): € 3.10
Discounts (Age-related / Groups):
Children 6 to 15 years € 3.10
- Student groups with school class
School groups until the 15th birthday (10 persons) € 2.60
Groups Adults (from 20 pers.): € 4.20
Family ticket: Upon entering, accompanied by at least one adult paying full price and show the family card, children pay € 2.60
Family plan: With 2 full paying adults, children pay € 2.60
Free Entrance with the Pyhrn-Priel ActiveCard and Pyhrn-Priel SeasonCard
Free Entrance with the Pyhrn-Priel ActiveCard and Pyhrn-Priel SeasonCard
- Suitable for groups
- Suitable for schools
- Suitable for families
- Suitable for teenagers
- Suitable for seniors
- Suitable for single travelers
- Suitable for friends
- Suitable for couples
- Suitable for children
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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Duration: 1h 30m
Length: 2.7 km
Metres of altitude: 346m