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Wurzeralm NatureExperienceWorld - Two Million Years in Two Hours

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Starting place: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn
Destination: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn

duration: 1h 48m
length: 6,0 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 166m
Altitude difference (downhill): 161m

Lowest point: 1.355m
Highest point: 1.436m
difficulty: very easy
condition: very easy
panoramic view: Great panorama

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A mostly level circular path has existed around the largest high and low moor of the Northern Lime Alps , the so-called „Teichlboden“ for quite some time. In the beginning of the summer of 2007 this trail has been established into the above mentioned circular hiking trail.

Wurzeralm – A journey through time
Our earth is 5 billions of years old but still the development of the Alps only started approximately 65 million years ago. This process took about 2 million years to result in the Alps as we know them today. Man came to Europe 1 – 1, 8 million years ago. This era is the focus of our theme trail to give you the opportunity to experience these historic times up close and personal. Man only really enteres the scene in the last few minutes of this hike!

Scientsts and discoverers will enjoy the nature-observation-station. Centrally positioned and due to its open structure, it offers unobstructed circular view around the valley and the surrounding mountain world.

Experience Areas
The Wurzeralm NatureExperienceWorld strengthens the family-friendly hiker’s arena. The experience areas are especially geared for kids. From barefoot parcours, smell experiences, little root men and a range of games – test all your senses as well as your knowledge, fun inclusive!

Our special pasture-experience program with a certified pasture guide offers interesting insights into this versatile habitat including various aspects of the alpine dairies in an illustrative manner.

Natural and Cultural Landscape
The progressive exploitation of mankind has changed the lanscape of the Wurzeralm and Warscheneck, originally formed by a glacier. Human cultural influences are mainly visible in the alpine forestry and dairy industries. The side by side existence of nature and culture brings a multitude of habitats for both fauna and flora.

Alpine Forest
The forest vegetation around the Wurzeralm pasture is still very natural. The climatic conditions structure the forest according to altitudes and allow for a great variety. In lower altitudes mixed forest of deciduous and needle trees dominate, whereas the Wurzeram is situated in the altitude of natural spruce forests, slowly replaced by larch forests towards the forest border. After that short bushy mountain pines dominate to the tree line.

High Alps
The extreme location of the high alps exclude more and more species in a fight for survival. The long snow covered period with only short snow free times, strong temperature fluctuations between night and day, the northern and southern side, icey winter conditions and dryness as well as partly strong winds only allow the most adapted species to survive above the tree line.

The large mire areas at the Teichlboden are special to this area, developed due to the melted glacierwater, the upper and lower Filzenmoos moor is the highest high and low moors of the northern lime alps. The lowmoors next to clearly buldging highmoors are perfect pasture grounds. Moors are the last part of original nature in our cultural landscape and they are strongly endangered due to ground drainage, peat and turf mining and reforestation. While highmoors are a habitat to highly specialised fauna and flora due to its low nutrient conditions, lowmoors offer a bigger variety of species due to a higher nutrient content.

Alpine dairies and industry
Already before the Stone Ages men lived at the Wurzeralm pasture as hunters. During the Bronze Ages shepherds reached the plateau to clear the area for agricultural purposes.
The actual alpine pasture has been kept authentic for the last 700 – 800 years. If we want to keep the alpine landscape with its stunning variety of flowers, then we must not abandon this old type of culture.

The Alps – our joint natural heritage
The last years show drastic and sudden changes: overdevelopment, noise, air, water and soil pollution. The sensitive ecosystem of the Alps is suddenly threatened also due to the latest global climate changes. The predicted temperature rise until the year 2100 by about 3-5° C speeds up the melting process of the glaciers. Increased floods, storms and avalanches in connection with longer heat periods affect life in the alps. The consequences for the Wurzeralm are possible floods of the Treichlboden, a rise of the forest line and a shift in vegetation zones by up to 400m or damages to our trees. Only fast and suitable measures can counteract these massiv changes. The Wurzeralm NatureExperienceWorld aims at raising the awareness about the vulnerability of our Alps, as it will take every single person’s assistance to ensure the future of the Wurzeralm and the Alps in general.

Starting point: Wurzeralm funicular top station
Destination: Wurzeralm funicular top station

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Berghotel Sonnalm

Berghotel Sonnalm

The family residence is an ideal starting point for many holiday activities in Somer and winter.

Berghotel Sonnalm - Wurzeralm

Welcome to the Mountain Hotel Sonnalm on the Wurzeralm in Spital am Pyhrn!

Mountain Restaurant Wurzeralm

Mountain Restaurant Wurzeralm

Welcome to the cozy mountain restaurant directly at the exit of the funicular up to 1400m.Groups are welcome!

Linzerhaus Wurzeralm

Linzerhaus Wurzeralm

Welcome to the mountain inn Linzerhaus in Spital am Pyhrn!

ÖAV-Berggasthaus Linzerhaus

ÖAV-Berggasthaus Linzerhaus

The Linz House is located in the ski and hiking area Wurzeralm at 1400m above sea level and is accessible from the valley station in 1:15 hours on track, or in a few minutes with the modern funicular.

Thomas´s daheim

Welcome to the Berghotel Almflüh on the Wurzeralm in Spital am Pyhrn!


Those looking for the quaint cozy cottage, for the Wiederlechnerhütte on the Wurzeralm a secret.

Accessibility / arrival

Parking Wurzeralm funicular valley station and ride up the funicular!

Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Suitable for kids (all ages)
  • Suitable for pushchairs
  • Pets allowed
Most economical season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.

Stiftsplatz 7, 4582 Spital am Pyhrn

+43 7563 255-0

Wurzeralm NatureExperienceWorld - Two Million Years in Two Hours
Pyhrn-Priel Tourismus GmbH
Stiftsplatz 7
4582 Spital am Pyhrn

+43 7563 249 - 99
+43 7563 249 - 20

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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!

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Starting place: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn
Destination: 4582 Spital am Pyhrn

duration: 1h 48m
length: 6,0 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 166m
Altitude difference (downhill): 161m

Lowest point: 1.355m
Highest point: 1.436m
difficulty: very easy
condition: very easy
panoramic view: Great panorama

Paths covering:

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