NATURE AND CULTURE 3/3 – PART THIRD OF THREE PARTS
In this third part of our little series, we would like to take you again on a virtual tour of the most beautiful natural and cultural sites in certain regions. And we would like to emphasize that all these places can be easily and quickly reached from the Top Camping Austria campsites mentioned!
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MYSTERIOUS UNDERGROUND WORLD
In the immediate vicinity of Seecamp Zell am See you have two attractions, which you can easily combine: the visitor’s mine in Leogang and the Leogang Mining and Gothic Museum. In the medieval, complex system of tunnels you practically walk in the footsteps of the former miners and learn a lot about the working conditions and the laborious methods of extraction in those days. Since it is naturally quite cool underground (about 7.0 to 8.0 degrees Celsius), you are well advised to wear sturdy shoes and a jacket for the one-hour- long tour. The sightseeing trip ends in front of the cosy miner’s lounge "Unterberghaus", where you can enjoy delicacies from the regional cuisine.
If you are up for more, you should pay the Leogang Mining & Gothic Museum a visit. Here you can see and study valuable sculptures of mining saints, precious minerals and rare ancient coins. However, the highlight of the museum is the mining village in the district of “Hütten”, which also includes the St. Anna Chapel, the historic smelt forge, the medieval defence tower-house, called “Thurnhaus” and the traditional inn “Hüttwirt”. To conclude this memorable day, visit the museum shop, where you can find some nice souvenirs.
THUNDERING WATER AND THE RURAL CHARM OF PAST TIMES
At this point you will get to know two excursion destinations that could hardly be more contrasting, but both are extremely fascinating.
There is the Sigmund Thun gorge in Kaprun. Thunderous masses of water are constantly ploughing their way through the narrow gorge into the valley. You can get a close-up view of this natural spectacle because the gorge can be explored safely by walking along wooden paths and crossing a bridge. The gorge is 320 metres long and sometimes up to 32 metres deep. Its history is ancient, dating back to the last ice age. The gorge was formed by the river “Kapruner Ache”… and this mountain river was itself formed by meltwater from several glaciers in the Hohe Tauern mountains.
After this exciting discovery tour, things can ease off, do you agree? Thus, we recommend the Kaprun Museum, which is housed in a beautiful 400-year-old stone-built farmhouse. With its rustic charm, the old building is already impressive from the outside. Inside, the region's past comes to life. The exhibits reflect the rural life in Kaprun, but also deal with topics such as archaeology, power-plant construction and the tourism pioneers. All the visitors, not only historically interested people, are impressed by the museum!
MEDIEVAL WALLS AND CHARMING FOREST RESIDENTS
The following two excursions are interesting for the whole family and only a stone's throw from Euro Camp Wilder Kaiser. Let us go back to the Middle Ages. The imposing fortress of Kufstein stands high up on a rock, right on the Inn river. Today’s landmark of the eponymous town was first mentioned in documents in 1205. There is plenty to discover at the fortress. You will find an upper bourgeoisie museum with the world's first open-air organ as well as the museum in the state prison and a cell tower on the fourth floor of the Emperor's Tower. The interesting exhibition in the artillery laboratory, which is dedicated to the last knight of Emperor Maximilian I, is also striking with detailed depictions. And the old walls, secret towers and hidden nooks outside guarantee spectacular insights into the Middle Ages.
No less exciting is a trip to the Wildbichl wildlife park in Niederndorferberg near Kufstein. Here live many native species in a completely natural environment: ibex and lynx, red deer and wild boar, chamois, mouflon and owls. The extensive area is a year-round destination and at the same time a paradise for nature and animal lovers. At the end of a nice day, the park's own “Wildbichl” inn will spoil you with its delicious Tyrolean specialities.
"WHITE GOLD", A SPECTACULAR VIEW AND A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME IN THE WORLD HERITAGE MUSEUM
A must for guests at Camping Berau is a trip to the “Salzwelten Hallstatt”. Experience the mysterious magic of sparkling salt crystals in the oldest salt mine in the world and travel 7,000 years back to the beginnings of salt mining. Time seems to have stopped here. You can marvel at Europe's oldest wooden staircase or visit a Bronze Age cinema 400 metres underground. As the “White Gold” has always exerted an extraordinary fascination you can find everything made with salt in the Salzwelten shop – from bath additives to the brine drinking cure.
Hallstatt itself is also worth a visit. On the Hallstatt "Skywalk" you can walk high above the roofs of this lovely market town: The viewing platform provides completely new perspectives ... and a little bit of a thrill is included! Thanks to the state-of-the-art multimedia technology in the World Heritage Museum you will be able to see how people lived and worked in Hallstatt in the past. The holographic representations, life-like dioramas and three-dimensional presentations will take your breath away! When the weather is fine, you should definitely also visit Lake Hallstatt, which nestles in a very romantic location.
A TIME-HONOURED CASTLE AND THE UNIQUE ENERGY OF WATER
A castle out of a fairy-tale book, majestic, proud and with a long history: the old walls of Möderndorf castle breathe soul and charisma. The local museum of the Gail valley found its home here. It invites you to explore a completely different former world. Among the most important exhibits are the "Lufft Bible" from 1541, the fossil of a black bass and the stone core of a Sigillaria tree trunk, about 290 million years old. After such an impressive tour you deserve a break in the museum’s café. Would you like to buy a little souvenir? In the small but nice museum shop you can find beautiful regional handicraft products, books and postcards.
After this cultural highlight you can look forward to a stunning experience in nature. In the “Garnitzen” gorge you can observe the amazing energy water is able to develop. Over various bridges and along wooden paths you have the opportunity to explore the gorge extensively. If you want, you can also demonstrate your skills in the “Garnitzenklamm” climbing park. You will need to have some climbing experience and a little courage.