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Regional Excursions

Excursions in the Ötscher region

Regional Activities at a Glance

Spring, summer, autumn or winter – there is always a lot to discover at the Ötscher region, even if you are looking for an alternative to skiing and hiking or bad weather activities. The area around Ötscher boasts attractive offers all the year round.
Get ready for an amazing mix of places of interest, culture, nature and recreational fun!

Fantastic Plants

Hüttenkogel nature trail invites hikers and nature lovers to explore the unique flora around Ötscher. Follow the footsteps of Charles de l'Écluse (also called Clusius), the first to climb Ötscher in the 16th century, and discover fascinating botanic highlights. Guides of Ötscher-Tormäuer Nature Park lead you to the peak at 1,983 m.a.s.l. Always keep your eyes open during this interesting hike to detect all the regional peculiarities around you. 

Good to know:

  • Duration: approx. 2 hrs.
  • Meeting point: Großer Ötscher valley station
  • Equipment: sturdy shoes
  • Level of difficulty: fitness for a 450-vm hike
  • Costs: lift ticket 16.50 Euro (adult), 11.00 Euro (child)
  • Concessions: Wilde Wunder Card, Niederösterreich-Card
  • Date: info at Naturpark-Ötscher!

Useful info: If you want to know more about the diverse flora along Hüttenkogel nature trail and why Ötscher attracts so many hikers, you can buy the book about the nature trail, which is available at the ticket window now!

3D-Archery Range

Concentrate and – shoot

Feel like native Americans sneaking through forests and pastures. With bow and arrows at Lackenhof am Ötscher. The archery range features 32 stations and 40 3-D-targets on a 2 km-long course. First you get some practice at the training centre, then you have the opportunity to shoot at 3D targets such as ibex or bears hidden in the forest. 

Guided tours: book guided tours for beginners and groups on request!

Ötscher Flowstone Cave and Ötschergräben

Breathtaking and Impressive

Eternal darkness, fascinating columns and bizarre forms that grow into the air or hang down from above: Ötscher flowstone cave in Gaming is 575 m long and has been formed for more than thousand years. Explore the impressive world of stalagmites and stalactites.

Tip: Free entry with Wilden Wunder Card and Niederösterreich-Card!

“Grand Canyon of Lower Austria“ –  that is the name the locals have given to Ötschergräben. Explore this unique gorge system, which is formed by crystal clear torrents, mainly Ötscherbach torrent. This place is a real highlight for tourists in summer.

Get enchanted by cragged rocks, roaring waterfalls and the unique nature scenery at the foot of Ötscher!

Lunzer See Lake

The Green Oasis in the Heart of the Ybbstal Alps

This is the only natural lake in Lower Austria and lies in the centre of the picturesque mountain village of Lunz am See: Lunzer See lake does not only invite you to a refreshing swim, it also stages cultural events at wellenklaengen lunz am see

Another info: : Ybbstal bycicle route starts and ends at the idyllic village of Lunz am See!

Bruckner's World of Beer

All about Hops and Malt

Discover a world of indulgence at Bruckner Bierwelt in Gaming. From the brewing of the liquid gold to tasting of home-made Stachelbier: explore the interesting brewery and taste its special beers.

You have to taste it: Bierwelt also offers you regional culinary delicacies!

Ötscherland Express

Discover the Nostalgic Steam Train!

The 100-year old steam train is an insider's tip for the whole family. A nostalgic ride on the train leads you from Kienberg/Gaming across the unmatched beauty of the Ötscher countryside to Lunz am See. Railway fans learn more about engineering and the historic development of railways.

Explore history on rails on Ötscherland-Express!

Craftmanship and Modelling

at the Former Lackenhof Elementary School

Discover old traditional craftmanship and fine modelling in Lackenhof. Karl Teufel is a passionate collector of old tools and craftmanship. On Thursdays you can explore the old traditional world of carpenters, cabinet makers and woodcutters at the former Lackenhof elementary school.

Experience the art of modelling at the former Lackenhof elementary school. Visit August Etzler, who exhibits his fine collection of model railways. He did not forget the slightest detail when copying the village.