Valley of Lakes – Glacier Realm
The name Stubach comes from “spraying water”. Only the innermost part of Stubachtal is remarkably scenic as such and abundant with mountain lakes thanks to the energy industry and tourism Part of the national park. Weissee, Tauernmoossee, Grünsee and Enzingerboden are dammed and partly stocked with fish. But there are still lakes not tampered with such as Karsee, Schafkopfsee, the Kleineiser lakes, Salzplattensee and many more. Wurfbach and Ödbach streams (in the western tributary valley Dorfer Öd) are fed by numerous glaciers. Trace of erstwhile glaciation such as the kettle basins at Grünsee and Enzingerboden lakes can still be clearly seen.
In Stubachtal, spruce forest prevails with larch trees and Swiss pine at higher altitude. The entrance to the valley features a particularly beautiful mixed deciduous forest, a natural landmark with ash, harewood, wych elm, willow and grey alder. The very rare giant bellflower also grows here. A special natural landmark is the Wiegenwald forest, a unique woodland and moorland north-west of the Enzingerboden at 1,400 to 1,800 m above sea level. An ice-age moraine here is populated with spruce, larch and Swiss pine. The glacial trough is home to circular moors with beautiful vegetation and interesting fauna.
Of animal wayfarers and giant crystals
Every year, countless butterflies and birds move through Stubachtal across the main alpine ridge. These include butterflies such as the admiral or painted lady, or birds like swallows and larks. Some species migrate at day, others at night. Not a migrant but an exceptionally rare breeding bird found in the area is the red-spotted bluethroat. The area around the Hohe Riffl is known as source of minerals, including apatite, magnetite, diopside and others. Giant rock crystals have also been retrieved from the northface of the Eiskögele (approx. 3,000 m altitude) with the largest weighing in at 618 kg. Today they can be seen in the ‘Haus der Natur’ – Nature Museum in Salzburg.
Glacial nature trails Ödenwinkel and Sonnblickkees
These family-friendly designed high alpine trails lead across the forelands of the Ödenwinkel and Sonnblickkees to the snouts of both glaciers. In addition to diverse alpine flora, mountain hikers can marvel at and study this ice-age wealth of forms. The first trail leads across the Schafbühel hills to the Eisbodenlacke small salt water lake and from there through terrain which has been ice-free since the middle of last century to the glacier terminus of the Ödenwinkelkees. The second leads around Tauernmoossee lake to the Sonnblickkees glacier.
Walking time: approx. 2 – 3 hrs. from Rudolfshütte alpine hotel.
Excursion to Wiegenwald forest
Special guided natural history tours by national park rangers are offered regularly. These tours and the purposeful layout of the trails have succeeded in encouraging visitors not to stray from the trails in this ecologically highly sensitive area and thus protect nature without feeling constrained.
Walking time: approx. 3 hours, starting point Enzingerboden
Butterfly Trail Uttendorf
From the village centre along the Dorfbachstrasse road and then following the information boards up to sunny slopes of Uttendorf. The boards describe the becoming and passing away of butterflies, their life and value. Many species can also be seen in the wild on a dry slope, such as Apollo and yellow swallowtail. This butterfly stalking is a huge attraction in particular for parents and children. Rest and snack stops are located along the way.
Walking time: approx. 2 – 3 hrs.
Kalser Tauern Crossing – From Salzburg to East Tyrol
As part of the Glockner Circuit, you can walk from Weissee along long distance hiking trail 02 up to the Kalser Tauern (approx. 1.5 hours). Alpine pioneer vegetation and wonderful views of the peaks and glaciers await. Alternatively, you can take the chairlift up to Medelzplateau and climb down to the Tauern (slippery when wet!). A steep descent to the “Erdige Eck”, then the trail is more level to Dorfer Lake and finally the Kalser Tauernhaus at 1,755 m altitude (accommodation possible). Across scenic alpine areas and Daberklamm gorge it’s up to the Tauernwirt above Kals, or add the climb up to the Sudetendeutsche Hütte to the Glockner Circuit.
Walking time: approx. 7 – 8 hrs.