The Bärenschützklamm in Styria is one of the most beautiful and impressive water-bearing canyons in Austria. Hiking through the gorge, means climbing up 51 wooden ladders and crossing 109 bridges, while conquering 350 meters of altitude. Because of its beauty and uniqueness, the Bärenschützklamm was declared a natural monument in 1978. After a well-deserved break at the hut “Guter Hirte” we make our way back to the starting point on convenient forest roads and rooty woodland trails.
After a two hour drive from Vienna, we reach the parking lot of the Bärenschützklamm. Here we start our sweaty, yet rewarding hike to the entrance of the canyon, where we have to pay a small maintenance fee. The canyon itself is truly impressive, wooden ladders with handrails lead all the way through it to the top. You should be sure-footed and not afraid of heights. During the climb we can watch the wild water cascades as they intrepidly make their way down into the depths and enjoy all kinds of rugged rock formations. After we have mastered the tiring ascent through the gorge, we recharge our batteries with a well deserved snack at the hut. Here we have the chance to have a cool beer or coffee, connect with fellow hikers or just sun bathe. The return path leads us over forest roads and woodland trails back to the parking lot.