Field Trips

Updated: May 6,2022

Alpine Hiking

A vigorous sub-alpine hike on the mountains around Lunz with views on the lake and the alpine landscape. Includes a picnic stop on a view point. A bagged lunch will be provided. Good fitness is required (approx. 12km – check out here), along with proper hiking boots and appropriate outdoor clothing (water, colder temperature etc.). Depending on weather conditions you might want to consider jumping into the lake, because we will pass by lake Lunz. There we will also pass by the research facilities, such as experimental flumes and the biological station. We will finish our hike with drinks and food in a local restaurant, before taking public transport (10’ bus ride) back to Kartause.

eBike Tour: eBiking across Mount Ötscher and along pristine mountain streams

Up for a ride? Hills? No problem! An easy e-mountain bike ride across beautiful Mount Ötscher and along stunning mountain streams with a few stops to look around and a drink and snack at a local pub at the village of Maierhöfen (see map)! This trip will be ~50 km and we will follow paved roads and occasionally dirt roads … very beautiful scenery!

Biking stop at “Rothschild Glassalon” for a drink and snack.

View onto the mountains around Mount Ötscher.

Stop at Lake Lunz.

Ybbstal Radweg.

Cultural Tour: Tour of the Melk Benedictine Abbey and Wine Tasting in the Wachau Wine Region

This is a historical and cultural field trip to see the Benedictine Melk Abbey in the city of Melk. The tour starts with lunch at the Abbey restaurant followed by a guided tour of the Abbey, its library, art and gardens. Afterward, we will take a short bus trip down the Danube River valley to the town of Dürnstein to enjoy a private tour of an organic vineyard in the famed Wachau Valley (Weingut Schmidl), which includes 6 wine tastings (and wine for purchase). We will finish off the day at a "heurigen" for light evening food in Dürnstein (own cost) before heading back to Gaming later in the evening.

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Whitewater Rafting on the Salza River

The white water rafting tour on the Salza River is one of the most beautiful rafting tours in Europe. Known as the "Styrian Grand Canyon" the Palfauer Konglomartenschlucht is among the most popular places in the nature park Steirische Eisenwurzen.

A mixture of wild and calm passages makes the tour pleasant for everyone. Additionally, you can test your courage by jumping from the Wasserlochsteg or by swimming in the white water. These dares are, however, dependent on the water-level. The water of the Salza River sometimes even flows upwards. That's no joke, just ask your rafting guide!

  • Ensure you bring swimming clothing and towel.

  • Rafting and equipment follow strict safety rules.

  • Rafting doesn't require any previous knowledge, except swimming! Our guides will tell you everything you need to know

  • The bus transfer is appox. 35 min from Kartause Gaming to the rafting camp.

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