Hiking in mineral-rich Habachtal

A valley that draws countless amateur mineralogists every year

Beautiful, natural Habachtal Valley in the Hohe Tauern mountains outside Bramberg am Wildkogel is world famous due to its emerald deposits - unique in Europe - and its wealth of minerals in general. If you would like to learn more, we would suggest a hike along the Emerald Path, which will introduce you and your children to the mineralogy and geology of Habachtal in fascinating, playful ways. In addition, you can even actively try your hand at panning for emeralds.

 

Taxi into the Habachtal - Tel. +43 664 3420609

From the parking ground Habachtal to the Enzianhütte and to the Alpengasthof Alpenrose

Departure parking ground May and June: 09.00 am, 10.00 am, 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm

Departure parking ground  July, August und Septemer: 07.45 am, 09.00 am, 10.00 am, 1.30 pm and 4.30 pmr

Return May - September: 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm

Pre-registration is essential!

- Hiking Paths in Habachtal -

Emerald Path

Emerald Path

- Emerald Path -

On the "Emerald Path",  the goal is to allow hikers to experience the beautiful landscapes of the Wildkogel Arena on the one hand, and to provide them with information about the mineralogy and geology of Habachtal Valley on the other. In designing the trail, we focused on making it as playful and easily understandable as possible.

The Emerald Path in Hohe Tauern National Park branches off from the wide road just after the small information building at the Habachtal car park in Bramberg, leading alongside the splashing waters of the Habach. At the "Grüner Boden", you will find some interesting tips about the most important minerals found in Habachtal, as well as about a legendary figure known as the "Venedigermandl". After the bridge over the Habach, the Emerald Path meanders through an area with an extraordinary number of natural springs. By means of a bridge onto a large rock in the middle of the Habach, you can experience first-hand the wildness of this mountain stream. After this, the Emerald Path leads through gentle, lightly forested areas of alpine pastures. Yet another figure drawn from legend tells the tale of the Fazenwand. With the valley head and its glistening glaciers in sight, you are now presented with fascinating insights into the geology and most important minerals of Habachtal. And of course, here in our family-friendly Wildkogel Arena you will also find a playground for the kids as well as climbing opportunities, close to Gasthof Enzianhütte.

The highlight of the Emerald Path is a landslide area close to Gasthaus Alpenrose. Here, you can borrow all the gear you need to hunt and pan for emeralds. With a little bit of patience, everyone has the chance to find an emerald here. The romantically situated Moa-Alm and the small Ahornsee tarn represent the conclusion of the Emerald Path, set against a unique mountain backdrop.

 

- WildkogelAktiv Programm -

Valley of Emeralds 

- Valley of Emeralds - 

Wildlife safari

- Wildlife Safari -

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- Valley of Emeralds - 

A National Park Ranger will accompany you on this hike along the Emerald Path in Habachtal Valley. Aside from exciting information about the flora und fauna of the National Park Region, the ranger will also share some tips of the interesting play and adventure stations along the route

 

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- Difficulty -

easy

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- Registration -

Not required

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- Meeting Point -

12:30 pm at the Habachtal car park.
Lasts until about 5 pm (return either by Valley Taxi or on foot)

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- Fee -

free with Nationpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card

without Nationpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card € 9.00 for adults; children and teens (ages 6 - 16) accompanied by parents are free (taxi fare extra)

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- Dates -

Every Monday from 11.07. - 05.09.2016

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- Wildlife Safari -

An experienced, professional National Park hunter will accompany you to a great willife watching location. With a little bit of luck, you will catch sight of marmots, chamois and deer.

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- Difficulty -

easy

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- Registration -

Not required, precise tour details will be decided at the meeting point.

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- Meeting Point -

5 pm at the Enzianhütte, Habachtal (reachable on foot or by Valley Taxi).

Lasts until about 8:00 pm

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- Fee -

free with Nationalpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card

without Nationalpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card € 9.00 per adult, children and teens (ages 6 - 16) accompanied by their parents are free (taxi fare extra).

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- Dates -

Every Tuesday from 12.07. - 06.09.2016

Panning for emeralds

- Panning for Emeralds -

Larmkogel Summit Meeting

- Larmkogel Summit Meeting -

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TIP

- Panning for Emeralds -

The "Emerald Express" will take you to Habachtal Valley and Alpengasthof Alpenrose. After a short hike, we will hunt and pan for a wide range of minerals, especially emeralds. At 5:30 p.m., hopefully after "striking it rich", we will return by taxi!

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- Difficulty -

moderate

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- Registration -

By 5 p.m. of the day before at the Bramberg tourist office

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- Meeting Point -

8:45 am at the Habachtal car park

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- Fee -

free with Nationalpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card

without Nationalpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card € 4.00 adults, € 2.00 children (taxi fare extra)

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- Dates -

every Thursday from 16.06. - 22.09.2016

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- Tip -

Bring along rubber boots or sturdy mountain shoes

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- Larmkogel Summit Meeting -

One of the "easy" 3,000ers of the Venediger Group, the Larmkogel is an extraordinary ice-free mountain affording brilliant panoramic views. Early in the morning, the National Park Taxi will take you to Habachtal Valley. Accompanied by the sight of Habachkees glacier, participants led by a National Park Ranger ascend via the Moa Alm and Thüringerhütte over 1500 vertical meters (!) up to the summit. The descent follows a route on the far side of the alpine gap, via the Fürtherhütte past the Vordermoos down into Hollersbachtal to the Ofner Boden. The valley taxi will then return you to Bramberg.

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- Difficulty -

challenging

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- Registration -

By 12 noon of the day before at the Bramberg tourist office or in the Nationalpark Verwaltung +43 6562 40849-33

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- Meeting Point -

6:45 am at Habachtal car park

Time of return: 7 p.m.

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- Fee -

free with Nationalpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card

Without Nationalpark Summercard MOBIL / Guest Card € 15.00, children and teens (ages 12 - 16) accompanied by parents are free.

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- Dates -

Every Thursday 14.07. - 08.09.2016

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Full day in the mountains with long, though rewarding climb and descent. Good physical condition and alpine hiking gear (protection against the cold, gloves, cap) are a must!

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 6 persons

- Huts in Habachtal -

Alpengasthof Alpenrose

- Alpengasthof Alpenrose -

Enzianhütte

- Enzianhütte -

1.386 m

Habachtal

5733 Bramberg

Familie Egger

+43 6566 8670

+43 664 91 68 022

- Alpengasthof Alpenrose -

Alpengasthof Alpenrose in Habachtal is also an ideal starting point for mineral hunters.

You can reach the Alpenrose either by Valley Taxi or on foot - taking about 2 hours to hike. This inn is open from mid-May until mid-October.

Enjoy your holidays in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The Alpenrose serves local specialties and pastries.

35 beds as well as a mattress dorm (group accommodations) for around 30 people are available for those wishing to spend the night.

Also provided is a beautiful shower room along with a drying room for boots and clothing.

Located right next to the inn is a site where you can pan for emeralds.

1.313 m

Habachtal

5733 Bramberg

Familie Blaikner

+43 6566 7383

+43 664 9068611

- Enzianhütte -

The Enzianhütte in Habachtal serves as an ideal base for mineral collectors.

The Enzianhütte can be reached either by Valley Taxi or on foot - the hiking time is around 1 1/2 hours.

The hut is open from mid-May until mid-October.

Once at the Enzianhütte, you can quench your thirst as you are treated to delicious treats from their own organic farm.

If you need accommodations, 28 beds along with a mattress dorm provide space for around 20 people to spend the night.

Neue Thüringerhütte

- Neue Thüringerhütte -

2.240 m

Habachtal

5733 Bramberg

Gertraud Aberger

+43 6566 20126

+43 664 42 73 214

- Neue Thüringerhütte -

The Thüringerhütte is a hut managed by the Alpine Association and is open from mid-June until the end of September.

Naturally, at the Thüringerhütte they are pleased to serve you a delicious selection of homemade foods.

You can also spend the night in one of 50 sleeping-bag spots or one of 30 beds.

To reach the Thüringerhütte, you can take the Valley Taxi to Alpengasthof Alpenrose.

Once there, you will hike between 2 1/2 (via the Noitroi) and 3 1/2 hrs. (regular trail) until you arrive at the Thüringerhütte.

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II Wildkogelbahn II
III Smaragdbahn I
IV Smaragdbahn II
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VI Frühmesser
VII Pfeifferköpfl
VIII Braunkogel Schlepplift
IX Gensbichlalm
X Ganzeralm Tellerlift
XI Wolkenstein Tellerlift
XII Preimis Schlepplift
XIII Eggerfeld Anfängerlift
XIV Wennser Gletscher I
XV Wennser Gletscher II
XVI Kaserboden
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XVIII Wildkogelscharte II
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19 1 Wildkogelbahn Berg - Mitte
18 1a Wildkogelbahn Mitte - Neukirchen Talabfahrt
18 2 Pfeifferköpfl Berg - Smaragdbahn Berg
19 2 Wildkogelbahn Berg - Pfeifferköpfl
20 2 Pfeifferköpfl
18 3 Ganzeralm
19 3 Ganzeralm
18 4a Wildkogelbahn Berg - Ganzeralm
18 4b Smaragdbahn Berg - Braunkogel / Ganzeralm
18 5 Pfeifferköpfl ("Autobahn")
18 6a Wildkogelbahn Berg - Gensbichlalm
18 6b Neukirchen Talabfahrt
20 6 Neukirchen Talabfahrt
18 7 Gensbichlalm
19 7 Gensbichlalm
18 8 Gensbichlalm - Braunkogel
19 9 Braunkogel
20 10 Braunkogel - Ganzeralm
19 11 Braunkogel / Frühmesser Süd - Ganzeralm
19 12 Frühmesser - Ganzeralm
18 13 Frühmesser
19 14a Smaragdbahn Berg - Mitte
19 14b Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg Talabfahrt
20 16 Braunkogel
18 17 "Skimovie" Rennstrecke
18 1b Skiweg Stockenbaum
18 14a Skiweg Bramberg
18 14b Skiweg Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg
18 15 Skiweg Neuhaus
22 32 Pfeiferköpfl
Status Name
Wennserloipe
Talloipe Bramberg
Loipe Neudau
Loipe Dürnbach
Loipe Rosental
Loipe Sulzau
Loipe Trattenbach
Loipe Schönbach
Loipe Einöd
Loipe Markteinstieg Stockerfeld
Status Name
14a Rodelbahn Bramberg
1b Familien-Rodelbahn Stockenbaum
14b Rodelbahn Smaragdbahn Mitte - Bramberg
15 Familien-Rodelbahn Neuhaus
Rodelbahn Kühnreit