- 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.