Roadtrip Highlight: Gesäuse Nationalpark & Mödlingerhütte

Roadtrip Highlight: Gesäuse Nationalpark & Mödlingerhütte

Imagine standing in the middle of a green field, nothing but the chirping of birds and the sound of your breathing in the air. You walk a few steps and feel the wind blow through your hair. You stop and take a deep breath. Because there it is. The goal of your hike up that steep hill. A rustic and charming cabin, hidden behind strong trees. A dark wooden structure, elaborately decorated with edelweiss paintings. And suddenly, the sun comes out and paints the whole scene in an even more picturesque light. You realise you’re having goosebumps and it’s not because of the crisp mountain air, but because the whole struggle of the day has been worth it, seeing the stunning sight of the Mödlingerhütte amongst rough mountain structures. 

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The absolutely surreal Gesäuse Nationalpark and our trip to the Mödlingerhütte

One of the main attractions that we wanted to tick off on our road trip last week was the Gesäuse Nationalpark. It’s funny because I’ve been living in Austria all my live, and in Styria for four years, and yet have never before heard of this incredible place. Vivi recommended to take it into our route and after looking at some pictures online I immediately agreed. Crystal blue clear water racing through stones, a curvy route leading you through a valley surrounded by massive stone structures, mountains and woods. How could I resist?

And oh boy was it a wonderful ride. Sadly I didn’t take many pictures along the way (except for the one I shared on Instagram) but that’s not too awful, as it’s reason enough for me to go back soon. With it only being about two hours car drive from Graz it’s not too far, either, and absolutely perfect for a day trip into nature.

Click through for more amazing pictures and a detailed hiking guide. Click through for more amazing pictures and a detailed hiking guide.

Hiking up the Mödlingerhütte

When you’re driving through the Gesäuse, you can either decide to take the long scenic route up the Mödlingerhütte, or opt for the 30-minute walk. So if you fancy a two-hour walk through the woods, upon hills and through the incredible scenery of the Gesäuse, you can stop at the Donnerwirt in Johnsbach and start hiking up to the charming mountain cabin. If you’re not that big a fan of hiking too much, you can take your car to Gaishorn am See and drive the charged road up to the car park from which you only have to walk for about 25-30 minutes until you reach your destination.

Arriving at the cabin, you can then sit down and enjoy a delicious traditional Austrian meal and enjoy the stunning view. I honestly have never felt so humbled by a simple wooden cabin than I’ve been at the Mödlingerhütte. The vibes at this place are seriously out of the world and will make you fall in love with this bloody beautiful world we live in.

If you don’t want to hike back down immediately, you can even book to sleep at the cabin. I’ve been told that the sunset and sunrise shall be out of this world up there, so I definitely have put this experience down on my bucket list. We experienced the whole thing after a short summer rain and it was already breathtakingly beautiful – how gorgeous must it be when the rising sun paints the stone structures golden and bathes the whole scenery in melancholy and hope.

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Click through for more amazing pictures and a detailed hiking guide. Click through for more amazing pictures and a detailed hiking guide.


Have you ever been to the Mödlingerhütte? And are you as much a fan of hiking as I am? What do you think about these absolutely stunning pictures? Impressive, eh?



  1. 24th July 2017 / 10:16 pm

    My best memories are in the mountains. When it’s just you and your mind and you get to truly discover who you are inside. It’s a magical feeling, and those pictures are making me so nostalgic of those summers I used to spend in the mountains!
    Lucie, xx

    • 25th July 2017 / 8:54 am

      Oh that’s amazing. It’s just incomparable to be in the mountains x

  2. 25th July 2017 / 7:52 am

    wooooah what a stunning location **heart eye emoji** it really reminds me of lauterbrunnen in switzerland, have you ever been there?

    i absolutely freakin’ love the picture of you twirling around with the mountains in the background!

    katie xx

    • 25th July 2017 / 8:55 am

      Oh I’ve never been to lauterbrunnen but I’ll definitely put it on my list. I desperately wanna go to Switzerland anyways. x

  3. 25th July 2017 / 10:16 am

    I need an escape from the concrete city! Look at those pictures! Amazing! Thank you for those images!

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you so much Georgina. Sometimes you just need to get away x

  4. 25th July 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Wowww sind das beeindruckende Aufnahmen, einfach wunderschön. Da möchte man sofort hin, wenn man das sieht. Wahnsinn!

    Danke für diese schönen Impressionen!

    Ganz liebe Grüße,
    Ricarda von CATS & DOGS:

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Vielen lieben Dank für die lieben Worte Ricarda.

  5. Carrie
    26th July 2017 / 7:09 am

    wow das sind ja wundervolle Aufnahmen. Österreich hat so viele schöne Plätze zu bieten

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Da hast du definitiv Recht. Danke Carrie x

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Oh vielen lieben Dank Markus, das freut mich richtig zu hören :)

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you so much Alexandra x

  6. 26th July 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Aww, all of these photos make me so homesick for Austria!! Ich glaube nicht dass ich zu diesem berg gegagen bin aber ich muss es mir bestimmt fur nachstes mal merken!

    🍉 Pia

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Oh you definitely have to visit Pia, it’s such a stunning place x

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Oh yes it most certainly is x

  7. 27th July 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Wow, das sind wirklich schöne Eindrücke!

  8. 9th August 2017 / 1:56 pm

    So so schön, tolle Bilder! :D Und Küüüüühe, die sind so süß! ♡
    Liebste Grüße, Natascha von ♡

  9. 20th August 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Wahnsinn :) bis jetzt bin ich da immer nur durchgefahren, jetzt möchte ich auch dort wandern! So schöne Fotos!

    • 22nd August 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Oh das musst du auf jeden Fall nachholen – es ist so schön dort!

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