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.
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.
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.
Find out more: www.gesaeuse.at