Precipitous limestone peaks, green forests and mountain pastures, mountain huts with fabulous views and the turbulent, foaming river rapids which give this high Alpine region its name await you in the Gesäuse National Park.
For centuries the Gesäuse has been famous for its breathtakingly beautiful, inaccessible scenery. Ever since Alpine sport began, the name Gesäuse has been synonymous with unique outdoor experiences for hikers, climbers, water sports enthusiasts and ski tourers. Over millions of years the waters of the Enns have deeply eroded this mountain range. In the process it created a water gap, with steep walls which soar up to 1,800 metres into the air. The Gesäuse is home to the last unregulated sections of this great Alpine river, starting at the entrance to the Gesäuse, where the gentle Enns turns into white water. It drops more than 150 metres over the 16 kilometre course of the water gap.
The breathtaking scenery is shaped by the mountains: the Buchstein massif to the north of the Enns, the peaks of the Admont-Reichenstein group, the Hochtour massif and the Zinödl-Lugauer massif rise up to the south of the river.
In 2002 a large part of the Gesäuse, as the northernmost part of the Ennstal Alps, was declared a national park.
Why not visit us here in the Gesäuse? Nowhere else can you experience such a variety of fascinating habitats in such a small space.
Water, forests and rocks!
More about the Gesäuse and tourisitic informations you can find in our booklet "Your Gesäuse".
THE WILLOW DOME ADVENTURE CENTRE
Activity and education infrastructure
Get out of the classroom and into the National Park