The Luchs Trail – the new star among Austria’s long-distance hiking trails

31. Oct. 2018

Austria has a "Wild Middle" - the border triangle of Upper Austria, Styria and Lower Austria is home to four internationally recognized protected areas and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. And it is precisely here that the new star among Austria's long-distance hiking trails meanders through.

Wilderness is always also the search for oneself. This is probably why the lynx trail has struck a chord with many hikers with its story! ©TVB Gesäuse/Stefan Leitner

“Have you seen the snow leopard?” bestselling author Peter Matthiessen was asked after his epic trek through the Himalayas, to which he replied “No, isn’t it wonderful!”

Hiking a landscape where the presence of the miraculous is omnipresent exerts a special fascination. Also or especially because one only very rarely gets to see the object of one’s desire – be it the snow leopard or, as in our case, the lynx.

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Mystisch, wild und aMystical, wild and authentic: the official subject for the Lynx Trail © Stefan Leitner

And precisely this “wild center” of Austria offers unique conditions for this. No less than four internationally recognized protected areas, the Upper Austrian Limestone Alps National Park, the Gesäuse National Park, the Styrian Eisenwurzen Nature Park and the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area, form ecological stepping stones that combine to form a large, near-natural habitat. No wonder, then, that it is precisely here that a stable lynx population has once again been able to develop. And as the “icing on the cake,” parts of this region were only recently, in 2017, designated Austria’s only UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

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Hiking in the presence of the wonderful: Lynx in the Reichraminger Hintergebirge mountains © Nationalpark Kalkalpen

For sustainable tourism to develop in such an ecologically valuable as well as sensitive region, a special tact is required. For this challenge the lynx Trail, it meanders on over 200km path length, divided into 11 daily stages, represents a right answer from our point of view. Starting from Reichraming in Upper Austria and ending in Lunz am See in Lower Austria, the long-distance trail follows practically 100% existing hiking trails, thus beautifying the natural resources and incidentally opening up to us landscapes that are as spectacular as they are still often unknown: The mystical Reichraminger Hintergebirge, the breathtaking Haller Mauern, the symphony of steep rock and wild waters in the Gesäuse, the world-forgotten Eisenwurzen, the completely natural Bergurwald Rothwald and the picturesque Lunzer Seen. They all radiate a wild originality that is all the more fascinating because “Austria Wild Center” is located not far from the triangle formed by the major cities of Vienna, Linz and Graz. And thus makes it easy to immerse yourself in the mystique of nature, even for a long weekend.

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Mirror room in the exhibition of the Gesäuse National Park Pavilion in Gstatterboden, which is well worth seeing. © Trail Angels

Without being a prophet: The Luchs Trail will become a classic among Austria’s long-distance hiking trails! On the one hand, because, as already described, extraordinary scenic jewels are lined up along the trail like a string of pearls. And on the other hand the stage places, far away from the noisy mass tourism, know to inspire with a genuine and cordially rough hospitality: romantic alpine pastures such as the Anlaufalm or the Laussabaueralm, Admont with its grandiosen monastery, the small mountain climber village Johnsbach, the Gstatterboden reminding of the Yosemite valley, the idyllic villages in the Eisenwurzen and naturally Lunz at the lake, the charming destination in the Mostviertel.

Even if it’s hard: enough of the gushing! Because the Luchs Trail is now bookable online! With all the individual options offered by the online travel planner from From rail travel to the practical luggage service and accommodation in selected partner businesses to the helpful trail hotline in the specially set up trail information and booking center!

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In addition to the online platform, hikers also have their own trail info and booking center at their disposal! © Klaus Dapra

So let our enthusiasm for the Lynx Trail infect you and take the freedom to plan your adventure vacation as an individual trip, or choose from one of our convenient trail packages.


Here’s everything you need to know about the Lynx Trail!

Whoever is looking for the wild, the unspoiled when hiking should choose the Lynx Trail. You certainly won’t regret it! We hope to see you at the new Lynx Trail during the 2019 hiking season!


Günter Mussnig

The graduate geographer is one of the founders and managing directors of Trail Angels, which is responsible for the web platform As a trekking & Outdoorfreak he is one of the fathers of the Alpe-Adria-Trail and has been exploring the Nepalese Himalayas for more than 25 years.


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