Caribbean feeling in the middle of the Alps, Styrian culinary delights included
"The whole is extremely beautiful and I could not get enough of it. The peace in the great nature has the highest charm and I confess it, here I would like to spend every summer a fortnight in solitude." - Archduke John of Austria (1782-1859)
An absolute insider tip in the middle of the Styrian Alps in the Sölkäler Nature Park. The Seekarlsee with its turquoise coloring, gives you that vacation feeling and takes your breath away. Far away from mass tourism, a lonely hiking trail to decelerate. Fresh mountain air and crystal clear water embedded in the untouched nature of the Sölktäler. Finally peace and quiet, here time seems to stand still. Embark on a journey back in time to days long past. The Seekarlsee probably owes its color to the ice-age rock flour of the Sölker marble, which is found here in abundance. This is exported all over the world and mined in Kleinsölk. This already catches the eye on the way through the Kleinsölk, the Sölker marble is omnipresent here.
Also the culinary after the covered 1,000 meters of altitude does not come too short. At the Köckhütte, guests are spoiled with original Ennstaler Steirerkrapfen and also the famous Ennstaler Steirerkas. These are traditionally eaten with sauerkraut and potatoes. Made from rye flour, the original "poor people's food" is today a delicacy, which you can enjoy on selected alpine pastures. Dairymaid Viktoria prepares these with much love and lives the alpine life. The summers are spent with the whole family on the Alm, a full-blooded dairywoman who is happy to spoil her guests. Styrian hospitality is capitalized here. We recommend a quick call to the Köckhütte to enjoy the unique regional doughnuts.
From the Ennstal federal road B320 at Pruggern (from the west) or Espang (east) branch off to the Sölktälern. In Stein a.d. Enns into the Kleinsölktal. At the Kesslerkreuz turn left and continue to the parking lot Tuchmoar . Park directly at the barrier.
From the Tuchmoar parking lot, follow trail no. 790 along the forest road towards the Tuchmoaralm, past the huts and then follow the markings to the left towards the Seekarlscharte. Follow the path through a high forest. In serpentines the path leads over a steep step. In the area of the timberline, the terrain becomes somewhat flatter and leads directly to the turquoise-colored Seekarlsee at 2,140m above sea level.
Distance: 10.5 km | Duration: 6:30 h | Ascent: 1000 m | Descent: 1000 m
The Sölktäker Nature Park asks its visitors to be mindful of the uniqueness of this landscape. Please bring the garbage down to the valley and do not go into the water. Otherwise, churning will cause distinct dark discolorations at the bottom of the lake.