Kundl in the Alpbachtal Seenland area boasts one of the most beautiful natural canyons of Austria.
Image gallery: Kundl Gorge
Once upon a time the Wildschönau area used to be a lake, that was inhabited by a tremendous dragon. When a farmer succeeded in defeating this dragon, this creature bit the rock towards Kundl in its death agony, resulting in the emptying of this lake towards this direction. This is how the Wildschönau emerged and the Kundl Gorge (Kundler Klamm, in German) was born...
A pleasant walking trail takes across the canyon, from Kundl (526 m a.s.l.) to Mühltal-Wildschönau (782 m a.s.l.), lining the waters of the Wildschönauer Ache river. The trail starts in the south of Kundl at a small footbridge, overcoming the wild waters and taking to a resting area with a little fountain containing spring water. Afterwards the well-prepared trail snakes across rock faces, which are sometimes even 200 metres high. Impressive! Moreover you pass an ancient beech which is monumentally protected. Thereafter it runs past a tavern, towards a wooden bridge.
In 2009 the Kundl Gorge was reopened to the public, after an extended period of safety activities including the installation of collecting nets, anchors etc. A visit can be combined with a journey with the so-called Wildschönauer Bummelzug train, which takes you from Wildschönau to the entrance of the gorge, at a velocity of 10 kmph. In summer months this train runs daily.
The gorge is not accessible in winter (Nov 15 - April 1).