The further we drive into the Kleinsölktal, the more imposingly the steep forested hillsides ascend towards the peaks above. From the Breitlahn Hütte, a broad path takes us on an almost flat walk alongside the Kleinsölk stream to the Schwarzensee. Three sides of this lake are surrounded by dark forest, standing along the shore are a number of enormous, ancient alpine maples. And in good weather, whenever we come to a clearing, we can enjoy enchanting reflections off the lake.
In spring and early summer, a veil of waterfalls cloaks the cliffs of the cirque, rhododendron are in bloom and, by the end of June, the cows have already been driven up here and the cowherds are working hard. Gigantic blocks of rock serve as protection for these rustic alpine huts, each roofed with wooden shingles and blending perfectly into the surrounding countryside.
Tips, hints and links
Safety informationSafety on the mountainside: changes in the weather, sudden fall in temperature, thunder storms, wind, fog and snow fields are all objective dangers and require the correct behaviour whilst underway. The landlords of the huts are all very knowledgeable about the mountains and can give you good tips about the weather and the routes. Insufficient equipment, exaggerated opinion of ones capabilities, frivolousness, poor health condition and a false evaluation of the situation can lead to a critical situation. In thunder storms: summits, crest-sites and safety rope aids are to be avoided.
If something should happen call following emergency numbers:
No. 140 - the number for all Alpine Emergencies in all of Austria
No. 112 - European emergency call GSM emergency-call-service
Getting thereBranch off from the Ennstalbundesstraße B320 at Pruggern to Sölktäler. From Stein an der Enns to the Kleinsölktal until you reach the Breitlahnhütte (toll road) – valley shuttle station.