Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Seebachtal, Mallnitz

Prop rooted plants, "praying forest" and ice holes

The Seebachtal (Seebach valley) with the Stappitzer See (lake of Stappitz) sparkling like a jewel is one of the most beautiful high mountain valleys in Hohe Tauern. The easy-to-walk themed trail provides an insight into special natural phenomena such as prop-rooted plants, the "praying forest" and the ice hole. The booklet "Naturführer Seebachtal" (Seebach valley nature guide) (only available in german) offers information about the various stops. The path offers 18 stops with interesting information about the flora, fauna and other characteristics of the Seebachtal.

  • Trail description:        

    The natural history trail starts immediately at the Ankogelbahn car park, which can be reached from Mallnitz by public transport. After a few minutes, you will reach Stappitzer See in just a few minutes. Beyond the lake, the path leads to the southern side of the valley. The path moves to the height of the Schleierfall (Schleier waterfall) above the Seebach (Seebach river) on the other side of the valley. From there, it is only a 10-minute walk to the Schwußner Hütte (Schwußner hut) (1,330 m).

    Starting point:

    Mallnitz, Ankogelbahn car park

    Arriving by public transport:

    Information at

    Opening times: 

    April/May – October


    Stappitzer See: More than 50 different bird species and important migratory rest stop in the spring (e.g. black-throated loons, grey heron); bearded vultures, chamois, red deer, ferns, mosses;

    Rest stops

    Schwußner Hütte

    Hike length / walking time / metres of climbing:

    8 km / approx. 2.5 hrs / 80 m (there & back)


    Hohe Tauern National Park, Carinthia

    Döllach 14, 9843 Großkirchheim


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