Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Zedlacher Paradies – Wodenalm

Fairy tale forest

For those of you on the lookout for a tranquil forest idyll after all the strenuous high-altitude tours through barren rock and ice regions, a walk through the ancient larch forest, known as Zedlacher Paradies (Zedlacher paradise), the majority of which is protected, is your best choice. In the most beautiful larch stock of the Eastern Alps, many 500-year-old trees have a trunk circumference of 6 metres or more. 

If you really only want to walk and marvel at the gnarled trees, then choose the Zedlacher Paradies forest trail with elaborately welded figures and informative display boards. However, extra but minimal effort will get you to the popular Wodenalm (1,825 m, snack stop) after about an hour.

  • Trail description:  
    This circular route starts directly from the Strumerhof car park. Shortly after the start, you will have to chance to choose between to options to climb up to Wodenalm. There is the challenging option and an easy version. Here you will find the description for the sporty route. The path is initially relatively flat; however, it turns into a steep forest path after a few minutes. You will walk through thinly wooded larch woods and across several clearings (route number 53c). At these points, you will have a very good view of the valley and the mountains opposite. After an hour, you will leave the forest and the view opens up onto a very tranquil Alpine area: you have reached Wodenalm. Until this point, the steepness of the path remains relatively the same, but is split up now and again by more level sections. (On your return, you can enjoy the nature trail and choose the easier route to descend.)


    Starting point:      
    Strumerhof car park, 9971 Matrei/Zedlach


    Opening times:       
    June to October


    Walking time / metres of climbing / path length: 
    approx. 3 hrs / 350 m / approx. 5 km (there and back)


    Level of difficulty: 


    Refreshment points:       


    National Park House Matrei

    Kirchplatz 2

    9971 Matrei / AUSTRIA 

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