Note: The Bärenschütz Gorge is closed for the time being after a rockfall at the beginning of July 2020!
The Bärenschütz Gorge in Styria is one of the most beautiful water-bearing gorges in Austria. Over a distance of 1.4 kilometres the trail leads past rugged cliffs, 200 to 300 metre high rock faces and waterfalls. The path overcomes 350 metres in altitude.
The trail runs over more than 100 bridges and around 50 free-floating wooden ladders through the narrow gorge. So sure-footedness is also required here. Therefore the path is not easy for children and in some places it is dangerous, especially for small children. The gorge cannot be walked on with dogs
Your way to the gorge:
To get to the entrance of the gorge, a 1.5-hour hike starts in Mixnitz, which in places climbs steeply. Once you reach the gorge, you have to pay the entrance fee at the small hut.
After leaving the gorge it is another 20 minutes to the snack station "Zum guten Hirten". From there you can either take a hiking trail directly back to Mixnitz, or you can extend the tour a bit further and walk to the Teichalm. From Mixnitz to the Teichalm it is 10.5 kilometres (4 hours), the way back another 12 kilometres (4.5 hours).
- The day pass at Bärenschütz Gorge Mixnitz is €5 making it one of the 5 cheapest tourist Attractions in Austria.
How to get there
The Bärenschütz Gorge is located near Mixnitz. It is located 45 kilometres north of Graz and can be easily reached by train (approx. 40 minutes). From Mixnitz station you can walk to the gorge in about 1.5 hours. If you arrive by car, you can also use the train station as a starting point, as there are parking facilities.