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Summer action in Obertauern

Downhill adventure against the breathtaking mountain backdrop

Young people run up and down the mountains, as if they have springs instead of joints. Some happen to wait after their fourth decade and things stop being so funny. After a couple of 100 vertical metres downhill, your knees pipe up and hurt so much that you want to call the mountain rescue team. But there’s a much better solution to explore the mountain downhill without pain: In Obertauern it´s called the “Mountain Skyver’.

Downhill with the mountain scooter

In some way, these all-terrain mountain scooters look like a cross between a bicycle and scooter. They have no saddles or pedals – just footrests, a strong suspension and robust brakes. And because they don’t weigh very much and can be folded up, they are easy to transport in your backpack or on cable cars. In three moves, they are assembled and ready for the descent.

Mountain Skyvers and helmets can be rented at the valley station of the Grünwaldkopfbahn; taster courses are also offered. Children from eight years of age can use the Skyvers when accompanied by adults, as the riding technique is easy to learn.

Once at the top, there’s the mountain to experience before the downhill adventure begins. Surrounded by the panorama of summits of the Radstädter Tauern, visitors can take in the picturesque alpine landscape on idyllic tracks – with flowering meadows, alpine lakes and cosy alpine cabins everywhere. The adrenalin-fuelled descent towards Obertauern can begin. Thanks to the good suspension and strong brakes, bumps on the terrain are no problem. The descent zooms by. Verdict of the Mountain Skyver tour: Fun on wheels instead of a tough descent!

From lake to lake and pasture to pasture – the best of Obertauern by mountain bike

If you prefer to be out and about on the classic mountain bike with saddle and pedals, then there’s a number of routes for various levels of difficulty to choose from in Obertauern. For example, the three-lake tour offers a “Best of Obertauern”: crisp ascents and descents, exquisite views, flowering alpine pastures and idyllic mountain lakes. After the strenuous uphill hike to the highest point on the route above the Krummschnabelsee, its dark, mysterious surface will entice you. As a moorland lake, it reaches up to 24°C in the summer, just right for a pleasant refresher after a sweaty ascent.

Very fit mountain bikers looking for a challenge can combine four tours into a veritable marathon: the three-lake tour and the routes to the Gnadenalm, to the Tauernkaralm and to the Südwiener Cabin will take you to a total distance of 43 km and a total of 1,879 vertical metres. You’ll definitely need some proper stodge, or ’Schmalz in den Wadln’ as the Austrians call it – high-energy sports nutrition in the form of Salzburg pasture specialities such as cold meat platters known as “Brettljause”, sweet “Rahmkoch” dessert or alpine cheeses, which can luckily be found in the alpine cabins on the way.

On the last stage, it’s definitely worth a detour to Johannes Waterfall, which is also a lovely destination for a family hike. The water crashes down from a height of 60 m, spraying into a fine mist of glittering droplets.

Challenge on the mountain: x cross run mountain

9.2 kilometres, 380 vertical metres and 14 cruel obstacles per lap are not for wimps and the light-hearted. But the x cross run mountain seems to be a lot of fun for runners: Judging by the pictures and videos of previous races, participants throw themselves into the mud bath with complete relish. The obstacle race take place in Obertauern on 8 July 2017.

More information: Obertauern Tourist Office, tel. +43-(0)6456-7252, email:, website:

Press contact: Aviareps Tourism GmbH, Christina Handcock, tel. 089-552533-440, Josephspitalstrasse 15, D-80333 Munich,

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