And its character.
Medium. Technically speaking, the Lynx Trail is medium difficulty. There are no roped or exposed sections that require a clear head for heights. You must be sure-footed and have mountain experience for the steep and rocky sections. Detours from the main path, e.g. summit ascents in Gesäuse, can also be difficult.
The Lynx Trail is demanding. Apart from a very few shorter stages, you must be able to cope with the following daily requirements depending on your chosen hike: walking up to eight hours per day; ascent and descent of up to 1,500 vertical meters and distances of up to 25 kilometres. So you need to be prepared!
3. Can I do the Lynx Trail the other way round, from Lunz through Gesäuse to Reichraming?
Yes of course! But you won’t be able to reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the Lunzer See (lake).
Unfortunately no. Most of the routes along the Lynx Trail or footpaths only, on which mountain bikes are not allowed. But check out the ‘TRANS NATIONALPARK’ trail for mountain bikers in the same area http://www.transnationalpark.at.
5. How do I find suitable accommodation along the Lynx Trail?
There are two possibilities:
Either search for somewhere to stay on the website for the Lynx Trail under the menu “accommodation”, or book through the Lynx Trail Info & Bookings Centre, which guides you through the booking process for your chosen hiking trip dates (see also question 10). Please note: during the peak season (July, August) some stages may be at maximum capacity!
6. How do I find refreshments along the Lynx Trail?
Details of refreshment opportunities (huts, inns, etc.) along the trail are in the stage descriptions (top menu: “Stages”) on the Lynx Trail website. If you are travelling with a group, we recommend booking in advance.
7. Is camping along the Lynx Trail allowed?
Unfortunately no! Camping is only allowed in campsites. Unfortunately a start-to-finish camping hike on the Lynx Trail isn’t possible as only a few stages have a campsite.
8. Can I bring my dog on the Lynx Trail?
Yes you can. But the probability to see y Lynx will be almost zero. When hiking with your dog please note the following:
1) Dogs must be on a lead for the entire length of the Lynx Trail.
2) Not all tourist accommodation allows dogs. Let them know that you will have your loyal companion with you before you book.
3) Dog food: This is where the Lynx Trail Info and Booking Centre offer of transporting your luggage comes into its own. Otherwise your rucksack will be really heavy!
Arriving by train:
Arriving by plane:
Choose from Vienna, Linz and Graz airports.
The Lynx Trail Info and Booking Centrecan arrange a shuttle service to the start of your hike, and back to a train station or airport at the end.
The booking centre offers an award-winning service for individual guests:
You can make a booking for the duration of your hiking trip ready for every day at each stage. The service includes the following package with a “Best Price Guarantee”:
Accommodation in three categories, shuttle services, luggage transport, tour documents, trail hotline and optional services such as guiding, travel insurance and special events.
However, the Lynx Trail Info & Booking Centreisn’t able to offer specific services, such as only booking an overnight stay – or only booking the luggage transport or shuttle service. We hope you understand!
11. And finally, possibly the most important question: will I see a lynx?
If you are really lucky, but you will have the privilege of being in one of the lynx’s rare habitats. If you walk carefully through the lynx’s territory, you may find traces of the shy cat. Lynx aren’t generally considered to be very shy, but thanks to their excellent camouflaged fur they are practically “invisible”. It’s much more likely that the lynx will be watching you (well camouflaged)! By the way, Peter Matthiesen wrote a famous book about his search for the snow leopard in Tibet and said that it was wonderful notto have seen him!
12. How do I behave if I come across a lynx?
Lynx are completely harmless to humans and never attack. Don’t move closer to it, just stand still or sit down, then you might be able to watch it for a bit longer. The lynx will probably do the same thing and watch you. Especially when perching on a rock, watching you from a steep slope, they can be surprisingly bold. The animal doesn’t quite know what to make of you. Try to take a photo! Due to their individual coats, photos are particularly valuable for our lynx monitoring work – please email it to us.