Nestled between the gentle slopes of the Wildkogel mountain and the powerful flanks of the Großvenediger, is the Oberpinzgauer community of Neukirchen. With the National Park Rangers you can go directly into the heart of the National Park. In summer there are extended trips into the side valleys and scenic peak overruns, while in winter there are adventurous snow-shoe walks and interesting show feedings of the local game. From Monday to Friday, the Wildkogel-Aktiv program offers many adventurous family experiences for big and small holiday makers. A special highlight for families is a hike on the Venedigerweg. Numerous play stations along the adventure trail in the Obersulzbach Valley provide fun and fantastic views of the Grossvendiger. Located at the entrance to the Untersulzbach Valley, the Untersulzbach Waterfall natural monument offers a wonderful natural spectacle. Around the approximately 80 m deep waterfall gorge there are numerous viewing platforms from which you have a fantastic view of the thundering water.
Hiking in the Wildkogel high-altitude hiking area:
The Wildkogel cable car takes you up to over 2,100 m above sea level, circular routes, right next to the mountain station Adventure Arena Kogel-Mogel, from the mountain station to the middle station Panoramaweg, from the middle station to the Gasthof Stockenbaum Slideway with 10 stainless steel slides, each with a length of 22 – 53 metres
The Wildkogel-Arena is also an internationally renowned biking area. Whether it’s the leisurely family routes along the Tauern Cycle Path, the sporty summit tours or the beautiful mountain bike trails into the Tauern valleys: the views of the mighty glaciers between the Grossglockner and the Grossvenediger, as well as stops at rustic huts and mountain inns, spur you on to top performances. Top for (e)-bikers: the Wildkogel bike trail leads from Neukirchen via the Gensbichl valley station to the top station of the Wildkogel cable car. This circular trail closes the last gap for continuous biking pleasure – now you cycle from Neukirchen and Bramberg to the Wildkogel and back again.
Winter Pleasure in the Wildkogel Arena
An arena as a skiing area – that’s only on the Wildkogel. Arena means event location and thus sums up the possibilities in the Wildkogel Arena: a venue where families, returners and beginners are the main protagonists on 75 kilometres of pistes. 85 percent of the ski slopes are blue or red, making it the ideal area for piste fun with a sense of achievement. At lunch, you can take a break together in one of the many rustic huts on the Wildkogel. And family tobogganing on the Wildkogel on the longest illuminated toboggan run in the world is a tradition! Over 14 kilometres of tobogganing take you down into the valley. Children’s eyes sparkle when they are greeted by Kogel-Mogel and Kogel-Mia at the summit. But the friendly mascots of the Wildkogel Arena can also be seen on skis, so keep your eyes peeled to make sure you don’t meet them somewhere on the slopes! Funslope and the Family Park provide plenty of action on skis and the youngest skiers can enjoy the first turns in the children’s countries. Nature lovers will find a true paradise away from the slopes and toboggan run. On idyllic snowshoe hikes into the quiet side valleys of the Hohe Tauern National Park you can explore the winter wonderland around Neukirchen. On guided torchlight hikes you can learn a lot about the town and the region.
The sporting highlight in the life of every climber is a trip on the mighty peaks of the “Great Majesty” which is the Großvenediger. The local, experienced mountain guides will take you either on foot or on touring skis up to the 3,666m high summit, which in 2016 celebrated the 175 year anniversary of its first ascent.
A Tip for all Culture Vultures
A visit to the “cinétheatro” in Neukirchen is definitely worthwhile! Subtle cabarets, selected bands, readings and theatre performances are the cultural topping for the perfect holiday. The Tauriska association in Neukirchen has made it its mission to preserve customs and lively everyday culture. It also promotes artistic talents and village development.