Rauris Valley is 30 km long, nicknamed the “Golden Valley of the Alps” due to its history. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, Rauris Valley in SalzburgerLand has managed to preserve all that is good and genuine. Due to exceptionally careful interaction with nature, summertime holidaymakers are able to enjoy pristine landscapes, along with an array of cultural, historical and natural highlights, here in the largest community within Hohe Tauern National Park.
Putting your luck to the test as a treasure hunter at three gold-panning sites in this “Golden Valley of the Alps”, hiking along ancient pathways in Seidlwinkl Valley once taken by merchants transporting their goods through the Alps, or taking a fascinating stroll along a water theme path. Impressive testimony to this valley’s wealth of water such as mighty waterfalls and the Rauriser UrQuell in the “Valley of Springs”. Or in Kruml Valley, the “Valley of Vultures”, watching the “Kings of the Air” – bearded vultures, griffon vultures and golden eagles – along with other wild creatures in their natural habitat.
During hikes and alpine tours, around 30 mountain huts and inns offer refreshment opportunities along the way. At most, homemade products from their own farms – cream cheese, farmhouse bread, bacon or a platter of full-flavored cheesy snacks – come to your table.
Five side valleys branch off the main valley, each of which has its own special features and its own distinctive character.
Hüttwinkl Valley, home to the Kolm Saigurn valley head, is famous for its gold mining and its natural mineral deposits. To this day, you find here impressive evidence of its gold-mining era including the ruins of old miners’ homes. Kolm Saigurn lies at the foot of the Hoher Sonnblick, enthroned on the summit of which for over 125 years has been Europe’s highest permanent weather station, the Sonnblick Observatory. Popular excursion destinations in Hüttwinkl Valley include Rauris Virgin Forest, the Rauriser UrQuell and the Bodenhaus gold-panning site.
In 1986, this glorious high valley in SalzburgerLand was selected for the reintroduction of bearded vultures. Today in Krumltal, you can observe these majestic birds of prey and their fellow raptors – griffon vultures and golden eagles – as well as other wild animals such as marmots and chamois. Krumltal is one of the Tauern valleys with the highest occurrence of golden eagles. Our tip: the weekly excursions with excellently trained National Park Rangers to the Valley of Vultures.
Where sumpters once hauled salt, gold and other merchandize over the Tauern mountains, today’s recreation-seekers can hike along ancient pathways as well as a water theme path. At certified “SalzburgerLand Alpine Summer Huts”, you are able to enjoy the goodness of home-grown products. The over 500-years-old Tauernhaus was once a rest station for those sumpters. Also leading through Seidlwinkltal is the annual Glockner Pilgrimage on 28 June. In the summer months, the valley bus runs from Rauris to Seildwinkl Valley, which is otherwise only open to public traffic as far as the Fleckweide car park.
Along a flower path to the Karalm and yet another to the Wastlalm, numerous info boards introduce you to the flora of Rauris Valley here in Hohe Tauern National Park. This side valley branches off from the center of Rauris. The community we know today as Rauris was once named after the Gaisbach, upon whose alluvial fan it was built, first chronicled all the way back in the year 1120 . In Forsterbachtal, which branches off from Wörth, it is said the “Wild Women” once lived .