The easy way to get to Rathlucken Hütte high above Goiserer Tal (valley) in Bad Goisern, Austria is to drive. It’s what a lot of the locals do. But a more satisfying way is to climb from the valley floor, from somewhere like St Agatha, letting grandiose views unfold as you ascend, winding through forest and crossing pastures before arriving at the delightfully higgledy piggledy terrace of the Rathlucken Hütte. Prime position overlooking the drama of the Austrian landscape are deck chairs designed for two
Although they do a mean sandwich to take away, and they’re perched high above the valley with its streams and lakes, seafood is a speciality, especially char.
Apart from bird’s eye views, Rathlucken Hütte is a hop, skip and a jump from an enchanting forest walk, truly enchanting as the Sagenweg is a fairy tale trail with carved characters along the way, including a dragon in a cave. For bravehearts there’s also the challenge of tackling the Ewige Wand, the Eternal Wall, a sheer rock-face that could possibly deter even Jon Snow and his wildling friends.
Rathlucken Hütte; Norbert Gschwandtner, Wurmstein 2, A-4822 Bad Goisern; open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday, closed Monday & Tuesday
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