Place of strength Steinberg am Rofan

Experience peace and connect with the power of nature in Steinberg am Rofan, where a "place of strength" has been created. A viewing platform made from local larch wood now stands on land owned by the Austrian forestry commission, Österreichischen Bundesforste (ÖBf). While inspecting the waterfall bridge in Steinberg, ÖBf area manager Gerald Siebenhofer spotted a path leading to a rocky outcrop.

"The view from this ledge is incredible," says Siebenhofer. "To the east, you can see a triple waterfall; to the south, a towering rocky peak with a 60-metre-long tunnel and a lone pine tree on top. Nearby, the Steinberger Ache plunges into a gorge”.

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The Austrian forestry commission, Österreichische Bundesforste, is responsible for the conservation, protection and management of natural resources such as forests, lakes and mountains, which cover about a tenth of the country. Their core principle is sustainability, ensuring that they only take from nature what can regenerate itself. For more information, visit bundesforste.at.

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The area manager often visited this place to enjoy its unique natural beauty and to recharge his batteries. This inspired the idea of making the area accessible to the public. Siebenhofer reached out to the Achensee Tourist Board, which immediately supported the idea. Construction began in the spring of 2024, and within four months, a team from the Bundesforste had built a viewing platform with two places to sit and relax.

The Steinberg forest district is part of the Oberinntal forestry operations of the Bundesforste and includes parts of Brandenberg, Achenkirch, and especially Steinberg am Rofan. Covering an area of about 7,500 hectares, the equivalent of 10,000 football fields, the district encompasses a varied landscape including commercial forests, protection forests, and approximately 2,900 hectares of rocky areas and mountain pines. The Steinberger Ache, which drains the Rofan mountains, is an important natural resource for the district.

Recommended routes that passes by the place of strength

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496 Schmalzklausen Runde

Starting Point: road junction near the Gasthaus Waldhäusl

From the starting point, follow the asphalt road down to the stream Steinberger Ache. Turn right and…

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Duration
03:00 h
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distance
16.9 km
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elevation gain
360 hm
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difficulty
Medium
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Steinberg - Holzermahd - Steinberg

Starting Point: Steinberg am Rofan, parish church

From the parish church Steinberg, walk in a northerly direction past the two houses on the left.…

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walking time
03:15 h
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distance
8.6 km
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elevation gain
325 hm
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difficulty
Medium

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