Ursprunger Hochmoor: a unique habitat

21.08.2018

Ursprunger Hochmoor: a unique habitat

Fascinating natural spectacles of all sorts of different, astonishing kinds await you around the Romantik Hotel GMACHL. Many of them are only a brief walk or short bike ride away. The Ursprunger Moor is currently one of Elixhausen’ s most important projects. Extensive restoration work has restored this protected habitat to its original form. Reason enough for a little expedition.

 

How the bog was restored

Today, the role played by bogs in ecosystems is more important than ever. 90% of all Austrian bogs lost their natural appearance due to human interference. The province of Salzburg, in particular, is currently witnessing several restoration projects – one of the most prominent is in Bürmoos – although patience is needed. It usually takes decades until the first results can be seen. Elixhausen has already met with such success. When the project started in 2010, water logging areas were established and peat was laid. These peat mosses have expanded and plants and animals are returning. There has also been a great rise in the number of different dragonfly species.

 

To the raised bog via the Ragginger See

First things first, you can’t access the Ursprunger Hochmoor directly. While there is still a forest road leading to the peat areas, its predominant intended use is for further forestation and restoration measures. However, a walk through Elixhausen leads you directly past this stunning natural spectacle. You can extend the approx. 3 km long walk from the Romantik Hotel GMACHL to the Ragginger See northwards. It’s only another 500 m to the bog – a total walking time of just under an hour per route.

The Ursprunger Hochmoor not only plays an important role in the domestic ecosystem, but is also among Elixhausen’ s most beautiful places. These and other brief walks, hikes and trips await you around the Romantik Hotel GMACHL. We’ll be happy to offer you many up-to-date tips on site. Take the first step today with a non-binding holiday enquiry!


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