The market Gaming is located on an ancient trade route that once ran from the Styrian Erzberg Mountain over the Grubberg to the Alpine foreland. Thanks to the former Kartause Gaming (monastery), the lower Austrian iron road and the Ötscher-Tormäuer's nature park with the Ötscher cave is the community Gaming an often-visited destination with a wide range of leisure activities.
The trail through the nature park Ötscher Tormäuer is characterised by unspoilt nature and water. The Trefflingbach (river) begins in the vicinity of Puchenstuben and flows in the middle of the natural park of "Ötscher Tormäuer" into the Erlauf. Shortly though before, the water crashes 300 m over limestones into the Valley. Until 1911 wood would be rafted on the Erlauf. At the Toreck-Klamm (gorge) was a Holzrechen, a facility that would collect the logs. The small village of Nestelberg is probably the most secluded place in the Ötscher-area. Already around 1400 was there a Meierhof (estate) for the Kartause Gaming (Monastery). In the following centuries, logging families settled there. In conjunction with a small agricultural economy, most of the residents had a modest income. Only in the 1960s, did achievements of modern times such as electricity and telephone become part of the village. Until 1976, there was even an own elementary school in the small mountain village. Today, less than 30 people live in the area.
Entlang der Erlauf bieten sich vereinzelt Buchten zur Abkühlung müder Wanderfüße.
Auch ein Abstecher zum Trefflingfall, dem höchsten Wasserfall des Landes, lohnt sich!
From the car park at the park entrance Eibenboden, leads the path uphill onto the access road to the farmhouses Unter- and Obereiben. At the first corner move straight into the forest. After a few minutes, you will reach the old Eibenmühle (mill). From there, the route leads further along the Erlauf, past the Hundsbachfall to Treffling fall (waterfall). Immediately afterwards the trail crosses on a path carved into the rocks of the Toreck-Klamm (gorge) until the Valley expands again. After a short time, the new Erlaufsteg (bridge) is reached. Cross the Erlauf and turn to the right after. The steep rise over the "Kirchensteig" leads through the forest to a forest road which one crosses. Further through the forest and over grazing meadows one reaches the small logging village Nestelberg in about 3/4 hours. On the asphalt road one leaves the "Dörfl" (tiny village), turns right after a short period and soon comes to the houses on the slope of the Brennwiese (meadow). After the last house the descent begins through the woods via the "Kassteig". After about 3/4 hours one gets to the valley near the former Nestelbergmühle (mill) and again to the asphalt road. Here turn right, and after another 15 minutes the starting point at the park entrance is reached.
all notes on protected areas
The naturepark entrance Eibenboden is reached past Kienberg (junction at the Inn "Erlauftalerhof") or through Gaming (junction at the mariensäule). From Lackenhof through Ötscherwiese, Raneck, Nestelbergsäge and the Nestelberggraben.
naturepark entrance Eibenboden
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
"Naturpark Ötscher-Tormäuer - 45 Wanderungen für Familien und Bergsteiger", Baumgartner & Tippelt, Kralverlag 2015