Mendlingtal Valley “Auf dem Holzweg” (on the path of wood)

Go "on the path of wood" and explore the last functioning wood drifting facility in Central Europe.

History meets nature: Those who hike through the Mendlingtal world of experience in Göstling an der Ybbs will follow the theme of the Holzweg. Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of cool, clear water and fresh air far away from the stress of everyday life.

Around 1550, the Eisenwurzen region (“Iron Root” region) was the most important iron producing area in Europe. The Mendlingtal Valley is located along the Lower Austrian “Eisenstraße” (“Iron Trail”) and takes visitors on a journey to the time of hammer lords, blacksmith journeymen and wood-cutters.

The valley is three and a half kilometres long and can be comfortably explored on various walks, bridges and forest tracks leading through canyons and idyllic lowland forests. Starting point is the village pond in Lassing. From there, it is not far to the “Schmiedegesellenhaus” (blacksmith journeymen's hostel) with “Rauchkuchl” (smokehouse) complete with photo documentation and to the Venetian timber saw. The operative timber rafting plant is the centrepiece of the theme park. The Großegger mill, manor house fishponds, a café, a playground, and an organic shop complete the programme.

Opening hours and admission prices 

Daily from the 1st of May till the 31st of October between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Adults € 8.00, senior citizens € 7.00, adolescents € 5.00, children € 3.00, Family Card € 19.00 (parents and children up to 15 years), group discounts!

Timber rafting demonstrations and group offers

Public demonstrations of timber rafting take place every first Sunday and every third Saturday each month between May and October (meeting point: 1.30 p.m. next to the “Klaushütte” hut), the “Juwelenjagd” (jewel chase) for young and old every Tuesday in July and August (meeting point: 10 a.m. at the village pond in Lassing). Group offers (timber rafting demonstrations, guided tours, mill and sawing demonstrations) can be booked at the Göstlinger Alps tourism association:

Association Ybbstal Alps
3345 Göstling an der Ybbs 46/2
T +43 7484/93049
E info@ybbstaler-alpen.at

Mendlingtal Valley Website (german)