Up until about two years ago, I’ve never heard about the Grüner See (Green Lake) in Styria. But then there was this article about it in the news papers and it got nominated to be one of Austria’s most beautiful spots. I started wondering why neither I nor anyone I know has ever been there, since it’s pretty close to home and honestly… hence the size of Austria, pretty close to about every corner of good old Austria! 😉
Two friends and I had the idea of doing a little more homeland exploring whenever we have some time to spare and when the idea of going to Grüner See came up, we were instantly hooked.
Those of you who’ve seen my Instagram profile know, that I am originally from a part of Austria called Upperaustria. So , even though, I am a city girl through and through by now and I couldn’t imagine missing out on all those great things Vienna has to offer, all those imposing buildings and the possibilities one has when living in the capitol of Austria, I simply can’t deny my roots.
Sometimes, I long for mountains, for wild rivers, for woods that seem to be endless and especially in winter, I long for walks on snow-covered paths. So this is why, I am escaping the city on a regular basis. Even if it’s just for a few days, but one thing for sure, I’m always returning to Vienna more relaxed and my batteries fully charged again.
One of my favorite places in Austria to refuel my energy is Hinterstoder in Upperaustria. A lot of people go there on vacation, but mainly because of the skiing region and the awesome aprés ski lodges. But there is so much more to Hinterstoder than skiing and partying. For me, the best thing there, is to do the Polsterlucke tour. Walking it takes about 2 hours and you will come across a beautiful pond (Schiederweiher), there is a great change you’ll see some wild deer and there is a cute little lodge along the way. Walking , you will have an incredible view on the Gr. Priel and the Spitzmauer. For Photo addicts like me, it’s almost impossible to get along, because you will stop about every few seconds to take another picture.
During the winter month, you can even take a ride in a sleigh, which is a pretty romantic thing to do when you’r out and about with your loved one.
Another thing I love about spending the day there is, that you’ll come across a cute little lodge named Polsterstüberl, where they have the best traditional Austrian food and during the winter month they serve you steaming hot punch.
For those of you, who long for more physical exertion, it is also a great place for cross country skiing, or you can start the climb up to the Great Priel Mountain.
Going to the Polsterlucke is gorgeous all year round and definitely one of my favorite things to do in Austria.