Visiting Radurschl Valley – encounters with the living history of the landscape, Pfunds. A hike into the high valley of Radurschl, reaching Radurschl-Alm pasture
Even on your approach to the car park at Wildmoos, you pass a place of cultural and historical interest: the former hermitage at Kaltenwirt. It’s worth making a brief stop here – the 200-year-old walls of the former dam are a masterpiece in skilled workmanship in natural stone. In the past, the Radurschl was dammed here in order to float the timber felled in the valley downstream as far as Pfunds.
The hike follows the gravel path from the car park further into the valley at a comfortable gradient. On the way, consider taking a short detour (approx. 150 metres) to see the “Wildmoos” – a raised bog and protected natural monument. This wetland is a true archive of the history of agriculture in the Oberes Gericht area – one that stretches back thousands of years! The pollen from the crops once cultivated here have been preserved in different layers of the thick peat and can be dated. In order to return the water balance of the bog to its original state, the Austrian Federal Forests have recently implemented restoration measures on the site.
The route continues through Alpine and mountain pastures, always following the path of the stream, to the Radurschl-Alm pasture. Motivated herders from Pfunds still bring their livestock to this Alpine pasture, thereby continuing the millennia-old tradition of grazing in the highlands of the inner Alps. Offering wonderful views into the valley, the mountainside terraces at the Hohenzollernhaus Alpine hut are an ideal place to stop for a bite to eat.
Financed by the European Union, the Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020.