The healing power and calming effect of the stone pine has been known for centuries and is used profitably in furnishing and wellness facilities, but also in the culinary sector. It goes without saying that it works best in the fresh air, so to speak “in person”. The Zirbenweg on the Graukogel is home to stone pine trees that are up to 300 years old. A trip to Bad Gastein with a short tour on the circular hiking trail is always worthwhile.

Zirbenzauber on the Graukogel

The Graukogelbahn, which is open from the beginning of June to mid-September, takes you to the mountain station at around 1,950 m above sea level. A small but nice circular route awaits all nature lovers here. It takes about 45 minutes to walk the largely flat themed trail. The signposted path leads to various stations that invite you to linger and enjoy. The stone pine bed, the stone pine swing and various tables and benches ensure pure enjoyment. Guided stone pine hikes are also offered every Monday. Local guides provide interesting insights into the world of old trees. A little Zirbenschnappserl at the end should of course not be missing.

Why hiking on the Graukogel is so healthy

The stone pine was first used for health purposes in the 18th century. Their popularity hasn’t changed to this day, and for good reason. It lowers the heart rate in a gentle way, thus ensuring peace and relaxation. Spending the night in a stone pine bed or with a stone pine pillow significantly increases the recovery phase during sleep and can also reduce sensitivity to the weather. A walk on the Zirbenweg on the Graukogel thus serves as a refreshing and healthy foretaste in a real feel-good atmosphere, like a small wellness treatment.

With the Graukogel and other top-class mountains in the immediate vicinity, the Steindlwirt is the perfect accommodation for hiking and biking holidays in the warm season. But next winter is sure to come too – ask for it today non-binding holiday offer t at!

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