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GeoDorf Gams

GeoDorf Gams

Geo at heart.

In the village of Gams, geology is on the loose! How come? The answer is simple - Gams is conveniently located amidst a large number of rock and fossil findings. These finds can be discovered by anyone, yes even me and you. And based on this phenomenon a whole ‘geo line’ has been developed. Almost every single attraction involves the word ‘geo’ – GeoWerkstatt Workshop, GeoPfad Trail, GeoZentrum Centre, GeoRad Bike and GeoRafting. And believe us when we say: not a single one of them runs even the slightest risk of being boring.

Gams is the German word for chamois – something that you will probably not see in the village. Instead, shat you will come across is a lovely town with friendly inhabitants, a square with a chapel and a traditional restaurant. Yes, that’s Gams. Now let’s move on and talk about ‘Geo’. In the heart of Steirische Eisenwurzen Nature Park you can go on a trip back through time that will take you back – hold on now – 250 million years. Holy moly! And if you haven’t figured out yet that stones aren’t even the tiniest bit boring you will definitely realise it when visiting the stone mill. Who would have thought that learning about the history of stones, their origins and evolution could be an all-day activity?

Stone & Co

At the stone mill at the end of Nothklamm Gorge a stone is always going round and round. The stones are shaped into balls through the power of the water alone – now that’s something pretty unique in Styria. And on we go leaving the natural beauty called Nothklamm Gorge behind us, only to stumble across the hidden Kraushöhle Cave. And finally there’s the GeoWerkstatt Workshop, where you can not only marvel at the precious stones, but also make your own jewellery to remind you of the GeoDay in Gams. Speaking of souvenirs: maybe you’ll get lucky and find some fossils in the riverbed – who knows?

The Gams GeoDorf Village is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.

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