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The Gesäuse – a cultural treasure

So much to discover

Unique and varied.

From popular culture to internationally renowned music festivals, from the library at Admont Abbey tot he Silvanum Forest Museum. This is not for philistines!

The museums in the Gesäuse are not just perfect rainy-day destinations. From Admont Abbey to the Silvanum Forest Museum in Großreifling – there’s so much waiting to be discovered. If you too want to experience the region’s exciting cultural treasures you should put on a Dirndl dress or Lederhosen and visit some of the festivals and events in the region.

Great ideas. Small pleasures.

They say that the eighth wonder of the world can be found in Admont. And indeed one feels tiny when standing on the checkered-pattern floor of the largest monastic library in the world, amidst – hold on now – 70,000 antiquarian books. The silence is only broken by murmurs of “wow” coming from the visitors. Many of the books have been preserved in their original state from the 18th century: covered in white chalk in order to make the space, designed by the likes of renowned artists Josef Hueber, Josef Stammel and Bartolomeo Altomonte, look even brighter. If you take a guided tour of the library you can spy out the secret passages leading to the first floor and what ‘The Four Last Things’ are all about.

Quite the selection.

And on we go to one of the four museum contained within the walls of the Benedictine Abbey. You’ll be spoilt for choice: natural history, art history or something contemporary? Or maybe the temporary exhibition, which focuses on a different topic every year? And don’t forget to stop by the national park room because, after all, the history of the Gesäuse and Admont Abbey are closely linked.

Barking up the right tree.

Apart from Admont Abbey there’s also the Silvanum Forest Museum in Großreifling, where you can find out everything you need to know about forestry. Interactive sleigh rides and rafting trips, as well as a replica of an old lumberjack lodge make for an exciting experience, where the uniqueness of man kind and wood in all its forms take centre stage.

Travel back to before the 19th century at the GeoZentrum Centre in the village of Gams. Here you will find yourself being transported back to a world from millions of years ago. Fossils along the Geopfad Trail await visitors, who they can search for different kinds of shells. A similar trip through time can be made at the National Park Pavillion in the village of Gstatterboden. As you can see, we have more than one time machine in the Gesäuse!

Popular culture and music treasures.

With beautiful dirndl dresses and lederhosen trousers being flaunted at the Gesäuse’s many festivals, it’s time to throw yourself into the local popular culture alongside them! It’s all about yodelling, delicious treats, music and a pure, unrestrained zest for life. Two must-sees: the Waldfest in Johnsbach and the internationally renowned St. Gallen festival.

Admont Abbey

The Abbey and its library simply exude baroque charm. Despite being world famous, and being visible for miles around thanks to its prominent church towers, the abbey still manages to conserve its own subtle charm.


Holidays are made for the soul, but also for the brain. Discover new things and be all the wiser for it afterwards. Who’s to thank for? The Gesäuse of course. And probably the weather gods – because when the rain is raging outside or when the landscape is thick with fog, you will be more than pleased to hear that there are several museum waiting to be discovered.


Time travelling – isn’t it fun? When it comes to geology there’s nothing like a visit to the Gams GeoDorf village or to Gstatterboden. Conglomerate rock, the ice age and discoveries such as shells leave a lasting impression on everyone.

Popular culture

You have to celebrate when you have the chance! In the Gesäuse, there are plenty of opportunities. Ideally they occur accompanied by popular music – fun guaranteed. And if that wasn’t enough, internationally renowned festivals are crying out loud: Hear ye, hear ye!

Where books are being celebrated.

Where books are being celebrated.

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