ST 01 AAT: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe - Heiligenblut
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Auftakt zu einer der großartigesten Weitwanderrouten weltweit: Startpunkt des Alpe-Adria-TrailsPhoto: Franz Gerdl, Alpe-Adria-Trail
Legend has it that the name Heiligenblut [= saint’s blood] stems from a tiny bottle containing some of the blood of Christ. Briccius, a Danish prince who was buried by an avalanche here on his return from Constantinople in 914, had allowed this bottle to be inserted into a cut in his calf to protect it from robbers. Three ears of corn are said to have grown from the mass of snow under which he was buried, and as a result his body and the blood relic were found. When several farmers tried to bury him, one of his legs stubbornly refused to remain under the soil, and when the farmers investigated they found the tiny bottle, which has been kept ever since in the sacrament house of the Parish Church of Saint Vinzenz, built between 1460 and 1491. An application by the community of Heiligenblut to have Briccius declared a saint was never approved due to a lack of evidence, but this did not stop the community from erecting a crypt and altar dedicated to Briccius.
Rest stopsBriccius Sennerei Sattelalm
Panoramarestaurant Kaiser Franz-Josefs-Höhe
Where just a few decades ago the landscape was still covered with mighty glacial ice, we continue to descend to Lake Sandersee, which is now almost totally silted up as a result of the constant influx of sediments. At the outflow of Lake Sandersee, the melt water from the Pasterze thunders into the narrow Möllschlucht Gorge in a roaring waterfall. We conquer this spectacular passage by means of the original suspension bridge! We then continue past the” and the “Elisabethfelsen” rock to Lake Margeritzensee. By the way, the rock was named after Empress Elisabeth, who visited the region in 1856 together with the Emperor Franz Josef.
Here we leave the Pasterze Glacier Trail and turn right before we reach the two dams. Crossing a gently descending slope we reach the valley of the Leiter, which is extolled in the anthem of the province of Carinthia. We then continue in the same direction as before to the Trogalm Alpine pasture, where we take the left fork and via several hairpin bends, some of them laid out using natural stone walls, we reach the foot of the Leiter waterfall. Shortly afterwards we cross the Möll Valley and come to the Briccius Chapel and the medicinal spring.
From here we continue to hike along a gently descending Alpine path to the Sattelalpe, where the fresh, home-made food makes it an inviting place to take a break. Shortly after this we come to the spectacular viewing platform, where we can enjoy the glorious views down over Heiligenblut and the mighty Gößnitz waterfall.
We soon come to another fork, and by turning right and taking a small number of steep bends we come to the “Kräuterwandstüberl”, where the National Park Hikers’ Bus also stops, so we can cut the tour short if necessary. However, the original route runs across the “Haritzersteig” path. Keeping on the sunny side of the slope with a slight incline, and finally using the “Old Glockner Road”, our route leads us right into the centre of Heiligenblut.
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