Alpine pearl Hinterstoder
Nature, exercise, sport

Easily accessible, yet secluded
The Quellhaus stands alone overlooking its surroundings in friendly distance to the core of the Ski World Cup village Hinterstoder. Only a few kilometres away from the Pyhrn motorway A9, the village with about 1.000 inhabitants accomplishes being both easily accessible yet secluded.

The picturesque Tuscany of the Kalkalpen
Hinterstoder is one of the main towns of the Pyhrn-Priel region, which is considered the Tuscany of the Limestone Alps. The famous English alpine painter and mountaineer Edward Theodore Compton (1849-1921) could not and would not escape the charm of this landscape. The artistic results of his extensive stays in the Stoder Valley can be seen today in the Alpineum, the mountain world experience museum in Hinterstoder.

A place with a sustainable future
The Alpineum is one of many reasons why Hinterstoder has been included in the circle of the 27 “Alpine Pearls” of Europe and in the Network of Future Villages as winner of the European Village Renewal Award. Here the focus is on gentle ecotourism. This includes a perfect rental and maintenance service for snowboarders, skiers and mountain bikers plus an extensive guide and course offering.

A great ski area and a lot of untouched nature
With the World Cup Arena Höss, Hinterstoder has one of Upper Austria’s best skiing areas, which can be reached by cable car directly from the village centre. Otherwise, the mountains above the Stoder Valley are only minimally accessible. On Hinterstoder’s municipal territory and in the immediate vicinity there are extensive nature reserves. Among them are the Tote Gebirge with over 1,000 km2 of alpine wilderness and the Kalkalpen National Park, where the lynx roam freely.

A Mecca for alpinists

Because of the mountains, Hinterstoder deserves the attribute “alpine pearl” two or three times over. The mountain range from the Small to the Big Priel – the crossing of which takes one or two days – as well as the Spitzmauer are great destinations for hikers and mountaineers. Climbers will find routes of all degrees of difficulty here.

Not only will climbers find what they are looking for in Hinterstoder, but the peaks around the Quellhaus are also a worthwhile destination, because the fixed rope routes on the Grosse Priel and the Schernberg are among the longest in the entire Alpine region.

Hiking, strolling and walking
The dense network of hiking trails in and around Hinterstoder starts directly in the village and also connects to the spring house: to the Schiederweiher, which was awarded the TV-award as “most beautiful place in Austria” in 2018, it is only a simple, barrier-free walk from the Quellhaus. At eye level with the Schiederweiher is the source of the Steyr, which is fed by seven springs and can also be reached easily and idyllically from the Quellhaus.

In the summery Stoder Valley
When summer has come to the valley, the nearby Lake Gleinkersee, a natural jewel of a mountain lake with its shores lined with woods, meadows and guest gardens, lures swimmers from all over. Another case for the warm seasons in Hinterstoder are Upper Austria’s largest high ropes course, guided rafting tours on the Steyr, canyoning adventures or a ride on one of the countless mountain bike trails. If you are feeling extra adventurous, take a paragliding flight from one of the perfect take-off points above the village, where there is also a flying school.

Flying as far as the air will take you
Prospective gliders can take the golden eagles of the falconer Theo Blaickner from Hinterstoder as a model. Spending a day with the kings of the air is an unforgettable experience not only meant for children. This also applies to the llamas and alpacas of Elisabeth Nieskens in Vorderstoder, who is available with her animals for trekking tours of any length.

Winter Wonderland Hinterstoder
In the winter, the Stoder Valley and its mountains are transformed into an enchanting wonderland where it can snow for days. When the paths, the meadows and the mountain pines have disappeared under the dense snow cover, the hour does not only call upon the snowshoe hikers and ski tourers. Cross-country skiers also get their money’s worth, especially if they start in the Quellhaus, from where the cross-country ski run can be reached in only 5 minutes. The shuttle bus to the Höss Valley Station stops directly in front of the Quellhaus, and those who also appreciate variety with skis on their feet will be enchanted by the  neighbouring Wurzeralm ski area.

Stop for a bite to eat, tobogganing, curling

When the Schiederweiher pond is frozen over, people gather at the curling lanes in Hinterstoder. It is just as much fun to let the curling stick roll over the ice as it is to toboggan down the valley after a long stop at a mountain hut and then to enjoy the comfort of the Quellhaus again.