Feichten Things to Do

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    Adventure Playground

    by Roeffie Written Aug 8, 2014

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    At the end of the Glacier Road behind and in front of Restaurant Sattelklause they made a playground for your kids so that they can climb play with water or just get dirty while you relax and enjoy the wonderful Gulashsuppe at the restaurant.

    On the ferry in the Water paradise Just fooling around!
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    Weiss-see

    by Roeffie Written Aug 8, 2014

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    Directly on the Kaunertaler Glacier road there is a little lake with a path around it. We stopped and walked around it. My youngest felt the temperature of the water and decided it was to cold to swim in.

    Weiss-see Feeling if it is suited to swim here in the lake. Weiss-See Weiss-See Cows at the Weiss-see
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    Glacial Pothole at 1,445 m

    by Roeffie Written Aug 8, 2014

    In summer 2006, a sensational discovery was made when a mud slide occurred approximately 2 km
    behind the tollgate: a glacial pothole, which reveals the traces and sculptural power of the glacier
    from more than 10,000 years ago.

    Looking in to a glacier hole At the glacier hole
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    Karlesjochbahn 3,108 m

    by Roeffie Written Aug 8, 2014

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    One of the thins you can do when you've parked your car at the parking lot at the end of the glacier road is taking the Karlesjochbahn up to the highest reachable point in Kaunertal. The Karlesjoch at 3,108 m high gives excellent views into Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

    On a clear day you can see miles and miles away. It is breathtaking. Everybody can reach this place because it is well prepared and costs no effort, also disabled people can enjoy this.

    The funicular takes you up and down for € 17,50

    At the Karlesjoch View in to Italy and Switzerland View in to Italy Weissseeferner View towards Gepatsch Stausee
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    Gepatsch Stausee

    by Roeffie Written Aug 8, 2014

    The Gepatsch Stausee is a man made reservoir to provide electricity to the Kaunertalkraftwerk. The lake can be as full as 138 million sqm. of water. The dam has a length of 600 m and a height of 153 m.
    The dam is made with soil.

    The lake is about 6 km long and you'll pass it by taking the Kaunertaler Glacier Road.

    Reservoir wall of Gepatsch Stausee Geoatsch Stausee seen from glacier Gepatsch Stausee
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    Kaunertaler Glacier Weissseeferner

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 8, 2014

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    The glacier ends at an altitude of 2,750 m. You can walk on the glacier as well as in the glacier.

    It is easily reached from the big parking lot at the end of the glacier road. Be aware that it is slippery and good walking shoes are a must. The name of the glacier is Weissseeferner.

    Inside the glacier Inside the glacier Inside the glacier Inside the glacier
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    Austria's highest road

    by lotharlerch Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    The highest road in Austria is not the famous Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse but the road up from the Kaunertal along the aritficial lake Gepatsch-Stausee to the melting down glacier at the foot of the Weissseespitze where a few skilifts are operating over some part of the Summer. This scenic and easy to drive road (a toll road) ends at 2800 m above sea level.

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    See a glacier from inside

    by lotharlerch Updated Jul 20, 2007

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    On a short walk you can reach a crevasse of the glacier which is prepared for visitors. The entrance is covered with white fleeces to protect further melting and you may walk a bit into the crevasse - recommended for a hot day ;-).

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    See the glaciers melting away

    by lotharlerch Updated Nov 16, 2006

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    When investors started to install a Summer Skiing Area about 25 or so years ago all that what you see on these pictures was well covered with ice and when looking south into the Kaunertal the Weissseespitze appeared spotlessly white all the year round. But now this Summer Skiing business seems to terminate in a few years because the glaciers are dramatically melting away. There were always such changes before, around 1850 there was something of a "little Ice Age" and the glaciers were a multiple in size - it is well seen on old photographs and on the traces the glaciers have left in the landscape. Even in the cold summers of the 1970-ies the glaciers were growing considerably but now the "Global Warming" is blamed for the actual situation. But it was even warmer about 1000 years ago when Greenland was called Greenland by the Vikings and wine was grown in the South of Sweden. So there is still a hope that the dust produced by our technical progress will cause a "Global Cooling" compensating the "Global Warming" which is suspected of coming form the CO2 induced Greenhouse Effect...

    The effects of the warming you can observe here are impressive indeed. To protect the last pieces of the glacier it is now partly covered by white plastic foils covering the last remaining ice to slow down the melting. Some of these foils are just covering gravel because of the permafrost undertneath which was stabilizing these slopes but now they can just glide away as landslides together with the buildings and other installations on the top of these slopes.

    Glacier sklilft surrounded partly by gravel Entrance into glacier covered with white fleece

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    Great hikes and climbs

    by lotharlerch Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Needless to say that this area offers innumerable great hikes and climbs in various degrees of difficulty. But most of them touch the glaciers so adequate experience and equipment is needed but there are long and rather easy hikes without contact with the ice as well.

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    Kaunertal Stausee

    by lotharlerch Updated Oct 21, 2006

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    Much of the Kaunertal is now under water. Behind a 140 m high wall is the second largest lake in Tirol fed by the waters of the melting glaciers which are generating electic energy. The lake looks pleasant only in autumn when it is full.

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    Summer Skiing

    by lotharlerch Written Oct 20, 2006

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    The road which was originally built in connection with the artificial lake was continued up to a height of 2800 m (the highest road in Austria) just to install some skilifts on the glacier below the Weissseespitze. The skilifts bring you up to 3200 m but it is not a very good Summer skiiing area as you can see from the pics. The problem is the disappearing glacier,

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    Gepatschferner

    by lotharlerch Written Oct 20, 2006

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    Gepatschferner ("Ferner" means "Glacier" in this region) is one of the largest glaciers in Austria.

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