Hike to the “snail wall”
The circular trail leads to the “Schneckenwand” – the most famous fossil site in our region – with a magnificent view of the Dachstein, Gosaukamm and Tennengebirge mountains. The snails, corals and mussels lived there about 100 million years ago and were deposited at the bottom of the ice age sea. The village fountain next to the cherry was built entirely with interesting stones from the surrounding area. For an introduction to the world of fossils it is worth visiting the new exhibition “Steinreich Rußbach” in the municipal office. Digging is strictly forbidden at the snail wall! Loose lying fossils can be taken along.
The hike starts at the village fountain. First you walk a short distance along the village road in an easterly direction to the “Hotel Kerschbaumer”. Turn left there and walk along the romantic “Randobaches” towards Neualm. After a short walk you can discover corals or shells in the stream bed, which have been washed free by the clear water. Even the nimble trout whizz from one stone to the next in the crystal-clear stream. After about 2.5 km, turn left and follow the forest path towards the snail wall. When you reach your destination, the fossils are unlocked directly next to the path on a hill. A large table tells of the special features of the snail wall. On a small circular hiking trail you will surely find an interesting snail stone – cut lengthwise it is beautiful! On the panorama board the surrounding mountain peaks are described. Blasting and digging is strictly forbidden. The hiking trail leads back through the high forest to the farm Fallenegg. It is a leisurely descent along the blooming mountain meadow to the village square.
Duration: about 1:50 – 2:45 h, 7,7 km
Difference in altitude: 390 m
Every Thursday you can join Betty on an exciting hike to the “Schneckenwand” in the “Valley of Fossils”. Find your personal, prehistoric treasure to take home a unique souvenir.