WILDALPEN. 25. Route. 183
by a serpent. The rosaries and similar articles placed by pilgrims on a
long table in the corner to the right are blessed by a priest from time to
time. In the upper ambulatories are numerous votive pictures, and over
the arches are larger and more ancient paintings representing remarkable
occurrences connected with Mariazell. — The Treasury contains precious
vessels, reliquaries, gems, pearls, and ornaments; miniature altars of rare
stones; old mass-books, etc. Over the altar is a Madonna, by an early
Italian master, presented by King Lewis I. of Hungary.
The semicircle of booths and stalls beside the church is devoted
to the sale of religious articles and mementoes.
Excursions. Through the Griinau (Maria Waterfall; refreshments at
the Franzbauer's) to the (I72 hr.) Erlafsee (2740 ft.; "Seewirlh, at the upper
end, trout; lake-baths ; boats for hire), from which we may return by the
S. bank to the Herrenhaus ("Inn), at the E. end, and thence by the direct
road to (3 M.) Mariazell.
To the "Lassing FaU, 4-474 hrs. We follow the road to the N. via
Mitterbach to (33/i hrs.) Wienerbruck ("Burger), and descend thence to the
left to the (V4 hr.) fall, 260 ft. high, amidst grand rocky environs. (The
fall, in itself insignificant, may be improved by the opening of a sluice;
fee 2 fl.; tickets at Burger's Inn.) An interesting path descends to the left
from the fall, crosses the Erlaf, and leads to the left through the romantic
°Oelschergraben to the (2 hrs.) Klause, and thence via, the Riffel-Sattel
(4210 ft.) to the top of the (372 hr.) "Oetscher (p. 83).
Feom Mabiazell to Gaming (25 M). The road leads across the Zeller-
rain (3510 ft.) to (8V2 M.) Neuhaus (3290 ft.; Konrad) and (15 M.) Langau
(2260 ft.; Inn, clean), in the upper valley of the Tbbs, and then over the
Grubberg (p. 83) to (25 M.) Gaming (p. 83).
From Mabiazell to Kernhof, 16 31., diligence daily in 4 hrs., through
the Hallthal and over the Knollenhals. — Feom Kernhof to St. Polten, 33 M.,
railway in 3 hrs., via, St. Egydi, Freiland, Schrambach, Lilienfeld (with a
celebrated Cistercian abbey), and Scheibmuhl (p. 83).
From Makiazell to Geoss-Reifling via Weichselboden and Wild-
alpen, 41 M. Diligence to (1572 M.) Weichselboden in 4 hrs. (6 fl.); thence to
(11 M.) Wildalpen in 274 hrs. (4 fl.); and thence to(I71/2 M.) Reifling in 4hrs.
(6 fl.). — The road quits the Bruck road at the (ii/4 hr.) Gusswerk (see be¬
low) and ascends the picturesque valley of the Salza. Beyond (2 hrs.) Greith
(Inn) it quits the river and crosses the Hals (2785 ft.) to (272 hrs.) Weichsel¬
boden (2220 ft.; Post; Schutzenauer, 1 M. to the E.), a small village at the
union of the Radmerbach with the Salza, in a sequestered basin surrounded
by lofty mountains. The road hence still follows the rocky ravine of the
Salza, Beyond a small tunnel it crosses to the left bank and reaches (2 hrs.)
Gschoder (Inn), at the mouth of the Antengraben, and thence leads between
the precipices of the Riegerin (6370 ft.), on the right, and the Hochstadl
(6300 ft.), on the left. — 1 hr. Wildalpen (2000 ft.; "Zisler), a thriving village
and summer-resort, is charmingly situated on the Wildalpenbach, which
here falls into the Salza. We continue to follow the narrow, wooded
valley of the Salza, which is joined on the right by the (ii/2 hr.) Lassing
and at Erzhalden, 2 hrs. farther on, by the Mandling. We next pass (25 min.)
Palfau, Auf der Lend, Allerheiligen (Inn), and other hamlets. The road now
divides. The shortest route to the Ennsthal and the railway follows the
right bank of the Salza to its confluence with the Enns, and then crosses
the latter to (274 hrs.) Gross-Reifling (railway-station, see p. 185).
The Road to Bruce leads through the pretty valley of the Salza.
To the right, on a wooded rock, stands the Sigmunds-Kapelle, origin¬
ally fortified and surrounded with lofty walls in the 16th cent, to
protect it against the Turks. At the (5 M.) Gusswerk (2450 ft,; Inn),
with Important Iron-works, the road to Weichselboden diverges to the
right (see above). Our road now quits the Salza, ascends the Asch-