to St. Michael. SELZTHAL. 26. Route. 187
93 U. Admont (2105 ft; "Post; "Buchbinder; "Wblzenberger;
"Sulzer; Traube; Bartu; "H6t.-Pens. Admont, at the station; good
wine at the convent), a picturesque village and summer-resort. The
celebrated Benedictine abbey of Admont ('ad montes'), founded in
1074, was almost entirely burned down in 1865, but has been partly
rebuilt. The Gothic abbey-church, St. Blasius-Miinster, with its two
slender spires, is modern. The library, in a richly-decorated hall,
comprises 80,000 vols, and 1000 MSS. (open daily 10-11 and 4-5).
Good views of the environs are obtained from the bridge over the Enns,
1 M. from the railway-station. — Above Admont, to the S., stands (1/2 hr.)
Schloss RSthelstein (2680 ft.), the property of the abbey, which affords an
admirable survey of the Ennsthal: to the N.W. is the wooded Pleschberg
(5636 ft.), with the church on the Frauenberg (see below) at its base; to the
N. rise the lHaller Mauern', consisting of the Grosse Pyhrgass (7360 ft.),
Scheiblingstein (7220 ft.), Hexenthurm (7155 ft.), and Natterriegel (6650 ft.); to
the E. is the Grosse Buchstein (7295 ft.); to the S.E. the Sparafeld (7365 ft).
The train follows the broad valley of the Enns. To the right,
near (971/2 M.) Frauenberg, rises the Frauenberg with the pilgrimage-
church of Mariakulm. At the confluence of the Paltenbach with the
Enns, the line turns towards the S. — 102 M. Selzthal (2080 ft.;
Huber, Fantner, both plain; "Rail. Restaurant), the junction of the
line to Aussee and Bischofshofen (for Salzburg).
From Selzthal to Aussee and Bischofshofen. Kailway to (30 M.)
Aussee in li/2-2 hrs. (fares 1 fl. 50, 1 fl., 50 kr.); to (62 M.) Bischofshofen in
2>/4-33/4 hrs. (fares 3, 2,1 fl.). — The railway crosses the Paltenbach and runs
to the W. through the valley of the Enns, crossing the Enns and the Pyhrn-
bach, to (3'/2 M.) Lietzen (2160 ft.; Post), a large village at the mouth of
the Pyhrnthal. A diligence plies hence daily in summer to (15 M.) Win-
dischgarsten (Fuchsjager; Erzherzog Albrecht; Schdne Aussicht), a fnely
situated summer-resort. — The railway skirts the hillside. At (12 M.)
Steinach-Irding (2105 ft.; Rail. Restaurant; Wiirschinger) the line divides :
the right branch goes to Aussee, the left to Bischofshofen.
The railway to Aussee soon begins rapidly to ascend the N. slope of
the valley, affording fine views of the Ennsthal. Beyond two tunnels it
enters the narrow and romantic Grimmingbach-Thal, and ascends in wind¬
ings high up on the left side, reaching its highest point at (17 M.) Klachau
(2730 ft.). — 201/2 M. Mitlemdorf- Zauchrn (2615 ft.); 26 M. Kainisch, on
the Oedensee-Traun, which issues from the Oedensee (2570 ft.), I1/2 M, to
the S. Then along the wooded Traunthal to (30 M.) Aussee (p. 110).
The line from Steinach to Bischofshofen crosses the Grimmingbach
and skirts the base of the precipitous Grimming (7710 ft.) to (20 M.) Oeblarn
(Fleischer). — 23 M. Stein, at the mouth of the Solkthal; 25 M. Grbbming,
the village of which name lies 2 M. to the N.; 30 M. Haus. — 36 M.
Schladming (2400 ft.; "Alte Post; Brduhaus or Neue Post; Lebzelter; Zum
Dachstein) is a large village pleasantly situated at the entrance to the
Schladming-Thai. For excursions hence to the Ramsau, etc., and mountain-
aecents, see Baedeker's Eastern Alps.
The Ennsthal contracts. 39V2 M. Pichl. At (42 M.) Mandling we cross
the Mandlingbach, the frontier between Styria and Salzburg. — 47 M. Rad-
stadt (2810 ft.; "Post; Thorwirth), an old walled town, standing on a rocky
hill to the right. A diligence plies hence daily in summer in 23 hrs. (the
night being spent at St. Michael, 40 M.) to (67i/2 M.) Spital (p. 173) via the
Radstadter Tauern (5700 ft.); see Baedeker's Eastern Alps. — At (4872 M.)
Altenmarkt the line quits the Enns. which rises 12 M. to the S.W. in the
Flachau, and runs N.W. to (51 M.) Eben (2810 ft.), on the watershed between
the Enns and the Salzach. It then descends the narrow Fritzthal via Hilttav
(Post), traversing several tunnels and repeatedly crossing the Fritzbach