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The slender spire of Heiligenblut’s iconic church soars skywards against a back drop almost as heavenly as its consecrated cloisters; rugged hills are covered in verdant blankets of lush forest while snow-capped mountain peaks protrude curiously from behind. Heiligenblut is a village surrounded by some of Austria’s most outstanding beauty; rushing waterfalls, rugged rock formations and snow smothered slops are just a small selection of the natural wonders that beg to be explored by intrepid travellers.
Hailed as one of Europe’s most incredible natural formations, the Ragga Gorge enjoys a wild location in a mountainous forest and boasts tumbling waterfalls and fascinating footpaths. A wooden footbridge leads adventurers into the invigorating abyss of dark caverns and rushing water, providing an unforgettable experience of natural splendour.
One of the village’s most amazing man-made treasures is the St. Vincent Sanctuary, an awe-inspiring architectural piece that contains some remarkable religious relics; a vial of reputed holy blood from a Byzantine general resides amongst sacred art and an incredibly impressive altar.
Enjoy a fascinating insight into the village’s industrial heritage with a visit to the Heiligenblut Mining Village. In the Alps’ only gold mine, visitors can explore the untouched mining settlement in which echoes of past prosperity resound. Pan for gold in the creek in which lucky miners can discover an elusive gold nugget.
Absorb the ambient Alpine atmosphere of Restaurant Fuschertorl, a traditional eatery close to Heiligenblut’s central heart. Serving signature specialities such as Kaiserschmarren, a regional delicacy that delights the palettes of both travellers and locals. A sweet and crisp pancake is filled with juicy raisins and covered in powdered sugar.( Zeller Fusch 1, 5672 Fusch an der Großglocknerstraße, Austria)