One of the last large alpine hay meadows in the Carinthian Lesachtal Valley
The Mussen, high above the Carinthian Lesachtal Valley, is one of the last large alpine hay meadows, and one of the most interesting areas that the Austrian mountains have to offer. Here you walk along old trails through a wavy, fragrant and colourful sea of flowers and herbs. The Mussen’s abundance of species is unique. More than 500 plant species, including over 280 so-called higher plants, have contributed to the Mussen’s reputation as "flower mountain" of a special kind.
The main flowering period is at the end of June, beginning of July.
During this time, the meadows literally bristle with fragrant carnations, beautiful orchids, colourful meadow flowers and many different types of lilies, including the paradise lily.
In the past, the hay meadows were used to produce hay for winter feeding. Today the are mown mainly for nature conservation reasons. And that only every second year by hand to preserve the biodiversity.