The highest elevation in the province of Salzburg

3.674m above sea level

… is located on the border to East Tyrol and is named after the main peak of the Venedigergruppe. This group forms together with the Glockner-, the Ankogel-, the Schober-, the Goldberg-, the Kreuzeck-, the Granatspitz-, the Rieserfernergruppe and Villgratner Berge the tremendous large group of the Hohe Tauern. In the Venedigergruppe are the most glaciers in the Hohe Tauern.

The name Grossvenediger is used for the first time in 1797, previously the prominent peak was known as Stuetzerkopf. About the origin of the name, there are only guesses and refuted theories such as the distant view from the summit to Venice. This was actually only made in the context of an art project by the Kuersinger hut and the 54th Biennale di Venezia.

In the north of the Grossvenediger the village Neukirchen is located. Here the Obersulzbachtal and Untersulzbachtal meet with their eponymous streams which flow into the Salzach. On the way to Grossvenediger we pass the Untersulzbach waterfall, the Sulzau, the Hopffeldboden and the Oberer Keesboden. In the valley of the Obersulzbach, at the entrance to Kuersingersteig, the blue of the glacial lake enchants us. It is growing year in and year out at the place where just a few decades ago the Tuerkische Zeltstadt was admired.

The first ascent

The mountain enthusiastic son of the Austrian Imperial House of Habsburg Archduke Johann of Austria failed in 1828 just in front of the summit of this ambitious project. Paul Rohregger, chosen as chief forester and hunter, an accomplished local to explore the route and head of the expedition because of his work, is detected when creating the track by an avalanche and seriously injured.

The first ascent of the Grossvenediger succeeds on 3 september 1841. This is a large-scale expedition of a 40-member team, initiated by the attendant of Mittersill Ignaz von Kuersinger. As reliable, local guides Josef Schwab and Franz Scharler had been appointed to the expedition leaders and standard-bearers.

Up to the summit!