Gschmå Platzl Margarethen-Höhe
... the outstanding view!
The Margarethen-Höhe at the Steigermahdl
Around 1890 the summit of this high cliff was declared by the St.Gilgen Verschönerungsverein, a local society, as the most beautiful observation point in the area. Many of the summer visitors at that time were members of the society, which they supported with generous donations.
A familiy from Vienna, the publisher Goldschmidt who owned the villa at Hochreitstrasse 12, paid for a small hut to be built at the summit.
As a gesture of gratitude the name of one of the family members was incorporated into the name of the observation place, which became known as the MARGARETHEN-HÖHE .
In hiking guides from that time recommendations can be found to take the path „via Steigermahdl to the Margarethen-Höhe". The name "Steigermahdl" comes from "steile Mahd" (steep mowing), once a field or meadow area at the base of the Weißwand cliff.
In January 2007 the hut was blown down by hurricane „Kyrill“. In 2016 a new hut was erected at MARGARETHEN-HÖHE following the initiative of local businesses and various private donations.