September in our company is associated with a very popular teambuilding trip to the mountains. And this year was no different.
The starting point for us was the picturesque town of Piesendorf, which lies in the heart of the High Tatras National Park. As usual, we arrived on Friday afternoon, checked in, and planned together what to look forward to in the next two days. 😊
On Saturday morning, we woke up to a beautiful sunny day and divided into two groups and set out for extraordinary experiences and overcoming our own boundaries, which is actually the original purpose of this autumn event.
One group left early in the morning for the town of Kaprun and parked their cars in the parking lot of the Kaprun Gletscherbahn Kitzsteinhorn cable car system, which took us up to an altitude of 2400 m above sea level. Here began our walking tour, which led first to the highest point of our route, Schmiedenger Scharte (2715 m).
From here we then had a challenging descent to the mountain saddle on the black. On the descent, we were treated to spectacular views, provided by cloudless skies. We then descended to the Hacklsee Lake and from there along the Mühlbach River to the valley. We were at the lowest point of our journey and now we had "only" to climb with 950 meters of elevation gain. We were driven by the hope that we would not only catch the last cable car (which was quite essential), but that we would also be able to refresh ourselves in a local mountain hut. We managed to do everything successfully and returned to Piesendorf.
The second group set off from Piesendorf by train to Zell am See. A beautiful walk through the town overlooking the lake took them to Schmitten to catch the cable car that took them to the top of the Schmittenhöhe (1965 m above sea level). So they set off for the summit of the Kitzbühel Alps Maurerkogel (2074m) via the Kesselscharte mountain pass. Thanks to the beautiful weather, they had the opportunity to "enjoy" truly magnificent views. After a refreshment of bread and fruit at the top, a long descent back to Piesendorf awaited them, which they all did very well.
After our return, we all had a little snack, got cultured, and went to dinner together in a local restaurant, which was right next to our accommodation, we had a place for all of us booked in advance thanks to our colleague Maruška Beželová.
And on Sunday? That was pretty cool too.... 😊
This year's selection of trips and experiences was quite varied, so we split into multiple groups. One brave group went on the biggest Zipline in Europe to Stoderzinken, where you "fly" on a rope 160 meters above the ground, at speeds of up to 115 kph. Another group went on a circuit to the fifth largest waterfalls in the world, which are the Krimmel Falls. Hats off to that too, after Saturday's trek. Another interesting excursion was to Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat, Eagle's Nest, and a tour of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which stands proudly atop the Monk's Mountain in Salzburg. It is the largest fully preserved castle in Central Europe and beckons with 360-degree views of the city and its surroundings.
Many thanks to all our colleagues for their participation and especially the great atmosphere 😊
And of course a special thanks to our Executive Director Jan Florianek for taking the time to pull us away from our computers every year and supporting us on the actual routes. Thanks also to our lovely HR person Marketa Sommerova for arranging beautiful accommodation for us.
Ing. Zuzana Mošnová