Hohentauern
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Hohentauern

Hohentauern (1,274 m/ 4,180 ft) is the highest village in the Rottenmanner Tauern, surrounded by more than 20 peaks higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). This mountain range is part of the Niedere (Lower) Tauern, which extend also to Salzburger Land. Other ranges in the Niedere Tauern include Radstatter (228), Schladminger (p178—9) and Wolzer Tauern. Hohentauern was founded by the Celts. From the 12th century it became important as a commercial centre along Hohentauernpass, the mountain pass connecting the Enns and Mur valleys. St. Bartolomaus Church has magnificent carvings by Josef Stammel. The Hohentauernpass crosses the range at 1,260 m (4,134 ft) height. A drive along Hohentauernpassstrasse is one of the best ways to enjoy the superb mountain scenery. From the north, you pass through Rottenmann with its old city walls; Moderbrugg, a former centre of the metal industry; Oberzeiring and its disused salt mine; and Halfelden, with its large ruined castle. Nearby is the ruined Schloss Reifenstein.

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