Eagle's Stage Ahorn
BIRDS OF PREY UP CLOSE
THE STAGE IS SET: FOR A GREAT NATURAL SPECTACLE ON MOUNT AHORN!
Check this out! Your very own blockbuster awaits you high up in the mountains of Tyrol at Mountopolis - the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen World of Adventure. The setting: Eagle’s Stage on Mount Ahorn. The backdrop: The impressive peaks of the Zillertal Valley. The stars: Eagles, buzzards, owls and the like. The supporting actors: Falconers Waltraud, Didi and Thomas Wechselberger. The genre: A mix of action film and animal documentary with a healthy measure of emotion that will make your heart swell. Featuring: a screenplay filled with effortless power and gentle strength, a graceful awareness of life and intoxicating freedom. MOUNTOPOLIS INSTEAD OF HOLLYWOOD. Visitors don’t need to wear a tuxedo or fancy ballgown to attend the sky gala at Eagle’s Stage on Mount Ahorn. Sturdy shoes and comfortable walking clothes will suffice. The Ahornbahn, Austria's largest cable car, whisks visitors quickly and comfortably up the mountain to Europe's highest Bird of Prey Sanctuary at 2,000 metres above sea level. Since 2009, the “kings of the skies” feel very much at home here amidst the spectacular panorama of the Zillertal Alps, as their quarters are built entirely from wood, stone and earth and blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. The three passionate falconers, Waltraud, Didi and Thomas Wechselberger, know just how to direct eagle "Steppi", falcon "Hansi", eagle owls "Billi & Virginia", harri’s hawk "Lanny", red-tailed hawks "Ashok & Laika" and black-chested buzzard-eagle "YakariBlue” during their exciting show.
Happy spectators enjoy the show as the suspense rises. An introduction to the Eagle’s Stage on Mount Ahorn, which is accessed via the informative Birds of Prey Path, however, requires no fanfare. The impressive location alone and the act of becoming better acquainted with the birds of prey is a formative experience in itself. Visitors have free, daily access to the Eagle’s Stage on Mount Ahorn from mid-June to October (except Tuesday and Wednesday) between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m., where they can visit the falconers with their Birds of Prey. At the Birds of Prey Show, which takes place daily (except Tuesday) at 02.00 p.m., up to 800 "cinema-goers" can experience the majestic aerial acrobats in action and, in addition to the impressive flight manoeuvres, discover exciting information about the habits of these feathered wild animals. A show of this kind at such close quarters is way better than any evening at the cinema.
BE A FALCONER FOR A DAY
Every Wednesday from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m., you can accompany the falconers behind the scenes. This thrilling experience is reserved for a maximum of 10 participants with a minimum age of 16 and requires prior registration via the website. Those curious to find out more will discover what it is like to be a falconer and how to properly feed and care for these fascinating animals, as well as how to treat them in a species- appropriate manner. They will also find out what needs to be considered when it comes to animal welfare.
And then, at 02.00 p.m., well prepared with your new background knowledge and from the best seats in the house, you can finally enjoy the moment you’ve been waiting for, the Birds of Prey Show.
AROUND THE RESERVOIR
“DE ARTE VENANDI CUM AVIBUS! ... already sounds like a blockbuster title, combined with unparalleled views offered by Mount Ahorn. But what is the thrilling story behind it? Nature lovers, animal lovers and mountain sports enthusiasts will find the answers to this and more directly at the FalknerOase. After the Eagle’s Stage had captured visitors’ imagination for over a decade, a highlight was created in Mountopolis, in the form of the FalknerOase. Spread around Filzen Reservoir, visitors can delve into the history of falconry at seven exciting stations, learn all about a falconer's equipment and familiarise themselves with the local Birds of Prey. There are also many resting areas, where you can just kick back and soak up the fabulous vista. More about it ...