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Via Alpina through Styria

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The purple trail of the Via Alpina leads through the eastern regions of the Alps, from the Karawanken through the mountains of Slovenia, the provinces of Carinthia, Styria, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Tyrol to Bavaria and the Allgäu. The section of the trail through Styria takes us from the gentle mountains of Schilcherland on the Slovenian-Styrian border to the rugged peaks of the north in the Gesäuse national park. It is a hike through a diverse landscape with equally diverse stories.
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Distance 221.5 km
76:00 h
7,727 m
8,125 m
2,139 m
368 m
Over 5,000 Kilometres and 341 daily stages through all eight Alpine countries: Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France and Monaco - that is the Via Alpina. The Via Alpina is an international long-distance hiking trail from Trieste to Monaco. It shows off the entire beauty and diversity of the Alpine arc. In addition to being the largest continuous natural area in Europe, the Alps are also the living space for about 13 million people. Their centuries-old traditions bear witness to the extraordinary demands that the rugged nature of the mountain world places on its inhabitants, and at the same time bear witness to the inventiveness and tenacity of the population. Incidentally, no new paths were created for the Via Alpina, but the existing network of paths was used and connected.
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Günther Steininger 
Update: July 22, 2021
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Highest point
2,139 m
Lowest point
368 m
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Rest stops

Schwanberger Brendl Hütte
Koralpenhaus
Barbarahaus
Knödel-Hütte
Bernstein-Hütte
Alpengasthof Salzstiegelhaus
Altes Almhaus
Gaberlhaus
Steinplan - Schutzhaus
Jausenstation Reicherhube
Bergerhube
Triebentalhütte
Benediktinerstift Admont
Rohrauerhaus
Bosruckhütte

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

Tips and hints

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Start

Soboth (1,056 m)
Coordinates:
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46.681186, 15.075918
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46°40'52.3"N 15°04'33.3"E
UTM
33T 505805 5169739
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Destination

Spital am Phyrn

Turn-by-turn directions

We start in the hiking village of Soboth in the southwest of Styria on the border with Carinthia. The Via Alpina comes up from Lavamünd to the hiking village with its pass location. From here, the trail descends to Eibiswald, which is considered the Austrian long-distance hiking centre. In addition to the Via Alpina, the Mariazellerweg, the European long-distance hiking trail E 6 (goes from Kilpisjärvi in northwestern Finland to the Dardanelles in Turkey) also meet here. In Eibiswald, we also meet the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine", which leads on a north and a south route from the Dachstein Glacier to the Styrian wine country.

From Eibiswald on the Schilcher Wine Road, the route leads through vineyards, meadows, forests and gentle alpine pastures along the border between the provinces of Carinthia and Styria to the Koralpenhaus. The trail leads over the Weinebene and the Hebalm to the pretty little village of Pack. Then it goes over alpine pastures of the Hirscheggeralm to the Stubalpe. Here, you cross over the Gaberl into the Murtal valley with your destination Knittelfeld, a town that is closely associated with the construction of the railway in the Murtal valley. Construction began in 1861 and the town is still a railway town today - a museum is proof of this. Before that we reach the Rachau. Here - time permitting - the Wipfelwanderweg awaits us, one of the most exciting and impressive staged hiking trails in the Eastern Alps.

On the Tremmelberg, we reach a huge observation tower with 220 wooden steps, modelled on the two towers of the Benedictine Abbey of Seckau, which opens up wonderful views of the Gleinalm, Stubalpe and the Seckau Alps. Incidentally, the mighty Seckau Abbey is considered one of the outstanding landmarks of Styria. The crossing of the Seckau Alps brings us to the Ingeringsee. As we continue our ascent, we are accompanied by alpine roses and, depending on the season, the blueberry bushes along the way colour the slopes pink, green or deep red. The next destination is Admont with its world-famous monastery library. Along the salt trail with the fantastic mountain backdrop of the Haller Mauern, we reach Spital am Pyhrn via the Rohrauerhaus and the Bosruckhütte.

Details of the Via Alpina in English can be found at www.via-alpina.org.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at

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Coordinates

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46.681186, 15.075918
DMS
46°40'52.3"N 15°04'33.3"E
UTM
33T 505805 5169739
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Die stillen Pfade der Via Alpina - Unterwegs auf dem Violetten Weg Evamaria Wecker, Bruckmann Verlag, 2011 ISBN 978-3-7654-4857-7 www.steiermark.com/buecher

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Equipment

Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
221.5 km
Duration
76:00 h
Ascent
7,727 m
Descent
8,125 m
Highest point
2,139 m
Lowest point
368 m
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