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Circular hike to the Mühlbacher hut

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    Photo: Meike Brucher, Region Graz
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A leisurely round or a sporty tour with a stop at a hut. Experience nature on foot and be rewarded with a far-reaching view.
moderate
Distance 16.5 km
5:00 h
608 m
608 m
1,021 m
452 m
From the parking lot in front of the Rein monastery, follow the gravel forest road (trail 32/33) leisurely through the gently rising Ulrichsbachtal valley until you reach the turnoff to the Kogelleitenweg trail.

Follow this steeply uphill to the Pleschhöfer farmstead. Here you are rewarded with a wonderful view of the Gleinalm. We continue hiking on trail 562 past the St. Georgs chapel and below the Heigger cross to the idyllic Mühlbacher hut. The refuge offers hikers a shelter including a vending machine for drinks outside of opening hours - so a little change won't hurt.

Strengthened and satisfied, you hike along trail 33 down to the source of the Mühlbach and then back to the starting point. On the path through the valley of the Mühlbachgraben is also the official MTB route, so caution is requested.

Author’s recommendation

The hiking area around Rein is known for the protected blue alpine longhorn beetle.
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Author
Meike Brucher
Update: June 09, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,021 m
Lowest point
452 m
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Rest stops

Stiftstaverne
Mühlbacher Hütte
Gasthof Pension zur Linde

Safety information

The hiking trails in OberGraz are mostly well passable. Nevertheless, you should make sure to adapt the choice of hiking route to your condition and surefootedness. Dogs must be kept on a leash! It is essential to observe the opening hours of the refreshment stops!

Caution is requested on some sections of the route, as the MTB route also runs here!

Tips and hints

Refreshment stops: Stiftstaverne and Gasthof Zur Linde at the start and end points of the tour;Mühlbacher Hütte (by appointment from May 1 to October 26).

Start

Parkplatz in Rein (453 m)
Coordinates:
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47.137282, 15.285624
DMS
47°08'14.2"N 15°17'08.2"E
UTM
33T 521659 5220459
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Destination

Parkplatz in Rein

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the parking lot at Stift Rein, follow the gravel forest road (trail 33) and walk upstream into the Mühlbachgraben until you reach the turnoff to the Kogelleitenweg. Follow this uphill until you reach the junction with trail 562 at the Pleschhöfer farm. From here, continue to the right, past the St. George's Chapel on trail 562 until you reach the Mühlbacherhütte. The way back is on trail 33 back down into the Mühlbachgraben and back to the starting point.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Hikers without a car can comfortably arrive by public bus or train. Due to the well-frequented S1 line between Graz and Bruck/Mur, OberGraz is easily accessible by public transport.

(Gratwein-Gratkorn train station) Continue with the regional bus line 110 to Rein.

For more information on train and bus connections, please visit www.verbundlinie.at and www.oebb.at.

Getting there

Via the A9 to Deutschfeistritz/Peggau and via the B67 further to Gratwein and Rein.

Parking

Public parking: parking and bus parking Rein.

Coordinates

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47.137282, 15.285624
DMS
47°08'14.2"N 15°17'08.2"E
UTM
33T 521659 5220459
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

OberGraz Wanderkarte 3.0

Equipment

Put on sturdy shoes, first aid kit, water bottle, provisions, sun, rain and cold protection in your backpack - and off you go! Sufficient drinks and provisions are recommended, as there are no stops along the way for a long time.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.5 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
608 m
Descent
608 m
Highest point
1,021 m
Lowest point
452 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Dog-friendly

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