This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes us from the Sölktäler Nature Park on the north side of the Schladminger Tauern over the Prebertörl to the mountaineering village of Krakau on the south side of the Schladminger Tauern. Thus, on this beautiful, often lonely mountain tour, which also requires surefootedness, we switch from the Ennstal to the Murtal side of the Niedere Tauern. By the way, the Krakau has a favorable climate: the high valley, which runs almost parallel to the Murtal, is considered to be particularly low in precipitation and at the same time sunny, the latter especially in winter. The reason is the lack of fog due to the well-ventilated east-west orientation of the valley.
Distance 15.2 km
Highest point2,211 m
Lowest point1,297 m
In addition to the mountain huts, the alpine pastures such as the Putzentalalm or the Möslhütte in the Prebertal with their small, cozy rooms have always been popular and important places to go. Initially built only as simple summer dwellings for alpine people, they later developed more and more into popular destinations for hiking excursions and alpine walks. At many of these alpine huts, food is still prepared in the traditional way. A speciality in Styria is the "Steirerkas", which has a somewhat peculiar taste and is known everywhere, but not everyone's palate likes this austere flavor. As early as the 17th century, it was considered a staple food for farmhands and miners who worked in the mines. Steirerkas" tastes best when wrapped in Steirerkrapfen baked in hot lard. The Ennstal doughnuts filled with "Steirerkas" - there are Catholic (made from rye flour) and Protestant (made from wheat flour) - belong on the table at least once during a vacation as a culinary delicacy. If you are traveling on the south side of the Schladminger Tauern, you should by no means confuse the Murtaler Steirerkas with the Ennstaler Steirerkas. The Murtal variety is a firm cooked cheese made from ripened curd cheese to which caraway seeds, pepper and cooking salt and milk are added. It is then melted by heating and tastes completely different.
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From the Putzentalalm (Tel. +43 664 9262200) the path leads us right from the start uphill towards Prebertörl, the highest point of this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine". Passing a hunting lodge, the path climbs steadily and becomes steeper as well as more challenging, because some scree slopes have to be mastered as well as the serpentine path that takes us to the Prebertörl with its 2,194 meters. The beautiful view back to the north into the Putzental valley in the Sölktäler Nature Park with the romantically situated Schwarzensee lake and to the south into the Prebertal valley with its abundance of water are, however, the reward for the challenging meters of altitude that we have covered in the last few hours.
From now on, we head steadily downhill through the Prebertal valley with its enchanting alpine meadows, past small waterfalls and mountain lakes, first to the Möslhütte (Tel. +43 664 9632670). Lisi Kleinferchner still manages her alp on the Möslalm at 1,600 m above sea level in the traditional way. Dairy cows, young cattle, goats and pigs truly spend a wonderful summer here in the Prebertal. Among their specialties are the many different types of cheese that they produce.
Afterwards we continue out of the valley, where we reach the Ebenhandlhütte (Tel. +43 664 6458353). This is also a good place to stop for a rest, as we still have about 5 km to go to Krakauhintermühlen, our stage destination. Via the Klausnerbergsäge we finally reach the small village Krakauhintermühlen, which is the western end of the Krakau. The two other villages on the plateau are Krakauschatten and Krakaudorf, which offer equally beautiful accommodations to recover us for the next day for the stage to St. Peter am Kammersberg in the best possible way.
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An access road to the Putzentalalm is possible up to the parking lot Schwarzensee, the remaining about 3 km are then to be covered on a comfortable path on foot.
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Rother Wanderführer "Vom Gletscher zum Wein": auf 160 Seiten mit 80 Farbabbildungen 60 Höhenprofile, 60 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, zwei Übersichtskarten, GPS-Tracks zum Download, Format 11,5 x 16,5 cm, kartoniert mit Polytex-Laminierung, ISBN 978-3-7633-4550-2, www.rother.de
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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