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Stage 09 From Glacier to Wine South Route Krakau - St. Peter am Kammersberg

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  • Das Krakautal mit Blick auf den Preber
    Das Krakautal mit Blick auf den Preber
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This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" is dominated by leisurely family and themed hiking trails in the high valley of the Krakow and it is mostly downhill. Nevertheless, we experience several charming sections, such as the bathing lake at Krakaudorf, the Günster waterfall, which is one of the highest waterfalls in Styria, or the village of Schöder and the other villages up to St. Peter am Kammersberg, which we can see from the path leading along the southern slope of the mountain.
Distance 19.4 km
6:00 h
320 m
800 m
1,302 m
823 m
Krakautal, as one of 20 mountaineering villages in Austria, has an altitude between 1,100 meters in the east and 1,400 meters in the west. Several large trough valleys flow in from the north, originating on the main ridge of the Niedere Tauern. The surrounding mountain ridges rise with their main peaks to over 2,700 meters into the sky. Climatically favored, because of low precipitation and extremely sunny, the Krakau Valley is truly still an insider tip for all hikers and mountaineers. With the Günster waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Styria, a special place is on the program. It plunges over the primary rocks of the Schladminger Tauern with a drop height of 65 meters down to the Künstenbach. 250 to 300 liters per second rush down over two basins carved out by the water and three imposing cascades, which have also been accessible via paths and stairs since 1906.
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Update: September 16, 2022
Highest point
1,302 m
Lowest point
823 m
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Badesee Krakaudorf

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Krakau (1,301 m)
47.189188, 13.963705
47°11'21.1"N 13°57'49.3"E
33T 421493 5226709
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St. Peter am Kammersberg

Turn-by-turn directions

From Krakauhintermühlen with the beautifully situated hiking hotel Stigenwirth we walk the first few meters on the road until we come to a turnoff towards Lifthäusel. There we leave the road and keep to the right slightly downhill to follow the signs "Footpath to Krakaudorf". Later we come back to the road, pass through the hamlet of Scharnigl, and arrive at the idyllically situated bathing lake, which we hike along. Soon we change into a beautiful and especially in summer very welcome, because shade giving forest, through which the path leads us to a road.

Here we keep to the left at a fork to get directly to the Günster waterfall. If you already know the waterfall or want to get to the day's destination as soon as possible, you can continue straight ahead on the road to Schöder. However, a detour to the waterfall is worthwhile, but here a difficult decision awaits us: what to do first? Refresh ourselves with a cool drink in the inn "Zum Wasserfall" or start with the tour of the cool and well-built gorge? Once both are done, we follow the "Wasserfall-Rundweg" over a narrow footbridge from the inn to the east and come to the road up the Schöderberg. We leave this road already in the first left turn to follow the signs "Wanderweg nach Schöder". On this section of the trail we can admire the mighty Baierdorf fortified tower from the 11th century from a distance. The further way on this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" leads us through a farm to reach a hill, where we keep to the right to follow local trail no. 7 down to the road and finally to Schöder. In Schöder, the Church of Our Lady invites you to visit.

We leave the village of Schöder to the right of the Schöderbach stream in order to follow the local trails with the numbers 1 and 2, which take us along a beautiful forest path always straight ahead towards the east. Only when the path no longer continues straight ahead, we descend to the left and walk for some time very romantically along the banks of the stream, enjoying the murmur of the stream. Soon we reach the height of the village of St. Peter am Kammersberg, where we first still have to cross the Katschbach to get to the slightly higher village, from which the next stage is to Murau.


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Public transport


Accessible by train and bus.

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

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Getting there

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In Krakow, district Krakauhintermühlen, there are enough parking spaces available in the area of the tourist office.


47.189188, 13.963705
47°11'21.1"N 13°57'49.3"E
33T 421493 5226709
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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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19.4 km
6:00 h
320 m
800 m
Highest point
1,302 m
Lowest point
823 m
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