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Stage 12 From Glacier to Wine South Route St. Lambrecht - Neumarkt

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  • Unzählige Seen und Teiche sind im Naturpark beheimatet
    Unzählige Seen und Teiche sind im Naturpark beheimatet
    Photo: Harry Schiffer, CC BY-ND, Steiermark Tourismus/Harry Schiffer
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A scenic stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park. The second of the two striking mountains of the nature park, the Grebenzen, is also crossed on this tour. Thus, we hike here along a section of the Via Natura, a 10-stage long-distance hiking trail through the nature park, from the nature park's spiritual center of St. Lambrecht to the largest municipality, to Neumarkt with the district of St. Marein bei Neumarkt.
Distance 20.8 km
7:30 h
880 m
1,060 m
1,864 m
823 m
For thousands of years, wise people have taught us that nature is a great book from which we can learn an infinite amount. But instead of reading the book of nature, we have listened to everything else more and very well spurned the infinite intelligence of Mother Earth. The Via Natura wants to bring man closer to nature and nature closer to man again. Hiking along the Via Natura thus has the motto "learning to read in the great book of nature". The long-distance hiking trail offers the right hike for young and old and for every taste. Those who hike along the individual paths receive instruction in learning to read in nature. The goal is to perceive nature with all available senses, to interpret and understand the observations, and finally to recognize the benefits that living creatures derive from it.

Author’s recommendation

Soft mobility is very important in the Nature Park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen. Thus, with the "Naturally Mobile Offer" Nature Park electric cars, electric bikes and the Nature Park hiking bus are available.

Tip: In the spring of 2018, in the course of a casting, a jury and the readers of a major Austrian daily newspaper chose Martina Traisch from the Ennstal and Manfred Polansky from the Mürztal 2 "super hikers" who hiked the north and south route in the summer. You can read about their experiences and adventures at From ideal photo spots to hidden wine cellars in mountain huts. Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Martina and Manfred and also become a "super hiker"? It's very easy: Register at and then post your experiences, videos and comments along the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" - regardless of whether you hike the entire route or just one section. Every 5 stages also beckons a small reward!

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Update: September 16, 2022
Highest point
1,864 m
Lowest point
823 m
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St. Lambrecht im Naturpark Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen (1,022 m)
47.070606, 14.300010
47°04'14.2"N 14°18'00.0"E
33T 446853 5213248
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St. Marein bei Neumarkt im Naturpark Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen

Turn-by-turn directions

We start in the center of the village directly at the imposing Benedictine Abbey of St. Lambrecht and after a short, still quite flat stretch out of the village, hike steadily uphill through the Abbey forest over the Pfaffentritt, which was used as a connecting path by the "priests" of the region centuries ago, towards Grebenzen. After about 4 km we keep to the right at a crossroads to reach the Dreiwiesenhütte (Tel. +43 3585 2411) at the foot of the summit of the Grebenzen. Next to the Zirbitzkogel, the Grebenzen is the most beautiful panoramic mountain in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park.

At the Dreiweisenhütte our stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" makes a sharp turn to the north and brings us after just under 2 km on the now always slightly downhill path to the pilgrimage church Maria Schönanger with the Schönangerhütte located in the immediate vicinity (Tel. +43 664 5393093). The present church building was erected in 1828 on the site of a chapel built in 1736. The pilgrimage church, currently the youngest branch church of the Benedictine monastery of St. Lambrecht, is pastored by its own pilgrimage chaplain. Here the path makes another sharp turn - this time to the right in an easterly direction - and now leads us downhill through the Kammerwald forest to Zeutschach, where a special feature awaits us: the Zeutschacher Ursprungsquelle, which is also a "NaturLese-Platz" on the Via Natura. The Zeutschach spring of origin is a typical karst phenomenon and records a flow rate of 90 - 120 liters per second. The pure, oxygen-rich water favors interesting plant growth. Thus, the hairy-leaved buttercup blooms under water, while the water crowfoot raises its white flowers above the water surface. If it were not lined by a birch tree and a few benches as well as the "NaturLese-Platz", one would simply stumble into the magical place while hiking across the meadow, so inconspicuous and at the same time impressive is this power spot in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park.

The last section of today's stage takes us along the Via Natura to the Grasluppteichen, a beautiful place to linger before entering the Graggerschlucht. First, however, a short section through wooded areas awaits us, where we also meet Zecki`s Hütte (Tel. +43 664 75054977, note opening hours!), a cozy hut at the Graggerschlucht not far from the Kaskadenfall. At the end of the stage, we will cross the wild and romantic gorge to reach Europe's first bionic island, where we will learn about the transfer of natural phenomena to technology. Last but not least, the trail leads us to St. Marein near Neumarkt, our destination for today's stage in the heart of the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park. By the way, the next stage leads us to the Zirbitzkogel, the highest point of the nature park.


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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

Detaillierte informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


Parking is available in front of the St. Lambrecht monastery and at the valley station of the Grebenzen chairlift.


47.070606, 14.300010
47°04'14.2"N 14°18'00.0"E
33T 446853 5213248
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Book recommendation by the author

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,

Author’s map recommendations

Gratis Pocket Card Wanderroute "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" finden Sie auf

Kompass WK222 Sölktäler, Rottenmanner Tauern, Ennstal, Murau, Naturpark Grebenzen

Freytag & Berndt WK211 Naturpark Zirbitzkogel ·Grebenzen · Murau · Sölkpass


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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20.8 km
7:30 h
880 m
1,060 m
Highest point
1,864 m
Lowest point
823 m
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