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Stage 14 From Glacier to Wine South Route Tonnerhütte Zirbitzkogel - Obdach

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  • Panorama Herterhöhe
    Panorama Herterhöhe
    Photo: TVB Naturpark Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen, Tourismusverband Region Murau
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It goes to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Eastern Alps, to the Zirbitzkogel. On this stage we cross the striking peak in the Seetaler Alps and change from the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park to the Zirbenland with the idyllically situated village of Obdach, home of former ski racer and 3-time world champion Renate Götschl.
Distance 17 km
7:00 h
830 m
1,550 m
2,396 m
865 m
The Swiss stone pine gives its name to this region and also characterizes its landscape. This noble tree species has been native to the Alpine region since the last ice age. Due to its adaptability, it is also called the "Queen of the Alps". The Swiss stone pine is the lightest of all native coniferous species, its special characteristic being the numerous dark knots. Because of its special structure and properties, Swiss stone pine is also often used as a material for furnishings. In addition, the stone pine has proven positive effects on health.
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Günther Steininger 
Update: September 16, 2022
Highest point
2,396 m
Lowest point
865 m
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Tonnerhütte am Zirbitzkogel (1,585 m)
47.051511, 14.530760
47°03'05.4"N 14°31'50.7"E
33T 464360 5210995
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Before we start we should ask the senior chef of the house, Reinhard Ferner, for tips along the route, because he surely has the right tip for each of us. Possibly there is no one who knows the hiking area around the Zirbitzkogel and the wishes of the guests like he does. Right from the start, it's uphill on our stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" with a stopover at the Zirbitzkogel with its shelter only about 20 meters in altitude below the summit cross. Through a section of forest and across meadows, as well as a short stretch on a forest road, we soon reach the Herterhöhe, a beautiful vantage point on the Murtal mountains. The viewing platform also invites you to take a first rest, which should not take too long, because the summit of the Zirbitzkogel is still waiting for us.

We keep straight on and hike here above the tree line to the ridge, where we reach the 2,396 m high Zirbitzkogel with its shelter (Tel. +43 664 9140283) after a few meters on the left. Its name is not derived from the stone pines, as is often assumed, but from the Slovenian zirbiza, which can be translated as red alpine pasture and refers to the frequently occurring rusty-leaved alpine rose, also called alpine bush. The area of the Zirbitzkogel is not only part of the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park, but is now also designated as a Natura 2000 European protected area.

After visiting the summit and a well-deserved stop at the Schutzhaus, our route continues west to reach the Waldheimhütte (tel. + 43 3578 8205) on trail 320. This popular rustic hut can also be reached from Obdach, our destination, via a beautiful panoramic road. The rest of the way leads us across beautiful meadows, past idyllic farms and through shady forests, which we appreciate especially in midsummer on a hiking tour, directly to Obdach, our destination for today's stage. In the information office we can also get tips for the next stage, which leads us to the Salzstiegl.


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Public transport

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Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


There is a parking lot for hikers at the Tonnerhütte.


47.051511, 14.530760
47°03'05.4"N 14°31'50.7"E
33T 464360 5210995
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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

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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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17 km
7:00 h
830 m
1,550 m
Highest point
2,396 m
Lowest point
865 m
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