On this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine", the tour takes us from the idyllic village of Obdach in the Zirbenland to the heights of the Salzstiegl, where we also meet the Koralm Kristall Trail and the North-South Long Distance Trail 05, one of the 10 long distance trails of the Austrian Alpine Association.
Distance 17.7 km
Highest point1,990 m
Lowest point867 m
On the Koralm Kristall Trail, which is our companion at the end of this stage and along the next stages of our hiking route "From Glacier to Wine", we follow the tracks of a former supercontinent. About 300 million years ago, the predecessors of our continents were united as if with welded seams to form the giant continent of Pangaea, and the Koralm was right in the middle of the action. The rocks of the Koralm were formed much earlier and were pushed over and over again by the changing drifting apart and approach of Africa and Euraisia, and finally the glaciers of the ice age gave the final touch. These transformed, heavily stressed rocks have weathered especially in the area of the Koralm to impressive rock formations, which not only fascinate geologists, but are also popular photo motifs and give us an idea of what forces were at work here. The Koralm rocks at a glance offers us the Geopark Glashütten at the end of the 17th stage on our journey from Dachstein to Weinland.
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Our stage start is in Obdach, which was first mentioned in a document in 190 and was elevated to the status of a market town in 1324. Today, the village is characterized by a beautiful townscape with some still preserved historical buildings. These are also witnesses to the fact that Obdach was once a regionally important trading center due to its location on the road over the Obdacher Sattel. With its closed market place, the gate tower at the southern end and the wide old houses, Obdach offers the picture of a culturally and historically very interesting medieval market. We leave Obdach along the same Styrian circular hiking trail as our hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" and pass farmsteads and lonely, but all the more beautifully situated houses to the Weißenstein Hut (Tel. +43 0664 2439459, open from June to September, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), which invites us to a well-deserved rest and refreshment after a little more than 800 meters of ascent.
A few hundred meters after the Weißensteinhütte we reach a crossroads, where we leave the Styrian circular hiking trail and keep to the left to reach the 1,993 m high Speikkogel, probably the most beautiful vantage point between the Zirbenland and the Lipizzanerheimat bordering to the east. From now on, the remaining 3 km of our tour is downhill. From the Speikkogel further east we soon reach the north-south long-distance hiking trail 05, whose section here also represents the Via Alpina. To reach our destination, the Salzstiegl, we keep to the left and hike slightly uphill to the Salzstieglhaus (Tel. +43 3141 2248), which is located at the pass of the same name, which connects the Murtal with the Lipizzaner homeland. As an alternative to the Salzstieglhaus at the pass, the Moasterhaus (Tel. 3141 2160), which is a member of the "Wanderhotels Steiermark", can also be used for an overnight stay or a stay of several days. The following day we head for the Pack, our next stage stop.
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Accessible by train and bus.
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In Obdach there are numerous parking spaces available in the center of the village.
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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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