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Stage 16 From Glacier to Wine South Route Salzstiegl - Pack

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  • Unterwegs auf der Packalpe
    Unterwegs auf der Packalpe
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A panoramic, long high-altitude hike, which, however, offers small differences in altitude. This and the next stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" represent the transition from the alpine region to the wine country of Styria. Initially still over wide alpine pastures on the way, we dive nice and slowly, but nevertheless, into the wine country.
Distance 19 km
6:00 h
410 m
840 m
1,879 m
1,118 m
Probably the best-known representatives of the region Lipizzanerheimat, in which we are now, are the - nomen es omen - Lipizzaners at the Federal Stud Piber. In this context we have a tip ready: we put in at the Salzstiegl in the inn*** Moasterhaus (Tel: +43 3141 2160) an extra night and visit the Lipizzaner young stallions on their summer retreat on the Stubalm. To do this, we hike just under 6 km along the North-South Long Distance Trail 05 in a northerly direction to the Gasthof Altes Almhaus on the Stubalm. From the beginning of June to the beginning of September, about 50 one to three year old young stallions spend the summer months here on the alp at 1,500 meters above sea level in order to acquire the necessary surefootedness and physical requirements for their future tasks. Important note: Please observe the animals in peace and also give it to the animals!

Author’s recommendation

In the Thermen- & Vulkanland region of Styria, Eastern Styria and Southern and Western Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when you stay overnight in one of the approximately 100 GenussCard partner establishments. Countless of these GenussCard excursion destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine".
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Update: September 16, 2022
Highest point
1,879 m
Lowest point
1,118 m
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Alpengasthof Salzstiegelhaus
Packer Stausee

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Salzstiegl (1,542 m)
47.068212, 14.871556
47°04'05.6"N 14°52'17.6"E
33T 490247 5212752
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Turn-by-turn directions

The first few hundred meters of this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" leads us along the same path as on the stage from Obdach to Salzstiegl back. At the crossroads at Hahnsattel we keep straight ahead on the north-south long-distance hiking trail 05 and hike through a shallow depression to the 1,745 m high Peterer Sattel. From now on, the rest of the trail leads along the border between Carinthia and Styria, accompanied by beautiful views of the two provinces in the south of Austria.

We hike around the 1,967 m high Peterer Riegel to the east and after just under 2 hours we reach the Bartholomäalm, a beautiful spot for a rest and also the highest point of our tour today. After that, the trail continues along the border between Carinthia and Styria slightly downhill to the Hirscheggeralm, where one of the many exciting as well as strange-looking stone formations awaits us with the stone ovens. On this section, the Bernsteinhütte (Tel. +43 676 6851267) and the Knödelhütte (Tel. +43 664 2449643) also offer two refreshment stops, which we gladly accept. From here it is only about 3 km to our stage destination, the idyllically situated village of Pack, which is a popular excursion and recreation destination with its hiking opportunities and the Packer Stausee reservoir as a swimming lake. Alternatively, we can also be picked up here by the Kaltenegger family from the Gasthof*** Moasterhaus, which is located at the end of stage 15, and spend the night in the same. The next morning we will be taken by the free shuttle for further hiking to Pack or also to the Hebalm lake if needed, which reduces the next stage to about 12 km.


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Public transport

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Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


At the Salzstiegl there are numerous parking spaces available at the central hiking starting point.


47.068212, 14.871556
47°04'05.6"N 14°52'17.6"E
33T 490247 5212752
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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,

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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 km
6:00 h
410 m
840 m
Highest point
1,879 m
Lowest point
1,118 m
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