On this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" we hike through the Schilcherland, where we will soon notice that now and then pilgrims come to meet us. They are on their way to Mariazell, because we are on the Mariazell Way, one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the Alpine region.
Distance 10.6 km
Highest point763 m
Lowest point376 m
In addition to Schilcher, which is made from the Blaue Wilbdbacher vine and is a protected trade name, because Schilcher must come from Styria, we also get to know another treasure that nature has given us on this stage. From the highest high moor in Austria at over 1,300 meters comes the medicinal moor, which is used in the Schwanberg medicinal moor spa. The dense network of roots did not allow the absorbed water in this high moor on the Koralm to run off. Thus, the Garanaser Moor grew to a remarkable thickness of six meters in 6,000 years. And so, over thousands of years, medicinal herbs, seeds, pollen and flowers were also preserved, which form the basis for the effect of the medicinal moor.
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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From Deutschlandsberg, the trail first leads us past vineyards, which nestle directly against the rows of houses to the west around the town, slightly uphill to the Wolfgangi Church, where we can enjoy a beautiful view of the Schilcherland. Immediately after the small pilgrimage church, we keep to the left at the Alpengasthaus Gregorhansl (Tel. +43 3462 2610) and continue walking south along the Mariazell path, in the opposite direction to the pilgrims who are drawn to the north of Styria. The rest of the way leads us parallel to the Schilcher Wine Road through tranquil forests, past meadows and fields to one or the other Buschenschank, which we should also visit.
The entire further way on this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads us downhill directly to Bad Schwanberg, where we turn off onto Mainsdorfer Straße from the Mariazeller Weg at the level of the Stegweber Inn and the Grünberg Volunteer Fire Department - and hike straight ahead - to reach the center of Schwanberg with numerous sights and museums such as the Capuchin Monastery, Schwanberg Castle or the Greißlereimuseum. A special gem can also be found in Eibiswald, our next stage stop: the ÖAV Weitwandermuseum.
all notes on protected areas
Accessible by train and bus.
Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at
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Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise nach Deutschlandsberg zum Parkplatz hinter dem Rathaus finden Sie hier.
Parking is available in the Obere Schmiedgasse behind the town hall.
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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, 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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