Start: Karl Ludwig Haus on the Rax, Tel.: +43 2665 380, www.karlludwighaus.at
GPS grid N 47° 41' 18,7" E 15° 42' 15,7"Destination / place to stay: Mürzzuschlag, tourist information, overnight accommodations: Tel.: +43 3852 3399, www.waldheimat-steirischersemmering.at
Cab services: Mürz Taxi Schwarz Tel.: +43 3852 6070, Taxi Ellmeier / Naturparktaxi Tel.: +43 3852 30303
GPS grid N 47° 36' 24,4" E 15° 40' 18,7"
Stage length: 19.2 kilometers
Total walking time (without breaks): 7 hours
Meters of ascent: 615 meters of ascent
Meters of descent: 1,735 meters of ascent
Difficulties: quite long, but easy stage with many downhill passages
First we descend from Karl Ludwigaus, always with the wide plains of the Wiener becken in front of us, to Preiner Gscheid. This was once the site of today's Semmering Railway, hardly imaginable today! From Preiner Gscheid we turn left, already on the Lower Austrian side of the pass. But immediately we leave the road to the right on a forest path and walk, always slightly uphill, to the ridge between Kampalpe and Scheibe.
Over this (Scheibenhütte is only open on weekends) the well-marked path leads us downhill directly to Mürzzuschlag.
This region is particularly interesting from a geological point of view, because several large tectonic units meet here in a very small area. The rugged walls of the Rax, one of the last bastions of the limestone high Alps, contrast with the green mountains of the slate Alps (graywacke zone). Beyond Drahtekogel (Tratenkogel) and Großer Scheibe, one finally dives into the eastern foothills of the Noric depression.
Mürzzuschlag, former district capital, lies at the confluence of the Mürz and Fröschnitz rivers. The water of the rivers shaped this place, as it powered the numerous iron hammers that crushed iron here for centuries.
Mürzzuschlag is considered the cradle of skiing in Central Europe.
Toni Schruf, hotelier, representative of Styrian customs and forward thinker in a wide variety of fields, made a name for himself above all as a pioneer in skiing. Together with his friend Max Kleinoscheg from Graz, he recognized as early as 1890 the extensive possibilities offered by the use of the wooden boards then called "snowshoes" and both became the "first apostles of the white sport" in Central Europe.
Among other things, they organized the first international ski race in Central Europe in Mürzzuschlag as early as 1893.
It is also interesting to mention that Mürzzuschlag was able to establish itself as an air and high altitude health resort for a few years during that time, although it was the location of large industrial enterprises.
A commemorative plaque and a turbine model commemorate Viktor Kaplan, a native of Mürzzuschlag, who worked on a special water turbine starting in 1910 and which is still used today in power generation worldwide. Around the same time, Max Mauermann developed the first stainless steel at the local Bleckmann steelworks.
Safety informationDifficulties: quite long, but easy stage with many downhill passages.
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ParkingOnly at the end of the stage in Mürzzuschlag, several parking possibilities available, pay attention to short term parking zones!
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EquipmentNormal hiking gear, sturdy shoes, sun protection, jacket, hood and gloves. Do not forget a water bottle and a snack box! And just in case, pack a small pharmacy with blister plasters.
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