Start: Rosegger Schutzhaus on the Pretul, Tel.: +43 3170 522, www.ratten.naturfreunde.at
GPS grid N 47° 32' 46,0" E 15° 44' 22,8"Destination / overnight stop: Fischbach, tourist information, overnight accommodations: Tel.: +43 3336 20255, www.joglland-waldheimat.at
Cab services: Fasching Company Tel.: +43 3170 211
GPS grid N 47° 26' 36,8" E 15° 38' 54,0"
Stage length: 20.5 kilometers
Total walking time (without breaks): / hours
Meters of ascent: 555 meters of ascent
Meters of descent: 1,145 meters of ascent
Difficulties: long hike, mainly downhill
We start at the Rosegger - Schutzhaus and always orient ourselves by the windmills, which accompany us on the first part of our way. At Hauereck, at the shelter of the same name, we continue to Alpl in the heart of Peter Rosegger's forest home.
Of course we will visit the Rosegger sites around the Alpl, such as the idyllic forest school, which the poet once had built especially for the peasant children on the Alpl.
Past the Teufelstein, one of the strangest peaks in Styria, we then head downhill to the picturesque village of Fischbach at exactly 1,000m above sea level.
The Pretul , whose name is probably of Slavic origin and means something like border mountain, served after World War II as a smuggler's crossing to bring the agricultural products of Joglland to the bombed-out industrial towns of the Mürztal.
Not far from the Rosegger Schutzhaus, the Peter Bergner Warte commemorates the former innkeeper of the hut, who was the victim of a robbery-murder. The house itself, built in 1900 on the initiative of Toni Schruf, is named after the great Styrian regional poet Peter Rosegger.
When in 1529 the Turks advanced over the Semmering into the Mürztal, a horde is said to have advanced over Krieglach following the Alpsteig also against St. Kathrein am Hauenstein. The inhabitants, who were informed of the enemy's advance in good time by fire signals from the mountains, built a mighty stone rampart on the top of the pass, which is still called the "Turks' Redoubt" today. There the Turks were stopped abruptly, seeing only a large wide "sea" (the fog-shrouded Mürztal) in front of them. Saint Catherine from the Hauenstein parish church had rushed to the aid of the pious inhabitants and blinded the Turks, who took flight. Even today, at this place, a stone is said to show two depressions, supposedly the footprints of the saints.
Rest stopsHauereck Schutzhaus
Roseggerhaus auf der Pretul
Fischbacherhof, Fam. Zink
Safety informationDifficulties: long hike, mainly downhill
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Getting thereOnly possible for the stage end in Fischbach!
ParkingSeveral parking spaces in Fischbach.
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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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