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Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 12

Etappe 12: BergZeitReise Kindberg - Pogusch - Kapfenberg

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    Bergzeitreise - Etappe 12
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Stage 12 - at a glance:

Start: Kindberg or Berggasthof Pölzl near Kindberg, tourist information, overnight accommodations: Tel.: +43 3865 3764, www.kindberg.at or Berggasthof Pölzl Tel.: +43 676 67 67 165, www.schwammerlwirt-poelzl.at

Cab services: Taxi Hinterleitner Tel.: +43 3865 3624, Sigis Taxi Tel.: +43 3865 2481

GPS grid N 47° 31' 42,3" E 15° 24' 54,6" (Berggasthof Pölzl)Destination / overnight stop: Kapfenberg, tourist information office, overnight accommodations: Tel.: +43 3862 26476, www.kapfenberg-tourismus.at

Cab services: Taxi Zentrale Tel.: +43 3862 42022, Express Taxi Tel.: +43 3862 57600, Taxi Gombotz Tel.: +43 3862 24990, Taxi Laresser Tel.: +43 3862 27227

GPS grid N 47° 26' 32,3" E 15° 17' 27,3"

 

Stage length: 24.7 kilometers

Total walking time (without breaks): 8 hours

Vertical meters ascent: 855 vertical meters

Meters of descent: 1,440 meters of ascent

Difficulties: long, but otherwise easy stage.

moderate
Distance 25.2 km
8:30 h
900 m
1,500 m
1,476 m
496 m
After a beautiful sunrise over the Mürztal we can start at GH Pölzl in the direction of Pogusch. Via the Töllamoaralm and the vast forests of the Mürztal mountains, we reach the Pogusch with the famous Stierereck inn and the Bründlweg trail after about 3 hours.

We follow this path for a short time and then branch off to the Zöberer Höhe.

From here, we descend through the hometown of world champion skier Liz Görgl to Kpafenberg with the Oberkapfenberg castle visible from afar.

Author’s recommendation

On the Pogusch, the Steirereck inn was opened in 1996 and host Heinz Reitbauer , an authentic visionary, advanced to become the engine of the region. Around the Haubenlokal, by the way only one of numerous in the HOCHsteiermark, much was built up in recent years. Here in the heart of Hochsteiermark you will find romantic four-poster beds , playful bathrooms and a gastronomic variety. Whereby the culinary delicacies are local specialties. "Only regional and authentic" is the credo. One is particularly proud of this here at the Pogusch.

But of course also of the Bründlweg , a circular trail about 10 km long with several attractions, which was opened in 1999. One of them is the barefoot path, which is also reflected in the menu: "barefoot soup" and "toe cheese" are served. In addition, you drink a homemade elderberry-lime blossom juice or take a sip of the crystal-clear "Alm-Champagne", as the spring water is called here.

A particularly dreamy spot nearby is the Himmelreich Chapel, built in 1660. Since time immemorial, an old, three-trunked larch tree has stood on this spot, in which a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary was placed. When this statue was later transferred to a nearby farmhouse, the old larch is said to have begun to wither and an epidemic broke out in the area. The desperate population made a vow to build a wooden shrine against the plague and to place the statue there again. When this was done, the plague died out and the old larch began to grow green again. Later, a small wooden chapel was erected in place of the old one, and there was a great increase in its veneration as a place of grace. When the wooden chapel was finally replaced by a brick chapel, the old already rotten larch tree had to be removed.

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Mag. Andreas Steininger / TV Bruck/Mur
Update: November 11, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,476 m
Lowest point
496 m
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Track types

Asphalt 17.64%Forested/wild trail 35.68%Path 45.97%Road 0.69%
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4.5 km
Forested/wild trail
9 km
Path
11.6 km
Road
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Wirtshaus Steirereck
Alpengasthof Pölzl-Schwammerlwirt
Restaurant Schicker-Cafe Bar Mocca

Safety information

Difficulties: long, but otherwise easy stage.

Tips and hints

bergzeitreise.at

www.steiermark.com/wandern

The Styria Tours App, available for free on Google Play and in the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: short facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent in altitude meters, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, summit finder, navigation along the tour. In addition, you can create your personal favorites list of favorite tours and points, save tours and destinations offline, play on social media channels and more.With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier: all bus, train and streetcar connections in Austria can be queried by entering locations and/or addresses, stops or important points. The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Playand in the App Store.

Free Pocket Card Hiking route "From glacier to wine" can be found at www.steiermark.com Hiking map BergZeitReise durch die Hochsteiermark can be found at www.hochsteiermark.at Kompass WK212 Hochschwab, Mariazell, Eisenwurzen www.steiermark.com/buecher Freytag &Berndt WK41 Hochschwab - Veitschalpe -

Start

Kindberg / GH Pölzl, der "Schwammerlwirt" (1,084 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.528552, 15.415563
DMS
47°31'42.8"N 15°24'56.0"E
UTM
33T 531280 5263986
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Destination

Kapfenberg

Turn-by-turn directions

A long, but never extremely strenuous or even difficult stage awaits us on the 12th BergZeitReise - tour day.

From Gasthof Pölzl we start over the old ski slope to the Töllamoaralm (managed on weekends) and then continue along the well-marked path (old designation "Winterwunderwanderweg") over the Knollalm (unmanaged) as well as the Schwabenberg (here the access from Turnau is added) to the Pogusch.

There we cross the main road at the well-known "Steirereck" inn and are now on the well-known Bründlweg.

This, especially on weekends, very popular hiking trail awaits us with numerous culinary stations, but we already leave this theme trail again at the Rührerberg.

Our tour leads us further west to the panoramic Zöberer Höhe.

There our path swings almost due south to reach, after a sometimes quite steep descent, the home of the double world champion in ski racing, Elisabeth Görgl, the sunny village of Parschlug.

Via the Töllergraben and the Hochschwab settlement, we now continue downhill to Kapfenberg, our next overnight stop.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier:All bus, train and streetcar connections in Austria can be queried by entering places and/or addresses, stops or important points.The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

Getting there

www.at.map24.com

Parking

Several parking possibilities in Kindberg, please note the short term parking zone!

Coordinates

DD
47.528552, 15.415563
DMS
47°31'42.8"N 15°24'56.0"E
UTM
33T 531280 5263986
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide "BergZeitReise", available in the webshop Hochsteiermark, in the office of the TRV or in well-stocked bookstores. 

Author’s map recommendations

Free Pocket Card Hiking route "From glacier to wine" can be found at www.steiermark.com Hiking map BergZeitReise durch die Hochsteiermark can be found at www.hochsteiermark.at Compass WK212 Hochschwab, Mariazell, Eisenwurzen www.steiermark.com/buecher Freytag &Berndt WK41 Hochschwab - Veitschalpe - Eisenerz - Bruck an der Mur www.steiermark.com/buecher

Equipment

Normal 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
25.2 km
Duration
8:30 h
Ascent
900 m
Descent
1,500 m
Highest point
1,476 m
Lowest point
496 m
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