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From the Glacier to the Wine - North Route

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The northern route of the hiking trail "From the Glacier to the Wine" leads from the Dachstein over the Gesäuse, the Hochschwab and East Styria to Bad Radkersburg in the Spa and Volcano Country. This route presents itself as a journey of discovery of a special kind. Styria offers a diversity of landscapes that is unparalleled in Europe - but it is also known for its cultural treasures, its culinary specialities and the warmth of its people. All these sides of Styria can now be experienced at close quarters and at leisure on the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine".
difficult
Distance 524.6 km
196:45 h
18,105 m
20,580 m
2,684 m
208 m

This tour with 35 stages is neither about top athletic performance nor about getting from A to B as quickly as possible. The focus is on the scenic, cultural and culinary specialities along the way, which are presented to the hiker from unusual perspectives, partly by local guides. If you don't want to do it all at once, you can get on or off the trail at almost every stage.

The route is therefore more than just a long-distance hiking trail. Along the way, numerous guides such as the National Park Rangers in the Gesäuse or the apple and wine farmers in East Styria and the Spa and Volcano Country offer guests the opportunity to gain insights into everyday life or to take a look behind the scenes. The impressive landscapes of Styria, such as the imposing Hochschwab massif as the mountain range with the most chamois in Europe, form the framework - and sometimes also the focus. Cabins, restaurants and winegrowers, nature park mediators and monastery patrons invite you to get involved in the details along the way.

Author’s recommendation

Je nach Jahreszeit können unterschiedliche Teilabschnitte erwandert werden - im Frühling ist der Abschnitt ab dem Etappenort Anger in der Oststeiermark schon schneefrei und ladet alle Wanderfreunde schon zu den ersten Touren im Jahr ein.

Schon ein paar Tage früher anreisen und mindestens 2 Nächte in einem Betrieb in der Region Schladming- Dachstein übernachten, der auch Sommercard-Betrieb ist. Durch die Übernachtungen und gleichzeitig Einstimmung auf die Wandertour erhält man die Sommercard mit der alle Wanderbusse und die Auffahrt mit der Dachstein-Gletscherbahn kostenlos in Anspruch genommenw erden können.

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Günther Steininger 
Update: September 16, 2022
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Highest point
2,684 m
Lowest point
208 m
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Rest stops

Guttenberghaus
Benediktinerstift Admont
Vinothek & Weinbaumuseum Klöch

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

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Dachstein Mountain Station (2,684 m)
Coordinates:
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47.467656, 13.626197
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47°28'03.6"N 13°37'34.3"E
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33T 396471 5258049
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Destination

Bad Radkersburg

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Dachstein Glacier, the 35 daily stages lead across the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut, the Gesäuse, Hochsteiermark into eastern Styria and finally into the spa and volcano region of Styria.

During the first three stages, which lead from the Dachstein over the Stoderzinken to Bad Mitterndorf in the Ausseerland-Salzkammergut, bone-dry karst areas, lush alpine meadows, sparse and dense larch forests and small alpine villages determine the scenario. After another three days and just as many stages, the route then leads over the alpine pastures and lakes of the Tauplitzalm, the largest lake plateau in Central Europe, through the Tote Gebirge and the Wörschach ravine to Wörschach in the Enns Valley.

The other stages lead through the national park Gesäuse, over the Hochschwab and through the national park Mürzer Oberland with the peaks and alpine pastures of Veitsch, schneealm and Rax. A must: a visit to Admont Abbey with its numerous museums and the largest monastery library in the world. From Mürzzuschlag on the UNESCO World Heritage Semmering Railway, the tour heads southeast over the Stuhleck and the Fischbach Alps to the historic town of Hartberg. Here, the tour flattens out noticeably.

No other region in Austria offers such a high quantity and quality of culinary products. Past vineyards and orchards as well as the 6 thermal spas of the spa and volcano region, we head to Bad Radkersburg.

Still good to know: The northern route as well as the southern route can also be hiked in sections, because thanks to public transportation, there are also so-called hiking and valley buses as well as hiking taxis - it is possible to return to the starting point from almost every final destination.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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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Getting there

Ihr Weg zur Talstation der Dachstein-Gletscherseilbahn.

Parking

In Ramsau am Dachstein stehen beim Veranstaltungszentrum zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung. Mit dem Wanderbus geht es hinauf zur Talstation der Dachstein-Gletscherseilbahn, die uns zum Startpunkt der Tour bringt.

Coordinates

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47.467656, 13.626197
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47°28'03.6"N 13°37'34.3"E
UTM
33T 396471 5258049
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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

Author’s map recommendations

Gratis Pocket Card Wanderroute "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" finden Sie auf www.steiermark.com

Equipment

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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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
524.6 km
Duration
196:45 h
Ascent
18,105 m
Descent
20,580 m
Highest point
2,684 m
Lowest point
208 m
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  • 35 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 7.2 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 250 m
Descent 800 m

The Dachstein with its mighty, sunny southern-facing walls is one of the most impressive mountain personalities in the Alpine region.

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 13.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 560 m
Descent 860 m

One of the most beautiful alpine pastures in the Dachstein region is the almost untouched Grafenbergalm, which you will cross after two thirds of ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 22.2 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 510 m
Descent 1,550 m

Through sparse larch forests and through the narrow, gloomy Notgasse, the trail leads us via the Brandalm to the Viehbergalm, a small, beautifully ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 14.5 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 860 m
Descent 40 m

From Bad Mitterndorf in Ausseerland Salzkammergut, this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes you to the Tauplitzalm, which is ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 690 m
Descent 640 m

On a section of the long-distance hiking trail 09, the Salzsteig, the route leads through the southern part of the Tote Gebirge mountains to the ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6 closed
Distance 11 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 210 m
Descent 1,240 m

On a section of the long-distance hiking trail 09, the Salzsteig, the route leads from the Hochmölbinghütte, which is beautifully situated above ...

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Hiking route · Rottenmann and Woelz Tauern Mountains
Stage 07 From Glacier to Wine North Route Wörschach - Lassing
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 7
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 230 m
Descent 100 m

The first part of the tour leads through the middle Enns Valley, which is characterized above all by numerous Natura 2000 Europe protected areas ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 8
Distance 22.4 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 240 m
Descent 380 m

In the face of Strechau Castle, this tour takes us to Admont with its famous monastery, which houses the largest monastery library in the world.

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 9
Distance 14.7 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,260 m
Descent 380 m

The tour takes us into the world of the Gesäuse National Park, the youngest national park in Austria. But the Gesäuse also stands for alpine ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 10
Distance 13.2 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 990 m
Descent 820 m

This tour takes us right through the Gesäuse, Austria's youngest national park. From the Mödlinger Hütte at the foot of the Reichenstein, the ...

from Günther Steininger,   Steiermark Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 11
Distance 16.5 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 610 m
Descent 1,580 m

The tour takes us from one of the most popular huts in the Gesäuse via the beautifully situated Sulzkaralm to Radmer, a small side valley nestled ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 12
Distance 22 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 780 m
Descent 770 m

From the idyllically situated Radmertal, the tour leads to the historic mining town of Eisenerz, whose landmark is the Erzberg. If you are ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 13
Distance 20.9 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,300 m
Descent 510 m

The tour takes us to one of the most enchanting mountain landscapes in the Alpine region, the Hochschwab. From the historic mining town of Eisenerz ...

from Günther Steininger,   Steiermark Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 14
Distance 11.2 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,020 m
Descent 390 m

This tour leads right through the heart of the Hochschwab massif, which is also often called the Styrian chamois mountains due to the highest ...

from Günther Steininger,   Steiermark Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 15
Distance 11.8 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 130 m
Descent 1,320 m

The tour takes us from the Schiestlhaus below the Hochschwab peak to the small, romantic village of Seewiesen at the foot of the Seebergsattel, ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 16
Distance 16.6 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,250 m
Descent 390 m

The Veitsch is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Hochsteiermark and also a true flower mountain like the Hochschwab.

from Günther Steininger,   Steiermark Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 17
Distance 18.2 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 510 m
Descent 1,610 m

The tour takes us from Blumenberg Veitsch in the heart of Hochsteiermark to Neuberg an der Mürz, the center of the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park.

from Günther Steininger,   Steiermark Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 18
Distance 11 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 1,350 m
Descent 290 m

A beautiful and at the same time quite challenging mountain tour in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park in Hochsteiermark. With the start in the ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 19
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 920 m
Descent 900 m

This stage of the hiking route From Glacier to Wine leads from one to the next beautifully situated alpine plateau of the Mürzer Oberland Nature ...

from Günther Steininger,   Steiermark Tourismus
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 20
Distance 19.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 530 m
Descent 1,670 m

This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes us from the alpine limestone massif of the Rax to the green mountains in the direction ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 21
Distance 21.4 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,410 m
Descent 490 m

On this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" we are on historical tracks in several respects. While the first part of the hike takes us ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 22
Distance 20.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 600 m
Descent 1,190 m

The hiking tour leads us right into the heart of Peter Rosegger's "Waldheimat" forest home. At the beginning, fantastic panoramic views of the ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 23
Distance 14.2 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 679 m
Descent 512 m

This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes us from Fischbach, the highest mountain village in Eastern Styria, through beautiful ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 24
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 430 m
Descent 470 m

This stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" takes us to the Almenland Nature Park. The nature park around Teichalm and Sommeralm is the ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 25
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 270 m
Descent 920 m

From the Almo to the apple. This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes us from the idyllic alpine and forest landscape of the ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 26
Distance 15.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 500 m
Descent 550 m

If the first 25 stages of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" lead through mountain regions with peaks and alpine pastures, this stage is, in a ...

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recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 27
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 770 m
Descent 840 m

The three sections of this hiking tour in the Pöllauer Tal Nature Park are as varied as the landscape: First, the ascent to the Pöllauberg ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 28
Distance 18.1 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 300 m
Descent 360 m

This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads from the historic old town of Hartberg with its idyllic location at the foot of the ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 29
Distance 20 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 220 m
Descent 240 m

This stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" takes us right into the heart of Styria, the Thermen- & Vulkanland. Whether thermal spas, ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 30
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 250 m
Descent 240 m

The hiking tour in the heart of the Thermen- & Vulkanland Styria leads us from the historic town of Fürstenfeld to Unterlamm, a beautiful small ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 31
Distance 17.6 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 470 m
Descent 380 m

From Unterlamm, this tour takes us through the hilly landscape of the Thermen- & Vulkanland Styria, whose fertile soil is the source of almost ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 32
Distance 12.2 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 230 m
Descent 330 m

This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads through forests, across meadows and past orchards from Riegersburg on the East Austrian ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 33
Distance 15 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 380 m
Descent 330 m

Right into the heart of Thermen- & Vulkanland Styria: This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" takes us from the small town of Fehring ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 34
Distance 20.1 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 600 m
Descent 620 m

This stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads us through the heart of the Thermen- & Vulkanland Styria. The starting point is the ...

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recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 35
Distance 12.4 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 50 m
Descent 130 m

On the way in the land of Traminer. A true feeling of happiness accompanies us on this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine", when we ...

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