Auf die Stanglalm von Stanz im Mürztal aus
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Ulrichskirche StanzPhoto: Siegfried Teubenbacher, Hochsteiermark
In addition to the cities mentioned above, the small town of Stanz in the Mürztal valley has also made a name for itself as an innovation center.
Whether it is the new village store with regional specialties, the wind turbines, the Stanzer E Mobil, the creation of a new village center with a correspondingly modern energy supply or even just the idea of the "Mitfahrbankerl" - the village at the foot of Stanglalm and Teufelstein is very active.
But in addition to all these innovative ideas, the tradition of the community, which was first mentioned in 1150, is not neglected. And so this time we hike to the traditional roast pork on the autumnal Stanglalm.
Rest stopsOberer Gesslbauer, Gasthof
Wirtshaus am Webergut
Safety informationMost hiking and mountain tours in Hochsteiermark are in alpine terrain. Especially for longer hiking and mountain tours a good physical condition as well as surefootedness and a head for heights is recommended. However, the hike to the Stanglalm is technically easy.
Mountain rescue emergency call: 140, Einsatzstellein Kindberg
Tips and hintsFurther information:
Styria Tourism, Tel. +43 316 4003, www.steiermark.com
TRV Hochsteiermark, Tel.: +43 3862 55020, www.hochsteiermark.at
Tip: 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.
Wrongly, because especially in autumn this hike leads through beautiful colorful birch and beech forests.
Further up, the path then becomes almost a little alpine and beautiful views open up on the wide alpine meadows to the Graz mountains, the Hochlantsch and the Hochschwab.
Finally, the tour changes a few meters to the Mürztal side and the Hohe Veitsch, Rax and Schneealm dominate the panorama. In addition, with the Wittmaierhütte located near the inconspicuous summit of the Stanglalm, there is a highly recommended base on weekends.
It starts at the Sonnenweg
So, what are we waiting for! Our tour begins at the P of the Stanzer sports field and leads us first into the valley along the well-marked Stanzer Sonnenweg (which is actually worth a visit in itself!) to the small settlement of Unteralm.
There we cross the road (be careful!) and continue along the Sonnenweg, now partly quite steeply uphill to where it crosses the marked hiking trail from the town center to the Stanglalm.
Keeping to the right, we walk uphill on the marked path to the beautifully situated, newly renovated Jagdhaus Ahrer.
We leave this to our left in the truest sense of the word and continue hiking to the Mestl farmstead and the parking lot slightly above it.
It is nicer without a car
Up to here it would also be possible to get there by car, but then we would miss the autumnal splendor of colors of the birch and beech forests we have hiked through so far - so it really is nicer here without a car!
From now on we go uphill through sunken paths, over short forest road passages and over alpine meadows, always well marked.
Thus we reach the last panoramic meadows just below the 1,490m high Stanglalm peak. This is, by the way, hard to find, as it is inconspicuously located on a hill of a forested ridge.
Hiking happiness without a view of the summit
But this circumstance does not matter to us. Either we cross the summit meadow and the last part of the forest (new forest path) on a somewhat poorly recognizable path, keeping to the left uphill, in order to reach the Wittmaier hut.
Or we follow the marked path and turn sharply left at the former mountain inn Stanglalm (new construction planned) to reach the Wittmaierhütte.
The hut itself stands somewhat below and north of the aforementioned wooded ridge on the Mürztal side. In addition to a good snack, it also offers a beautiful Hochschwab - Veitsch - Mürzer Oberland panorama.
The return route initially follows the ascent path. But a little below the Jagdhaus Ahrer we follow the marked path through the ditch and come back directly to our starting point.
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ParkingP at the sports field in Stanz in the immediate vicinity of the recreational pond.
Book recommendation by the author
Wanderführer "BergZeitReise" des TV Hochsteiermark, 2017
Author’s map recommendations
Hiking map BergZeitReise through Hochsteiermark can be found at www.hochsteiermark.at
Compass WK Vienna Hausberge, www.steiermark.com/buecher
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EquipmentProper backpacking makes a lot of things easier:
Pack heavy things first. The water bottle (ideally: 1 liter or more) should always be within easy reach. All things that are often needed such as sunglasses, camera, cell phone or hiking map belong on top.
An emergency equipment including blister plaster belongs in every backpack and a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended! Never forget rain protection on alpine tours!
In winter, when ski touring and snowshoeing, appropriate safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and probe) is mandatory! Before the tour always call up the avalanche situation report (www.lawine-steiermark.at).
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