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Eisenwurzen Trail 08 through Styria

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The Eisenwurzen Trail leads from the Eisenwurzen natural park / Gesäuse natural park in the north of Styria to the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen natural park in the Murtal region. The crossing of the Niedere Tauern is certainly an absolute highlight for every mountaineer.
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Distance 136.5 km
46:00 h
6,301 m
5,886 m
2,306 m
414 m

This long-distance hiking trail represents the connection from the northernmost to the southernmost point of Austria. The section through Styria takes us from the Eisenwurzen natural park to the Gesäuse natural park Centre in Gstatterboden and over the Niedere Tauern into the Murtal with the historic town of Judenburg along the way. Over the Zirbitzkogel, one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in Austria, we reach the heart of the oldest natural park in Styria.

We start in Altenmarkt near St. Gallen on the border to Upper Austria and hike via the Ennstaler Hütte to the Gstatterboden natural park Centre. It impresses every visitor with its fantastic range of attractions - from the willow dome to the ecological footprint and the geology exhibition. Via the mountaineering village of Johnsbach, where we also meet the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine", we then head towards the Niedere Tauern, which are crossed at Kettentörl. Via the Ingeringtal with the beautifully situated lake of the same name, we reach the small town of Judenburg, which enchants with its historical development reflected in its architecture. Then we climb the Zirbitzkogel, a beautiful panoramic mountain in the middle of the Seetal Alps. Shortly before the summit, the Lukas Max via ferrata attracts all alpinists. Here at the panoramic summit we now have the option of continuing south-east to Klippitztörl on the 08 trail or descending to Neumarkt in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen natural park.

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Günther Steininger 
Update: December 05, 2022
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Highest point
2,306 m
Lowest point
414 m
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Rest stops

Ennstalerhütte , 1.543m
Nationalpark Pavillon
Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m
Klinkehütte, 1.486 m
Sportalm Kaiserau
Gasthaus Brodjäger
Gasthof Braun
Gasthof Braun
Triebental-Hütte
Bergerhube
Jausenstation Reicherhube
Fohnsdorfer Hütte/Gaaler Höh
Mostschänke Stoxreiter
Aqualux Therme
Winterleitenhütte

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

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Tel. +43 316 4003

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www.steiermark.com/en

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Start

Altenmarkt bei St. Gallen (418 m)
Coordinates:
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47.713756, 14.635392
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47°42'49.5"N 14°38'07.4"E
UTM
33T 472651 5284550
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Destination

Neumarkt in der Steiermark

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our north-south crossing of Styria on the Eisenwurzen Trail 08 in the romantically situated village of Weißenbach an der Enns in the natural park Eisenwurzen. First, the tour takes us to the Ennstaler cabin in the heart of the Gesäuse. Via the mountaineering village of Johnsbach with its touching mountaineering cemetery, we continue through the Gesäuse mountains to Trieben. After that, the crossing of the Niedere Tauern lies ahead. After the historic town of Judenburg, we head to the Winterleitenhütte, idyllically situated on the Kleiner Winterleitensse.

The last day brings us to one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in the Eastern Alps, the Zirbitzkogel with its refuge of the same name. The view stretches from the Tauern to the Karawanken and can also be seen as a reward for the last few days. Afterwards, we descend via the Kulmerhütte to Neumarkt in the natural park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen.

Details of the Eisenwurzen Trail 08 can be found (in German) on the site of the Austrian Alpine Club.

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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

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.

Parking

In Altenmarkt bei St. Gallen stehen zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Coordinates

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47.713756, 14.635392
DMS
47°42'49.5"N 14°38'07.4"E
UTM
33T 472651 5284550
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Fritz und Erika Käfer: Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 08 - Vom nördlichsten zum südlichsten Punkt Österreichs, Sektion Weitwanderer des OEAV, www.alpenverein.at/weitwandererweitwanderer@sektion.alpenverein.at

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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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Günther Steininger 
July 05, 2013 · Steiermark Tourismus

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Distance
136.5 km
Duration
46:00 h
Ascent
6,301 m
Descent
5,886 m
Highest point
2,306 m
Lowest point
414 m
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