Etappe 11: BergZeitReise Stanglalm - Kindberg
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Wittmaierhütte StanglalmPhoto: Steininger, TV Hochsteiermark
Start: Stanglalm Schutzhaus or L. Wittmaier Hütte (only open on weekends), Tel.: +43 664 / 3305950 (Schutzhaus) or +43 699 / 12287101 (Wittmaier Hütte, www.alpenverein.at/leopoldwittmaierhuette)GPS grid N 47° 29' 23,6" O 15° 32' 47,7" (Schutzhaus) Finish / overnight stop: 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 or www.streuobstregion.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)
Stage length: 14.2 kilometers
Total walking time (without breaks): 4 ½ hours
Meters in altitude ascent: 545 meters in altitude
Meters in altitude descent: 930 meters in altitude
Actually, we move here almost always on the well-known Mariazell pilgrimage route 06, only at Kindberg we briefly leave this path.
Kindberg itself is one of the most beautiful small towns of Hochsteiermark and always worth a visit. The 24m high guild tree, the town's landmark - or the Calvary, which is one of the most beautiful of its kind in Austria. Last but not least, the Georgiberg church high above the town.
Another interpretation of the name is made possible by the discovery of a votive stone from Roman times in the Georgiberg church, a church on a rocky hill mentioned as early as 1232, which shows a girl in Norse costume. In any case, it is certain that there is a first documentary mention as early as 1172 as " Chindeberch ".
In addition to the aforementioned Georgiberg church, there are other interesting cultural monuments in and around Kindberg, such as Oberkindberg Castle - built by the Inzaghi family, the Calvary complex donated by this same family at the end of the 17th century, and also a cult stone, a mysterious prehistoric megalithic structure.
The landmark of Kindberg is certainly the 24 meter high guild tree. According to old custom, this maypole was erected as a visible sign of cheerfulness, joy and vitality. While in former times the guild signs were attached to the lateral strips, later one represented the most important occupations figuratively.
Passing the Oberkindberg castle, a narrow path leads to the Herzogberg - the "Herzlfresserweg". This path commemorates one of the most gruesome murders of the whole region. More than 200 years ago, five women and a little girl were cruelly murdered by a farmhand from Kindberg. The latter was obsessed with a superstition and firmly convinced that he would become invisible and have luck at cards if he ate the hearts of seven virgins. In 1786, the servant was convicted and died in prison in Graz.
In 2015, the last Kindberg ski lift , that of the Pölzl family on Herzogberg closed the operation.
In recent years, other lift operators in the region have experienced a similar situation, as they were no longer able to cope with the increasingly mild winters with less snow, the lack of investment and thus of suitable snow-making equipment, and the cost-intensive regulations.
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Safety informationDifficulties: none
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First, we head slightly downhill from the Stanglalm straight west to the Fuchseck. We can already descend here or a few minutes later on foot at the so-called "Red Cross", keeping to the right, in order to reach the Mürztal and thus Kindberg.
There we should definitely plan a rest and enjoy the lovely village center with the mighty guild tree. After all, Kindberg was already flower city - European champion!
In 2017 and 2018, by the way, the town center will be extensively renovated and made even more beautiful.
From Kindberg, it is now important to reach the open-air swimming pool as well as Oberkindberg Castle, as our further path leads past these two buildings to Gasthof Pölzl.
This section of the trail is also known as the "Herzerlfresserweg" (the gruesome story that goes with it can be found below).
Soon we are at the Gasthof Pölzl, our tonight's accommodation and famous for its mushroom dishes.
Public transportAlpine stage, no approach possible!
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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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