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.
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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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?
Tips and hints
Tel. +43 316 4003
If you would like to hire a tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:
Tel. +43 316 4003 450,
The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.
Ihr Weg zur Talstation der Dachstein-Gletscherseilbahn.
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.
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EquipmentProper 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.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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