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Etappe 10: BergZeitReise Pretul - Alpl - Fischbach

Stage 10 - at a glance: Start: Rosegger Schutzhaus on the Pretul, Tel.: +43 3170 522, www.ratten.naturfreunde.at GPS grid N 47° 32' 46,0" E 15° 44' 22,8"Destination / overnight stop: Fischbach, tourist information, overnight accommodations: Tel.: +43 3336 20255, www.joglland-waldheimat.at Cab services: Fasching Company Tel.: +43 3170 211 GPS grid N 47° 26' 36,8" E 15° 38' 54,0"   Stage length: 20.5 kilometers Total walking time (without breaks): / hours Meters of ascent: 555 meters of ascent Meters of descent: 1,145 meters of ascent Difficulties: long hike, mainly downhill
From the high to the eastern Styria. Our today's stage leads us from the alpine part of Styria through the Waldheimat directly to the highest village of Eastern Styria, to Fischbach. An enjoyable - panoramic tour over the heights of the Fischbacher Alps, without technical difficulties.

We start at the Rosegger - Schutzhaus and always orient ourselves by the windmills, which accompany us on the first part of our way. At Hauereck, at the shelter of the same name, we continue to Alpl in the heart of Peter Rosegger's forest home.

Of course we will visit the Rosegger sites around the Alpl, such as the idyllic forest school, which the poet once had built especially for the peasant children on the Alpl.

Past the Teufelstein, one of the strangest peaks in Styria, we then head downhill to the picturesque village of Fischbach at exactly 1,000m above sea level.



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26,5 km
8:00 h
780 hm
1370 hm
1590 m
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Only possible for the stage end in Fischbach!
Our hike today leads us almost entirely downhill. First over wide alpine pastures and then through extensive forests up to the Alpl. There over the birthplace of Peter Rosegger and past the mystical Devil's Stone in the highest village in Eastern Styria, Fischbach.

But one after the other.

At the beginning we hike through the Pretul wind park to the Hauereck with the shelter of the same name. There we follow the wide forest path to the so-called "Red Cross", a shrine standing in the middle of the forest with a striking red paint job.

Via the Kathreiner Alm, which is hardly recognizable as such anymore, and the Steinbachhöhe we then come to the Alpl and thus to the center of Peter Rosegger's forest home.

At the forest school (information boards) the short ascent begins to the Kluppeneggerhof, the beautifully situated home farm of Peter Rosegger (museum).

Just above the farm building, our path runs downhill again via the Schmidhofer farmstead to the Lent(d) Cross.

At this historical memorial, our path continues over a narrow stream in a southerly direction on wide and well-marked forest paths, always slightly downhill to Fischbach.

The Fischbacher Alps are a gentle, elongated mountain range rich in forests and alpine pastures with a low mountain range character . The area is bordered in the north by the industrial Upper Styrian Mürztal and in the south by the tourist and agricultural dominated Joglland. According to legend, Empress Maria Theresa once wandered through eastern Styria and asked locals for their name. "I am da Jogl," it usually came back. Many men at that time were named after the patron saint of pilgrims, St. James. Thereupon, the empress is said to have called out with a laugh, "This magnificent landscape is pure Joglland!"

The Pretul , whose name is probably of Slavic origin and means something like border mountain, served after World War II as a smuggler's crossing to bring the agricultural products of Joglland to the bombed-out industrial towns of the Mürztal.

Not far from the Rosegger Schutzhaus, the Peter Bergner Warte commemorates the former innkeeper of the hut, who was the victim of a robbery-murder. The house itself, built in 1900 on the initiative of Toni Schruf, is named after the great Styrian regional poet Peter Rosegger.

When in 1529 the Turks advanced over the Semmering into the Mürztal, a horde is said to have advanced over Krieglach following the Alpsteig also against St. Kathrein am Hauenstein. The inhabitants, who were informed of the enemy's advance in good time by fire signals from the mountains, built a mighty stone rampart on the top of the pass, which is still called the "Turks' Redoubt" today. There the Turks were stopped abruptly, seeing only a large wide "sea" (the fog-shrouded Mürztal) in front of them. Saint Catherine from the Hauenstein parish church had rushed to the aid of the pious inhabitants and blinded the Turks, who took flight. Even today, at this place, a stone is said to show two depressions, supposedly the footprints of the saints.

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Several parking spaces in Fischbach.


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