Orientierungshilfe auf der Pretul | © Steiermark Tourismus/Harry Schiffer Orientierungshilfe auf der Pretul | © Steiermark Tourismus/Harry Schiffer

Stage 22 From Glacier to Wine North Route Pretul Rosegger Schutzhaus - Fischbach

The hiking tour leads us right into the heart of Peter Rosegger's "Waldheimat" forest home. At the beginning, fantastic panoramic views of the mountains of the eastern foothills of the Alps and the hilly landscape of Eastern Styria are our companions. Then we dive into the partly deep green forests of the Waldheimat with Peter Rosegger's forest school and the house where he was born, which still welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year. The descent to Fischbach, a charming climatic health resort on the southern slope of the Fischbach Alps, which is known not only for its pleasant air, but also for the unusual flower decorations, which have helped the village several times to the title of "Most beautiful mountain village in Styria".

The hike in comfortable and above all also healthy altitude between 1,000 and 1,700 meters above sea level fascinates with your panoramas over eastern Austria and surprises again and again with places and places where one can settle down with pleasure and enjoy nature once in all peace. Particularly impressive and lasting is certainly the insight into old traditions of rural as well as urban life at the end of the 19th century at the memorials of Peter Rosegger. On the one hand, the forest school on the Alpl, which was built by a fundraising campaign of Peter Rosegger in 1902. Peter Rosegger's goal at that time was to provide the predominantly rural population on the Alpl with a good school education and thus to counteract the rural exodus. After classes were discontinued due to a lack of students in 1975, the house was renovated and has been a museum since 1982. The schoolroom as well as the Rosegger room have been preserved in their original state. The forest school also houses the Austrian Hiking Museum.

On the other hand, the birthplace of Peter Rosegger, located about 1/2 hour walk away - directly on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" - where we gain insight into the hard, but according to stories, despite all the challenges, also very happy life of the Roseggers throughout. At the "Vorderer Kluppeneggerhof" of the Roseggers, everyone worked from morning to night. Peter Rosegger was to have six siblings - but four of them died at an early age. He himself stayed with his beloved mother for 17 years until he was apprenticed to the master tailor Ignaz Orthofer. The farm included residential buildings, stables for 20 cattle, 8 pigs, 25 sheep and chickens. Sheds, barns, tool and pantries. There was also a dowry. When Peter's parents unfortunately had to sell everything in 1868 out of necessity, they moved there. The province of Styria acquired the birthplace in 1927 and maintains it to this day as a memorial that inspires young and old more than ever because of our extremely fast-paced and hectic times.

We are also moving here on a stage of the BergZeitReise circular tour, which leads through the wildly romantic mountain landscape of Hochsteiermark.


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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
20,4 km
6:00 h
600 hm
1190 hm
1590 m
Highest point
964 m
Lowest point

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What the weather will be like

Ratten (736m)

5 km/h
5 km/h
5 km/h
Morning clouds will clear gradually. Then frequent sunny periods.
10 km/h
5 km/h
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Starting fair, then increasing cloudiness and possibly showers towards evening.
14°C 26°C
15°C 25°C
16°C 28°C

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