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A varied trail network for cross-country skiers

Cross-country skiing in Hochsteiermark

In Hochsteiermark, cross-country skiers are spoilt for choice. Glide along the picturesque Mürz Valley cycle path, ski along the Mariazellerland world championship trail in classic or skate style or soak up the sun on the panoramic trail in Mürzzuschlag! There are numerous options, ranging from easy to challenging, for both classic cross-country skiing and skating.

Hochsteiermark boasts a total of 104 kilometres of perfectly groomed cross-country trails. Snow-covered landscapes, crisp mountain air, splendid views and peaceful silence: During cross-country skiing, these four things make up a perfect combination. Explore the trails at your own pace, leave your worries behind and improve your fitness!

The benefits of cross-country skiing

It’s scientifically proven that cross-country skiing …

  • … trains about 600 muscles at the same time. 
  • … is kind on the joints.
  • … is one of the healthiest ways to stimulate your cardiovascular system.
  • … improves your fitness.

What’s more, you burn about 500 to 700 calories during an hour of cross-country skiing – what an enjoyable way to work on your body! Plus, it’s fun for all ages and a perfect family activity.

A special tip

Cross-country bliss in the Mürzer Oberland region

While in summer it’s popular with cyclists, in winter the Mürz Valley cycle path belongs to the cross-country skiers. The picturesque trail is perfect for classic cross-country skiing as well as skating and invites you to enjoy the wintry landscape all throughout the season.

Are you looking for a shorter trail? Then Försterwiesen trail might be just the thing for you! (Starting point: former Gasthaus Ulm/Weber, at the crossroads from Kapellen to Altenberg.) It only takes about 15 minutes to complete the entire trail. The best thing about it: This great cross-country trail is suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced skiers, whether you’re young or young-at-heart, with your family or on your own.

A tip for coffee lovers: At Kaffeerösterei Jahrmann at the old train station of Kapellen, barista Johann Jahrmann serves delicious coffee specialities accompanied by desserts or Tarte Flambee. Both cross-country trails pass by this special snack bar.

Another secret tip: If you’re looking for a more peaceful winter route, we recommend the ten-kilometre trail that starts in the centre of Mürzsteg – right behind Kinderhotel Appelhof. The trail is sunny, snow-sure and … gloriously peaceful. For refreshments and snacks, stop by Kinderhotel Appelhof before or after your tour.

All you need for perfect holidays in the snow

You didn’t bring your cross-country equipment? Or have never been on cross-country skis before? In both cases, the holiday region of Hochsteiermark has the perfect solution. It’s quick and easy to rent cross-country skis from various rental shops across the region, for instance from derdoppelstock.at in Mürzzuschlag. Plus, there are plenty of beginners‘ courses for cross-country newbies.

To fuel up during your tour, simply drop by one of the many traditional inns and restaurants lining the trails and sample some local delicacies. For instance, how about scrumptious roast pork or some sweet Kaiserschmarren? On top, you get to enjoy an inviting atmosphere and friendly hosts.

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