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Ice Age - Down through the ground moraine

The circular trail "Down through the ground moraine" leads through the area between Oberdorf and Mariahof. Due to the force and influence of the debris flow glacier, gently shaped hills, valleys and wetlands were formed, which today characterize the landscape of the pass. Several experience points along the way show the formation of these landscape forms.
The landscape of the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park owes its present appearance to the processes of the Ice Age. About 10,500 years ago, the last cold period of the Ice Age ended. The mighty ice masses of that time shaped the Neumarkt Pass landscape as well as the high valley of St. Lambrecht in a lasting way. However, the temperature fluctuations also led to drastic changes in fauna, flora and man.

On the EISZEIT island in Oberdorf (Mariahof) the different topics can be understood and marveled at. On the ICE TIME ISLAND the most important topics about the ice age as well as the landscape-shaping effect of the debris flow glacier in the nature park are shown by information boards and some interactive stations. Thus, the ICE TIME ISLAND in Oberdorf not only serves as an information platform, but is also the starting point for the two circular hiking trails " Down through the ground moraine" and "The glacier in the dead end". In St. Lambrecht the circular trail "Eisstausee St. Lambrecht" invites you to follow the traces of the ice age. Information boards have been erected which tell about the glacial processes. Three circular trails and the "Geocache" experience lead through the landscape shaped by the ice age and show forms of erosion and filling as well as the legacies of a mighty 5 km long ice reservoir.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
9,1 km
3:00 h
227 hm
227 hm
1000 m
Highest point

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By car from GermanyFrom Munich via the A8 in the direction of Salzburg. From Salzburg on the A10 Tauern freeway to St. Michael im Lungau. Take the B 96 to Tamsweg, then continue on the B 95 to Predlitz. The B 97 leads via Stadl/Mur to Murau. Arrived in Murau we drive straight ahead to Teufenbach. There ang we turn right towards Mariahof. At the railroad crossing we turn right to Vockenberg and Oberdorf.

Arrival from Eastern Austria/HungaryAt the freeway junction in St. Michael bei Leoben take the S 36 towards Klagenfurt. Pass Knittelfeld and Judenburg until Scheifling. In Scheifling continue in the direction of Klagenfurt. In Neumarkt we turn right towards Mariahof and Furtner Teich. At the Furtner pond we go straight on in the direction of Vockenberg. When we arrive in Vockenberg we keep to the right in the direction of Oberdorf.

Arrival from southern Austria/ItalyVia Klagenfurt on the S 37 past St. Veit/Glan, Treibach and Friesach. In Friesach continue in the direction of Vienna, via Dürnstein and Wildbad to Neumarkt. After the center of Neumarkt turn left towards Murau. In Mariahof we drive to the Furtner pond. There we drive straight ahead in the direction of Vockenberg. Arrived in Vockenberg we keep right in the direction of Oberdorf.

The circular trail leads from the EISZEIT island counterclockwise along a glacially formed valley hollow in the direction of Vockenberg. Shortly before you reach the Vockenberg, you can see the Seetaler Alps and get an idea of the extent of the maximum glaciation at the station "Vereisungsgrenze". From Vockenberg you go downhill through the forest to the adventure point "Furtnerteich" (watch out for the railroad crossing!). You walk along the shore and branch off to the right into the forest. After a short up and down you cross the main road towards Hoferdorf and Mariahof. Climbing the church hill of Mariahof, you are rewarded with an "ICE TIME panorama" towards the west. Shortly after Mariahof the path branches off to the right and after a forest section you come to a grazed meadow, from the end of which strangely shaped humps can be seen at the "Rundhöcker" adventure point. The signposting leads through Adendorf to the main road, where after crossing the railroad again, you turn left and walk along the railroad to the station "Auf der Grundmoräne" - exciting insights await you! The trail leads uphill through Schachen and shortly after the beginning of the forest the trail branches off to the right in a bend. The last ascent leads to an elongated ridge with the station "Eisfließrichtung" at the highest point. On the subsequent descent, the EISZEIT island can already be glimpsed from afar.
Ideal for families! Be sure to allow plenty of time to view the many interesting glacial experience points along the loop trail.
With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier: All bus, train and streetcar connections in Austria can be queried by entering locations or addresses, stops or important points. The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

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Public parking is available directly at the Eiszeit Insel Oberdorf, in Mariahof or at the Furtnerteich.
The ideal time for this tour is from April to October. Information brochures are available at the various information offices.


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