Discover the remarkable Murtal and enjoy the legendary views in unspoiled nature.
Hiking is to the Murtal what air is to breathing. Whether on challenging mountain tours or leisurely walks, summiteers and peace-seekers will get just what they've been dreaming of. A hiking holiday in the Murtal promises a diverse range of experiences for mountain climbers, summmiteers and budding mountain goats. Discover the treasures of nature, and feel the sense of time and your heart flutter as you reach the summit cross. The Region Murtal offers many hikes to make your heart beat.
Rising an impressive 2,396 m, it is the highest elevation in the Seetal and Lavantal Alps, and is a magnet for mountain tours with its spectacular views. Climb up through dense spruce forests, later supplanted by larch and Swiss stone pine.
The high-alpine world opens up as an almost flat plateau. Hike past crystalline lakes and roam through unspoiled nature. With any luck, you might spot a marmot or a chamois to accompany you for a little way. One insider's tip is to make the climb just before sunrise. Enjoy breakfast on the summit with a mug of steaming coffee as you watch the vivid red landscape beneath you slowly awaken from its slumber.
The Zirbitzkogel didn't get its name from the "Zirbe" (Swiss stone pine), as might have been assumed, but from the Croatian word "čьrvenica" meaning "red area". When the alpine rose blooms, the land around the Zirbitz blazes in the most beautiful tones of red, pink and purple. The alpine rose blossoms from the end of June to early July, attracting many nature lovers to the Murtal every year. Up here, you'll also find the well-known gentian and medicinal St. John's wort.
Many roads lead to Rome... and many to the Zirbitz in Styria. You can conquer the king of the Murtal from all directions and explore its beauty and extraordinary power. On the peak there's a hearty snack to be savoured in the Schutzhütte (hut); once you're back down, there are various places to sample delicacies at the foot of the mountain, such as the Sabathyhütte or the Winterleitenhütte, which also offer accommodation.
The programme "Wir Wirte Wandern" (Hiking Hosts) offers a very special treat. "Strength in numbers" was the motto of several hosts and inn-keepers in the region. And so the idea was born to combine hiking with culinary delights. Find a hike between 4 and 12 km and get a picnic rucksack filled with warm and cold treats for two people. Crockery, sweet pastries and drinks are also included. Once you've finished your hike, simply hand back your now empty rucksack.
Seven Styrian hosts in the holiday region of Murtal-Murau thought to themselves: "There's strength in numbers", and a wonderful, delectable idea was born! "Go hiking in the wonderfully tranquil, energising and relaxing surroundings of your establishment, equipped with a picnic rucksack brimming with goodies." Gourmand hikers can enjoy a picnic in the open air on an easy, relaxing hike of between 4 and 12 km.
Exploring the ruins of Styria on foot is a particularly exciting adventure. In the Middle Ages, the Murtal was an important hub on the trade route between Venice and Vienna. It was a time when many castles and palaces were built, although today they lie in ruins, with walls that could tell a thousand stories. Feel the incredible mystical power of these sites on your hikes and discover the splendid views of the vast expanses of our region.
Visit the ruins of Fohnsdorf Castle and combine your trip with a hike to the Sillweger viewing point. The famous, well-preserved ruins of Eppenstein Castle are a popular destination for short walks. Also owned by the same lords, the castle ruins of Einödhof can be reached on a leisurely walk through Apfelberg at Knittelfeld.
Another important ruin is situated in Unzmarkt: the remains of Frauenburg Castle, which is shrouded in stories. The castle was built by Ulrich von Liechtenstein, a minnesinger who roamed the Murtal in medieval times regaling people with his tales. You see, hiking isn't just a great experience for nature-lovers - those interested in culture will also find great joy in it.
Enjoy nature at its most unspoiled in the heart of Styria. In the Murtal, you'll be filled with wonder at the beauty of nature in all its different facets. Encounter long-forgotten plants and now rare species of wildlife while out on a hike. 92 peaks standing over two thousand metres above sea level await your visit. Feel your heart beat as you reach the summit and marvel at the surrounding vistas with a sense of pride. Crystalline mountain lakes on your trails offer welcome refreshment and invite you to enjoy a well-earned rest.