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Prankerhöhe ridge hike

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A refreshing hike in the Gurktaler Alpen, guaranteeing rest and relaxation, is to be found south of the Kreischberg ski resort.
Leisure hikers will love the fact that many summits can be conquered in a route that features easy ascents and descents. A stunning ridge hike starting from the Kreischberg is particularly recommended during alpenrose season, when the blossoms are out. The route runs along the ridge, where we can enjoy not only the views but also blooming meadows of alpenrose (from about mid/end June). On this hike, you just want to keep going. Complete the first, steep part of the ascent in comfort on the Kreischberg gondola lift (please note the opening times), and start your hike at the tree line. Delight in the glorious local alpine flora, marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Tauern and the Nockberge, and of course experience the relaxing atmosphere of the down-to-earth mountain huts and guest houses.

Characteristics

Skill
Fitness

Best season

January
February
March
April
October
November
December

The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
17,0 km
Route
5:30 h
Time
896 hm
Uphill
895 hm
Downhill
2166 m
Highest point

Map & downloads

More information

From D, NL, B, F: Via Munich, Salzburg, Tauernautobahn to St. Michael/Lungau (or Radstätter Tauernpaß), turn off to Tamsweg - continue towards Murau.

From H: Via St. Gotthard, Graz – Packautobahn (Twimberg exit) – Judenburg – Scheifling – Murau – Kreischberg.

From CH: Via Arlberg, Innsbruck, Bischofshofen, Tauernautobahn.

From I: Via Tarvis, Villach, St. Veit/Glan, Scheifling, Murau, Kreischberg.

By car from Vienna: Via Semmering, Bruck/Mur, Judenburg, Scheifling, Murau, Kreischberg.

Driving up to the Rieglerhütte via the Grabenstraße is only possible on days when the Rieglerhütte is open (June to October, Wednesday to Sunday). Otherwise, you can take the Kreischberg gondola lift up to the mountain station (every Sunday in June; Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in July and August). Set off below the meadow at the Rieglerhütte mountain hut. We follow the orange markers (Riegler Rundwanderweg ‒ Circular Hiking Trail), which can be found on the gently ascending logging road that winds through the forest. Cross the ski slope to get back onto a logging road. Trail 130 runs west to the Esebeckhütte, a self-catering mountain hut situated in a forest. Hiking trail 131 now runs very sedately through the Zirbenwald to the Schirmbar near the Kreischberg summit (1,981m). Continue uphill. On the return journey, an idyllic view of the Schladminger Tauern und Wölzer Tauern accompanies us. Shortly before the Schirmbar, we fork right through the underpass and follow the logging road and the orange markers back to where we started. An attractive ridge hike from the Kreischberg (1,981m) to the Prankerhöhe (2,166m).

Please note the opening times!

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There are enough parking spaces at the Kreischberg valley station.
  Information brochures are available at the various information offices.

www.weg-es.at

Freytag & Berndt, Wander-Rad-Freizeitkarte, WK 211, Naturpark Zirbitzkogel Grebenzen, Murau, Sölkpass, 1:50 000, ISBN 978-3-85084-680-6

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What the weather will be like

St. Georgen am Kreischberg (851m)

Morning
very sunny
17°C
5%
5 km/h
Noon
cloudy
23°C
75%
10 km/h
Night
rainy
19°C
80%
5 km/h
A sunny morning, soon followed by showers and finally also thunderstorms.
Morning
sunny
16°C
5%
5 km/h
Noon
cloudy
23°C
70%
5 km/h
Night
cloudy
18°C
80%
5 km/h
Dry and fair in the early morning, then variable with frequent showers.
24.07.2024
sunny
12°C 23°C
25.07.2024
sunny
10°C 22°C
26.07.2024
sunny
9°C 25°C

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