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Stage 16 From Glacier to Wine South Route Salzstiegl - Pack

A panoramic, long high-altitude hike, which, however, offers small differences in altitude. This and the next stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" represent the transition from the alpine region to the wine country of Styria. Initially still over wide alpine pastures on the way, we dive nice and slowly, but nevertheless, into the wine country.
Probably the best-known representatives of the region Lipizzanerheimat, in which we are now, are the - nomen es omen - Lipizzaners at the Federal Stud Piber. In this context we have a tip ready: we put in at the Salzstiegl in the inn*** Moasterhaus (Tel: +43 3141 2160) an extra night and visit the Lipizzaner young stallions on their summer retreat on the Stubalm. To do this, we hike just under 6 km along the North-South Long Distance Trail 05 in a northerly direction to the Gasthof Altes Almhaus on the Stubalm. From the beginning of June to the beginning of September, about 50 one to three year old young stallions spend the summer months here on the alp at 1,500 meters above sea level in order to acquire the necessary surefootedness and physical requirements for their future tasks. Important note: Please observe the animals in peace and also give it to the animals!



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
19,0 km
6:00 h
410 hm
840 hm
1879 m
Highest point
1118 m
Lowest point

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The first few hundred meters of this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" leads us along the same path as on the stage from Obdach to Salzstiegl back. At the crossroads at Hahnsattel we keep straight ahead on the north-south long-distance hiking trail 05 and hike through a shallow depression to the 1,745 m high Peterer Sattel. From now on, the rest of the trail leads along the border between Carinthia and Styria, accompanied by beautiful views of the two provinces in the south of Austria.

We hike around the 1,967 m high Peterer Riegel to the east and after just under 2 hours we reach the Bartholomäalm, a beautiful spot for a rest and also the highest point of our tour today. After that, the trail continues along the border between Carinthia and Styria slightly downhill to the Hirscheggeralm, where one of the many exciting as well as strange-looking stone formations awaits us with the stone ovens. On this section, the Bernsteinhütte (Tel. +43 676 6851267) and the Knödelhütte (Tel. +43 664 2449643) also offer two refreshment stops, which we gladly accept. From here it is only about 3 km to our stage destination, the idyllically situated village of Pack, which is a popular excursion and recreation destination with its hiking opportunities and the Packer Stausee reservoir as a swimming lake. Alternatively, we can also be picked up here by the Kaltenegger family from the Gasthof*** Moasterhaus, which is located at the end of stage 15, and spend the night in the same. The next morning we will be taken by the free shuttle for further hiking to Pack or also to the Hebalm lake if needed, which reduces the next stage to about 12 km.

In the Thermen- & Vulkanland region of Styria, Eastern Styria and Southern and Western Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when you stay overnight in one of the approximately 100 GenussCard partner establishments. Countless of these GenussCard excursion destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine".

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

At the Salzstiegl there are numerous parking spaces available at the central hiking starting point.

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003



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What the weather will be like

Hirschegg-Pack (896m)

10 km/h
10 km/h
10 km/h
Rather cloudy in the morning, then sunny spells will develop gradually.
5 km/h
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10 km/h
Sunny and cloudy periods will alternate throughout the day.
-12°C -2°C
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-10°C -2°C

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