The tour from the eternal ice of the Dachstein to Styria's wine region makes every outdoor lover’s heart beat faster. Impressive mountains, unspoilt nature reserves, venerable culture, heavenly spas and regional delicacies: Discover all of this and more along the northern and southern route of the new long-distance hiking trail!
As they say, the journey is the reward. This is especially true for the picturesque “From Glacier to Wine” hiking trail. The surrounding landscapes are among the most varied stretches of nature in Europe. What’s more, plenty of culinary and cultural highlights are waiting along the way.
The trail starts at Dachstein glacier, at the foot of the majestic 2,995-metre Dachstein. The first stage of the trail leads you from the eternal ice to Guttenberghaus mountain hut above Ramsau am Dachstein. From there, you can choose one of two routes that lead towards the wine region. On the one hand, there’s the 524-kilometre-long northern route that takes you to Bad Radkersburg in the Spa Country region in 35 day stages. On the other hand, there’s the 370-kilometre-long southern route, which ends in Leibnitz in the Nature Park Southern Styria after 25 day stages.
Our tip: Alternatively, you can take the “BergZeitReise” route in Upper Styria. It encompasses the northern route’s sections between Eisenerz and Fischbach (stages 13 to 22) plus additional stages. The 18-day circular tour gives you fascinating insights into the past and future of Upper Styria.
Styria boasts great variety – both in its landscapes and in its culinary delights. Styria is a paradise for food and nature lovers alike, especially along the “From Glacier to Wine” hiking trail. Whether it’s at the numerous mountain huts or wine taverns along the northern or southern route or at one of the many “Kulinarium Steiermark” partners: The trail is dotted with opportunities to sample regional specialities.
Good to know: Of course, you can also pick individual stages of both routes. The well-developed public transport network of trains and buses plus numerous hiking shuttle busses and taxis make it easy to get to and from almost any access point along the way.
About 1,000 kilometres of hiking happiness: Tour variations such as an alpine stage in the Gesäuse region or the use of cable cars give you access to a total of 995 kilometres of hiking trails.
From the snow-capped mountains of the Dachstein and the Rax to the gentle hills of the wine region with its marvellous orchards and spas. The 35 day stages of the northern route bring you up close to Styria’s impressive natural contrasts of rugged peaks, shady forests, alpine vastness and rustic charm.
In the alpine north, you can find the craggy limestone mountains between the Dachstein, the Gesäuse region, the Hochschwab and the Rax. In the green mountains of the Fischbach Alps, Upper Styria’s imposing mountain world meets the pleasurable, charming orchards of Eastern Styria. What’s more, the route also takes you past Almenland Nature Park, Europe’s largest connected low alpine pasture area, and Pöllauer Tal Nature Park.
The Styrian Spa Country boasts six inviting spas between Bad Waltersdorf, Bad Blumau and Bad Radkersburg. In this area, you can also find fascinating manufactories like those of Alois Gölles or Josef Zotter as well as cultural highlights such as Riegersburg castle.
By the way: If you would like to find out more about Upper Styria, we recommend embarking on the “BergZeitReise”, encompassing stages 13 to 22 of the hiking trail’s northern route.
The 25 day stages of the southern route take you from the Dachstein to the Schladming Tauern and the mountaineering village of Krakau. Along the way, you will visit the historic city of Murau and Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park. Your long-distance hiking experience is topped off by the culinary delights found in the Schilcherland region and Southern Styria Nature Park.
The snowy peaks of the Dachstein mountain range give way to the crystal-clear mountain lakes, lush green alpine pastures and Ice Age scree fields of the Schladming Tauern. In addition to the Old Town of Murau, the Benedictine Abbey of St. Lambrecht and Zirbitzkogel scenic mountain are well worth a visit in Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen Nature Park.
Next up is the Zirbenland region with Obdach village and the Packalpe and Koralpe, a long mountain ridge that runs along the border between the provinces of Styria and Carinthia and leads up to the wine region. From there, the landscape is dotted with picturesque vineyards and rustic wine taverns that invite long-distance hikers to take a break on their way through the Schilcherland region and onwards to Leibnitz and Southern Styria Nature Park.
Tradition meets innovation. Along parts of the northern route, the BergZeitReise trail grants you fascinating insights into the thrilling past and the exciting future of Upper Styria and the Erzberg-Leoben region. Numerous points of interest along the way show how the abundant mineral resources have shaped the region’s landscape and its people.
Holiday Packages on the North and South Route