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At the beginning of our tour on the "Hiking Route "From Glacier to Wine" we leave the beautiful village of Eibiswald with its 18th and 19th century town houses behind us and hike south to the Kohlweiß Chapel, where we keep left to take the ascent to St. Pongratzen on trail no. 592. Here we also come across the St. Pongratzen church, which stands at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level, entirely on the Slovenian side and is also cared for by the diocese of Maribor. The first documented mention of the church was in 1490, the present church was built in 1655 in baroque style. The church tower on the border was already used as a lookout point between the two world wars. After the Second World War, due to its location on the border, the church was somewhat forgotten and it was not until the restoration in 1966 that it was saved from complete decay. A special feature is the bell tower, which offers us a wonderful panorama far into Styria and Slovenia.
On our further way along the Styrian-Slovenian border we penetrate further and further into the southern Styrian wine country. The trail is characterized by very little elevation change and leads us mainly through shady forests with some clearings in between, offering us views and insights into the wine country of the Southern Styria Nature Park. Our next stop is the panoramic tavern of the family Tertinek vlg. Mukonig (Tel. +43 3455 6145) at the southern end of the Altenbachklamm gorge, a beautiful hike through a true natural gem. A special highlight of this hike through the Altenbachklamm - not only for children - is the suspension bridge with a length of 30 m, which allows you to cross the gorge at a height of 6 meters.
Back on our tour we continue along a forest path and in between a small gravel road over the estates of Tschermonegg on the Slovenian side and Wechtitsch to a former, now dilapidated, Yugoslavian barracks (Karaula), which still bears witness to days gone by. After a former border hut, the path continues slightly uphill through the forest to a clearing that offers a beautiful view over the wine country. After a few minutes we reach a beech forest, through the ascent of which we reach the most southern alpine pasture of Austria, the Remschniggalm with its Poglei hut (Tel. +43 664 2710820), which invites us for refreshment. Afterwards, you can go to one of the accommodation facilities around the alp such as the Scherschenhof (1.5 km from the alp), the Pronegg vacation apartment (2.2 km), the Sternat-Lenz guesthouse (3.2 km) or the Poscharnik guesthouse (3.6 km). By the way, the next stage for perfect planning leads us to Leutschach.
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