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Southern Alpine Trail 03 / Border Panorama Trail

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What a liberating feeling it was when the Iron Curtain fell! When that rigid border, that separated our homeland from that of our neighbours, gave way to friendship and shared experiences. This feeling will inevitably come back to us when we hike the Border Panorama Trail. This landscape leads us from the hiking village of Soboth at an altitude of 1,065 Metres above sea level across soft alpine pastures and meadows to the romantic vineyards of Southern Styria and the adjoining alluvial landscapes around Bad Radkersburg. The curtain is history, the feeling of freedom on the mountain ridges with views of the countryside to the left and right - that has remained and represents an unforgettable hiking, enjoyment and cultural experience. Let's look forward to the pilgrimage church of Sveti Duh, cosy wine taverns, countless, sheer endless views and, at the end of the tour, the Parktherme in Bad Radkersburg.

Our tour takes us along the Austrian-Slovenian border and, with the following 6 suggested daily stages, is part of the International Long Distance Trail 03, which leads from Bad Radkersburg in the border triangle of Austria-Slovenia-Hungary to Silian in Italy. However, we walk in the opposite direction in this case - from the hiking village Soboth to Bad Radkersburg. On short sections, such as at Leutschach, we leave the 03 trail for a few kilometres to visit particularly beautiful hiking trail sections, such as the one through the Heiligengeist ravine. In addition, Leutschach offers numerous accommodations for a soothing night's sleep. We also stay on the Austrian side in the section from Glanz an der Weinstraße via Ratsch and Beerghausen to Spielfeld, where numerous places to stop for refreshments and overnight stays await us.

We get into the hiking village of Soboth and first let ourselves be led over wide, soft alpine pastures down into the vineyards of Southern Styria. We hike through magnificent alluvial landscapes. We can see and visit the famous pilgrimage church Sveti Duh on the Slovenian side. Its eventful history goes back to the 17th century - today it is very nicely renovated. We also have the option of deviating from the "right path" and including individual daily stages such as the one to Eibiswald in our tour. Also worth seeing is the old Mureck ship mill, which is still operating. And finally, at the end of our tour, the charming 700-year-old border town of Bad Radkersburg awaits us with its small alleys, cafés and, of course, its park thermal baths.

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The tour in numbers

medium
Level of difficulty
122,8 km
Route
35:00 h
Duration
3036 hm
Ascent
3864 hm
Descent
1484 m
Highest point
208 m
Lowest point

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Details zur Anreise ins Wanderdorf Soboth finden Sie hier.

We start in the hiking village of Soboth, where the Koralm Crystal Trail ends, and enjoy the view of the Steiner Alps, the Karawanken to the Julian and Carnic Alps. Over the Hühnerkogel we go to Gasthof Strutz in Laaken and then to St. Pongratzen and Gasthof Legat vulgo Wutschnig.

The rest of the route takes us to Leutschach, somewhat off the Südalpenweg 03. From the wine-growing village of Leutschach, the route leads through the beautiful idyllic Heiligengeist ravine, which is an experience in itself. Returning along the Grenzpanoramaweg, the route takes us via the Kos customs office to Sulztal an der Weinstraße. Leaving the beautiful Sulztal, Mureck awaits us. First, however, we cycle through vineyards in the direction of Spielfeld. The rest of the way takes us along the Mur through the UNESCO Biosphere Park Unteres Murtal, past the Röcksee lake to Bad Radkersburg. The thermal spa town and Radstadt welcomes us at the end of the tour with its beautifully preserved old town centre. Once we arrive in Bad Radkersburg, we are greeted not only by the thermal spa with its numerous hotels and guesthouses, but also by vinotheques that offer us the wonderful variety of Styrian and Slovenian wines and introduce us to the culinary delights of this region.

Empfehlung: Es gibt entlang der Strecke teilweise Einkehrmöglichkeiten (Öffnungszeiten der Betriebe bitte beachten), es ist jedoch empfehlenswert sich ausreichen Verpflegung (Essen und Trinken) entlang der Strecke mitzunehmen.

 

Accessible by train and bus.

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

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Beim zentralen Wanderausgangspunkt Soboth-Ort stehen genügend Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

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What the weather will be like

Gamlitz (281m)

Morning
1°C
80%
2 km/h
Noon
1°C
90%
5 km/h
Night
1°C
90%
4 km/h
Thick clouds with widespread snowfall and rain for all of the day.
Morning
0°C
20%
4 km/h
Noon
3°C
5%
9 km/h
Night
-1°C
0%
6 km/h
Early clouds will gradually clear to leave the region with a dry and sunny day.
07.12.2021
-5°C 3°C
08.12.2021
-4°C 1°C
09.12.2021
-2°C 1°C

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