Eisenwurzen Trail 08 through Styria
This long-distance hiking trail represents the connection from the northernmost to the southernmost point of Austria. The section through Styria takes us from the Eisenwurzen natural park to the Gesäuse natural park Centre in Gstatterboden and over the Niedere Tauern into the Murtal with the historic town of Judenburg along the way. Over the Zirbitzkogel, one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in Austria, we reach the heart of the oldest natural park in Styria.
We start in Altenmarkt near St. Gallen on the border to Upper Austria and hike via the Ennstaler Hütte to the Gstatterboden natural park Centre. It impresses every visitor with its fantastic range of attractions - from the willow dome to the ecological footprint and the geology exhibition. Via the mountaineering village of Johnsbach, where we also meet the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine", we then head towards the Niedere Tauern, which are crossed at Kettentörl. Via the Ingeringtal with the beautifully situated lake of the same name, we reach the small town of Judenburg, which enchants with its historical development reflected in its architecture. Then we climb the Zirbitzkogel, a beautiful panoramic mountain in the middle of the Seetal Alps. Shortly before the summit, the Lukas Max via ferrata attracts all alpinists. Here at the panoramic summit we now have the option of continuing south-east to Klippitztörl on the 08 trail or descending to Neumarkt in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen natural park.
We start our north-south crossing of Styria on the Eisenwurzen Trail 08 in the romantically situated village of Weißenbach an der Enns in the natural park Eisenwurzen. First, the tour takes us to the Ennstaler cabin in the heart of the Gesäuse. Via the mountaineering village of Johnsbach with its touching mountaineering cemetery, we continue through the Gesäuse mountains to Trieben. After that, the crossing of the Niedere Tauern lies ahead. After the historic town of Judenburg, we head to the Winterleitenhütte, idyllically situated on the Kleiner Winterleitensse.
The last day brings us to one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in the Eastern Alps, the Zirbitzkogel with its refuge of the same name. The view stretches from the Tauern to the Karawanken and can also be seen as a reward for the last few days. Afterwards, we descend via the Kulmerhütte to Neumarkt in the natural park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen.
Details of the Eisenwurzen Trail 08 can be found (in German) on the site of the Austrian Alpine Club.