This tour takes us from a beautiful natural area, the Rax Massif in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park, to the cozy little town of Mürzzuschlag, whose development has also been influenced by the Semmering Railway. The Semmering Railway is now over 150 years old. But what distinguishes the 41-kilometer-long railroad line from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag is not only its proud age: in 1854, it was the first mountain railroad in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. In the Südbahnmuseum (Southern Railway Museum) directly on the station grounds in Mürzzuschlag, you will find a cultural-historical railroad experience that will delight young and old alike. The range of other cultural sites in Mürzzuschlag that should be visited extends from the FIS Winter Sports Museum with the largest collection of winter sports equipment in the world to the Kunsthaus and the Brahms Museum, which is housed in the former home of the world-famous composer, musician and conductor Johannes Brahms. He spent summer holidays in Mürzzuschlag in 1884 and 1885 and composed his IV. Symphony as well as more than 30 songs and choral works.
We also move here on a stage of the circular tour BergZeitReise, which leads through the wildly romantic mountain landscape of Hochsteiermark.
Emergency call mountain rescue: 140
Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?
Tips and hints
Tel. +43 316 4003
If you would like to hire a tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:
Tel. +43 316 4003 450,
The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.
ParkingAt the foot of the Karl Ludwig Haus there is the possibility to start the stage at the Preiner Gscheid, a popular hiking starting point. There is also a large parking lot here.
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EquipmentProper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.
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