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Boundless Austrian winterlust — snowshoeing in the Mur Valley

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Boundless Austrian winterlust — snowshoeing in the Mur Valley

Hiking Collection by Erlebnisregion Murtal

12

Tours

35:40 h

66.0 mi

19,050 ft

Powdery, glistening fresh snow so deep that you almost sink into it. When it wraps the magnificent landscape of Austria’s Styrian Murtal in its white dress, it’s time to strap on your snowshoes and hit the trail. Never tried it? Then now is the opportunity, because if you like hiking over the mountains and through the winter forests, you’ll love the wonderful freedom of movement on snowshoes.

We’ve put together 12 snowshoe Tours for your adventure in this wonderful winter mountain world. The selection includes everything from short, 3-kilometre (1.8 mi) routes to challenging 13 kilometre (8 mi) expeditions with elevation gains from 150 to 900 metres (492–2,953 ft). From snow-covered stream valleys to striking mountain ranges and white peaks with stunning views, there’s so much to immerse yourself in. You’ll discover the source of the Lavant on a leisurely hike, find the hidden Lindersee lake and then stop for a bite to eat in one of the cosy huts. How about a toboggan ride back to the starting point? It’s great fun for the whole family.

You don't even need your own snowshoes as you can rent them easily. If you want to try them out first, we recommend one of the trial zones where you can learn the technique of walking with snowshoes. On Fridays, there’s also a snowshoe taster day. Want to be an expert? You can attend exciting snowshoe workshops or book a guided snowshoe Tour. You can find more information for your adventures here: murtal.at/styria/winter/snowshoeing.

All the Tours in this Collection are circular routes so you don't have to worry about how to get back to your starting point. There are cosy and rustic places to stop along many of the routes too, where you can warm up and be pampered by the friendly innkeepers.

Pack your gloves, hat, scarf and a thermos and you're ready to go. Let yourself be enchanted: the white peaks, snow-covered paths and icy mountain lakes unfold their magic for you. Have fun on your Tours!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:35
    3.65 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Just enjoy! On this six-kilometer round tour, you alternately hike over wide alpine pastures and through snow-covered forest areas. The alpine panorama is stunning: in front of you the view of the Brandkogel, the Gleinalm and the other mountain ranges in the area opens up. The climbs are gentle and the

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    7.15 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Let's go to the Rosenkogel. The mountain is perfect for snowshoeing and is therefore very popular. Once at the top, a sensational view of the Alpine peaks of Styria awaits you.

    

    The round tour starts at the winter parking lot at the Lanzalm and initially takes you leisurely past the summer hut to the saddle

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    6.62 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Black Lord is a wayside cross with a statue of Christ below the Geigerkogel. After being struck by lightning many years ago, it did not burn, but instead turned black. It still is today and that is why it has had this name for many generations.

    

    The easy and leisurely round trip begins in the Allerheiligengraben

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  • Intermediate
    04:41
    8.01 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    13 kilometers, 750 meters in altitude and as a reward a great panorama over the snow-covered Alps. If you are tempted by these views, you are in good physical condition and have some alpine experience, then the tour is just right for you. It's best to do it on a fair weather day. Not only because of

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  • Intermediate
    01:09
    2.00 mi
    1.7 mph
    950 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With snowshoes up the mountain and down again in a sledge? What a beautiful idea! The tour is perfect for the whole family because the ascent is quite short and only a little bit steeper. And when you reach the top, you can stop for a break in the cozy Winterleiten hut before you return to the starting

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  • Difficult
    04:10
    7.92 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You will conquer a sporty 920 vertical meters from the small town of Sankt Oswald up to the Rosenkogel. The ascent from the west side is more lonely and a little sportier than the path on the east side. But also more sun-kissed and with equally beautiful views. Make sure to bring a picnic and enough

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  • Intermediate
    02:54
    4.20 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this route you hike six and a half kilometers on technically easy paths with a view of the striking Zirbitzkogel and the imposing backdrop of the Seetal Alps. And at the end, when your camera's memory card slowly overflows and you can feel the cold on your face, a hearty snack and a warming drink

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  • Difficult
    02:49
    5.45 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The view of the snow-covered peaks of the Seetal Alps and the tranquility of the kilometer-long winter hiking trails make this hike a very nice experience. Technically easy paths, gradual ascents and descents and the mix of winter forest and further, snow-covered cirque landscapes are simply stunning

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  • Easy
    01:31
    3.62 mi
    2.4 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This magical snowshoe hiking trail on the Hohentauern pass landscape has been freshly set up so that you can conquer new territory with every step and discover the idyllic winter landscape for yourself. This approximately six kilometer long tour with a height difference of only 150 meters is virtually

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    7.30 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Just you, the mighty mountains and the wide sky - what a beautiful thought! On this great, approximately twelve-kilometer snowshoe hike, you will conquer around 740 meters in altitude and finally reach the small pilgrimage church of Maria Schnee. Here you get really close to the sky and from the forecourt

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    5.20 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Through extensive alpine pastures and sparse forest, it goes up to the Wildalm. Again and again you have gorgeous views of the wintry landscape. The initially moderate inclines become a bit more ambitious towards the Alm. But it can be a little challenging when a wonderful landscape of wonderful alpine

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    4.90 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The snowshoe hike to the Edelrautehütte brings you very close to one of the "7 heavenly places" in Hohentauern. On top of that, the hike through the snow-covered landscape with the gorgeous views is one of the region's snowshoe classics. If you like, you can borrow a toboggan for the way back and whiz

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    66.0 mi
  • Duration
    35:40 h
  • Elevation
    19,050 ft

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