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The mountains are calling!

Hiking in the Murau-Murtal region

Between 700 and 2,700 metres above sea level, from the Seetal and Seckau Alps to the craggy peaks of the Tauern, every hiker will find the right mountain in the Murau-Murtal. Spacious alpine pastures, dense green forests, crystal-clear waters and huge rock faces. You will find everything from family-friendly hikes to scenic delights, Alpine tours and hikes to mountain summits.

The Murau-Murtal holiday region has the perfect experience for every hiker, with everything from family-friendly hikes to themed trails, demanding tours for serious hikers, Nordic walking trails and leisurely trails.

Special hiking trails for families are a special highlight in our region, but experienced mountaineers will also find what they want. 

Culinary delicacies make every hike a pleasure. Catered Alpine huts and organic farms offer hikers a reward for every step forward and up they take with hearty snacks and homemade delicacies such as bread, bacon, cheese and butter. No hike is complete without milk, cider and schnapps made from a wide variety of herbs, berries and pinecones.

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From Glacier to Vine Hiking Trail

What you need for a hike

Safe mountain hiking - 10 recommendations of the Alpine Association

1. Healthy in the mountains: Mountain hiking is an endurance sport. The positive stress stimuli for the heart and circulation presume good health and a realistic self-assessment. Avoid time pressure and select the tempo so that no one in the group gets out of breath.

2. Careful planning: Hiking maps, guides, Internet and experts provide information about the length, height difference, difficulty and the current conditions. Always cater tours to the group! Pay particular attention to the weather report, since rain, wind and cold increase the risk of accidents.

3. Complete equipment: Adjust your equipment to the activity and make sure your pack weight is as light as possible. Rain, cold and sun protection always belong in your knapsack as do a first aid kit and mobile phone (European emergency call 112). A map or GPS will help you to maintain orientation.

4. Appropriate footwear: Good hiking boots protect and relieve your feet and improve surefootedness! When choosing your footwear, ensure proper fit, non-slip treads, water tightness and light weight.

5. Surefootedness is the key: Falls as a result of slipping or stumbling are the most frequent causes of accidents! Note that too fast a tempo or fatigue can greatly impair your surefootedness and concentration. Watch out for rock fall: Walking carefully will avoid triggering rocks from falling.

6. Stay on marked paths: The risk of loss of orientation, falling and rock fall increases in pathless terrain. Avoid shortcuts and turn back to your last known point if you have lost your way. Frequently underestimated and very dangerous: steep old snow fields!

7. Regular breaks: Resting regularly helps you to recover, enjoy the landscape and your company. Food and drink are necessary to maintain performance and concentration. Isotonic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers. Cereal bars, dried fruit and biscuits satisfy your hunger while on the go.

8. Responsibility for children: Note that variety and playful discovery are key for children! In sections with a risk of falling, an adult can only take care of one child. Very strenuous tours that require a great deal of concentration are not suitable for children.

9. Small groups: Small groups ensure flexibility and allow for mutual help. Inform trusted people about the destination, route and return. Stay together in the group. Caution solo-travellers: even small incidents can lead to serious emergency situations.

10. Respect for nature and environment: To protect the mountain landscape: Do not leave any waste behind, avoid noise, stay on the paths, do not disturb wildlife and pasture livestock, leave plants untouched and respect protected areas. Use public transport or car sharing to arrive.

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Additional information: www.alpenverein.at




Note about the European emergency call 112 – Austria and the EU area:

Mobile phones make it possible to make an emergency call using the emergency phone number 112 all across Europe ( as well as in many other countries). This is free of charge with any network operator (even when roaming). Despite a possible shock and confusion in an emergency situation, making a correct emergency call is crucial. Remember the W questions:

  • Where did it happen? Accurate details of the site of the accident and the weather situation
  • What happened? Description of the accident
  • How many are injured? Specify the number of injured people
  • What kind of injuries? Describe particularly life-threatening conditions
  • Who is reporting the accident? Indicate your own name with a possible call back option

If you are in an emergency and have no reception in your network, turn off your mobile telephone and turn it back on. Instead of the PIN code, enter the Euro emergency number 112. This number will dial into another available network (if available) and connect the emergency call to the nearest police station.

What to pack for hikes

Here you will find the most important things you need on a hike:
  • Good hiking boots and socks
  • Backpack
  • Change of clothes (ideally functional clothing)
  • Appropriate clothing for the time of year
  • Hiking sticks
  • Head gear (sun protection, rain protection)
  • First aid kit
  • Food and drink (don’t forget energy bars)
  • Mobile phone
  • Binoculars, camera