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Sankt Lambrecht Hiking - Slow Travel in Styria

Sankt Lambrecht Hiking - From the monastery to the castle
Sankt Lambrecht Hiking - From the monastery to the castle

Hiking in St. Lambrecht is enjoyment hiking

Hiking in and around Sankt Lambrecht is Slow Travel Tips in the Styriaas we like it. We are neither summiteers nor hikers who absolutely have to reach the summit cross. At the Hiking we are not looking for top athletic performances. On the contrary. Hiking uphill is a horror for us. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that we exhaust ourselves physically during mountain hikes. Something I have never enjoyed. On the other hand, we want to enjoy nature. We like to be outside. Love nature. Like flowers. Feel the wind on your skin. And we like to travel in beautiful landscapes. But we want to experience it intensively. We need time and leisure for this. Every now and then places where we stop. Enjoy. Take a breath. Relax. We prefer to breathe in the fresh mountain air with pleasure rather than panting through our lungs in order to achieve a specific goal. Our hike in Sankt Lambrecht in Austria is exactly to our taste.

For us, hiking means walk slowly. Look out for birds. Watch cornflowers in the wheat field as the wind moves them in waves. Rummage in old castles. Looking for places of strength where we like to take a longer break. Picnicking in beautiful places. These are experiences that we like to hike for. The goal is not important. If we don't reach it, we don't care. Instead, the moments along the way are important to us. The cows lying comfortably on the pasture. Who chew the grass in the afternoon heat that they plucked from the ground in the cool of the morning. Or the heron, who is looking for frogs from a post in the pond.

These are moments we are looking for on our hikes. Hiking in St. Lambrecht delivers that in excess. Here are two simple, short and leisurely hikes (or walks) where you can experience just that.

In the nature park Zirbitzkogel Grebenzen hike to Dürnberger bog

Although there are more difficult trails in this nature park, the path from Oberdorf to Dürnberger Moor is what we are looking for on our hikes. A pleasure hike. Cozy. With a gentle climb up the mountain. Always offering reasons that cause us to stop and marvel. Rather a walk than a hike. But varied enough that the time passes too fast on the relatively short distance of just under three kilometers.


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We leave our car at the ice age island of Oberdorf. A sign forbids us to continue driving from here. The location is easy to find with the navigation device. We enter "Dürnberger Moor" and land exactly at this point. There are already a few cars in the grass along the way. Its owners are apparently also hiking in the Sankt Lambrecht region. We'll do the same to them and continue on foot from here.

Remains of the ice age

Before we reach the fork of the tar road, which leads us uphill in the direction of the moor, information boards tell us how it was created. The panels tell of Neanderthals and how they used to live in those regions. They lived in caves or tents of animal skins. They buried their dead. We have to say goodbye to the idea of ​​primitive premenaries here. For such habits indicate well-developed social structures.

Handy for the hike

They existed in a world that was alive with mammoths, woolly rhinos, steppe bisons, cave bears and giant deer. Of these we see nothing more on our hike. Instead, we encounter rolling hills and small lakes that can be remnants of the glacial past. Is it perhaps tears in which ice remains of the glaciers take longer to defrost and so eventually form these small pools? We do not know it. Instead of the giant mammals of the ice age, however, we discover herons and cattle, which make themselves comfortable on the lake shores.

The first pond, which bears the pragmatic name "Ochsenstallteich", indicates an ice age past. Similar to the bog that we will see later, it also begins to grow from the edges. At some point, it will form a bog where the water disappears and becomes land.

In the Dürnberg Moor

The moor, which we reach after a detour over a meadow path and through a forest, looks quite different. Here the water is barely visible. Only when we look down from the boardwalk, we see the dense reed grass in the water. Without this bridge, we could not go further here without sinking.

About boardwalks through the moor
About boardwalks through the moor

Elena of Creative Lena goes ahead of me through the dense vegetation, in which there are also rare plants. These include the sticky sundew, which captures insects with its adhesives. However, I lack the knowledge to identify it. Instead, I listen to the wind blowing through the reeds.

There is a small "peninsula" that extends from the "mainland" into the moor. I stay on a bench there and let Petar and Elena continue to the lookout tower. This is only a few meters further. But so I can listen to the silence that prevails here. An experience that I will remember for a long time. When the two come back, we return to our car the same way.

What you should know for a hike to Dürnsteiner Moor:

Distance: 2,5 km in one direction
Height difference: about 65 m
Duration: about 45 min. in one direction
Directions from Sankt Lambrecht: in the direction of Marienhof. Before the railroad crossing turn right to Oberdorf / Marienhof. Do not let it irritate when the tarred road suddenly becomes a gravel road. You are still right. A sign on the side of the road indicates where you can leave the car. Just behind are the information boards about the ice age.

In St. Lambrecht walk around the Benedictine monastery

Also our second pleasure hiking tip is short and comfortable. This time we start our hike in Sankt Lambrecht. Where the fountain splashes on the market square. We are on the way with Gudrun von Grebenzenfan and Elena from Creative Lena, Gudrun works as a city and hiking guide in Sankt Lambrecht and surroundings. She shows us her city on a tour around the Benedictine monastery. We learn a lot of interesting things about the place and its surroundings. You can get a first overview of the tour in this video.


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From the market square we look directly at the Benedictine abbey of St. Lambrecht, which dominates the market town of Sankt Lambrecht with its impressive building and the surrounding facilities. A few years ago we have there spent the night and get insights into monastic life, This time we are in Naturhotel Lambrechterhof in the middle of the village center. This is just a few steps from the starting point of our hike around the monastery.



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What strikes us in Sankt Lambrecht is how beautifully the facades of the houses on the market square have been restored. The entire place looks as if it has a makeover behind it. Street cafés, a fountain in the marketplace and above all the well-kept facades along the main street give it an attractive appearance.

Entrance to the pen
Entrance to the pen

The Benedictine abbey Sankt Lambrecht

1076 had it built by the Carinthian Margrave Markwart von Eppenstein at this location. It has a varied history behind it. Fires destroyed it a couple of times. The buildings were rebuilt. During the Nazi era, it served as a satellite camp for various concentration camps. During this time, the monks retired to Mariazell. Since 1946 the pin is managed again by the Benedictine order. The monks manage the agricultural and forestry property of the monastery. So, for example, refers Erich Pucher, the chef in the Lambrechterhof, his game from the hunt of the pen. In the "school of existence" the monks offer spiritual and creative seminars and a management school. The monks also promote cultural tourism and offer accommodation for pilgrims and interested visitors.

Further information can be found here:

Benedictine monastery St. Lambrecht
Main Street 1
8813 St. Lambrecht
info@stift-stlambrecht.at
T + 43 3585 / 2305 - 0

Interior of the Peterskirche in Sankt Lambrecht
Interior of the Peterskirche in Sankt Lambrecht

We enter the Stiftshof through the impressive entrance portal. We will not look at the convent building this time. You will receive an impression of what you can see in the pen in our Post about the monastery, Instead, we turn left and take a look at St. Peter's Church, which was closed for refurbishment on our last visit. It is not accessible because some of the art treasures on display in the side altars were stolen some years ago. Only with much luck they were discovered and brought back to the monastery.

Farm building in Sankt Lambrecht
Farm building in Sankt Lambrecht

From St. Peter's Church, the path climbs the mountain, past former farm buildings. This is the only steep piece of the way. It leads along the old stone wall which separates the former castle of the Prior from the convent grounds. From the castle only the tower is left. This is not accessible.

Old castle remains
Old castle remains

Past the Mariazeller Linde back to the monastery

Hard to believe, but until a few years ago, this building was still inhabited. In the meantime it is empty. We continue to the gatehouse. There we leave the collegiate area. Through an archway we reach an ancient linden tree. This should be over 100 years old. Judging by the thickness of their tree trunk, this is quite possible.

On the way with wooden world ambassador Gudrun
On the way at the Sankt Lambrecht walk with wooden world ambassador Gudrun

Via the Spitalbergweg the path leads us back to the monastery. Since we are the Baroque garden We have already looked at our last visit, this time we choose the way through the cemetery.

Oldest church in Sankt Lambrecht
Oldest church in Sankt Lambrecht

It is also interesting because here we can see the oldest church in Sankt Lambrecht. A round church building. Out of the ordinary. However, it is not accessible. Next to it is a cemetery section separated by a wrought-iron gate, in which the monks of the monastery are buried.

Wrought iron decor
Wrought iron decor

After a brief look into the collegiate church, we return through the Stiftshof back to the market square of St. Lambrecht. We took our time for our tour around the Sankt Lambrecht Abbey, enjoyed the views and looked at the interesting places in peace on the way. We needed a good hour for this walk. If you want to spend more time with the lime tree, you can take a picnic with you. The bank under the lime tree is very inviting and offers a beautiful view of the place. Or you will then enjoy a sundae in the ice cream parlor on the market square of Sankt Lambrecht. Hiking through St. Lambrecht was great fun. Do you feel like it?


Travel Arrangements:

Getting there

The nearest airport is Klagenfurt (70 km). Sankt Lambrecht is easily accessible by train (Marienhof train station, 7 km away), the bus (stop in front of the hotel) or the car.

The most comfortable way is by car. You can book a rental car * here.

Accommodations:

We have a modernly equipped double room in the Lambrechterhof * stayed overnight with a view of Sankt Lambrecht. Further Accommodation in and around St. Lambrecht * you can find under this link.


Other destinations in Styria


More tips for Trips to Savor and Slow Travel Tips you can find under these links. What is Slow Travel Tips to you? Or do you want more about Cities in Austria experience? Are you interested in ours? Hiking tip for Lilienfeld and the Muckenkogel in Lower Austria?

Quelle Sankt Lambrecht Wandern: own research on site at the invitation of Umweltzeichen Österreich and the Lambrechterhof. Our opinion remains unaffected.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Nicole
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    Enjoyment hiking sounds really good. Having just finished 100 km in 4 days, that would be a great change. After all, such a short hike can also be super flexibly incorporated into your daily plans, allowing you to experience a great deal of the region in one day. A nice idea.

    Regards

    Nicole

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Nicole,

      This is an excellent combination and is exactly what we did in Sankt Lambrecht. These were some very varied days.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Diana
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    Dear Monika and Petar,
    I also love to enjoy hiking and to have the time, that I can take pictures in peace and also can LOOK. Unfortunately, I am often pushed by the migrants. But soon I'm on my own and then it works at my pace.
    The Dürnberger Moor I find very exciting; I love hiking on boardwalks! And Moore I think is great anyway!
    I look forward to your further reports.
    LG Diana

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Diana,

      I always feel the same way when hiking in groups. I prefer to go hiking with Petar because he shares my passion in “walking slowly”. In addition, it usually takes even longer because it keeps stopping to film on the way. This suits me very well and I can enjoy the landscape as I like it.

      The hike to Dürnberger Moor would certainly please you. The is cozy and yet varied with great views of the surroundings and the moor.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  3. Jenny
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    But that looks extremely idyllic! Exciting article and great insights. It really makes you want to "hike"!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hi Jenny,

      We really liked the two hikes because they are exactly what we are looking for. I'm glad if you agree with you as well.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Auszeitgeniesser
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    Dear Petar, dear Monika,
    simply beautiful to be kidnapped by you back to beautiful Styria. Especially since enjoyment hiking is really my topic.
    And a trip through Styria is really pure enjoyment.
    From the eco-label, however, I personally have heard far too little. I should urgently deal with it.
    Best regards,
    Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Katja,

      nice, if you like our proposals for pleasure hikes. I thought that these are the right thing for you. We were impressed by how consistently the hotels and regions in Styria are implementing environmental concerns.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  5. Dear Monika, Dear Petar,

    I always feel drawn to Slow Travel topics. I really like your descriptions of what walking means to you all. The landscape around St. Lambrecht looks wonderfully idyllic and there seems to be really beautiful architecture there. The achievement topic is also completely unimportant to me during the hike, whereby it may also be the high mountains for me, since I like varied landscapes while hiking. But then I am also rather slow, so I can still enjoy it. I am still curious about Styria and hope that we will visit the region soon.

    Best regards
    Ricarda

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Ricarda,

      then you are definitely right in Styria. This region offers so many beautiful and varied landscapes, and many places are pretty and well maintained. As for architecture, you'll find the most impressive in churches and monasteries. There are also castles and castles in the region. There is also something there that you like.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  6. Anders traveler
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    With this post, I get “homesickness” again in Styria. The state also rightly has the name "the Green Mark". A place for connoisseurs. :-)

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Gerhard,

      I can only agree. Styria is wonderfully green and very varied. We've been fans of it for years, as you may know.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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