Wonderful hike to the Schwarseen lakes, which, however, requires plenty of stamina, a head for heights and sure-footedness.









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This hike starts at the car park at Gasthof Talwirt.

Here you will find local delicacies and you can buy smoked bacon yourself.

On the first floor of the Talwirt there is a mountain forest exhibition and an information point about the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Next door is the "Hüttschlager Bauernladenstüberl", where you can also taste and buy products from our own production and the valley museum of the Grossarl valley. We pass the farm Stockham in the direction of Kreealmen.

Right at the beginning of the path to the Kreealmen, a short detour to the Kreealmwasserfall, which plunges over an approx.

100 m high rock face into the valley, is definitely worthwhile. On the ascent you have the choice whether you prefer the forest road or the shortcuts through the forest.

Shortly before the alpine huts you come to a small chapel.

This is a place to pause and should inspire every hiker to say thank you. Two alpine huts await you on the Kreealm, the Kreealm-Kreehütte is the lower, the upper is the Kreealm-Bichlhütte.

In both huts you will be spoiled with delicacies from our own production (cheese, butter, bread, bacon or sausage).

After a short rest we continue uphill through a huge karst to Murtörl.

The Mur rises just below this saddle and becomes the great river in Styria.

Here it is often very windy, it can happen that you walk everywhere with short sleeves and that icy cold wind blows on the Murtörl.

Through a wide cirque it goes to the Schmalzscharte.

A bit below the Schmalzscharte is the "Albert bivouac", which is a sleeping place for hikers in need.

The "Albert-Biwak" is a small, lovingly designed cottage with nice outside facilities and beautifully furnished "living room" from which you can already see the lower Schwarzsee.

The piece along the "Tauern-Höhenweg" between the Schmalzscharte and the upper Schwarzsee is quite demanding.

Between the upper and lower Schwarzsee there is a short climbing passage.

Sure-footedness, head for heights and mountain experience are absolutely necessary here! The landscape here is unique and invites you to linger, but beware: you have to go back the way again, which means there is as much walking time ahead of you again. Attention: On the whole route there is no place to stop for refreshments (except the Kreealmen), so there is enough to drink and take with you!