History of Ranten
The town of Ranten was first documented way back in 1075, and looks back on a long history. It is the birthplace of Martin Zeiller, the world's first travel journalist. In the Baroque period, Zeiller wrote the very first travel guide in German. The Martin Zeiller Path incorporates the impact and ideas of this extraordinary Ranten man. The Martin Zeiller Garden was also erected in his honour.
Get active on holiday in Ranten
Take a hike through forests, past mountain lakes and up mountain peaks. Of course, there are a few routes to explore by bike too. Ranten is linked to Murau by cycle trail R63, which is also a great route for inline skaters.
The leisure hike "Forest, water, peak" comes highly recommended. Set out from the village square, continue via the Kalvarienberg chapel and eventually reach the Trattenkogel. Then it's back to your starting point, perhaps with a stop-off at the Sophie Hütte mountain hut.
Alternatively, you could decide to take a long, leisurely walk along the Rantenbach stream From the Gasthof Hammerschmied, follow the asphalt cycle path/footpath towards Murau for around 3 km. At the end of the trail, turn left onto the state road to the Waschlrad (water wheel). The return journey takes the same route back along the Rantenbach. The Rottenmannerweg too starts at the Gasthof Hammerschmied and runs a relaxed 6 km to the Rottenmanner reservoir and back.
The sports centre is located 300 m west of the town centre. Here you will find two tennis courts, a football pitch and an asphalt surface for roller skaters and skateboarders.
In addition to these many and varied sporting options, fishing also plays an important role in the area. Drop by the Rottenmanner reservoir – Petri Heil! ("Good fishing!") as they say in these parts! Ranten offers an abundance of nature and a historically interesting area at altitudes of 940 to 1740 m.
Ranten is also one of the few towns in the Murau-Kreischberg region to have a Schützengarde (guard) that has been around for over 200 years. Come the end of summer, the locals celebrate a church festival in honour of St. Bartholomew with "Prangschützen" (traditional guard) gun salutes and lots of music. The parade of the Ranten Schützengarde, waving the white-and-green flag, is a special highlight on the programme. This unique festival on Bartholomew Sunday in August guarantees plenty of fun and a great atmosphere.