Kirchturm im Teich in Rottenmann | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg | Rene Hochegger
Murau-Kreischberg

Ranten

Not far from the district capital of Murau is the municipality of Ranten, encompassing the towns of Ranten and Rinegg. In the Murau-Kreischberg region, Ranten is well known for its history. Why not try your hand at one or more of the many sporting activities on offer here, such as hiking or cycling? Fishing at the Rottenmanner reservoir is also a popular activity among visitors.


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's custom

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.

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Rottenmanner Teich mit Kirchturm im See | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
The lake spans three hectares and is located in Rottenmann, 7 km from Murau in the direction of Schöder.
Stadtpfarrkirche Ranten | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
This particularly beautiful Catholic parish church, with Romanesque, Gothic and Late Baroque architectural features, is a fine contemporary witness to Christian culture. It was built in the early ...
St. Peter-Schöder
The Pusterwald resort is a lovely little skiing paradise in the heart of the Hohe Tauern. It is ideal for families as it is great value for money and has a friendly atmosphere. The lift has been ...
Reiten beim Hammerschmied in Ranten | © Fam. Auer
Murau-Kreischberg
Horse riding at the Schieferhof is an absolute must for all horse-lovers. The Schieferhof (a five-minute walk) is a horse farm belonging to the Gasthof Hammerschmied. In July and August, you can go ...
Martin Zeiller Garten | © Gemeinde Ranten
Murau-Kreischberg
The Martin Zeiller Trail was opened in 1989 to honour the 400th birthday of the author Martin Zeiller. It was designed by the sculptor Alfred Schlösser from Krottendorf - Gaisfeld.
Murau-Kreischberg
This easy yet long hike runs from the world championship host town of St. Lorenzen am Kreischberg to the summit of the Frauenalpe with its superb views.
Murau-Kreischberg
An intermediate level hike on the forest path with gentle ascents and a beautiful view of the Rantental, the Freiberg and the Krakautal featuring the Preber mountain.
Murau-Kreischberg
This leisurely hike starts in St. Georgen, which has won the title of Most Beautiful Flower Village in Styria several times, and heads up the world championship mountain of Kreischberg.
Murau-Kreischberg
This long hike runs along hiking trails and mountain pastures to the world championship ski mountain of Kreischberg. For an easier family-friendly variant, take the gondola lift to the top.
Murau-Kreischberg
A wonderful, long hike for people seeking time out, leading to one of the most spectacular peaks in the Murau region for views.
Gasthof Hammerschmied in Ranten | © Fam. Auer
Murau-Kreischberg
The Gasthof Zum Hammerschmied is a popular restaurant for excursionists and holidaymakers in the Rantental. Guests are well looked after by the Auer family and their small team in a personal and ...
Pfiff - Das Restaurant am Golfplatz | © TVB Murau-Kreischberg
Murau-Kreischberg
Pfiff is a golf course restaurant, situated in the clubhouse for the Murau-Kreischberg golf club. Take a seat on the wonderful terrace (with sun shades) to watch people teeing off and, more ...
Murau-Kreischberg
The market offers locally products. Meat (game, turkey, chicken, beef, sheep), dairy products, fruits, vegetables, bread, honey, eggs, fruit juices, schnapps, craft items. Additional offers like ...
Ottl's Wirtshaus in St. Lorenzen im Sommer | © Wind
Murau-Kreischberg
The Ottl's Wirtshaus (inn and café) is located in St. Lorenzen and offers indoor and outdoor seating. The kids will enjoy the trampolin and sandpit. Ottl's offers home-made ice cream and warm ...
Restaurantansicht mit Terrasse - Dörflwirt | © Dörflwirt
Murau-Kreischberg
This restaurant on the Kreischberg has a large selection of burgers, home-made pizzas and home-style fare ‒ a treat for any palate. The establishment is located at the Ferienpark Kreischberg, and ...

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