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Rappoldkogel from the southwest (ascent to the Salzstiegl wind farm)

Rappoldkogel from the southwest (ascent to the Salzstiegl wind farm)

Highest peak Rappoldkogel ( 1928  m above sea level )
location Styria , Austria
part of Lavanttal Alps / Styrian Edge Mountains
Coordinates 47 ° 5 '  N , 14 ° 54'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 5 '  N , 14 ° 54'  E

The Stubalpe is a mountain range in Styria ( Austria ) and belongs to the Lavanttal Alps and the Styrian Rand Mountains . The highest peak is the Rappoldkogel  ( 1928  m above sea level ).

About the concept, location and landscape

The Stubalpe in the narrower sense extends as an approximately 22 kilometer long train of the Lavanttal Alps between Köflach in the southeast and Weißkirchen on the southern edge of the Aichfeld in the Upper Mur Valley . The main ridge of the Styrian Randgebirge runs across it, and the Gaberlpass  ( 1547  m above sea level ) connects the Stubalpe with the Gleinalpe in the east. The Stubalpe is partly understood as a sub-group of the Packalpe in the south-west, partly seen alongside it, partly Stubalpe is the generic term. In the first case it is connected to the Packalpe by the Hirschegger Sattel . In the landscape structure of Styria , the Stub and Packalpe (Stubalpe) have the number R.3, the Packalpe as a subgroup number R.3a, and this is seen specifically south of the Peterer Saddle , the tip of the Carinthian state border. The eastern border to the Gleinalpe (R.4) is determined on the depth line Rachaugraben - Stierkreuz  ( 1485  m above sea level - Schrottgraben between Graden and Knittelfeld (near Oskar-Schauer-Sattelhaus ). In the mountain group breakdown according to Trimmel , Stub- and Gleinalpe are (No. 2780) and Kor and Packalpe (No. 2770) on both sides of the Hirscheggersattel. The Stubalpe itself is then divided (for hydrographic reasons on the main ridge) into Stubalpe Nord  (2785) and the area between Teigitsch and Gradenbach (No. 2781 ), which also includes the southeastern Gleinalm from the Gleinalmsattel  ( 1586  m above sea level ) between St. Magarethen and Übelbach, including the foothills south of Köflach to Gaisfeld , which are also included in the western Styrian hill country .


The name Stubalpe is derived from the fact that there were rest areas with lounges where travelers could relax and warm up at the boundaries of the manors, which lay at the mountain crossings from the Graz basin to the upper Murtal near Gaberl etc.


The state road B77 Gaberl Straße and the municipal roads Maria Lankowitz - Altes Almhaus - Gaberl and Hirschegg - Salzstiegel / Hirscheggsattel - Weisskirchen lead across the Stubalpe  .

Huts and paths

The Stubalpe area is one of the most traditional excursion areas in Styria. There are weekend settlements and two shelters, the Altes Almhaus on the Wölkerkogel and the Salzstiegelhaus on the Hirscheggersattel. The north-south long-distance hiking trail  05 leads along the main ridge.

There is also a small ski area on the Gaberl.

Wind energy priority zone Gaberl

South of the Gaberl Pass has been a Gaberl wind farm with 2 turbines with a total nominal output of 1.2  MW since 2006 , which is operated for Stadtwerke Köflach.

The entire summit corridor of the Stubalpe was designated in the development program for the field of wind energy (Sapro Windenergie)  2013 as the Gaberl priority zone for further expansion. It is one of the few mountain regions in Styria in which extensive expansion appears to be economically and environmentally compatible. The zone comprises the ridge from the southwest of the Hirschegger saddle to the existing wind turbines, as well as the ridge on the Wölkerkogel  ( 1706  m above sea level ) east to Ochsenstand and south to the Sprengerkogel  ( 1706  m above sea level ) above Piber. It covers altitudes of 1400 to 1700 m and with 8.2 km² is by far the largest planning zone for wind energy in Styria. The zone falls into the communities of Weißkirchen , Lobmingtal , Maria Lankowitz and Hirschegg-Pack . The summit region and the north ridge of the Rappoldkogel and the Brandkogel  ( 1648  m above sea level ) east of the Altem Almhaus, however, are restricted areas as important hiking mountains.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Entry on Stubalpe in the Austria Forum  (in the AEIOU Austria Lexicon )
  2. for example the lettering on the Austrian map
  3. Gerhard Karl Lieb in R.3, R.3a Stubalpe - Packalpe (Edge Mountains) , Styria: Environmental Information Styria, → Nature and landscape → Landscape Structure
  4. Franz Pichler: The Styrian Hebalmen. In: Gerald Schöpfer (Ed.): People, coins, markets. Catalog of the Styrian State Exhibition Judenburg 1989. ISBN 3-900-662-16-9 . P. 78.
  5. Bio Energie Köflach GmbH: Gaberl wind power plant ,
  6. Ordinance of the Styrian state government of June 20, 2013, with which a development program for the field of wind energy is issued. LGBl. No. 72/2013 (as amended online, ris.bka ).
  7. Office of the Styrian Provincial Government - Department 7 State and Community Development (Ed.): Development program for the field of wind energy . Ordinance, explanations, environmental report, LGBl. No. 72/2013. Graz 2013, Strategic environmental assessment with environmental report: Priority zone Gaberl , p. 46 ff . ( Web article , both at - more extensive overview plan p. 17). Web article ( Memento of the original from September 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. ↑ The stipulations are "Areas with good wind suitability and good infrastructural conditions (access, energy dissipation, etc.)" § 3 measures of Regulation 72/2013
  9. in the eastern Fischbacher Alps and on the Freiländer Alm of the Koralpe, for example, around 4 km² each are designated