The BergZeitReise long-distance hiking path through Styria in Austria combines spectacular scenery, rich culture and culinary delights. Over 186 miles (300 km) and 52,500 feet (16,000 m) of elevation gain spread across 18 stages, you hike along the lofty heights of the spectacular Hochsteiermark mountains.
The circular route takes you to countless natural wonders such as the Hochschwab mountains, the alpine pastures of the “Mürzer Oberland” nature park, the mountainous villages of Veitsch, Schneealm and Rax, the Fischbacher Alps and its Stuhleck peak, and stunning landscapes around the towns of Kapfenberg, Bruck an der Mur, Leoben, Rennfeld, and Mugel.
Located in the north of Styria in Austria, the Hochsteiermark region is known for its high mountains and forested slopes that were once home to famous writer and poet Peter Rosegger. The BergZeitReise trail makes up part of the Styrian long-distance hiking trail ‘Vom Gletscher zum Wein’ (From glacier to wine) which runs from the Dachstein mountain to luscious vineyards in the south of Styria. Several variants along the BergZeitReise allow you to choose between wild and romantic mountains or gentle hills. You can decide what kind of adventure you would like.
Under the motto “let’s take our time, there’s no rush,” this trail leads through one of Austria’s most diverse regions, Styria. You will dive into the Hochsteiermark area which is caught between tradition and modernity. The region’s wealth of natural resources has shaped the landscape and society in the mountains and you can visit historical sites en route that reveal its mining legacy. In the centre of the Eisenerz Alps, for example, the Erzberg mine, often referred to as the “Styrian loaf” by locals, has been excavating iron ore for many centuries. The cities and towns of Leoben, Bruck an der Mur, Kapfenberg, Kindberg, and Mürzzuschlag are also still known for the production of high-quality iron and steel products.
This adventure is extremely varied – lovely alpine pastures alternate with high alpine paths and romantic forests. On the more alpine sections, sure-footedness and a head for heights are required. However, you can sometimes take a detour although this may be longer and therefore take more time. Some stages have more than 3,280 feet (1,000 m) of elevation gain or descent. We recommend wearing suitable hiking shoes and bringing your waterproof clothing and hiking poles to protect your knees. You should also inform yourself about the weather conditions before setting off.
On all of the routes, you’ll find places to stop for food, but it’s still worth packing a snack in case you get hungry. There are also springs along most routes so bring a drinking bottle with you to enjoy the cold, clear spring water. In the high season, you should book your accommodation in advance at one of the cosy mountain huts.
The BergZeitReise starts and finishes in the town of Eisenerz. You can travel by public transport to the town; take the train to Leoben and catch the bus 820 to Eisenerz from there. You can also access the circular route conveniently from Mariazell, Tragöß, and Mautern.
With 22.9 kilometers and 1200 meters of altitude, stage 1 of the BergZeitRreise has it all. It leads from the mining town of Eisenerz over the impressive Leopoldsteinersee, further over the alpine pastures of the western Hochschwabstock to the Hochschwab and finally to the Sonnschienhütte at 1,526 meters at the foot of the striking Ebenstein. Framed by the imposing peaks of the Hochschwab Group, the first stage of the BergZeitRreise is a worthwhile start for your multi-day tour.
On stage 2 of the BergZeitRreise you will not be able to get out of amazement. A wonderful mountain lake, a romantic alpine landscape and impressive high mountains will sweeten your day.The Nordalpenweg leads from the Sonnschienalm through the Hochschwab massif: via the Sackwiesen and Häuselalm you hike to the summit of the Hochschwab (2,277 m) and on to …
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Impressive rocky landscape and quaint mountain huts: On the trail of Archduke Johann, stage 3 takes you from Hochschwab down to Seewiesen. The path leads along the Northern Alpine Path past the Rotgangkogel and through Voisthalergasse before you reach Höllkampl and the Florlhütte. The Seetal is crossed in an easterly direction until you finally arrive in Seewiesen via the Seetalsattel.
On stage 4 you hike a particularly large number of alpine pastures - romance and lots of rustic places to stop for refreshments are inevitable here. A strengthening here and there is certainly also appropriate, because you master a total of 1,370 vertical meters on the ascent over 19.8 kilometers. The difficulties are limited, but the tour requires you to be in good condition.
Stage 5 impresses with breathtaking views and cozy places to stop. The path leads from the Graf-Meran-Haus over pasture terrain and through forest areas to the Ramkogel and further via the Veschbachtörl and the Arzbachhöhe to Neuberg an der Mürz. It is a simple, but quite long stage with 1,450 meters of altitude and 18.1 kilometers in the descent.From …
On stage 6, culture, fresh spring water and a lot of untouched nature await you. From Neuberg it goes steeply uphill into the heart of the Mürzer Oberland nature park - to the beautiful Schneealm with its numerous, mostly managed alpine pastures. More precisely, the path leads from Neuberg an der Mürz via the Rudolfsteig to the Karlgraben, from where it continues to the Karleck and towards the Michlbauer hut to the Schneealpenhaus on the Schneealm plateau.
Today it is really alpine. A steep descent, a demanding ascent, an insured climb to a promising summit and a shelter with a panoramic guarantee await you.You start on the Schneealm plateau, cross it and hike down at the BIO Almkäserei Lurgbauer over the Ameisbühel to the Nasskamm. The steepest parts can be avoided on a short alternative route via the so-called Karlalm (not managed).
On stage 8 you leave the rocky regions of the Rax and turn to the gentler mountains. You cross the Mürz Valley mountains and come to Mürzzuschlag on a wooded path.The path leads over the Siebenbrunnenkessel past the Waxriegelhaus to the Preiner Gscheid and on to the Paulinenquelle. Finally, on the Großer Scheibe it goes to the Franzlbauerwand before …
On stage 9 you can expect great views, a grandiose summit experience and an impressive church. From Mürzzuschlag, the path leads past Sommerau Castle to Spital am Semmering and steeply up to the Hocheck and the Stuhleck. Via the Geiereck you finally reach the Pretul mountain range and the cozy Peter Rosegger house.On the long but easy valley and …
Stage 10 leads promisingly to the Jägerhöhe and further to the Auenhof am Alpl. Finally you reach the legendary Teufelstein and soon after Fischbach, the highest place in Eastern Styria. The stage is very long at 23.7 kilometers and mainly descends at 1,210 meters. On your stage you get from the alpine part of Styria through the Waldheimat directly to the highest place in Eastern Styria, to Fischbach.
Stage 11 is extremely varied - you walk through mighty forests, promising meadows and reach Kindberg, a city with a heart. In total, you overcome 590 vertical meters in the ascent and 1030 in the descent and hike 23.1 kilometers.You move on this stage mainly on the well-known Mariazell pilgrimage route 06, only at Kindberg you leave this route.
Today's stage is the longest and most arduous. On 33.1 kilometers, you can conquer a total of 1,540 vertical meters. That requires a very early start. If it gets too much for you on the way, you can also spend the night at the Pogusch.After a breathtaking sunrise over the Murz Valley you start towards Pogusch. After a good …
Stage 13 has two cities and an impressive summit ready for you today. You cover 1,200 vertical meters in ascent and descent over 19.1 kilometers. The summit of the Rennfeld itself is one of the most beautiful vantage points in the whole of Upper Styria and offers a panorama from the Styrian thermal region to the Dachstein and Tauern glacier region.
Stage 14 leads from one of the most beautiful historical city centers to one of the most beautiful high-Styrian panoramic peaks - the Mugel. The varied, somewhat longer tour includes 17.1 kilometers and 1,510 meters in altitude ascent. The hike is easy and leads from Bruck an der Mur to the Mugel, Leoben's local mountain.The starting point is the …
Stage 15 leads almost exclusively downhill over 1140 meters of altitude and 10.3 kilometers and offers your tired ascent legs a breather. Your path takes you from the local mountain of Leoben to the second largest city in Styria - Leoben. The city is home to Austria's most famous beer and the Montan University, one of the most renowned universities in the country.
Stage 16 is relaxed compared to the other stages because you only overcome 640 meters in altitude, but still cover 18.7 kilometers. You walk on gentle paths from Leoben to Trofaiach. The panorama is enchanting. The view of the mighty Reiting and the Eisenerzer Alps is your companion on this hike.From Leoben, past the large quarry, across the somewhat …
Stage 17 is the penultimate stage of the BergZeitRreise and is partly alpine in character. On the way from Trofaiach to Eisenerzer Reichenstein you will overcome 19.5 kilometers and 1,550 vertical meters, but only a pleasant 110 vertical meters downhill. This section is challenging because it leads through alpine terrain and requires surefootedness.The Eisenerzer Reichenstein is one of the …
Stage 18 is the last one on your way through the Hochsteiermark. The tour challenges you in different ways: On the one hand, you cover 21.1 kilometers and overcome 580 vertical meters on the ascent and a total of 2,000 vertical meters on the descent. In addition, stage 18 is an alpine mountain tour with insured and exposed path sections, …
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