Hiking route Stage 13 From Glacier to Wine North Route Eisenerz - Hochschwab Sonnscheinalm - Touren-Impression #1 | © Steiermark Tourismus/Michael Weberberger Hiking route Stage 13 From Glacier to Wine North Route Eisenerz - Hochschwab Sonnscheinalm - Touren-Impression #1 | © Steiermark Tourismus/Michael Weberberger

Stage 13 From Glacier to Wine North Route Eisenerz - Hochschwab Sonnscheinalm

The tour takes us to one of the most enchanting mountain landscapes in the Alpine region, the Hochschwab. From the historic mining town of Eisenerz, the route takes us via the natural jewel of Lake Leopoldstein right into the middle of the mountain range with the most chamois in Europe, which is also known to impress with an incredible variety of flowers. The destination of this stage of the hiking route From Glacier to Wine is the Sonnschienalm, which is one of the most popular hut destinations in Styria with its numerous huts and the large Sonnschienalmhütte. One of the most popular starting points for a day hike to the Sonnschienalm is the Green Lake in Tragöß, which was voted the most beautiful place in the Alpine Republic by Austrians in 2014.

Entering the Hochschwab massif with its incredible alpine flora around orchids, edelweiss and gentian, we also follow in the footsteps of Archduke Johann, who is considered the promoter and modernizer of industry, agriculture and railroads, as well as in the cultural and educational sector in Styria. For centuries, the economic use of Hochschwab was most important, because its forest wealth was already intensively used in the Middle Ages for the production of charcoal, which was needed in enormous quantities for iron smelting. Since Archduke Johann was also a mountaineer and hunter, the tourist development of the imposing mountain massif began at the beginning of the 19th century. The importance of Hochschwab for alpinists within a few years can be found in various books and records of the Alpine Club.

We are here also on a stage of the circular tour BergZeitReise, which leads through the wild and romantic mountain landscape of Hochsteiermark.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
20,9 km
8:00 h
1300 hm
510 hm
1615 m
Highest point

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Detaillierte informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.

From Eisenerz (Tourist Information Tel. +43 3635 2110 or +43 676 6164847) this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads us first to the nearby Leopoldsteinersee with the Seestüberl (Tel. +43 3848 3135) on the eastern shore, one of the most romantic places in Styria. When we leave early in the morning we still have this idyllic landscape together with the wildlife just for ourselves, an experience we should not miss. At the eastern end of the lake at Seeboden our path makes a sharp change of direction and it goes to the right first for a few kilometers comfortably flat there, but soon upwards in the middle of the Hochschwab massif. To the east we bypass the summit of the Kitzstein to soon reach the Fobisalm, a now dilapidated hunting lodge.

Here we keep in the direction of Fobistörl south of the striking and at the same time lonely Brandstein peak and get through mountain pine fields and over beautiful alpine pastures to the Androthalm with its numerous huts, where we are also fed culinary best. After this well-deserved refreshment, we continue westward over the Androthkogel, which lies between the peaks of the Spitzkogel and Kulmstein, to the Sonnschienalm, our stage destination, where we will also spend the night in the Sonnschienhütte (Tel. +43 664 5112474). It is beautifully situated between Ebenstein, Grasserwand and Kulmstein. At dusk we can enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Eisenerz Alps, which present themselves to us here quite peacefully. Just the way life is up here. And what can we look forward to: on the next stage to the Schiestlhaus we reach the summit of the Hochschwab.

Those who have not yet seen the Green Lake in Tragöß (Tourist Information Tel. +43 3868 8330) at the foot of the Hochschwab, can pay a visit to the winner of the election of the most beautiful place in Austria in 2014. The prerequisite for this is, of course, that another night is planned at the Sonnschienalm. Via trail 836, the route descends via the Russenstraße to this unique natural jewel, a lake fed purely by the meltwater of the Hochschwabwasser. Return on the same path or on the 837 path over the Klammboden.

Attention: from September 15 to October 15 there is an annual hunting closure in parts of the Hochschwab area. Therefore, the Sonnschienalm is not open during this period. Therefore, during these weeks the stage from Eisenerz to Tragöß leads from the Sonnschienalm via trail no. 837 to Tragöß (additional 2 hours!). The next day, the ascent from Tragöß to the Schiestlhaus takes place via trail nos. 837 and 838 to rejoin the main route at the Häuslalm.

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

There are numerous parking spaces available in the city center of Eisenerz.

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003



If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450, 


The Steiermark Touren app, available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store  (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: brief facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent/elevation gain, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, peak finder, navigation along the tour. You can also create your own personal lists of favourite tours and sites, store tours and destinations offline, use social media channels, and much more.

Gratis Pocket Card Wanderroute "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" finden Sie auf www.steiermark.com

Wanderkarte BergZeitReise durch die Hochsteiermark finden Sie auf www.hochsteiermark.at

Kompass WK212 Hochschwab, Mariazell, Eisenwurzen www.kompass.at

Freytag & Berndt WK41 Hochschwab · Veitschalpe · Eisenerz · Bruck an der Mur www.freytagberndt.at

Rother Wanderführer "Vom Gletscher zum Wein": auf 160 Seiten mit 80 Farbabbildungen 60 Höhenprofile, 60 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:75.000, zwei Übersichtskarten, GPS-Tracks zum Download, Format 11,5 x 16,5 cm, kartoniert mit Polytex-Laminierung, ISBN 978-3-7633-4550-2, www.rother.de

Wanderführer BergZeitReise des TRV Hochsteiermark www.hochsteiermark.at


What the weather will be like

Tragöß-Sankt Katharein (650m)

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The day starts sunny, but will be partly cloudy in the afternoon.
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Sunny in the morning, but increasingly cloudy during the day. Showers will be possible towards evening.
15°C 26°C
14°C 28°C
15°C 24°C

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