Due to its central location in the heart of Hochsteiermark, the Veitsch Valley is a popular excursion destination, but also an important location for mining. For in 1881, appropriately valuable magnesite deposits were found here, but there had already been lively ore and copper mining since the Middle Ages.
Today, the Veitsch is the site of a large magnesite plant, which is an important provider of jobs.
But in addition to mining, a lively tourist industry has also developed here. Especially in winter, the skiing area on the Brunnalm is very busy, but also numerous hiking tours and the Veitschtal - cycle path bring guests and locals to the valley. The fact that the famous Mariazellerweg 06 also passes through here completes the wide range of leisure activities.
For this quite strenuous hike we start at the above-mentioned parking lot at the Brunnalm. At its northeastern corner begins the steep ascent to the Eiblwiese and further to the Weitzerjagdhütte. Keeping to the right, the path is initially flat and then becomes steeper and steeper on a narrow path through the Goassteign' to the high plateau. Here we follow the now well-marked trail to the Meranhaus and descend via the Schallerrinne.
Additional tip 1: a walk to the Veitscher pilgrim cross
We start directly in the village of Veitsch, not far from the late Gothic parish church built in 1206. Here begins the initially quite steep, but not difficult climb to a "building", which is unique in its kind - to the largest walkable wooden cross in the world, the Veitscher Pilgerkreuz, built in 2004.
The cross, which is over 40 meters high, can be easily seen even from the summit of the Stanglalm opposite and dominates the Veitsch valley.
Behind the church, a forest path, partly over flat steps, leads to the cross in about 30 minutes on foot, well signposted. This can be walked inside for a small fee (coins!).
Additional tip 2: the panorama circular hiking trail on the Brunnalm
If you continue down the valley to the Brunnalm, you can take a leisurely hike with an alpine ambience but without alpine ambitions - a circular hike at the foot of the Hohe Veitsch.
For this purpose we start at the Brunnalm at the GH Scheikl. In a westerly and then northerly direction, we follow forest paths and an alpine trail to the Schalleralm, which is open in summer. Now our path swings to the east and leads, always with magnificent close-up views of the rocky southern precipices of the Hohe Veitsch, to below the walls of the Predigtstuhl. From now on it's downhill - heading south and directly to the large parking lot at the Brunnalm. Here follows another short ascent over the ski slope, before we arrive at GH Scheikl again, keeping to the left, where we can end the day on the sun terrace.
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