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Mariazell country round walk

Beautiful, not too difficult circular trail through the Mariazeller Land, where we also pass the Erlaufsee!
The Mariazell circular hiking trail leads us on an easy footpath through the Grünau, past the Marienwasserfall, to the Erlaufsee and back to Mariazell.

In the Erlaufsee we can of course take a refreshing bath on hot summer days before we hike the last kilometers to Mariazell. If we prefer to cover the last part comfortably, we take the museum tramway that leads from Lake Erlaufsee to St. Sebastian. In faithfully restored wagons and locomotives (including the oldest steam tramway locomotive in the world, built in 1884) you will be transported back to the time of the turn of the century - exact opening days and travel times at: www.museumstramway.at



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
13,4 km
3:30 h
20 hm
20 hm
893 m
Highest point
776 m
Lowest point

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Coming from Bruck an der Mur via the B20 over the Seebergsattel and through Gußwerk. Always follow the course of the road.

Coming from St. Pölten via the B20 (Annaberg and Josefsberg) through Mitterbach and St. Sebastian. Always follow the course of the road.

Our starting point for the hike is the SOCAR gas station in Mariazell. Once we cross the road at the crosswalk, we reach the information board where we get an overview of the hike.

On a well-marked path we now walk along the Grünauer Kirchenweg (Feldbauerweg) to the settlement Teichmühle (district Rasing). Now we follow the signs to the left side of the road and walk partly in the forest, partly beside the road to the wayside shrine of the former hotel Marienwasserfall in Grünau. (In Grünau we can make a short side trip to the Marienwasserfall - approx. 15 - 20 minutes there and back). Now we branch off to the right and reach the Gretenalm via a forest path. From the Gretenalm to the Erlaufsee we hike next to the road along a forest path. Arrived at the Erlaufsee, a forest path leads us along the right shore of the lake, above the main road, along the entire lake. At the bathing area we can take a short rest.

We now continue along the foot/bike path to St. Sebastian and from St. Sebastian the last stretch on the Hans-Wertanek-Promenade to Mariazell. 

The trail around Lake Erlauf is also passable in winter. 

There are some Refreshment stops at the lake


Family hiking trail! 


Tip: Along the path behind the former Hotel Marienwasserfall in Grünau, the Marienwasserfall falls over a rock wall into a natural pool, and then flows into the Salza as the Grünaubach in the Rasing. Walking time from the circular hiking trail to the Marienwasserfall: about 5 - 10 minutes


Here you can find a blog report about the Marienwasserfall by Fred Lindmoser!

Side trip to the Marienwasserfall!

(approx. 5 minutes off the beaten track)

ÖBB www.oebb.at  , Verbundlinie Steiermark www.busbahnbim.at  , Mariazellerbahn www.mariazellerbahn.at  


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In the municipality of Mariazell there is an area-wide paid short term parking zone. This is valid from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00. The tariff in the town is as follows: for every half hour € 0,60 (maximum parking time 180 minutes!)

For the remaining parking lots the following regulations apply:


P1 - parking lot at the SOCAR gas station: chargeable from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., cars € 4.50 per day, buses/trucks € 20.00 per day,Tel.: 03882/2547-12

P2 - parking garage Mariazell:

Car upper deck: obligatory fee 9 - 16 o'clock, 1st - 5th hour € 0,70 per 30 minutes, daily maximum € 7,00 per 24 hoursUnderground car park: obligatory charges 0 - 24 o'clock, 1st - 5th hour € 0,70 per 30 minutes, daily maximum € 7,00 per 24 hoursBUS upper deck: obligatory charge 9 - 16 o'clock, 1st hour € 8,00, 2nd - 5th hour € 2,00 per 30 minutes daily maximum € 24,00, minimum € 8,00 (1 hour)Parking at the post office: chargeable from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., tariff: half hour € 0,60, daily tariff € 8,40

Parking lot at the erLEBZELTEREI: chargeable from 9 - 16 o'clock, tariff: half hour € 0,60, daily tariff € 8,40

P3 - parking lot at the former Höhn company: chargeable from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., tariff: half hour € 0,50, from 5th hour free, daily tariff € 5,00

P4 - parking lot near the fire department: free of charge

P5 - parking lot near the former indoor swimming pool: fee required from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., half hour € 0.50, from 5th hour free, daily rate € 5.00

Parking near the former indoor swimming pool: chargeable from 9 am - 4 pm, half hour € 0,50, from 5th hour free, daily rate € 5,00

P7 (Bürgeralpe) - (next to the tennis court): chargeable from 9 - 16 o'clock, tariff: half hour € 0,60, daily tariff € 8,40

Parking lot at the Nordlift in St. Sebastian: suitable for buses (only for guests of the Mariazeller Bürgeralpe) - free of charge


There are enough parking ticket machines at your disposal - Attention: no change possibility - please have small change ready!

All guests staying at a business that does not have a parking lot can park for free at P3 and P5 with the guest card.

For all bus drivers: the traffic guidance system allows you to drive your bus from Wiener Straße or Wiener Neustädterstraße to the main square - here you can let your guests off in the bus bay and later pick them up again on the same way from the main square. An access from the Grazer Straße is not possible.


You can park your car with a valid disabled pass in the following places:

directly in front of the Basilica (3 parking spaces)in front of the pharmacy (1 parking space)opposite the Lebzelterei Mariazellerhof, Grazer Straße 10 (1 parking space)parking lot at the post office (2 parking spaces)Parking lot above parking deck P2 (2 parking spaces)P7-Bürgeralpe (2 parking spaces)

Tourism Association Hochsteiermark - Office Mariazeller Land

Main square 13, 8630 Mariazell

T: +43 3882 2366




What the weather will be like

Mariazell (860m)

5 km/h
10 km/h
5 km/h
Frequent snow showers, maybe mixed with rain around noon.
5 km/h
5 km/h
slightly cloudy
5 km/h
Rather cloudy in the morning, then sunny spells will develop gradually.
-3°C 6°C
-1°C 5°C
0°C 6°C

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