Heldendenkmal des ÖTK auf der Heukuppe (Rax) | © ÖTK Heldendenkmal des ÖTK auf der Heukuppe (Rax) | © ÖTK

Mit dem Bus zum Berg - Raxüberschreitung

A hiking classic in Styria, close to the border with Lower Austria. Partly quite demanding, but no problem for hikers in good shape. Part of the hike is on the High Styrian BergZeitReise or on the Styrian-wide route "from glacier to wine".
From Altenberg an der Rax you hike, possibly taking a break at GH Moassa, comfortably up to the 2,007m high Heukuppe, the highest point of the entire Mürzer Oberland Nature Park. From here, the trail descends to the Preiner Gscheid, interrupted by culinary breaks at the Karl Ludwig Haus and the Waxriegelhaus.


Level of fitness

Best season


The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
11,9 km
5:00 h
1225 hm
940 hm
2004 m
Highest point
780 m
Lowest point

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More information

From Altenberg an der Rax our path leads in an easterly direction to the Rax plateau. Via the GH Moassa (excellent cuisine), we pass the Karreralm and via the Altenberger Steig to the 2,007m high Heukuppe. Further, now downhill, the hiking trail marked with poles leads to the Kalr Ludwig Haus and from there over the somewhat rocky, but not difficult "Schlangenweg" to the Waxriegelhaus. From here it is only a 20 - 30 minute walk to Preiner Gscheid.
In the upper Mürztal there are several interesting sights such as the Neuberg Abbey, the glassblowing workshop in the Kaiserhof, the Neuberg Nature Museum with the Schliefsteiner collection or the world's largest spinning wheel in Kapellen. Also the new climate change trail in Altenberg / Rax, the waterfall to the Dead Woman at Mürzsteg / Frein or the show tunnel at Mürzufer / Krampen are highly recommended as excursion destinations.
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Tour with public arrival.
Further information:

Mürzer Oberland Nature Park Office, tel. +43 3857 8321, www.muerzeroberland.at , open Mon. - Fri. from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Styria Tourism, Tel. +43 316 4003, www.steiermark.com

TRV Hochsteiermark, tel. +43 3862 55020, www.hochsteiermark.at


Tip: the Styria Tours app, available for free on Google Play and in the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: short facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent in altitude meters, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, summit finder, navigation along the tour. In addition, you can create your personal favorites list of favorite tours and points, save tours and destinations offline, play social media channels and more.


Mountain- Hiking- and Nature Park Guides:Information at the Nature Park Office Mürzer Oberland, Tel.: +43 3857 8321

By the way, get your personal summit pins with the Summit Lynx App: www.summitlynx.com


What the weather will be like

Mariazell (860m)

0 km/h
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Light rain will be most likely in the early morning and towards evening.
10 km/h
15 km/h
10 km/h
Thick clouds throughout the day and rain with varying intensity.
7°C 14°C
5°C 15°C
5°C 17°C

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