Jagdhütte, Start des Anstiegs zum Predigtstuhl | © Hochsteiermark Jagdhütte, Start des Anstiegs zum Predigtstuhl | © Hochsteiermark

Überschreitung der Hohen Veitsch im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

Whoever tackles this tour in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park in Hochsteiermark, should have an excellent physical condition (about 18 kilometers and almost 2000 Hm) and an absolute surefootedness as well as master the safe movement in pathless, rocky terrain. But then there is a sensational Veitschrunde with wonderful landscape impressions!
The beginning is still harmless, only in the upper part of the so-called Rodel, the first part of the tour, there is rock contact. Then, however, the Wildkamm is first climbed over its southeast ridge, which is partly secured with hooks (no via ferrata!). Returning to the Veitsch plateau, we reach the highest point of the mountain massif. At the nearby Graf Meranhaus you should definitely take a break, because afterwards the route goes steeply downhill over the so-called Goassteign', before it goes over the Predigtstuhl south flank (climbing terrain, partly crumbly rock) back to the high plateau.

The descent takes place via the toboggan already known from the ascent.


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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
17,5 km
9:00 h
1920 hm
1920 hm
1978 m
Highest point
958 m
Lowest point

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From the small village of Niederalpl we first hike leisurely through the Rodel, a striking ditch on the north side of the Veitsch to a short rock barrier. This is easily overcome by climbing and soon we are under the striking southeast ridge of the Wildkamm.

Over the ridge we climb to the small, striking summit cross - a magnificent close-up view of the Hohe Veitsch opens up before us.

Return along the ridge and up to the so-called Gingatzwiese - we soon stand on the gentle plateau of the Veitsch. Keeping to the right, we go slightly uphill to the mighty summit cross of the Hohe Veitsch, the highest point of our mountain tour.

Descending in a southerly direction for about 20 minutes, we then reach the Graf Meranhaus, a large refuge that is open almost all year round. An extensive rest is recommended, because our tour is far from over.

Now we hike up and down the plateau in an easterly direction until we reach the so-called Goassteign, a narrow path that leads steeply downhill. Following this path we reach the gently sloping alpine pasture area east of the Brunnalm.

But don't descend too far, at a clearly visible and large hunting lodge (Weitzerhütte) we turn right and head uphill towards Predigtstuhl.

Over a prominent ridge, finally through a mountain pine and alder alley, we follow a partially poorly recognizable trail to the foot of the Predigtstuhl wall.

Here you have to first climb up on the right over scree and then keep a little to the left over a brittle, exposed rock band to a small ridge step. Straight up (rock here quite firm, short rope section - as of 06 2018) to a niche with a climbing book (metal box). Once again somewhat more difficult over good rock straight up and then keep right over steep grass to the exit.

Across the plateau in a northerly direction on the hiking trail known from the ascent and again down through the toboggan to the starting point.

The tour can be approached more comfortably with an overnight stay at the Graf Meran Haus and thus divided into 2 days.
Nature Park Taxi in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park: Tel.: +43 3857 20170, www.naturparktaxi.at

ÖBB www.oebb.at or Verbundlinie Steiermark www.busbahnbim.at.

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Several parking spaces at the start of the tour next to the Niederalpl Landesstrasse.
If you want to entrust yourself to a tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus: Tel. +43 316 4003 450, www.steiermark-touristik.com


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

Neuberg an der Mürz (734m)

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Starting fair, then increasing cloudiness and possibly showers towards evening.
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Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine, clouds will be rare.
15°C 26°C
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17°C 28°C

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