Blick vom Altenbergersteig auf die benachbarte Schneealm | © Naturpark Mürzer Oberland Blick vom Altenbergersteig auf die benachbarte Schneealm | © Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

Über den Altenbergersteig auf die Rax im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

Probably the most beautiful pure hiking tour on the south side of the Rax, without climbing interludes, but with almost guaranteed solitude away from the snake trail and Rax cable car.
From Gasthof Moassa or, if the access road to it is closed during the week, from the Kohlbachgraben on the southwest side of the Rax in a direct line to the 2,007m high Heukuppe. Without real rock contact or climbing, but via an alpine path, whereby surefootedness is helpful in the upper part.

Interestingly, the Altenbergersteig is quite little frequented even on nice weekends, probably the Preiner Gscheid "catches" the majority of hikers.

With the Gasthof Moassa and the Karl Ludwig Haus (bio - certified business) there are to the dreamlike summit panorama on the Heukuppe also still dreamlike culinary rest places on the tour.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
11,4 km
4:30 h
950 hm
940 hm
2007 m
Highest point
1166 m
Lowest point

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From Gasthof Moassa the ascent first leads along the former ski slope to the uninhabited Jahnhütte. There the path turns to the left as a forest path and brings us in about 15 minutes to the also uninhabited Karreralm (stable as shelter).

Here the path divides and we continue to keep to the left upwards, to soon cross numerous scree fields in a traverse.

Now the trail begins to climb upwards to the right and takes us, past the "Steinernen Manndln", in a few hairpin bends to the Rax plateau not far from the Gamseck peak.

Now we turn right again and ascend the Heukuppe on an alpine path. After a short panoramic break, we hike downhill in an easterly direction to the Karl Ludwig Haus, which is soon visible.

There we have a good rest, before we return north of the already climbed Heukuppe on a blue marked path almost flat to the Gamseck summit and from there on the ascent path back to the Moassa inn.

In fog, the Rax plateau is not recommended, difficult orientation and usually strong wind make it quickly uncomfortable there!

After the tour still to the bathing pond Urani. Of course, the Neuberg monastery with the glassblowing workshop and the nature museum are also worth seeing.
Nature Park Taxi in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park: Tel.: +43 3857 20170,

ÖBB or Verbundlinie Steiermark

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P at Gasthof Moassa, follow parking regulations. On weekdays few P at the barrier in Kohlbachgraben, then about 30 minutes extra walking time to Moassa.
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,


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

Styria Tourism, Tel. +43 316 4003,

TRV Hochsteiermark, tel. +43 3862 55020,


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:


What the weather will be like

Mariazell (860m)

5 km/h
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Morning clouds will clear gradually. Then frequent sunny periods.
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Dry and sunny throughout the day with hardly any clouds.
-10°C 4°C
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-1°C 6°C

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