Der Siebenbrunnenkessel | © TV Hochsteiermark Der Siebenbrunnenkessel | © TV Hochsteiermark

Über den Waxriegelsteig auf die Rax im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

A Rax hike in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park in Upper Styria on the border with Lower Austria, which is rich in views and also worthwhile from a culinary point of view.
Most Rax tours in the Styrian part of the mountain range have the 2,007m high Heukuppe as their destination. Our hike, however, leads us to a less well-known, but by no means less rewarding peak not far from the border to Lower Austria. The tour is easily manageable for experienced mountain hikers and also offers two very rewarding refuges.



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
9,4 km
4:00 h
870 hm
870 hm
1901 m
Highest point
1069 m
Lowest point

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From Preiner Gscheid, the well-marked trail first leads over a former ski slope to the imposing Siebenbrunnenkessel. High above us we can already see the summit of the Predigtstuhl, but we still have to conquer the partly steep Waxriegelsteig.

This is done by hiking to the hospitable Waxriegelhaus (in the Siebenbrunnenkessel keeping to the right upwards) and from there tackling the trail. Always along the well recognizable, partly somewhat washed out path, through mountain pine fields upwards to the marked junction to the Bismarcksteig. Do not follow this path to the left (it is secured!), but straight up and in a wide left loop to the summit of the Predigtstuhl. A magnificent view of the Siebenbrunnenkessel and a panorama from the Vienna Basin far into the Styrian mountains awaits us.

Now on a wide path downhill to the soon visible Karl Ludwig Haus (bio-certified restaurant). Here we rest once extensively, before it goes over the newly renovated "snake path" in numerous hairpin bends downhill again to the Siebenbrunnenkessel and to the Waxriegelhaus. From there we hike along the already known ascent path back to Preiner Gscheid.

If you are fit enough, you can of course also "take along" the Heukuppe. In the valley, the Urani leisure pond awaits cool refreshment on hot summer hiking days.
Nature Park Taxi in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park: Tel.: +43 3857 20170,

ÖBB or Verbundlinie Steiermark

With the BusBahnBim app of the Verbundlinie, timetable information is easier than ever: all connections by bus, train and streetcar in Austria can be queried by entering places and / or addresses, stops or important points. The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

Parking lot at Preiner Gscheid on the border of Styria and Lower Austria.
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

Neuberg an der Mürz (734m)

10 km/h
10 km/h
10 km/h
Mostly cloudy through the day with light rain now and then.
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15 km/h
15 km/h
Light snowfall in the early morning, but most of the day will be dry.
-2°C 4°C
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