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Through the Bärenschützklamm up to the Hochlantsch (and forward to the Teichalm)

Attention: The Bärenschützklamm will remain closed until further notice after a serious rock fall. The reopening is planned for Autumn 2023.

Walk through one of the most beautiful gorges in Austria up to one of the highest peaks in the mountain landscape around Graz, and continue to the idyllic Teichalm (alpine meadow) with the Teichalmsee (lake) and back down to Mixnitz.

The Bärenschützklamm (gorge) is one of the most beautiful rock gorges in Austria. Hiking between untamed waterfalls and craggy rocks is a lasting experience: 109 bridges and 51 wooden ladders are needed to overcome the height of 350 m with an ascent of 1.4 kilometres.

The Bärenschützklamm (gorge) is made available by the forest management business Franz Mayr-Melnhofm and is tended to by the Alpenverein Sektion Mixnitz (Alpine Association, Mixnitz Section) – for which we extend our grateful thanks!  

From the Hans Kerl-Hütte (hut), the path now leads through the Bärenschützklamm (gorge). The ravine is delimited by 300 metre-high limestone walls, into which the Mixnitzbach (stream) has eaten its way over the centuries to form this unique gorge. 164 bridges and ladders with a total of 2500 wooden rungs have been applied with great effort, so that this natural monument can also be experienced by mountain hikers who are steady on their feet. After the refuge shelter, you will reach the large waterfall with a drop height of approx. 50 metres. During the steep ascent, the gorge looks truly romantic; you wander over waterfalls, slip past projecting rocks and cross the bubbling Mixnitz stream multiple times. After the ÖAV-Diensthütte (service hut) follows a no-less romantic, but less wild section. After crossing the stream for the last time, you ascend a steep slope to the gorge exit and then continue on a forest path to the “Guten Hirten” – a welcome opportunity to rest.  

The Bärenschützklamm (gorge) is open from 1st May to 31st October, daily from 7:30 to 16:00 hrs.

No registration required!

The refreshment stations "Zum guten Hirten" and the "Steirische Jockl" are open from the beginning of May to the end of October.

It is not possible to take your dogs on this hike!

The return journey does not lead through the gorge, but rather via the so-called "Prügelweg" (path): Path no. 746 from the Gasthof "Zum guten Hirten" (restaurant) 

A path maintenance fee is charged at the gorge entrance (Hans Kerl-hut), the path maintenance is undertaken by the ÖAV-Sektion Mixnitz (Alpine Association, Mixnitz Section)

Adults:                                                                           € 5,00

Adults with Alpine Association pass                        € 4,00

Only cash payment possible, price status: May, 2020

Parking spaces for private cars: Free at the entrance in Mixnitz, for coaches parking space is available beside the train station "Mixnitz".

The following taxi companies are available for collection from the Teichalm and the return transportation to Mixnitz:

Taxi Gombotz (Pernegg), Tel. 0043 (0)3862 24990

Taxi Temmel (Passail), Tel. 0043 (0)3179 23723

Almenland-Taxi (Brandlucken), Tel. 0043 (0)664 8575001

Refreshment points:

GH Grassauer, Mixnitz

GH "Klammwirtin", Mixnitz

GH "Zum Guten Hirten", Bärenschützklamm

GH "Zum Steirischen Jockl", Hochlantsch

GH Hofbauer, Breitenau/St. Jakob

GH Teichwirt, Teichalmsee

Latschenhütte, Teichalmsee



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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
20,8 km
9:00 h
1360 hm
1360 hm
1720 m
Highest point
493 m
Lowest point

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  • from Graz, Linz and Salzburg: take the A9 and the S35 motorway in direction Bruck/Mur until the exit "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm"
  • from Vienna: take the A2 and S6 and further the S35 motorway in direction Graz until the exit "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm"
  • from Klagenfurt: take the A2, the A9 and the S35 motorway in direction Bruck/Mur until the exit "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm"

Please follow the road signs "Bärenschützklamm" until the car parking!


From the starting point at the car park for the Bärenschützklamm (gorge) near Mixnitz (municipality of Pernegg), you walk approx. 1 hour on the wide hiking path 702/745, up the hill to the cascade waterfall and then continue through the ravine-like valley to the Hans Kerl-Hütte (hut), the “Kassierhütte” (Cashier’s hut). Shortly prior to this, the “Prügelweg” (path) (No. 746) will turn off to the left – which is actually the return path down from the “Guten Hirten" (inn) or an easier ascent via the Schwaigeralm (alpine meadow) to the “Guten Hirten”.

After a further half an hour’s ascent, you will reach the "Steirische Jockl" (inn). Go down some steps to the picturesque little pilgrimage church "Schüsserlbrunn", which hugs the rock wall. The last ascent is steep and leads up to the Hochlantsch peak, which is the highest projection in the mountain landscape of Graz at 1720 m above sea level. Enjoy the wonderful view!  

From the Hochlantsch peak, the path now leads (approx. 1.5 hours) down to the Teichalmsee (lake) with the Teichalm moor. Before returning, it is possible to take a refreshment stop at the Gasthöfen (restaurants) at the lake.

The return journey now leads along the Mixnitzbach (stream) and without substantial further upward gradients to the "Zum Guten Hirten" (inn) (approx. 1 hour). It is possible on the way down to avoid the gorge using the so-called "Prügelweg" (path) to the Hans Kerl-Hütte (hut) before continuing on the same route as before back to the car park. 


Brief description:

Paths 745/702 and 746: Path from the car park to the Hans Kerl-Hütte (hut) and up into the Bärenschützklamm (gorge) to "Schüsserlbrunn"

Path 740: Via the Hochlantsch peak down to the Teichalmsee (lake) 

Path 745: From the Teichalmsee (lake) along the Mixnitzbach (stream) to the "Zum guten Hirten" (inn)

Paths 746 and 2: Down the "Prügelweg" (path) to the Schwaigeralm (alpine meadow) and then via the branch path (Path 2) to the Hans Kerl-Hütte (hut)

Path 745/702: To the car park



Through the Bärenschützklamm (gorge) to the "Zum guten Hirten" (inn) and down the Prügelweg (path) to the Mixnitz car park (approx. 4.5 hours)

Up to Schüsserlbrunn, back to the "Zum guten Hirten" (inn) and via the Prügelweg (path) to Mixnitz car park (approx. 6 hours)

Up to the Teichalm (alpine meadow): Up the Bärenschützklamm (gorge) to the "Zum Guten Hirten" (inn) and along the Mixnitzbach (stream) to the Teichalm (alpine meadow), then return via the same path to Mixnitz car park, or be collected from the Teichalm or travel back to Mixnitz by taxi. (approx. 4 hours one-way)

To Breitenau am Hochlantsch: Ascent via the Bärenschützklamm (gorge) to the "Steirischen Jockl" (inn) (or past this to the Hochlantsch peak) and then down into Breitenau (approx. 6 or 7 hours)


 This tour can easily be reached by bus and rail.

- By rail to Mixnitz railway station - Bärenschützklamm (gorge) (between Graz and Bruck/Mur)

- For the return transport from the Teichalm (alpine meadow), please order a taxi

- In the summer holidays, a public transport bus runs from the Teichalm (alpine meadow) via Breitenau to Mixnitz

On the occasion of the Marien-Hochfest ("Maria Himmelfahrt"- Feast of the Assumption) on 15th August, pilgrims walk to "Schüsserlbrunn"; the highlight is the pilgrim’s mass at 12:00 hrs. in the church, after which a celebration is held at the "Steirischen Jockl" (inn).

Regular masses are held in the church; you can find the dates here:



- by train until the station "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm (between Graz and Bruck/Mur)

- for the return journey from the Teichalm pls call a taxi

- in summer holidays (July and August) every sunday a public transit bus operates between Teichalm, Breitenau and Mixnitz

Free car parking at the entrance, parking space für coaches beside the train station "Mixnitz"


What the weather will be like

Pernegg an der Mur (462m)

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The day starts sunny, but will be partly cloudy in the afternoon.
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