Im Naturpark Steirische Eisenwurzen (c) Ernst Kren | © TV Gesäuse Im Naturpark Steirische Eisenwurzen (c) Ernst Kren | © TV Gesäuse


Mountain bike route over 147 kilometres and 4,700 metres in altitude on scenic routes through the wooded Styrian Eisenwurzen Nature Park and through the rugged Gesäuse National Park. The tour is divided into 3 stages, on request the 3 inns (GH Hensle St. Gallen, GH Stiegenwirt Palfau, GH Kölblwirt Johnsbach) will also transport your luggage so that you can devote yourself entirely to the sporting pleasure.
Magnificent views - crystal-clear waters - spectacular mountains - endless forests: this is how the Alpine Tour Buchsteinrunde presents itself to the ambitious mountain biker. The tour starts in St. Gallen at the Hensle Inn, the first stage leads through the Styrian Eisenwurzen Nature Park to Palfau to the Stiegenwirt Inn, the second stage crosses the Gesäuse National Park to Johnsbach to the Kölblwirt Inn, the third stage takes us to the lovely Johnsbacher Almenrunde, then down to the roaring Enns and over the Buchauer Sattel back to our starting point in St. Gallen.


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The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
155,9 km
22:00 h
4700 hm
4235 hm
1306 m
Highest point
415 m
Lowest point

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aus Richtung Westen: A 9 Pyhrnautobahn Ausfahrt Ardning/Admont, B 146 bis Admont, beim Kreisverkehr Ausfahrt Steyr/Weyer/Altenmarkt und L 117 Buchauer Straße bis St. Gallen

aus Richtung Norden: A 1 Westautobahn Ausfahrt Amstetten West über Waidhofen/Ybbs oder Ausfahrt St. Valentin über Steyr nach St. Gallen
The tour starts in St. Gallen and continues via Breitau to Unterlaussa and in a short loop to Weißenbach an der Enns, then via Wolfsbachau to Pflegeralm and Erbsattel. Follow the road to Großreifling, then take the forest roads up to the Palfau Naturefriends' Hut and via the Moaralm back down into the valley to the centre of Palfau. The first day's stage ends at the Stiegenwirt Inn.

The 2nd stage begins with a mountain climb and takes us over the Krautgraben to Gams near Hieflau, further over the Radstatthöhe to Mooslandl and to Hieflau. Here we enter the Gesäuse National Park for the first time, which takes us up to the Hochscheibenalm with magnificent views and vistas of the Gesäuse mountains. In Gsatterboden we meet the main road again, which we follow for only about 200 m, then turn right onto the Rauchboden trail, which takes us off the Gesäuse main road to Johnsbach station. Here we cross the Enns and make a short detour to the Weidendom and the ecological footprint at the "Erlebniszentrum Weidendom" of the Gesäuse National Park. Now we cycle steadily slightly uphill for about 7 km on asphalt roads to Johnsbach, where we stay at the Kölblwirt Inn.

The 3rd stage takes us into the rear Johnsbach valley, where we visit 3 alpine pastures (managed in summer) in one round. After a short descent down to the roaring Enns, we follow the main road for 5 km and cross the Enns at the Gesäuse entrance on the Lauferbauer bridge. Via the Kletzenberg in Weng we climb 250 metres in altitude up to the Buchauer Sattel, where a few km of federal road await us again before we turn right onto the forest road that leads us down to St. Gallen.

visit the excursion destinations along the route:

Aqua Natura water park and Gallenstein castle ruins in St. Gallen; SILVANUM forestry museum in Großreifling; Wasserlochklamm gorge in Palfau; Nothklamm gorge, GeoZentrum and Kraushöhle cave in Gams; Köhlerzentrum charcoal centre in Hieflau; National Park pavilion in Gstatterboden; NP pasture dome and ecological footprint at the turn-off to Johnsbach; historic mountaineers' cemetery and Odelsteinhöhle cave in Johnsbach; Benedictine Abbey of Admont with the largest monastery library in the world.

Zug bis Liezen, dann mit Postbus Linie 910 nach St. Gallen oder

Zug bis Kleinreifling oder Weißenbach/St. Gallen, weiter mit Postbus Linie 910 nach St. Gallen

Markt St. Gallen


What the weather will be like

St. Gallen (509m)

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Light snowfall in the early morning, but most of the day will be dry.
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Considerable cloudiness with light snowfall starting before noon.
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