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Eisenwurzen Trail 08 through Styria

The Eisenwurzen Trail leads from the Eisenwurzen natural park / Gesäuse natural park in the north of Styria to the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen natural park in the Murtal region. The crossing of the Niedere Tauern is certainly an absolute highlight for every mountaineer.

This long-distance hiking trail represents the connection from the northernmost to the southernmost point of Austria. The section through Styria takes us from the Eisenwurzen natural park to the Gesäuse natural park Centre in Gstatterboden and over the Niedere Tauern into the Murtal with the historic town of Judenburg along the way. Over the Zirbitzkogel, one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in Austria, we reach the heart of the oldest natural park in Styria.

We start in Altenmarkt near St. Gallen on the border to Upper Austria and hike via the Ennstaler Hütte to the Gstatterboden natural park Centre. It impresses every visitor with its fantastic range of attractions - from the willow dome to the ecological footprint and the geology exhibition. Via the mountaineering village of Johnsbach, where we also meet the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine", we then head towards the Niedere Tauern, which are crossed at Kettentörl. Via the Ingeringtal with the beautifully situated lake of the same name, we reach the small town of Judenburg, which enchants with its historical development reflected in its architecture. Then we climb the Zirbitzkogel, a beautiful panoramic mountain in the middle of the Seetal Alps. Shortly before the summit, the Lukas Max via ferrata attracts all alpinists. Here at the panoramic summit we now have the option of continuing south-east to Klippitztörl on the 08 trail or descending to Neumarkt in the Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen natural park.


Level of fitness

Best season


The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
136,5 km
46:00 h
6301 hm
5886 hm
2306 m
Highest point
414 m
Lowest point

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Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.

We start our north-south crossing of Styria on the Eisenwurzen Trail 08 in the romantically situated village of Weißenbach an der Enns in the natural park Eisenwurzen. First, the tour takes us to the Ennstaler cabin in the heart of the Gesäuse. Via the mountaineering village of Johnsbach with its touching mountaineering cemetery, we continue through the Gesäuse mountains to Trieben. After that, the crossing of the Niedere Tauern lies ahead. After the historic town of Judenburg, we head to the Winterleitenhütte, idyllically situated on the Kleiner Winterleitensse.

The last day brings us to one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in the Eastern Alps, the Zirbitzkogel with its refuge of the same name. The view stretches from the Tauern to the Karawanken and can also be seen as a reward for the last few days. Afterwards, we descend via the Kulmerhütte to Neumarkt in the natural park Zirbitzkogel-Grebenzen.

Details of the Eisenwurzen Trail 08 can be found (in German) on the site of the Austrian Alpine Club.

Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

In Altenmarkt bei St. Gallen stehen zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung.

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003

If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450,

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What the weather will be like

Neumarkt in der Steiermark (834m)

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Light snowfall in the early morning, but most of the day will be dry.
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Frequent snowfall and snow mixed with rain towards evening.
-3°C 5°C
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