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Hochalm - Maria Schnee from Seckau

Maria Schnee" is the fairytale name of the highest pilgrimage site in the Eastern Alps, located on the Hochalm. The idyllic mountain church is a very special place for many pilgrims. The view, which stretches from the Seetal Alps to the Semmering, is unique and the panorama impressive!
We first follow the forest road, but the excellent signposting soon leads us away from the serpentine road. The trail leads us along some huts and a stream. Then the path turns into a footpath, we also pass a game gate until the path leads uphill to the right on a forest path. The path is a little steeper but easy to walk. We now leave the stream that has accompanied us until now. After the ascent in the forest, we come out on the forest road and can continue directly opposite on an alpine pasture. Now the view becomes wider and we reach the car park in front of the Grafenalm - for those who want to take a break, the few metres to the Grafenalm are a good option. Here you have a wonderful view in the direction of Murtal and Zirbitzkogel. We are now about halfway there.


On the left side of the hill is a prominent tree - the path now leads directly past the Wetterlärche. Of course, you can also follow the forest road, because the ascent over the Almenboden is relatively steep, and it is worthwhile to use hiking poles here. We then briefly pass through a piece of forest again. The path continues and we can already see the Hochalm with Maria Schnee in front of us. A great photo motif from this position. Following the wide path - which becomes steeper again - we soon lose sight of the Hochalm again. The climbers among us dare to climb directly over the alpine pasture floor.

But after the ascent above the path, as soon as we have finally reached the tree line, we see the Seckauer Zinken and the special shape and red colour that this mountain range has. Even though we have the feeling that we must have reached Maria Schnee long ago, we realise that we are now approaching the church from the back.


Even if Maria Schnee is the destination for most hikers - a detour to the summit cross of the Hochalm is definitely recommended. It is only a few hundred metres to the top, but you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Eisenerz Alps and Hochschwab.


Level of fitness

Best season


The tour in numbers

Level of difficulty
10,3 km
4:00 h
790 hm
790 hm
1861 m
Highest point
1070 m
Lowest point

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Knittelfeld - Seckau Ort- Attention access by bicycle to the Kühbergerhof is prohibited.
If possible up to the Kühbergerhof road (prepare € 2 euro coins for the barrier), then forest road and marked hiking trail, between Ramplerhütte and Grafenalm unmarked trail and forest road.
Refreshment stop

Ramplerhütte, Seckau, 0043 664/4648862

Grafenalm, Seckau, 0043 664/5683308

From Knittelfeld bus station with bus no. 844 via Gaal, Puchschachen to Seckau. 
Adeg Seckau oder nach Abklärung Kühbergerhof Seckau Tel. Tel: +43 680 1201461
Church services:

first Sunday in July, 26 July (Annatag), first Sunday in August, 5 August (Maria Schnee).

cancellations may be possible due to Corona!

Clarification under Seckau Abbey Administration Tel. +43 3514 5234-0


What the weather will be like

Seckau (851m)

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Rain showers and rain. Finally also a chance of thunderstorms.
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Alternating cloudiness and sunshine. And a chance of thundery showers towards evening.
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