Tours of the Local Mountain

From the center of Bruck to Hochanger Mountain and on to the Nature Conservation Center at Weitental

Along with Rennfeld Mountain (see tour tip 2), Bruck's Hochanger Mountain is where the locals go to hike.  The Nature Conservation Center at Weitental, and its wildlife sanctuary, combine with Hochanger Mountain to be the regional hiking and recreational area for those living in and around Kapfenberg and Bruck, boasting numerous hiking and mountain biking trails.

The Tour at a Glance

Length of the tour: 14 km
Duration: 4 – 5 hours
Elevation gain, ascent: 800 meters in altitude
Suitable for children: yes, for older children
Eateries: several refuges along the entire tour
Panorama: the Rax Mountain, Veitsch Mountain and the Hochschwab Mountain Range to the north and the west; the hill country around Graz and the alpine pasture region towards the south and east

Tour description der Tours of the local mountain:

Starting at Koloman Wallisch Platz, the main square in Bruck, take the Ringelschmiedgasse alley and, keeping to the left follow the River Mur to the new Europa Bridge/Graz Bridge. Heading away from town, go to the traffic circle and use the pedestrian underpass to reach Weitental in just a few minutes (Mind the signs!). Just before you reach the Nature Conservation Center and the publicly accessible wildlife sanctuary, bear to the left on the Susannensteig ascent. This ascent trail is quite steep in spots; follow it until you reach the crossroads near the alpine pasture inn at the Schweizeben plateau.

Keeping to the right continue along the forestry road until you reach the high plains of the alpine pasture at Hochanger and its mountain refuge of the same name at an altitude of 1,308m.  Start your descent either using the same trail as the ascent or one of the many descents marked by the Friends of Nature (Naturfreundesteige: Tausendersteig, Herrensteig) to take you back to Weitental. There is also a descent accessible on the forestry road that is recommended for bad weather.  

Information available at:

Hochanger Mountain Refuge, Hochanger 1, 8600 Bruck an der Mur, Tel.: +43 (0) 3862 / 33132, www.naturfreunde-haeuser.net
Schweizeben/Hochanger Alpine Pasture Inn, Auf der Schweizeben 1, 8600 Bruck an der Mur, Tel.: +43 (0) 650 / 225 87 44
Alpine Pasture of Blasmoar/Hochanger, Tragösserstraße 20, 8600 Bruck an der Mur, Tel.: +43 (0) 45 59 939, www.naturfreunde-haeuser.net