Bruck an der Mur to the Hochschwab Mountain Range near Turnau

From From Bruck an der Mur to the Hochschwab Mountain Range near Turnau

From Bruck an der Mur, one of the oldest and most charming towns in Austria with its famous Kornmess Residence to Turnau at the foot of the Hochschwab Mountain Range and then on up to the Hochschwab Mountain Range itself, the largest chamois hunting grounds in all of Europe and the source of drinking water for both Vienna and Graz.

A multi-day hiking tour-on which a merit is not just what you get for completing the tour, but for the culinary delights you encounter along the way-guarantees you cultural and scenic highlights, combined with breathtaking alpine summit experiences. Countless alpine pasture inns serving regional food and drink, and the romantic trail sections along the way take you straight into the heart of the HochSteiermark Region.

The Tour at a Glance

Length of the tour: 65 km, divided up into 3 – 4 days
Duration: 3 – 4 days
Elevation gain, ascent: 4,900 meters in altitude, divided up into 3 – 4 days
Suitable for children: no
Eateries: several mountain huts and restaurants along the tour
Panorama: the entire Styrian mountain landscape to the north and west; all the way to Graz to the south and into the Hungarian Plains to the east

Tour description

  • Day 1: Main square in Bruck an der Mur - Himmelwirt inn - Hutterer alpine pasture inn - Rennfeld mountain refuge
  • Day 2: Rennfeld Mountain - Bucheck saddle - top of Schwarzkogel - Hochreiter rustic wine tavern - Sölsnitz - St. Lorenzen im Mürztal - Göritz / Pogier - Pfarrberg - Bründlweg trail - Pogusch - Schwabenbergarena skiing region - Turnau
  • Day 3: Turnau - Osterer alpine pasture - Turnauer Hochanger Mountain - Göriach alpine pasture - Lappental Valley - Seeberg and Seewiesen municipalities
  • Day 4: Seewiesen and Seeberg municipalities - Florl mountain refuge - Voisthal mountain refuge - Obere Dullwitz - Count Meran ascent - Rotgangboden - Schiestlhaus mountain refuge - Hochschwab Mountain Range - Schiestlhaus mountain refuge - Aflenzer Staritzen peak - Seeberg and Seewiesen municipalities
  • Day 4 - Completing this leg part of the tour in one day is recommended for extremely fit and experienced hikers ONLY; it is much better—and in the end more exciting—to divide this leg of the tour into two days, spending the night at one of the mountain refuges, either Voisthaler or at the Schiestlhaus.

Important note: The entire multi-day tour leads you on marked trails that are maintained and serviced by the official Austrian Alpine Associations (Alpenverein, Naturfreunde, Touristenklub).

However, the length of the tour is up to an altitude of just under 2,300m, which means you will most definitely need an outer jacket, a cap or hat and gloves in the summertime as well!  Emergency number for mountain rescue: 140.  There may still be extensive snowfields in the area of the Hochschwab Mountain Range even in June.  The last leg of the tour should only be undertaken under safe weather conditions!

Hiking gear includes a sleeping bag for the mountain refuges, torch/flashlight, sufficient drinks, sun protection and rain gear; caps or hats and gloves are mandatory.  Hiking footwear that fits you well and is waterproof is highly recommended!  And just in case there's too much pressure and friction, it can't hurt to have some blister plasters along with you.