Due to its central location in the heart of Hochsteiermark, the Veitsch Valley is a popular excursion destination, but also an important location for mining. For in 1881, appropriately valuable magnesite deposits were found here, but there had already been lively ore and copper mining since the Middle Ages.
Today, the Veitsch is the site of a large magnesite plant, which is an important provider of jobs.
But in addition to mining, a lively tourist industry has also developed here. Especially in winter, the skiing area on the Brunnalm is very busy, but also numerous hiking tours and the Veitschtal - cycle path bring guests and locals to the valley. The fact that the famous Mariazellerweg 06 also passes through here completes the wide range of leisure activities.
Rest stopsSchalleralm - Hütte
Graf Meran Haus
Safety informationMost hiking and mountain tours in Hochsteiermark are in alpine terrain. Especially for longer hiking and mountain tours, a good physical condition as well as surefootedness and a head for heights are recommended. On the plateaus of the Veitsch, orientation can be difficult in fog or bad weather. In winter always pay attention to avalanche danger!
The alpine hike over the Goassteign is technically somewhat demanding, the entire tour is relatively long!
Mountain rescue emergency call: 140, Einsatzstellein the Veitsch.
Tips and hintsFurther information:
Styria Tourism, Tel. +43 316 4003, www.steiermark.com
TRV Hochsteiermark, Tel.: +43 3862 55020, www.hochsteiermark.at
Tip: the Styria Tours app, available for free on Google Play and in the App Store (Android, iOS), offers detailed first-hand information: short facts (length, duration, difficulty, ascent and descent in altitude meters, ratings), map, route descriptions, altimeter, compass, summit finder, navigation along the tour. In addition, you can create your personal favorites list of favorite tours and points, save tours and destinations offline, play on social media channels and more.
ParkingP on the Brunnalm (panoramic trail, tour over the Goassteign) or in the village of Veitsch (pilgrim's cross).
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EquipmentProper backpacking makes a lot of things easier:
Pack heavy things first. The water bottle (ideally: 1 liter or more) should always be within easy reach. All things that are often needed such as sunglasses, camera, cell phone or hiking map belong on top.
An emergency kit including blister plaster belongs in every backpack and a clothing according to the "onion system" is always recommended! Never forget rain protection on alpine tours!
In winter, when ski touring and snowshoeing, appropriate safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and probe) is mandatory! Before the tour always call up the avalanche situation report (www.lawine-steiermark.at).
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