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BergZeitReise Tagestourentipp - die vielfältige Veitsch

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There are only a few places where the diversity of the BergZeitReise can be experienced as compactly as on the Veitsch. Although the tour over the so-called Goassteign is to be the focus here, there are also two easier hiking tips in addition.

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.

Distance 9.4 km
4:30 h
970 m
970 m
1,979 m
1,047 m
The diversity of the High Styrian BergZeitReise - urban flair between Mürzzuschlag, Kindberg, Kapfenberg and Bruck an der Mur, unspoiled nature in the Mürzer Oberland, in the Waldheimat, on the Hochschwab or in the Mariazeller Land, lots of culinary delights and even more history(s). This is what makes this multi-day tour so special. And especially at the foot and on the Hohe Veitsch you can perfectly experience culture and nature on the comfortable circular hiking trail or on a proper mountain tour as well as on the Mariazell pilgrimage trail.

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the world's largest accessible wooden cross (see additional tip) should also be planned after a mountain hike over the Goassteign.
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Update: September 27, 2022
Highest point
1,979 m
Lowest point
1,047 m
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Track types

Asphalt 2.89%Forested/wild trail 10.34%Path 75.66%Unknown 11.09%
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
1 km
7.1 km
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Rest stops

Schalleralm - Hütte
Graf Meran Haus

Safety information

Most 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 hints

Further information:

Styria Tourism, Tel. +43 316 4003,

TRV Hochsteiermark, Tel.: +43 3862 55020,


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.


P auf der Brunnalm (1,055 m)
47.632125, 15.431092
47°37'55.7"N 15°25'51.9"E
33T 532385 5275503
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P auf der Brunnalm

Turn-by-turn directions

About the Goassteign'

For this quite strenuous hike we start at the above-mentioned parking lot at the Brunnalm. At its northeastern corner begins the steep ascent to the Eiblwiese and further to the Weitzerjagdhütte. Keeping to the right, the path is initially flat and then becomes steeper and steeper on a narrow path through the Goassteign' to the high plateau. Here we follow the now well-marked trail to the Meranhaus and descend via the Schallerrinne.



Additional tip 1: a walk to the Veitscher pilgrim cross

We start directly in the village of Veitsch, not far from the late Gothic parish church built in 1206. Here begins the initially quite steep, but not difficult climb to a "building", which is unique in its kind - to the largest walkable wooden cross in the world, the Veitscher Pilgerkreuz, built in 2004.

The cross, which is over 40 meters high, can be easily seen even from the summit of the Stanglalm opposite and dominates the Veitsch valley.

Behind the church, a forest path, partly over flat steps, leads to the cross in about 30 minutes on foot, well signposted. This can be walked inside for a small fee (coins!).


Additional tip 2: the panorama circular hiking trail on the Brunnalm

If you continue down the valley to the Brunnalm, you can take a leisurely hike with an alpine ambience but without alpine ambitions - a circular hike at the foot of the Hohe Veitsch.

For this purpose we start at the Brunnalm at the GH Scheikl. In a westerly and then northerly direction, we follow forest paths and an alpine trail to the Schalleralm, which is open in summer. Now our path swings to the east and leads, always with magnificent close-up views of the rocky southern precipices of the Hohe Veitsch, to below the walls of the Predigtstuhl. From now on it's downhill - heading south and directly to the large parking lot at the Brunnalm. Here follows another short ascent over the ski slope, before we arrive at GH Scheikl again, keeping to the left, where we can end the day on the sun terrace.


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Public transport


With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier: all bus, train and streetcar connections in Austria can be queried by entering locations and/or addresses, stops or important points.

The app is available as a free app for smartphones (Android, iOS) - on Google Play and in the App Store.

Getting there 


P on the Brunnalm (panoramic trail, tour over the Goassteign) or in the village of Veitsch (pilgrim's cross).


47.632125, 15.431092
47°37'55.7"N 15°25'51.9"E
33T 532385 5275503
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide "BergZeitReise" of the TV Hochsteiermark, 2017

Author’s map recommendations

Free Pocket Card hiking route "From glacier to wine" can be found at

Hiking map BergZeitReise through Hochsteiermark can be found at

Compass WK Wiener Hausberge,

Freytag &Berndt WK Semmering - Rax - Schneealpe,


Proper 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 (

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4:30 h
970 m
970 m
Highest point
1,979 m
Lowest point
1,047 m
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