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BergZeitReise Tagestourentipp - Falkenstein- und Lachalm

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A beautiful, depending on your mood very short and therefore extremely family-friendly - or extended and therefore quite conditionally demanding alpine circuit in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park. The short variant is perfect for getting a taste of the cultural landscape of the High Styrian alpine pastures along the BergZeitReise.
Distance 15 km
5:00 h
800 m
800 m
1,506 m
764 m
They characterize the image of the High Styrian cultural landscape - the alpine pastures between Rax, Hochschwab and the Fischbacher Alps. A world of its own, idyllic, but often rough and uncomfortable due to the weather. Hardly anyone sees the hard work of the alpine dairymaids, but we are happy about the milk, sandwiches and cheese after a good hike. Today, one such hike takes us to the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park, to the Falkenstein and Lach alpine pastures, two of the many alpine pastures here in northeastern Styria.


The cultural landscape of the alpine pastures on the doorstep of the Obsteirian cities

What do Bruck an der Mur, Kapfenberg, Kindberg or even Mürzzuschlag, the urban centers of Upper Styria, have to do with the alpine pastures of the region? Well, these unique cultural landscapes with their diversity of flora and fauna have always been recreation areas and places of longing for nature-loving people in the cities. And it is to such a place of longing that this hike takes us to the Falkenstein and Lachalm.


Monday to Friday hard work, the weekend on the Alm

Some time ago there was a documentary on the culture channel of the ORF, in which an already somewhat older gentleman remembered his childhood and youth in Kapfenberg. According to him, they were very nice memories, memories of hard working days, but also of unforgettable mountain tours and hikes over our high Styrian alpine pastures.

Author’s recommendation

In the upper Mürztal there are several interesting sights such as the Neuberg Abbey, the glassblowing workshop in the Kaiserhof, the Neuberg Nature Museum with the Schliefsteiner collection or the world's largest spinning wheel in Kapellen. Also the new climate change trail in Altenberg / Rax, the waterfall to the Dead Woman at Mürzsteg / Frein or the show tunnel at Mürzufer / Krampen are highly recommended as excursion destinations.
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Update: September 26, 2022
Highest point
1,506 m
Lowest point
764 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 35.44%Forested/wild trail 38.64%Path 24.34%Road 0.35%Unknown 1.20%
Dirt road
5.3 km
Forested/wild trail
5.8 km
3.6 km
0.1 km
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Falkensteinalm Schützhütte

Safety information

Most hiking and mountain tours in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park 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 Rax, Schneealm and Veitsch orientation can be difficult in fog or bad weather. In winter always pay attention to avalanche danger!

This alpine hike is technically rather undemanding, but the entire tour is relatively long!

Mountain rescue emergency call: 140, operation points in Neuberg an der Mürz and Mürzzuschlag.

Tips and hints

Further information:

Mürzer Oberland Nature Park Office, tel. +43 3857 8321, , open Mon. - Fri. from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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 social media channels and more.


Mountain- Hiking- and Nature Park Guides:Information at the Nature Park Office Mürzer Oberland, Tel.: +43 3857 8321

By the way, get your personal summit pins with the Summit Lynx App:


P in Krampen (764 m)
47.672333, 15.540684
47°40'20.4"N 15°32'26.5"E
33T 540587 5280024
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P in Krampen

Turn-by-turn directions

We begin today's enjoyable, easy and, depending on your mood, rather short to quite long hike a few hundred meters west of the small village of Krampen near Neuberg an der Mürz. Here (directly on the Mürztalradweg R5, yellow sign) a new marked access to the Falkensteinalm was created by the Alpine Club in cooperation with the Federal Forests.

We hike over this, at first quite steeply and then increasingly flatter to the Falkensteinalm, which is soon visible. By the way, this is also easily accessible by mountain bike from Lanau / Mürzsteg.

After a short break, continue on a forest path until you see a stable building on the right below the path - now left uphill and in a northerly direction and always following the path (path, forest path) until you reach the prominent cross above the Lachalm (wonderful vantage point). From here in a few minutes to the alpine huts.

Return either on the ascent path or via the marked hiking trail leading east to the "Eisernen Törl". By the way, this variant must also be chosen if you want to hike on to the Hinteralm. From the "Eisernen Törl" you follow the wide forest path downhill back to the "Tirol" and from there to the starting point.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


With the BusBahnBim app of Verbundlinie, timetable information has never been easier:All connections by bus, train and streetcar in Austria can be queried by entering places 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 


Large parking lot at Krampen directly next to the national road, do not park at the quarry or on the bike path! 


47.672333, 15.540684
47°40'20.4"N 15°32'26.5"E
33T 540587 5280024
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide "BergZeitReise", self-published by HOCHsteiermark.

Available in the webshop HOCHsteiermark, in the office of the TRV in Bruck/Mur and in well-stocked bookstores.

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 equipment 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 (

Burial search devices, avalanche shovels and probes can be rented at the nature park office for a small fee.

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5:00 h
800 m
800 m
Highest point
1,506 m
Lowest point
764 m
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