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Pfaffensattel - Stuhleck

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  • Am Stuhleckgipfel
    Am Stuhleckgipfel
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An easy hike in Hochsteiermark that can be done almost all year round (in winter with snowshoes or touring skis, in summer ideal for families) to one of the most beautiful vantage points in the Eastern Alps and thus the entire BergZeitReise. In addition, it also goes to the first ski hut of the entire Alpine region (today, unfortunately, only a ruin). By the way, the Stuhleck is the highest point of the entire Fischbach Alps, which also includes Peter Rosegger's forest home. By the way, the leisurely hike can also be made into a small round trip.
Distance 5.5 km
2:30 h
410 m
410 m
1,783 m
1,372 m
From the Pfaffensattel, a mountain pass between Steinhaus am Semmering and Rettenegg, it is never really steep, uphill to the gentle hilltop of the Stuhleck.

This first mentioned ski hut in the Alps on the Stuhleck, the Nansenhütte, was, by the way, unfortunately not a real stroke of luck in terms of construction. Built in 1896 as a replacement for the small shelter of the Gustav Jäger hut, which had already been built in 1869, it soon had to be determined that the building site had not been chosen very favorably. For wind, snow and moisture penetrated the hut and soon made it a rather uncomfortable place.

One of the most beautiful panorama places of the BergZeitReise

But as badly as the weather had chosen the place for building the hut, the panorama on site is dreamlike. Therefore, a hike here is worthwhile, especially since this destination of the BergZeitReise can be reached relatively easily almost all year round, provided the weather is good. Not far from the ruins of the hut is the Alois Günther Haus as a perfect resting place (Tel.: +43 3853 300).

By the way, the Stuhleck is also located on the hiking route "from glacier to wine" - click here for the corresponding stage!

Author’s recommendation

The Stuhleck summit can also be reached via a toll road in summer (also for mountain bikes), and in winter with the Steinbachlift (Stuhleck lifts).

Not far from the hut ruin is the Alois Günther Haus as a perfect resting place (Tel.: +43 3853 300).

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Update: April 27, 2023
Highest point
1,783 m
Lowest point
1,372 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 16.54%Forested/wild trail 10.26%Path 72.99%Road 0.19%
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
0.6 km
4 km
0 km
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Safety information

The Stuhleck is very exposed to the wind and in fog orientation can be problematic!

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140,

Tip for emergency reporting - give answers to the six W-questions:What happened? How many injured? Where did the accident happen (possibly GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting (callback number)? When did the accident happen? Weather at the accident site?

Mountain accommodation: Alois Günther Haus am Stuhleckgipfel, Tel.: +43 3853 300

Tips and hints


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Mountain accommodation: Alois Günther Haus am Stuhleckgipfel, Tel.: +43 3853 300,


Parkplatz am Pfaffensattel (1,371 m)
47.570009, 15.813950
47°34'12.0"N 15°48'50.2"E
33T 561219 5268831


Parkplatz am Pfaffensattel

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Pfaffensattel, we head via the Spitaler Alpe to the Stuhleck summit and to the ruins of the Nansenhütte located just below.

To do this, we start at the 1,372m high Pfaffensattel, which can be reached from Spital and Steinhaus am Semmering via an easily passable mountain road. We start (in winter with snowshoes or touring skis, in summer with appropriate hiking equipment) vis a vis the old saddle inn (P, unbew.) on a well-marked hiking trail uphill until we reach a junction with the Stuhleck - toll road, which is open to cars in summer.


Across the Spitaler Alpe to the hut ruins

We cross this gravel road and continue along the hiking trail, first through an increasingly sparse forest, then across the open space of the Spitaler Alpe to the already visible Alois Günther Haus at the Stuhleck summit (Tel.: +43 3853 300).

But shortly before reaching the summit, we branch off to the right and walk in a few minutes to the remains of the former Nansenhütte, marked with an information board. On the one hand, we have an impressive view down into the Fröschnitz and Kaltenbach valleys, and on the other hand, the panorama extends over the entire Vienna Hausberge all the way to the Vienna Basin and Lake Neusiedl.

After a rest in the nearby Güntherhaus, we return to the Pfaffensattel along the ascent path or via the toll road.

Public transport

Timetables and travel information can be found directly at:Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)Styrian State Railways (STLB)


With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, finding a timetable has never been easier:All bus, train and streetcar connections 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.

By road 


Parking facilities directly at the .

If you drive up to the Stuhleck in summer by car (or motorcycle) via the toll road, there are plenty of parking facilities close to the summit.


47.570009, 15.813950
47°34'12.0"N 15°48'50.2"E
33T 561219 5268831
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

BergZeitReise - Weitwanderweg: Hiking guide - Experience the history(s) of Hochsteiermark on foot

Author’s map recommendations

ÖK Mürzzuschlag, 1:50.000 of the BEV as well as the free BergZeitReise hiking map (overview map) of the Hochsteiermark region


Proper backpacking makes a lot of things easier:Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within easy reach in a side pocket. All things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera 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!

For all hikes, be sure to wear good, ankle-high shoes!

Questions and answers

Question from Herwig Luftensteiner · April 11, 2021 · Community
Hallo Adreas! In der letzten "Woche" habe ich den Artikel über die "Überschreitung der Fischbacher Alpen" gelesen. Ich habe diese Tour schon länger im Auge und würde sie gerne diesen Sommer machen. (3-4 Etappen) Ich bilde mir ein diese Tour schon einmal von Dir beschrieben irgendwo gesehen zu haben. Jetzt finde ich sie nicht mehr. Konkret mein Anliegen. Die Etappe vom Rennfeld bis zum Schanzsattel scheint mir sehr herausfordernd. bzw. finde ich nirgends beschrieben. Alle anderen Etappen bis zum Stuhleck denke ich sind gut beschildert. Kannst Du mir dazu Deine Einschätzung bzw. Wegbeschreibung übermitteln? Beste Grüsse, Herwig Luftensteiner
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Answered by Andreas Steininger  · April 11, 2021 · Hochsteiermark
Rennfeld - Buchecksattel - Eibeggsattel - Hofbauernalm - Ebenschlag - Hochschlag - Herrenalm - Schanzsattel ist grundsätzlich gut beschildert und markiert, allerdings sehr lange (ca. 8 Stunden), Übernachtung am Strassegg evtl. möglich (kl. Umweg, aber auch ca. 7 Stunden).
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5.5 km
2:30 h
410 m
410 m
Highest point
1,783 m
Lowest point
1,372 m
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