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Spielkogel round Johnsbach

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  • Die Beschilderung beim Parkplatz des GH Donnerwirts
    Die Beschilderung beim Parkplatz des GH Donnerwirts
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GH Donner - Mödlinger Hütte - Spielkogel - Anhartskogel - GH Donner

The long, but technically easy round tour starts at Gasthof Donner in Johnsbach and leads up to the Mödlinger Hütte. At the top you follow the Johnsbacher Höhenweg to the Spiel- and then further on to the Anhartskogel before you descend to Johnsbach again.

Distance 16 km
6:30 h
1,179 m
1,179 m
1,764 m
754 m
From the Donnerwirt in Johnsbach you start the hike, which leads past the Mödlinger Hütte, further over the Spielkogel to the Anhartskogel.

Over the Sebringgraben you then descend again into the Johnsbachtal valley and the Johnsbacher Schattseitenweg (shady side path) rounds off the varied day tour perfectly. On this technically easy but long round tour you have everything your heart desires: panoramic peaks with views of Reichenstein, Buchstein, Ödstein and Co, a varied route through woods, meadows and pastures and three refreshment stops. In July and August you should definitely plan more time, because the blackberries, raspberries and mushrooms don't  "pick" themselves.

Author’s recommendation

If you still feel like it and have enough reserves of strength, you should leave the Johnsbacher Höhenweg for a short while at the Anhartskogel and take the 10-minute detour to the Wolfbacherturm Wagen - the view there is the reward!
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Update: July 14, 2023
Highest point
1,764 m
Lowest point
754 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 3%Forested/wild trail 27.38%Path 68.57%Unknown 1.03%
0.5 km
Forested/wild trail
4.4 km
11 km
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Zum Donner, Gasthof
Mödlinger Hütte
Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m

Safety information

Certain passages are a little steeper and therefore require surefootedness!

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Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Gesäuse

Hauptstraße 35, 8911 Admont, Österreich

Tel. +43 (0) 3613 21160 10



Parkplatz Gasthof Donner (754 m)
47.539641, 14.584341
47°32'22.7"N 14°35'03.6"E
33T 468718 5265219


Parkplatz Gasthof Donner

Turn-by-turn directions

The well-marked trail nr. 601/608 leads from the Donnerwirt Inn to the southwest up to the Treffneralm, where the Mödlinger Hut (1523 m) is located.

You can reach this in about two hours walking time on alternating forest road and forest path. After a well-deserved refreshment on the well-equipped terrace of the Alpine Club refuge, you follow the Johnsbacher Höhenweg (No. 673) in a south-easterly direction.

The following two kilometres have the character of a leisurely alpine hike, before the path becomes steeper and the summit ascent to the Spielkogel (1731 m) follows. The following losses in altitude metres are typical for a high altitude trail, but once you reach the Brünörl, the trail immediately starts to climb again and you leave the last significant ascent behind you and finally find yourself at the Anhartskogel (1764 m), the highest peak of the day.

If you now follow the marked path further south, you "cross" the Niederberg (1688 m) before you leave the Johnsbacher Höhenweg into the Sebringgraben and descend into the Johnsbachtal.

At the crossroads, the valley is indicated with a walking time of 1h 15 minutes and the path leads over the pastures of the Wölgeralm, where the path has not really been well trodden and you must therefore pay close attention to the markings (as of summer 2017), as well as over those of the Wolfsbacher Niederalm. When you arrive at the bottom, you can stop at Gasthaus Ödsteinblick, which is located on the opposite side of the road, before you finally follow the pleasant Johnsbacher Schattseitenweg towards the starting point.

Public transport


By road

A9 Phyrn motorway to exit Ardning/Admont and from there past Frauenberg, approx. 10 km after Admont. Via the B146 (Gesäuse Bundesstraße) coming from the west into the Gesäuse.

Or via Leoben, Vordernberg and Eisenerz to Hieflau and from there via the B146 in a westerly direction into the Gesaeuse.

A1 Westautobahn to exit Ybbs and from there in southern direction through Scheibbs, Lunz am See, Göstling an der Ybbs and Palfau to Hieflau. From there via B146 in western direction into the Gesäuse.

There is only one intersection worth mentioning in the National Park, namely the one into Johnsbachtal (coming from Admont after about 11 km and coming from Hieflau after about 15 km). Follow this road (L743) for about 4 km into the valley until you reach the sign for Johnsbach


Before the bend on the right side of the road, right next to the Gasthof Donner, you will find the parking lot.


47.539641, 14.584341
47°32'22.7"N 14°35'03.6"E
33T 468718 5265219
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Wanderführer Gesäuse, G. und L. Auferbauer (2018)

Author’s map recommendations Wander- Rad- & Skitourenkarte Nr 801 "Nationalpark Gesäuse", 1: 35 000

Kompass Karten "Nationalpark Gesäuse" Nr. 206, M 1 : 25 000

Alpenvereinskarte - Gesäuse und Ennstaler Alpen, Blatt 16. 1 :25 000


Sturdy hiking boots or good trekking shoes, as well as a hiking rucksack with appropriate contents (water bottle, blister plaster, hiking map, snack, etc.).

You should also be well prepared for a change of weather.

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Gerhard Reitbauer 
July 07, 2021 · Community
Wirklich sehr schöne Wanderung, technisch überhaupt nicht anspruchsvoll, und kaum wirklich sehr steile Passagen. Auf Grund der Länge und 1200HM sollte man konditionell schon eine gute gute Basis haben!
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Route done on July 06, 2021

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16 km
6:30 h
1,179 m
1,179 m
Highest point
1,764 m
Lowest point
754 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Summit route

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