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Stage 11 From Glacier to Wine North Route Alpine Variant Gesäuse Heßhütte - Radmer

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  • Rast auf der Sulzkaralm
    Rast auf der Sulzkaralm
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The alpine variant in stage 11 of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" between the Heßhütte and Radmer requires absolute surefootedness, since especially the descent to Radmer in the face of the Lugauer involves certain technical difficulties. The first kilometers of the tour are identical to the main route. Via the beautifully situated Sulzkaralm we reach the crossing point at the Bärenhöhle, where the main trail branches off to the south to the Haselkaralm and finally leads to Radmer an der Hasel. With the alpine variant, however, we continue hiking the 01 path to bypass the Lugauer to the north and come to Radmer an der Stube.
Distance 18.6 km
7:30 h
860 m
1,880 m
1,821 m
680 m
As an imposing elevation in the southeast of the Ennstal Alps, the Lugauer, a huge perpendicular layered stone dome between Hieflau and Radmertal, appears as a proud triangular figure. It impresses with its double peak undisputedly as a mountain personality. It owes its well-known nickname "Styrian Matterhorn" to the view from the west, because from the east it looks more like a pyramid.

Author’s recommendation

If you want it more alpine, go around the Lugauer in the north - details of the variant can be found here. Attention: alpine experience is a must! 
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Günther Steininger 
Update: December 05, 2022
Highest point
1,821 m
Lowest point
680 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.52%Forested/wild trail 24.63%Path 72.84%
0.5 km
Forested/wild trail
4.6 km
13.5 km
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Rest stops

Heßhütte, 1.699 m

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

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Tel. +43 316 4003

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Wegkreuzung Bärenhöhle am Fuße der Sulzkaralm (1,691 m)
47.561114, 14.652350
47°33'40.0"N 14°39'08.5"E
33T 473847 5267580


Radmer an der Stube

Turn-by-turn directions

The 11th stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" leads from the well-known Heßhütte (Tel. +43 664 4308060) in the Gesäuse via the Sulzkaralm and past the Lugauer into the Radmertal, a small side valley that has nestled between the Gesäuse and the Eisenerz Alps. We follow the main route to the Bährenhöhle trail junction.

Our alpine variant takes us north at this crossroads. We keep to the left to hike gently uphill past the summit of the Goldeck and then a bit steeper over serpentines to the small Scheucheggalm at the foot of the Lugauer. Continuing on the 01 path, we go uphill again for about two kilometers, where we keep left at the junction below the Lugauer peak, and from now on we only hike downhill towards Radmer.

But please pay attention: Descent does not always mean that it is a leisurely hike, because at first it still goes downhill in alpine terrain, partly over large boulders and serpentines that require concentration and surefootedness. Soon, however, we reach a shady forest that takes us past the former imperial hunting lodge to the village of Radmer an der Stube (tourist information Tel. +43 3635 2110), where we rejoin the main route. By the way, through this variant we have somewhat shortened the following 12th stage, which leads to Eisenerz.


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Public transport

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website

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Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


The Heßhütte is not directly accessible by car or public transport, for more information please contact the Heßhütte directly.


47.561114, 14.652350
47°33'40.0"N 14°39'08.5"E
33T 473847 5267580
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Tamara Höbinger, Daniel Kreiner Josef Hasitschka: Gesäuse - Landschaft im Wandel

Author’s map recommendations

Gratis Pocket Card Wanderroute "Vom Gletscher zum Wein" finden Sie auf

Freizeitkarte Alpenregion Nationalpark Gesäuse, 1:50.000

Kompass WK69 Gesäuse, Ennstaler Alpen, Pyhrnpass, Eisenerz

Freytag & Berndt WK62 Gesäuse · Ennstaler Alpen · Schoberpass


Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.

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18.6 km
7:30 h
860 m
1,880 m
Highest point
1,821 m
Lowest point
680 m
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