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Über den Waxriegelsteig auf die Rax im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

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A Rax hike in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park in Upper Styria on the border with Lower Austria, which is rich in views and also worthwhile from a culinary point of view.
Distance 9.4 km
4:00 h
870 m
870 m
1,901 m
1,069 m
Most Rax tours in the Styrian part of the mountain range have the 2,007m high Heukuppe as their destination. Our hike, however, leads us to a less well-known, but by no means less rewarding peak not far from the border to Lower Austria. The tour is easily manageable for experienced mountain hikers and also offers two very rewarding refuges.

Author’s recommendation

If you are fit enough, you can of course also "take along" the Heukuppe. In the valley, the Urani leisure pond awaits cool refreshment on hot summer hiking days.
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Andreas Steininger 
Update: August 02, 2022
Highest point
1,901 m
Lowest point
1,069 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 7.21%Forested/wild trail 1.63%Path 89.11%Road 0.29%Unknown 1.75%
Dirt road
0.7 km
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
8.4 km
0 km
0.2 km
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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!


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

Tips and hints

If you want to entrust yourself to a tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus: Tel. +43 316 4003 450,


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 am Preiner Gscheid (1,069 m)
47.675851, 15.723294
47°40'33.1"N 15°43'23.9"E
33T 554291 5280526
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P am Preiner Gscheid

Turn-by-turn directions

From Preiner Gscheid, the well-marked trail first leads over a former ski slope to the imposing Siebenbrunnenkessel. High above us we can already see the summit of the Predigtstuhl, but we still have to conquer the partly steep Waxriegelsteig.

This is done by hiking to the hospitable Waxriegelhaus (in the Siebenbrunnenkessel keeping to the right upwards) and from there tackling the trail. Always along the well recognizable, partly somewhat washed out path, through mountain pine fields upwards to the marked junction to the Bismarcksteig. Do not follow this path to the left (it is secured!), but straight up and in a wide left loop to the summit of the Predigtstuhl. A magnificent view of the Siebenbrunnenkessel and a panorama from the Vienna Basin far into the Styrian mountains awaits us.

Now on a wide path downhill to the soon visible Karl Ludwig Haus (bio-certified restaurant). Here we rest once extensively, before it goes over the newly renovated "snake path" in numerous hairpin bends downhill again to the Siebenbrunnenkessel and to the Waxriegelhaus. From there we hike along the already known ascent path back to Preiner Gscheid.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Nature Park Taxi in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park: Tel.: +43 3857 20170,

ÖBB or Verbundlinie Steiermark

With the BusBahnBim app of the Verbundlinie, timetable information is easier than ever: 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 


Parking lot at Preiner Gscheid on the border of Styria and Lower Austria.


47.675851, 15.723294
47°40'33.1"N 15°43'23.9"E
33T 554291 5280526
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderführer "BergZeitReise" des TRV Hochsteiermark, 2017

Author’s map recommendations

In the office of the Nature Park Mürzer Oberland you will gladly receive a regional overview map free of charge.

Kompass hiking maps Vienna Hausberge, Schneeberg, Rax, 1:25.000, Freytag & Berndt hiking maps Semmering, Rax, Schneeberg, Schneealpe and Hochschwab, Veitschalpe, Eisenerz, Bruck an der Mur, 1:50.000.

Tip: the free Pocket Card hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" can be found at, the High Styrian hiking map "Hoch hinaus" and the "BergZeitReise" are available free of charge at the Nature Park office.


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! For alpine tours, never forget rain protection!

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Manuel Krill
September 17, 2021 · Community
Route nicht mit Hunden bewandern! Leider wurde in einem Kommentar eine Fehlinformation vermittelt. Diese Route ist definitiv nicht mit Hunden begehbar, da gegen Ende hin ein Klettersteig zu bezwingen ist. Ansonsten hat man einen wunderschönen Ausblick.
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When did you do this route? September 17, 2021
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Claudia Schwarz 
May 22, 2021 · Community
sehr schöne Runde, auch mit Hund gut machbar (Kuhkontakt im Sommer ist allerdings unvermeidlich) - Update: mit Hund über den Schlangenweg (wie im Text beschrieben) runter und nicht über den Steig (wie im gpx)
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When did you do this route? May 21, 2021
Photo: Claudia Schwarz, Community
Photo: Claudia Schwarz, Community
Photo: Claudia Schwarz, Community

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9.4 km
4:00 h
870 m
870 m
Highest point
1,901 m
Lowest point
1,069 m
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