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Vom Preiner Gscheid auf die Hohe Scheibe im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

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  • Die Edelweißhütte am Preiner Gschaid
    Die Edelweißhütte am Preiner Gschaid
    Photo: Daniela Paul, Naturpark Mürzer Oberland
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A quiet forest and meadow hike away from the tourist crowds. Little-used, easy tour in the Mürzer Oberland Nature Park, also part of the Styria-wide trail "from glacier to wine".
Distance 15.2 km
5:30 h
850 m
850 m
1,465 m
1,062 m
The quiet side of the Preiner Gscheid. In a few minutes even on beautiful hiking days away from the crowds, a tour with wonderful close-up views of the south side of the Rax. On the Hohe Scheibe dreamlike panorama (Fischbacher Alps, Mürztal, Waldheimat, Semmering) and on weekends with a then open rustic hut just below the summit of the Scheibe.

Author’s recommendation

When arriving by public transport (recommended) descent from the Hohe Scheibe to Mürzzuschlag and visit the SÜDBAHN or WinterSportMuseum.
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Andreas Steininger 
Update: September 26, 2022
Highest point
1,465 m
Lowest point
1,062 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 23.23%Forested/wild trail 1.53%Path 72.73%Road 2.49%
Dirt road
3.5 km
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
11.1 km
0.4 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!

However, there are hardly any technical difficulties on this tour.


Mountain rescue emergency call: 140, operation center 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)
47.675826, 15.723327
47°40'33.0"N 15°43'24.0"E
33T 554294 5280524
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P am Preiner Gscheid oder Mürzzuschlag

Turn-by-turn directions

Vom Preiner Gscheid geht es wenige Meter in Richtung NÖ, eher der gut markierte Weg rechts in den Wald abzweigt. Nun über einen Steig durch den Hochwald und über Lichtungen (hinter uns die Südseite der Rax, speziell in der Früh mit einer herrlichen Sonnenbeleuchtung) immer in südlicher Richtung bis zur Paulinenquelle.

Bald danach nicht der Abzweigung nach links zum Drahte (Tratten) kogel folgen, sondern in westlicher Richtung, zuletzt auf einem Forstweg, zur Hohen Scheibe (Gipfelkreuz, Schutzhütte).

Hier kann nun auch nach Mürzzuschlag abgestiegen (ca. 1 1/2 - 2 Stunden) oder wieder am Aufstiegsweg retourgewandert werden.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Public from Payerbach by bus to the Preiner Gscheid and if necessary from Mürzzuschlag back by ÖBB.

Nature Park Taxi in the Nature Park Mürzer Oberland: 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 


P at Preiner Gscheid (often crowded on nice days).


47.675826, 15.723327
47°40'33.0"N 15°43'24.0"E
33T 554294 5280524
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide "BergZeitReise" of the 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 equipment 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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Taylor Floyd
July 23, 2022 · Community
decent hike, nothing special considering the region. the trail is almost overgrown in several places and there is plenty of tree fall to navigate.
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When did you do this route? July 23, 2022
Gian Andrea Annoni
June 18, 2022 · Community
Super Tour. Alle sind auf die Rax, wir waren alleine 😀.
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15.2 km
5:30 h
850 m
850 m
Highest point
1,465 m
Lowest point
1,062 m
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