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Long-Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 4

Etappe 04: BergZeitReise Seewiesen - Veitsch

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Stage 4 - at a glance:

Start: Seewiesen, the "Styrian Heiligenblut", tourist information, accommodation, cab services: Tel.: +43 664 3548485, cab services: Taxi Steiner Tel.: +43 3862 51333 and Taxi Hochschwab Reisen Tel.: +43 3861 2400

GPS grid N 47° 37' 14,3" E 15° 16' 15,3"Destination / overnight stay: Graf Meran Haus on the Veitsch, Tel.: +43 664 1513 220,

GPS grid N 47° 38' 41,5" O 15° 24' 33,4"

Alternative: Scheikl mountain inn at the foot of the Veitsch, Tel.: +43 3856 2349


Stage length: 18.6 kilometers

Total walking time (without breaks): 7 ½ hours

Meters in altitude ascent: 1,430 meters in altitude

Meters in altitude descent: 540 meters in altitude

Difficulties: not difficult, but long stage


Distance 19.5 km
7:00 h
1,450 m
535 m
1,835 m
935 m
This is the BergZeitReise - stage with probably the most alpine pastures in the region.

From the Seebergalm over the Göriacher- Turnauer- and Rotsohlalm to the huts of the Schalleralm. All alpine pastures are managed in the summer, so there is hardly a lack of refreshment options. Finally, with the Grafmeranhaus, an overnight stop with a dream panorama awaits us.

First we start in Seeweisen and climb comfortably up to the Seebergalm. Through the Lappental we reach, first on a forest road, then on a Almsteig, the Göriacher Alm. If you are fit enough, you can still "take along" the Turnauer Hochanger.

We continue, almost level, to the huts of the Turnauer Alm at the foot of the Rauschkogel. North of the Rauschkogel, our path leads to the Rotsohlalm and thus into the realm of the Rotsohler. We quickly pass through this eerie region (which in truth is not at all eerie - yes, perhaps eerily beautiful) and reach the Gashof Scheikl via the Schalleralm or directly to the high plateau of the veitsch with the Meranhaus.


Variant: from the Rotsohlalm you can reach the Meranhaus directly via the so-called Teufelsteig, but the trail is only recommended for sure-footed walkers and is very steep.

Author’s recommendation

A well-known pilgrimage route - the Mariazell Founders' Way - leads from Seewiesen to the Seeberg Pass. It is said that in 1157 ...

... the abbot of the monastery of St. Lambrecht sent a confrere with a statue of the Virgin Mary to do pastoral work. After a long walk, an insurmountable rock blocked the way, whereupon the rock split and opened the path. Magnus placed the statue there on a tree stump and built a "cell" (monk's dwelling). Since then, this place is called Mariazell. The church there, already since the 17th century the most important pilgrimage destination of the Habsburgs and since 1907 basilica, houses a late Romanesque image of grace, the Magna Mater Austriæ , and is still considered the most important pilgrimage site in Austria and one of the most important in Europe.


Before the further course of the Gründerweg allows a visit to Archduke Johann's Brandhof, the BergZeitReise branches off again at the Seebergsattel and turns towards the mountain range of the Veitschalpe to allow for an overnight stay in the Meranhaus in the evening. There we meet the Styrian prince again, since this mountain accommodation was so named in memory of his family. In 1845, in fact, the son of Archduke Johann obtained the title of "Count of Merano".

The "Rotsohler (Rotzula)" is said to live near the Rotsohlalm. This legendary figure, who lives here, is an embodiment of the Krampus and his trademark is a heavy horse's foot. When the days become shorter, this creature is said to free himself again and again from his chain, which holds him during the year, and to chase the valley with the icy storm wind. The name, by the way, derives from the "red sole", the ore-bearing rock that is abundant here. Knowing about this rough fellow, it is not surprising that the "Teufelssteig" (devil's path) leads up to the Hohe Veitsch nearby. This steep ascent is also part of the Veitscher Grenzstaffellauf , an ultra-alpine marathon that has attracted numerous mountain runners to the Veitsch every year since 1986.

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Update: October 24, 2022
Highest point
1,835 m
Lowest point
935 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 4.73%Forested/wild trail 49.91%Path 45.35%
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
9.7 km
8.8 km
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Rest stops

Schalleralm - Hütte
Graf Meran Haus
Almgasthof Seebergalm

Safety information

Difficulties: Not a difficult stage, but a long one.

Tips and hints

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Seewiesen, the Styrian Heiligenblut (938 m)
47.618816, 15.269949
47°37'07.7"N 15°16'11.8"E
33T 520284 5273969


Graf Meran Haus on the Veitsch

Turn-by-turn directions

Today a real "Almpartie" awaits us with numerous, in summer also managed, alpine pastures.

From Seewiesen we hike first to the Seebergalm and from there through the Lappental (wide forest path) to the idyllic Göriacher Alm at the foot of the Turnauer Hochanger. Hikers with good physical condition can easily "take along" this magnificent panoramic peak, from the Göriacher Alm about 2 hours of additional effort for ascent and descent.

However, the BergZeitReise leads us further over a short, mostly somewhat boggy passage, to the forest road in the direction of Turnauer Alm. This offers itself to us as the next resting place and the associated peak, the Turntaler Kogel, can be easily and quickly climbed.

Only a short stretch of path and the next alp awaits us, the Rotsohlalm with the Nikolokreuz, to which the legendary Rotsohler was chained by a resolute dairymaid.

From here, our overnight destination today, the Graf Meran Haus on the Veitsch can be reached either directly via the partly very steep and rocky Teufelssteig or more comfortably (but also longer in terms of time) via the Schalleralm, the Scheikl mountain inn and the path via the Schallerrinne.

The longer route is also suitable if overnight accommodation is not possible at the Graf Meran Haus (fully booked, closed) and you have to spend the night at the Gasthof Scheikl as an alternative.


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Public transport


With the BusBahnBim app from Verbundlinie, timetable information 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.

Getting there


Large parking lot in Seewiesen or on the Seeberg.


47.618816, 15.269949
47°37'07.7"N 15°16'11.8"E
33T 520284 5273969
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking guide "BergZeitReise, self-published by HOCHsteiermark - available in the webshop HOCHsteiermark, in the office of the TRV and in well-stocked bookstores at € 9.90.

Author’s map recommendations

Free Pocket Card Hiking route "From glacier to wine" can be found at Hiking map BergZeitReise durch die Hochsteiermark can be found at Compass WK212 Hochschwab, Mariazell, Eisenwurzen Freytag &Berndt WK41 Hochschwab - Veitschalpe - Eisenerz - Bruck an der Mur


Normal hiking gear, sturdy shoes, sun protection, jacket, hood and gloves. Do not forget a water bottle and a snack box! And just in case, pack a small pharmacy with blister plasters.

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Ute Habenicht 
March 11, 2023 · Community
Sehr schöne Etappe! Gute Übernachtungsmöglichkeit auch auf der Turnauer Alm! Tolles Essen, super nette Hüttenwirtin. Immer Do - So geöffnet.
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When did you do this route? August 12, 2022
Photo: Ute Habenicht, Community
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7:00 h
1,450 m
535 m
Highest point
1,835 m
Lowest point
935 m
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