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Hexensteig - Hexenturm

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The Hexensteig is a charming alpine ascent. The via ferrata, which is not continuously secured, runs for the most part directly along the ridge between Natterriegel and Hexenturm and is a straightening of the normal route through the upper Rosskar.


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Distance 4.6 km
4:00 h
678 m
678 m
2,165 m
1,720 m
Hexensteig B/C


From the Admonterhaus on trail no. 634 . There, after a short descent, the "Hexensteig" begins. This partly secured trail, marked throughout, runs for the most part directly along the ridge through the Rosskarscharte to the summit of the Hexenturm/Bärenkarmauer (2172m).

Walking time Hexensteig 1 h, all difficult parts (II+) secured with steel ropes, in between easy walking terrain. Descent The descent is the same as the ascent. Total walking time Admonterhaus - Hexenturm - Admonterhaus approx. 3 hrs.

Author’s recommendation


Admont House 1723M

The view of Admont - from Buchauer Sattel on trail 636 via Grabneralm in 2.5 h - from Hall on trail 633 via Johannesbründl in 3 h - from Oberlaussa, Vorderzwiesel parking lot on trail 633 via Seeboden in 3.5 h t: +43 3613 35 52

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Update: December 15, 2021
Highest point
2,165 m
Lowest point
1,720 m
Best time of year
3:30 h
Wall height
110 m
Climbing length
600 m, 1:00 h
3:30 h

Rest Stop

Admonterhaus, 1.723 m
Grabneralm, 1.395 m

Safety information

Absolute surefootedness and complete freedom from vertigo are absolutely necessary. Climbing experience is useful, insured passages must also be mastered in the descent.

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tip for reporting an emergency - give answers to the six W-questions: What happened? How many injured? Where did the accident happen (possibly GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting (callback number)? When did the accident happen? Weather at the accident site?

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Gesäuse

Hauptstraße 35, 8911 Admont, Österreich

Tel. +43 (0) 3613 21160 10


Topo auf:


Admonterhaus (1,720 m)



Turn-by-turn directions

From the entrance 50 m north along the first insurances (A) to the main ridge. Continue descending over the steep rock edge (first B, then 1-) to a grassy ridge, which you ascend slightly to the left (1-) to the foot of the large tower construction. Ascend on the south side via a ramp (A) and then climb down briefly (A/B, climbing book). Enter the striking gorge via the crux (B/C). Climb more easily (first A, then B) for about 60 m to the Turmscharte. Continue slightly to the right over the ridge and climb down over a slight rocky ridge (1-) to the Rosskarscharte. Here you exit and join the normal route.

Can be combined with an ascent of the Hexenturm (A/B; 130 hm additional), in which case follow the ridge to the summit of the Hexenturm.


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Public transport


Gesäuse shared taxi

In the Gesäuse you are mobile even without your own car. A call to +43(0)3613/21 000-99 is all it takes: Within the operating hours (daily 08:00 - 20:00) you can get from May to October with the Gesäuse collective cab, vlg. Gseispur, to any destination in the Gesäuse, without any timetable or stops. Even a connection to the train stations Liezen, Selzthal and Kleinreifling is provided. Single trip per person € 9,50

Getting there

A9 Phyrnautobahn to exit Ardning/Admont and from there past Frauenberg, about 10 km to Admont. Via the B146 (Gesäuse Bundesstraße) from the west further into the Gesäuse. from Admont via the B117 to the Buchauer Sattel (parking possibility).

Or via Leoben, Vordernberg and Eisenerz to Hieflau and from there via B146 in western direction to the Gesäuse. From Admont via B117 to the Buchauer Sattel (parking possibility).

A1 Westautobahn to exit Ybbs and from there south through Scheibbs, Lunz am See, Göstling an der Ybbs and Palfau to Hieflau. From there via B146 in western direction to the Gesäuse, from Admont via B117 to the Buchauer Sattel (parking possibility).


Am Buchauer Sattel , Parkplatz Grabneralm (Parkmöglichkeit).


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations / Wander-, Rad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“Gesäuseberge – Haller Mauern – Eisenerzer Alpen West, Nr. 801

M 1: 35.000


Kompass/ Wander-, Fahrrad- & Schitourenkarte „Nationalpark Gesäuse“, Nr. 206

M 1 : 25.000


Alpenvereinskarte „Gesäuse und Ennstaler Alpen“, Blatt 16, M 1 : 25.000

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Via ferrata set and rockfall helmet. Sturdy mountain boots or good trekking shoes, as well as hiking backpack with appropriate contents (water bottle, blister plaster, hiking map, snack, etc.). You should also be well prepared for a change in weather.

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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4.6 km
4:00 h
678 m
678 m
Highest point
2,165 m
Lowest point
1,720 m
Out and back Refreshment stops available Summit route Classic via ferrata


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