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Hochalm - Maria Schnee from Seckau

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  • Start vom Kühberger aus
    Start vom Kühberger aus
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Maria Schnee" is the fairytale name of the highest pilgrimage site in the Eastern Alps, located on the Hochalm. The idyllic mountain church is a very special place for many pilgrims. The view, which stretches from the Seetal Alps to the Semmering, is unique and the panorama impressive!
Distance 10.3 km
4:00 h
790 m
790 m
1,861 m
1,070 m
We first follow the forest road, but the excellent signposting soon leads us away from the serpentine road. The trail leads us along some huts and a stream. Then the path turns into a footpath, we also pass a game gate until the path leads uphill to the right on a forest path. The path is a little steeper but easy to walk. We now leave the stream that has accompanied us until now. After the ascent in the forest, we come out on the forest road and can continue directly opposite on an alpine pasture. Now the view becomes wider and we reach the car park in front of the Grafenalm - for those who want to take a break, the few metres to the Grafenalm are a good option. Here you have a wonderful view in the direction of Murtal and Zirbitzkogel. We are now about halfway there.


On the left side of the hill is a prominent tree - the path now leads directly past the Wetterlärche. Of course, you can also follow the forest road, because the ascent over the Almenboden is relatively steep, and it is worthwhile to use hiking poles here. We then briefly pass through a piece of forest again. The path continues and we can already see the Hochalm with Maria Schnee in front of us. A great photo motif from this position. Following the wide path - which becomes steeper again - we soon lose sight of the Hochalm again. The climbers among us dare to climb directly over the alpine pasture floor.

But after the ascent above the path, as soon as we have finally reached the tree line, we see the Seckauer Zinken and the special shape and red colour that this mountain range has. Even though we have the feeling that we must have reached Maria Schnee long ago, we realise that we are now approaching the church from the back.


Even if Maria Schnee is the destination for most hikers - a detour to the summit cross of the Hochalm is definitely recommended. It is only a few hundred metres to the top, but you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Eisenerz Alps and Hochschwab.

Author’s recommendation

Refreshment stop

Ramplerhütte, Seckau, 0043 664/4648862

Grafenalm, Seckau, 0043 664/5683308

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Update: June 25, 2021
Highest point
Hochalm, 1,861 m
Lowest point
PP Kühberger, 1,070 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 2.26%Forested/wild trail 67.32%Path 25.08%Unknown 5.33%
0.2 km
Forested/wild trail
6.9 km
2.6 km
0.5 km
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Safety information

The weather can change quickly on the mountain - be prepared. You walk through some meadows with cows, keep the dogs on a leash.

Tips and hints

Church services:

first Sunday in July, 26 July (Annatag), first Sunday in August, 5 August (Maria Schnee).

cancellations may be possible due to Corona!

Clarification under Seckau Abbey Administration Tel. +43 3514 5234-0


Seckau, Kühbergerhof or Adeg Seckau (1,070 m)
47.297466, 14.792313
47°17'50.9"N 14°47'32.3"E
33T 484298 5238242
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Gipfel Hochalm

Turn-by-turn directions

If possible up to the Kühbergerhof road (prepare € 2 euro coins for the barrier), then forest road and marked hiking trail, between Ramplerhütte and Grafenalm unmarked trail and forest road.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Knittelfeld bus station with bus no. 844 via Gaal, Puchschachen to Seckau. 

Getting there

Knittelfeld - Seckau Ort- Attention access by bicycle to the Kühbergerhof is prohibited.


Adeg Seckau oder nach Abklärung Kühbergerhof Seckau Tel. Tel: +43 680 1201461


47.297466, 14.792313
47°17'50.9"N 14°47'32.3"E
33T 484298 5238242
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

BergErleben, Band 1, Siegbald S. Zeller

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map freytag & berndt WK 212 Seetaler Alpen, Seckauer Alpen, Judenburg, Knittelfeld

Route number: 32

This tour can also be found on the following hiking map:

Spielberg Region - Hiking Map 1 - Seckauer Alpen / Seetaler Alpen - Tour 24.These maps and the hiking map 2 - Gleinalpe/Stubalpe are available free of charge from the tourist office "Tourismus am Spielberg" - - Tel.: 0043 664 3577 2022 7166

You can also find more information about the region on - or in the free app of the holiday region Murtal

Book recommendations for this region:

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Good shoes are required in any case, walking sticks are also very useful on the steeper and stony passages, as there is little shade please do not forget sun protection!

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Heidelinde Wörndle
May 19, 2019 · Community
gemütliche Wanderung als Abschluß der Wanderführerausbildung. I
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When did you do this route? May 19, 2019
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10.3 km
4:00 h
790 m
790 m
Highest point
1,861 m
Lowest point
1,070 m
Out and back Refreshment stops available Summit route


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