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Natterriegel via Mittagskogel

Mountain Hike · Alpenregion Nationalpark Gesäuse
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  • Parkplatz Buchauer Sattel
    / Parkplatz Buchauer Sattel
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  • / Herliche Alm am weg zur Grabneralm
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  • / Die Grabneralm von Oben
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  • / blick aufs Admonterhaus
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  • / Teilweise mit Versicherte Stellen
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  • / Gipfel Mittagskogel
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  • / blick auf den Natterriegel
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  • / Natterriegel
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  • / Abstieg zum Admonterhaus
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  • / erster Blick auf das Admonter Haus
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  • / der Grad auf den Natterriegel
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  • / Blick zurück auf den Mittagskogel
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Ascent from Buchauer Sattel via Grabneralm and Admonterhaus to the Mittagskogel (2041m) and on to the Natterriegel (2065m)
Distance 14.5 km
7:04 h
1,202 m
1,201 m
2,064 m
865 m
At the Buchauer Sattel, we first hike leisurely across the large meadow until we reach the forest, which leads us uphill partly on  path (trail 636),through the forest, until we finally reach a forest road. We follow this and below the hut the theme path "Almlehrpfad Grabnerstein" begins, the first signs can be read and admired as far as the Grabneralm.

After the Grabneralm we follow the path 636 to the Admonterhaus (1 hour walking time). From there we follow trail 634 first up the Mittagskogel. The path, partly secured with ropes, has alpine character and requires surefootedness.

The easy and short way from there to the summit of the Natterriegel should not be missed.

Author’s recommendation

Combinable with Admonter Warte(15min., Grabnerstein and Jungfernsteig(1 1/2h)

For climbers the via ferrata to the Hexenturm is worthwhile(1 1/2h.)

The best thing is to staya night in one of the huts!

To combine see also:

Grabneralm and Grabnerstein (1848 m)

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Update: March 19, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
2,064 m
Lowest point
865 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop

Admonterhaus, 1.723 m
Grabneralm, 1.395 m

Safety information

Mountain rescue emergency call: 140

Emergency message tip - answer 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

Tel. +43 (0) 3613 21160 10



Parkplatz Buchauer Sattel (867 m)
47.610770, 14.514266
47°36'38.8"N 14°30'51.4"E
33T 463494 5273154


Parkplatz Buchauer Sattel

Turn-by-turn directions

We start at the Buchauer Sattel and hike on a meadow path, then on a forest path and a hollow path until we meet a forest road. Soon we reach the basic border, where the area of the Grabnerhof Agricultural College begins.

From here on, at regular intervals, you will come across information boards depicting past and present alpine pasture farming. This is an entertaining way to get to the Grabneralm.

When we are already tired, hungry and thirsty from the 1 1/2 hour hike, we stop to eat in the cosy garden or in the parlour.

But then we still have an hour's climb ahead of us. A path winds its way uphill until we finally see the Admonter's house majestically enthroned in the embrasure. We have reached our first destination - we might want to spend the night here and then the next morning join the Mittagskogel and Natterriegel (easy hike) or the Hexenturm (only for sure-footed and vertigo-free or via ferrata climbers).


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Busline 910 Liezen - Altenmarkt Haltestelle Buchauer Sattel

Getting there

Coming from Admont: at the Ennsbrücke roundabout, take the Altenmarkt exit and drive approx. 8 km up the Buchauer Sattel, turn left at the top of the pass, parking after 100 m


Coming from St. Gallen: Drive towards Admont for about 12 km on the Buchauer Sattel, turn right at the top of the pass, parking after 100 m


Car park Admonterhaus/Grabneralm on the Buchauer Sattel


47.610770, 14.514266
47°36'38.8"N 14°30'51.4"E
33T 463494 5273154
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Wanderführer Gesäuse

Author’s map recommendations

Freizeit-Wanderkarte Gesäuse - Infobüro Admont

Kompass Wanderkarte Nr. 206 "Nationalpark Gesäuse"

Recommended maps for this region:

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Hiking boots or good trekking shoes, as well as a hiking rucksack with appropriate contents (water bottle, blister plaster, hiking map, snack, etc.). You should also be well prepared for a change of weather.

And for a possible overnight stay at the hut: don't forget your hut sleeping bag!

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • 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
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • 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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14.5 km
7:04 h
1,202 m
1,201 m
Highest point
2,064 m
Lowest point
865 m
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