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Northern Alpine Trail 01 through Styria

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  • Schiestlhaus
    / Schiestlhaus
    Photo: Tom Lamm
  • / Die Hinteralm
    Photo: Harald Herzog, ÖAV Alpenverein Edelweiss
  • / Graf Meran Haus
    Photo: Ute Gurdet, Tourismusverband Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch
  • / Malerischer Sulzkarsee
    Photo: Tourismusverband Gesäuse, TV Gesäuse
  • / Bergsteigerfriedhof Johnsbach
    Photo: Tourismusverband Gesäuse, TV Gesäuse
  • / Unterwegs im Ausseerland-Salzkammergut
    Video: Skiinfo & Bergleben
  • / Rast auf der Sulzkaralm
    Photo: Tourismusverband Gesäuse, TV Gesäuse
m 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 250 200 150 100 50 km Bosruckhütte Voisthalerhütte Pühringerhütte Schneealpenhaus Zellerhütte Hochschwab Graf Meran Haus
The section of the Northern Alps Long Distance Trail through Styria leads from Spital am Semmering to Ausseerland in Altaussee. The Rax, Hochschwab, Gesäuse and the Tote Gebirge are just a few of the alpine highlights along the tour. Those interested in culture will enjoy the Admont Abbey with the largest abbey library in the world.
Distance 282 km
105:00 h
15,676 m
15,723 m

The long-distance trail with the number 01 was opened in 1975 and is the first Austrian high-altitude transversal through the Eastern Alps. It stretches from Lake Neusiedl through the northern Limestone Alps to Lake Constance. In addition to alpine equipment, surefootedness, in some areas a head for heights and orientation skills in fog are absolutely necessary. Our starting point for crossing the entirety of Upper Styria from the foot of the Semmering to the Ausseerland is in Spital am Semmering. From here, we go via the Kampalpe to the Rax, the first 2000m peak on the tour. The trail continues through the Mürzer Oberland natural park to the Schneealm and the Veitsch and finally enters the Hochschwab massif at Seewiesen. Again and again, we encounter the long-distance hiking trail of Styria, the hiking route "From the Glacier to the Wine".

The crossing of the Hochschwab massif is certainly one of the absolute highlights on the entire Northern Alpine Trail. The abundance of flowers and chamois as well as the landscape of the Kalkstock will captivate every mountaineer and nature lover. We now reach Eisenerz and enter the Gesäuse. Part of this enchanting mountain region can call itself Austria's youngest national park. Last but not least, we cross the Tote Gebirge (Dead Mountains) on our tour and finally, after crossing the Loser at the Blaa Alm, we leave the 01 trail and hike to Altaussee.

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Günther Steininger 
Update: July 22, 2021
Highest point
2,294 m
Lowest point
584 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Heßhütte, 1.699 m
Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m
Graf Meran Haus
Kleinveitschalm Hütte
Klinkehütte, 1.486 m
Alpengasthaus Ramsau vulgo Gemeindealm
Jausenstation am Leopoldsteinersee
Almgasthof Seebergalm
Benediktinerstift Admont
Linzer Haus / Wurzeralm
Rohrauerhaus, 1.308 m
Helis Loserhütte (Alpenverein)

Safety information

Emergency call mountain rescue: 140

Tips when reporting an emergency – Answer these six WH questions: What happened? How many people are injured? Where did the accident happen (are there GPS coordinates)? Who is reporting the incident (callback number)? When did the accident happen? What is the weather like at the site of the incident?

Tips and hints

Steiermark Tourismus

Tel. +43 316 4003



If you would like to hire a  tour operator, simply book with Steiermark Touristik, the official travel agency of Steiermark Tourismus:

Tel. +43 316 4003 450, 


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Spital am Semmering (772 m)
47.616005, 15.753705
47°36'57.6"N 15°45'13.3"E
33T 556638 5273897



Turn-by-turn directions

From Spital am Semmering at the foot of the Stuhleck, we head via the Kampalpe and the Preiner Gscheid to the Karl Ludwig Haus, 22 metres in altitude below the Rax summit. Via the Gamseck, which gives us a partly rope-secured descent, and the Lurgbauerhütte, we soon reach the wide plateau of the Schneealm with the Schneealpenhaus. Across alpine meadows and through beautiful mountain pine landscapes - we head down into the valley to Neuberg an der Mürz. Tip: Visit the minster with its beautiful inner courtyard and impressive works of art. The rest of the tour takes us over the Hohe Veitsch, one of the most beautiful mountains in Styria to the Hochschwab massif, certainly one of the most stunning mountain regions in the Alpine region.

The crossing of the Hochschwab massif is one of the highlights of the Northern Alpine Trail. A special feature: the Schiestlhaus on the Hochschwab is the highest passive house in the Alpine region, an architecturally and above all ecologically impressive building. Via the idyllically situated Leopoldsteiner lake, we arrive in Eisenerz, an old mining town that is home to an exciting cultural life. 

Next stop: the crossing of the national park Gesäuse. Numerous ascents and descents as well as beautiful peaks of this impressive mountain world are our companions along the way. We leave the mountain world of the Gesäuse with the descent to Admont with its beautiful abbey, which is also home to the largest abbey library in the world. Via the neighbouring village of Hall, we continue via the Rohrauerhaus to the Bosruckhütte. We have now left Styria and hike through the south of Upper Austria to soon return to Styria. First, we go to Spital am Pyhrn and then via the Wurzeralm and the Zellerhütte to Vorderstoder and Hinterstoder.

Then, we enter the Tote Gebirge, an impressive karst landscape. First, we continue without any great differences in altitude across the high plateau of the Tote Gebirge to the Albert Appel Haus and the Loserhütte, where we return to Styria. Finally, the descent to Altaussee awaits us, probably one of the most beautiful villages in the Alpine region. For those who have not hiked enough already, we recommend the circular route around Lake Altaussee.

Details of the Northern Alpine Trail 01 can be found (in German) on the website of the Austrian Alpine Association.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Accessible by train and bus.

Detailed information about arriving by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) can be found at www.oebb.at or on the Verbundlinie Steiermark website www.busbahnbim.at

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Getting there

Detaillierte Informationen zur Anreise finden Sie hier.


In Spital am Semmering stehen im Bereich der Talstation der Stuhleck Bergbahnen zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung.


47.616005, 15.753705
47°36'57.6"N 15°45'13.3"E
33T 556638 5273897
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Fritz und Erika Käfer: Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 01 - Vom Neusiedler See zum Bodensee, Sektion Weitwanderer des OEAV, www.alpenverein.at/weitwandererweitwanderer@sektion.alpenverein.at

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Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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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282 km
105:00 h
15,676 m
15,723 m
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