Northern Alpine Trail 01 through Styria
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SchiestlhausPhoto: Tom Lamm, TV Hochsteiermark
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.
Track typesShow elevation profile
Graf Meran Haus
Jausenstation am Leopoldsteinersee
Alpengasthaus Ramsau vulgo Gemeindealm
Heßhütte, 1.699 m
Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m
Klinkehütte, 1.486 m
Rohrauerhaus, 1.308 m
Linzer Haus (auf der Wurzeralm)
Albert Appel House Mountain Hut
Helis Loserhütte (Alpenverein)
Emergency call mountain rescue: 140
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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.
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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ParkingIn Spital am Semmering stehen im Bereich der Talstation der Stuhleck Bergbahnen zahlreiche Parkplätze zur Verfügung.
Book recommendation by the author
Fritz und Erika Käfer: Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 01 - Vom Neusiedler See zum Bodensee, Sektion Weitwanderer des OEAV, www.alpenverein.at/weitwanderer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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EquipmentProper 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.
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