What's New On This Page?April 9th, 2005 - Link to the new Dullwitz route added. Other described routes linked.
The Hochschwab massif from the east
Hochschwab is a name for mountain massif and also for it's highest summit. It belongs to the long chain of the North Limestone Alps and is situated on it's very east end. The north border of the massif is river Salza, on west Erzbach and Enns, on south foothills reach river Mur and on east it's borders are creeks: Thoerl and Stubming - beyond the Seeberg saddle already the Veitsch-Alpe lies.
Hochschwab is characteristic for its carst phenomena. It is a picturesque plateau, interestingly, falling with steep rock walls towards south. Many summits on this edge offer excellent climbing possibilities of all difficulties. Otherwise the group is a paradise for hiking and tour skiing. Also in the massif there are many carst holes with reach underground phenomena. As there are no higher mountains towards east, the summit offers also a great panorama.
On the east edge of the massif the famous town Eisenerz lies, where you can admire one of the greatest open iron mines in Europe.
This page is devoted to the Hochschwab summit, which is situated in the east part of the group. It falls towards south with 300m high rock walls, towards west the main high plateau continues, towards north its carst slopes lower steadily to Salza River and towards east a long ridge, named Aflenzer Staritzen goes to the saddle of Seeberg. Close to the main summit a side ridge goes towards south-east, forming a small, picturesque group.
Getting ThereThe massif can be reached well by car. For the south approach on Hochschwab summit you can use the parking place at Bodenbauer (Hotel), which can be reached by the road: Thoerl - St. Ilgen - Bodenbauer (15 km). To approach the summit from east, you start at main road either on Seebergsattel or south below it. From north Hochschwab summit can be reached from Salza valley.
By train you can reach Bruck an der Mur.
There is also regular bus connection Bruck an der Mur - Aflenz - Seebergsattel - Mariazell.
You can see a detailed map (1:50000) on-line on:
Normal Routes ListHere are some ascent on the summit od Hochscwab:
1. From Seebergsattel. Seebergsattel (1246m) - Seeleiten (1734m) - Aflenzer Staritzen (cca 2000m) - Schiestlhaus (2153m) - Hochschwab (2277m). 5 hours, some up's and down's.
2. From Seewiesen. Seewiesen (974m) - Seetal - Voisthaler Huette (1654m) - Schiestlhaus (2153m) - Hochschwab (2277m). 5,5 hours. This is also a ski tour. See among Routes: Dullwitz.
3. From Bodenbauer via Haeuselalm. Bodenbauer (884m) - Haeuselalm (1526m) - Rauchtalsattel (cca 2100m) - Hochschwab (2277m). 6 hours. This is also a ski tour.
4. From Bodenbauer via "G'hackte". Bodenbauer (884m) - Trawiestal - "G'hackte" passage - Hochschwab (2277m). 4,5 hours.
5. From Salza valley. Salza valley (685m) - Samstall - Weinbrunnkessel - Schiestlhaus (2153m) - Hochschwab (2277m). 5,5 hours.
See also descriptions on other Hochschwab summits:
1. Grosser Griesstein, 2023m through the Lang Eibl Schlucht.
2. Ringkamp, 2153m from Weichselboden.
Red TapeA small area near Prescenyklause!! (near Weichselboden)
When To ClimbHochschwab summit can be reached any time of the season. For hiking and climbing best months are in summer and autumn, for admiring beautiful flora early summer is the obvious best choice. For tour skiing the best months are from December to March.
CampingSchiestlhaus, 2156m, just below the summit. The new Schiestlhaus was opened in Sept. 2005 (web link).
Voisthaler Huette, 1654m, above the Seetal valley. Opened from May till end October and in spring also for weekends. Tel.: 0663/9631033. Winter room wit 7 places.
Haeuselalm hut, 1526m, between Ilgner Tal and Sonnschienalm. Opened from April till end September and in spring also for weekends. Tel.: 03861/8130.
There is a camping place near Leoben and a small one near Tragoess, but they are quite off the trails to main summit.
There is a camping place in Wildalpen and a good online list of hotels and private rooms in Mariazell, both useful for the somewhat remote and longer approaches from north - hiking and skiing.
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