Nearest higher peak: Hochlatsch (1720 m)
Prominence: 628 m
Rennfeld is the westernmost mountain of the 45 km long chain of the Fischbach Alps. The highest peaks of the Fischbach Alps are the following:
- Stuhleck (1782 m)
- Amundsenhöhe (1666 m)
- Pretul (1656 m)
- Grazer Stuhleck (1635 m)
- Rennfeld (1629 m)
Rennfeld is considered as being part the 3 "Hausbergs" of the well known city Bruck and der Mur. Actually Rennfeld is the highest among them. The other two mountains of this club are Hochanger (1304 m) and Madereck (1050 m).
Most of the mountain is covered with spruce forests. Only the summit area has grassy areas and some open fields of blueberry. The main ridge of Rennfeld is stretchibg from west to east. The southern slopes of the mountain is much steeper than the northern slopes. On the southern slopes there are several rock outcrops and rock formations, and here you can see that these rocks are made of schist.
Getting There and Routes
So the most convenient starting point of a hike to Rennfeld is from Bruck an der Mur if we consider only the road and trail network. For hikers travelling with train also the railway station of Pernegg can be a convenient place to start a tour.
Car drivers have more opportunity: the easiest hike is from Frauenberg (939 m a.s.l.). From southeast they can start a tour also from Feisterergraben or from St.Jakob - Breitenau.
The network of hiking trails is dense here. They have no technical difficulty. Still they have some steep sections, and also the elevation gain is considerable if the final goal is to get to the peak.
On the Summit
View from the summit –some more exposed nearby mountains:
- NW: Hochschwab (2277 m)
- N: Veitschalpe (1981 m)
- NE: Schneealpe (1903 m) and Rax (2007 m)
- SE: Hochlantsch (1720 m)
- SW: Wetterkogel (1643 m) and Speikkogel (1988 m)
- W: Gösseck (2214 m)
Some hundreds meter further to north besides the 3rd rocky pile you can find the Ottokar-Kernstock Tourist Hut. There is also a radio transmission station on the summit, but fortunately it doesn’t much disturbs the view. And finally, 500 meter southwest to the peak you can visit the best rock formations of Rennfeld.
When to Climb
Address: Frohnleiten, Ungersdorf 16
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Address: Bruck an der Mur, Bruckerstrasse 110
Ottokar-Kernstock-Haus (1610 m)
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In summer: constantly opened between 1 June – 31 October
In winter between 1 November - 31 May it is opened during weekends (Fri-Mon). Always closed on 25 December.
GH Prieselbauer-Alm (741 m)
Tel. 0664/5253974 (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Maps and Books
Günter und Luise Auferbauer, „Grazer Hausberge“ – www.rother.de
Freytag und Berndt, FB, WK 131; Österreichische Karte (ÖK)
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