> April 9th, 2005 - Link to the new Dullwitz route added. Other described routes linked.
Hochschwab is a name for mountain massif and also for it's highest summit. It belongs to the long chain of Northern Limestone Alps and is situated on it's very eastern end. The northern border of the massif is river Salza, on the west Erzbach and Enns, on the south the foothills reach river Mur and on the east it's borders are creeks: Thoerl and Stubming - beyond the Seeberg saddle already the Veitsch-Alpe lies.
Hochschwab is characteristic for its carst phaenomena. It is a picturesque plateau, interestingly, falling with steep rock walls towards the 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 rich underground phenomena. As there are no higher mountains towards the east, the summit offers also a great panorama. On the eastern 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 eastern part of the group. It falls towards the south with 300 m high rocky walls, towards the west the main high plateau continues, towards the north its carst slopes lower steadily to Salza River and towards the east a long ridge, named Aflenzer Staritzen goes to the saddle of Seeberg. Close to the main summit a side ridge goes towards the south-east, forming a small, picturesque group.
The massif can be reached well by car.
For the southern 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 the east, you start at the main road either on Seebergsattel or south below it.
From the 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 (1:50.000) on-line on: http://www.austrianmap.at/.
Here are some ascent on the summit od Hochscwab:
A small area near Prescenyklause!! (near Weichselboden)
Hochschwab 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.
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