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Mariazell Pilgrimage Route 06

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  • Basilika Mariazell
    Basilika Mariazell
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Pilgrimage can mean the connection to religion, or simply a relaxed hike in search of inner peace. In any case, we will enjoy the quiet moments on the way to Mariazell. 
Distance 227.8 km
80:00 h
7,720 m
7,954 m
1,480 m
333 m

The idea of pilgrimage, the journey into myself, is as old as man's desire for purity and health. Perhaps some terms have changed over the centuries, but the basic idea has remained.

So even if your primary aim is to spend a healthy holiday away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to experience some real cultural highlights along the way - you are still "on the right track": from Eibiswald to Mariazell... Because one thing is as certain as the heart of Styria is green. The inner contemplation and the renewal of body and soul - they come all by themselves during a pilgrimage.

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Günther Steininger 
Update: September 16, 2022
Highest point
1,480 m
Lowest point
333 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 35.07%Dirt road 0.14%Forested/wild trail 24.43%Path 30.34%Road 9.60%Unknown 0.39%
79.9 km
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
55.7 km
69.1 km
21.9 km
0.9 km
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Rest stops

Freizeitzentrum Passail

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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Soboth (1,055 m)
46.680844, 15.075379
46°40'51.0"N 15°04'31.4"E
33T 505764 5169701



Turn-by-turn directions

At the beginning, most of the way is downhill to Eibiswald with its old town centre. Cultural highlights, such as Limberg Castle, Bad Schwanberg and Deutschlandsberg, await you on the tour through Schilcherland with its vineyards and wine taverns. The tour then continues via Stainz to Söding near Graz. Passing wayside shrines and churches along the way, we hike towards Graz - accompanied by great views of the city. Eggenberg Castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its unique collection of armour and weapons and a beautiful park, invites us to visit. The route leads through the centre of Graz to the Hilmteich pond and the Mariatrost Basilica in the east of Graz.

We can take the cable car to the Schöckl mountain. Arriving in Passail, we enter the natural park Almenland with the Sommeralm, which together with the Teichalm is the largest contiguous alpine pasture area in Europe. The route continues along the mountain ridge towards Waldheimat on the Schanz, a pass above the mountain village of Fischbach. Here, we have to make a decision, as two paths lead to Mariazell. One through the Waldheimat of Peter Rosegger and the other via Mitterdorf im Mürztal and the Hohe Veitsch.

The tour via Mitterdorf im Mürztal takes us via the Stanglalm with the Leopold Wittmaier Hut into the Mürztal to reach the Pretalsattel. Via an alpine path, we reach the Rothsohlam at the foot of the Veitsch. The final section is a beautiful alpine pasture hike, where we enjoy the impressive flora and fauna, and finally reach the basilica in Mariazell via Kreuzberg.

If we decide on the variant via Peter Rosegger's Waldheimat, we hike via his birthplace and the Hochgölk into the Mürztal valley to Krieglach, the former home of the native poet. From Krieglach, we continue over the Schoberstein to Mürzsteg in the natural park Mürzer Oberland. From Mürzsteg, the last part leads over the Buchalpenkreuz and the Mooshuben to Mariazell.

Details of the Mariazell Trail 06 can be found (in German) on the site of the Austrian Alpine Association.



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Public transport

Accessible by train and bus.

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

With Verbundlinie’s BusBahnBim route planner app, planning your journey has never been easier: simply enter towns and/or addresses, stop names or points of interest to check all bus, train and tram connections in Austria. The app is available free of charge for smartphones – on Google Play and in the App Store

Getting there



46.680844, 15.075379
46°40'51.0"N 15°04'31.4"E
33T 505764 5169701
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Pilgerwege nach Mariazell - Band West & Süd Erika und Fritz Käfer ISBN 978-3-222-13262-9

Author’s map recommendations

Gratis Folder uvm. zu den Pilgerwegen finden Sie auf


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.

Questions and answers

Question from Esther Murg · June 24, 2021 · Community
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Answered by Günther Steininger  · June 25, 2021 · Steiermark Tourismus
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Günther Steininger 
July 05, 2013 · Steiermark Tourismus

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227.8 km
80:00 h
7,720 m
7,954 m
Highest point
1,480 m
Lowest point
333 m
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