Mürzsteg Alps

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Mürzsteg Alps
Highest point
Peak Hohe Veitsch
Elevation 1,981 m (6,499 ft)
Dimensions
Length 40 km (25 mi)
Geography
State Styria and Lower Austria
Range coordinates 47°39′N 15°25′E / 47.65°N 15.41°E / 47.65; 15.41Coordinates: 47°39′N 15°25′E / 47.65°N 15.41°E / 47.65; 15.41
Parent range Northern Limestone Alps
The Michlbauer Hut below Hochnebel

The Mürzsteg Alps or Mürztal Alps (German: Mürztaler or Mürzsteger Alpen are a mountain range in the Eastern Alps (Northern Limestone Alps), which lie in the Austrian state of Styria with small elements in Lower Austria. Their highest peak is the Hohe Veitsch (1,981 m AA) in the centre of the group, whose largest massif is however the Schneealpe (1,903 m AA) in the northwest near the Rax.

The following ranges border on the Mürzsteg Alps: to the north the Türnitz Alps, to the northeast the Gutenstein Alps, to the east the Rax-Schneeberg Group, to the southeast the Prealps east of the Mur (specifically the Fischbach Alps) and to the west the Hochschwab.

Geology[edit]

The range is part of the Styrian-Lower Austrian Limestone Alps and is separated from its neighbouring massifs by the valley of the Mürz (= part of the tectonically active Mur-Mürz Furrow), the upper reaches of the Mürz (main settlement: Mürzsteg) and the road over the Styrian Seeberg Pass. It is described by geologists as a ridge-and-basin facies (Schwellen- und Becken-Fazies).

The majority of its rocks are date to the Triassic (Hallstatt Facies) with Wetterstein Dolomite, Hallstatt Limestone and Mürztal strata (dark, hornstein-dominated limestones and marls with foraminifers, brachiopods and other fossils), whilst the Hochschwab to the west (up to 2,277 m AA) also has Corallian Limestone.
The south of the range with a strips up to 10 km wide belongs to the greywacke zone (rocks from the New Palaeozoic and the Lower Triassic).

Mountain huts[edit]

  • Graf-Meran House (ÖTK, 1,836 m AA, on the highlands of the Hohe Veitsch)
  • Schneealpen House (ÖAV, 1,788 m AA, on the Schauerkogel/Schneealpe)
  • Hinteralm House (ÖAV, 1,450 m AA, north of the Schneealpe)
  • Kutatsch Hut (1,700 m AA, open shelter belonging to the ÖAV on the Schneealpe)
  • Lurgbauer Hut (private, 1,764 m AA, on the upper slopes of the Schneealpe)
  • Michlbauer Hut (private, 1,744 m AA, on the upper slopes Schneealpe)
  • Tonion Hut (Friends of Nature, 1,487 m AA, on the Tonion)
  • Kaarl Hut (private, 1,310 m AA, west of Mürzzuschlag)