Mürzsteg Alps

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Mürzsteg Alps
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The Murzsteg Alps
Highest point
PeakHohe Veitsch
Elevation1,981 m above sea level (AA)
Dimensions
Length40 km (25 mi)
Geography
Mürzsteg Alps is located in Alps
Mürzsteg Alps
Location in the Alps
StateStyria and Lower Austria
Range coordinates47°38′49″N 15°24′22″E / 47.64694°N 15.40611°E / 47.64694; 15.40611Coordinates: 47°38′49″N 15°24′22″E / 47.64694°N 15.40611°E / 47.64694; 15.40611
Parent rangeNorthern 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 a small part of the range in Lower Austria. The highest peak is the Hohe Veitsch (1,981 m above sea level (AA)) in the centre of the group, while largest massif is the Schneealpe (1,903 m above sea level (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 Mountains.

Geology[edit]

The range is part of the Styrian-Lower Austrian Limestone Alps and is separated from its neighbouring groups by the Mürz valley (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.

The majority of its rocks date to the Triassic period and include Wetterstein Dolomite, Hallstatt Limestone and Mürztal strata (dark, hornstein-dominated limestones and marls with foraminifers, brachiopods and other fossils).
The south of the range belong to the greywacke zone (rocks from the New Palaeozoic and the Lower Triassic).

Mountain huts[edit]

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