|Elevation||1,400 m (4,600 ft)|
|Length||30 km (19 mi)|
|Parent range||Northern Limestone Alps|
The Türnitz Alps (German: Türnitzer Alpen) are a mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps in southern Lower Austria and the adjacent state of Styria. They stretch from the Erlauf valley in the west to the valleys of the Traisen and Unrechttraisen in the east. To the south they are bordered by the Salza valley in Halltal and the municipality of Mariazell.
Important peaks and passes
The mountain group covers an area of about 30 by 30 km and forms the transition from the pre-alps in the Danube region to the higher peaks of the Mürzsteg Alps, which mostly lie in Upper Styria. The mountains reach a height of 1,400 m in the Großer Sulzberg, and have several other peaks over 1,350 m. The best-known peaks are:
- in the area of the Türnitzer Traisen (the main southwestern valley) towards Annaberg: Türnitzer Höger, Eibl, Hohenstein and Tirolerkogel,
- in the area of the Unrechttraisen: Türnitzer Höger und Traisenberg,
- in the south near Mariazell: the Bürgeralpe.
Notable passes and crossings are:
- to the west the Pielachtaler Gscheid (841 m) and the Annaberg (976 m)
- in the southeast the Kernhofer Gscheid (982 m).
The valleys of the Türnitz and Traisen have steep mountainous sides and there is little room for settlements. The water quality is high. Summits are largely forested. Only well-known tourist destinations, like the Eibl and Tirolerkogel, have large areas of Alpine pasture (Almen).