Attention: The Bärenschützklamm will remain closed in 2020 after a serious rock fall. The reopening is planned for May 1, 2021.
Walk through one of the most beautiful gorges in Austria up to one of the highest peaks in the mountain landscape around Graz, and continue to the idyllic Teichalm (alpine meadow) with the Teichalmsee (lake) and back down to Mixnitz.
The Bärenschützklamm (gorge) is one of the most beautiful rock gorges in Austria. Hiking between untamed waterfalls and craggy rocks is a lasting experience: 109 bridges and 51 wooden ladders are needed to overcome the height of 350 m with an ascent of 1.4 kilometres.
The Bärenschützklamm (gorge) is made available by the forest management business Franz Mayr-Melnhofm and is tended to by the Alpenverein Sektion Mixnitz (Alpine Association, Mixnitz Section) – for which we extend our grateful thanks!
From the Hans Kerl-Hütte (hut), the path now leads through the Bärenschützklamm (gorge). The ravine is delimited by 300 metre-high limestone walls, into which the Mixnitzbach (stream) has eaten its way over the centuries to form this unique gorge. 164 bridges and ladders with a total of 2500 wooden rungs have been applied with great effort, so that this natural monument can also be experienced by mountain hikers who are steady on their feet. After the refuge shelter, you will reach the large waterfall with a drop height of approx. 50 metres. During the steep ascent, the gorge looks truly romantic; you wander over waterfalls, slip past projecting rocks and cross the bubbling Mixnitz stream multiple times. After the ÖAV-Diensthütte (service hut) follows a no-less romantic, but less wild section. After crossing the stream for the last time, you ascend a steep slope to the gorge exit and then continue on a forest path to the “Guten Hirten” – a welcome opportunity to rest.
The Bärenschützklamm (gorge) is open from 1st May to 31st October, daily from 7:30 to 16:00 hrs.
No registration required!
The refreshment stations "Zum guten Hirten" and the "Steirische Jockl" are open from the beginning of May to the end of October.
It is not possible to take your dogs on this hike!
The return journey does not lead through the gorge, but rather via the so-called "Prügelweg" (path): Path no. 746 from the Gasthof "Zum guten Hirten" (restaurant)
A path maintenance fee is charged at the gorge entrance (Hans Kerl-hut), the path maintenance is undertaken by the ÖAV-Sektion Mixnitz (Alpine Association, Mixnitz Section)
Adults: € 5,00
Adults with Alpine Association pass € 4,00
Only cash payment possible, price status: May, 2020
Parking spaces for private cars: Free at the entrance in Mixnitz, for coaches parking space is available beside the train station "Mixnitz".
The following taxi companies are available for collection from the Teichalm and the return transportation to Mixnitz:
Taxi Gombotz (Pernegg), Tel. 0043 (0)3862 24990
Taxi Temmel (Passail), Tel. 0043 (0)3179 23723
Almenland-Taxi (Brandlucken), Tel. 0043 (0)664 8575001
On the occasion of the Marien-Hochfest ("Maria Himmelfahrt"- Feast of the Assumption) on 15th August, pilgrims walk to "Schüsserlbrunn"; the highlight is the pilgrim’s mass at 12:00 hrs. in the church, after which a celebration is held at the "Steirischen Jockl" (inn).
Regular masses are held in the church; you can find the dates here:
Rest StopAlmErlebnispark Teichalm
Almgasthof Hotel Teichwirt
Zum guten Hirten
Caution in case of wet weather in the gorge – risk of slipping!
In case of storms, please leave the ladders as swiftly as possible and seek shelter under rocks or in the huts!
- from Graz, Linz and Salzburg: take the A9 and the S35 motorway in direction Bruck/Mur until the exit "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm"
- from Vienna: take the A2 and S6 and further the S35 motorway in direction Graz until the exit "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm"
- from Klagenfurt: take the A2, the A9 and the S35 motorway in direction Bruck/Mur until the exit "Mixnitz - Bärenschützklamm"
Please follow the road signs "Bärenschützklamm" until the car parking!