bach-Thai to the S.E., uniting after 21/2 M. with the road from Frein
(p. 182), and reaches (9 M. from Mariazell) the small village of Weg¬
scheid (2670 ft.; Neue Pott; Alte Post). — From Wegscheid to
Miirxsteg across the Niederalpel (31/2 hrs.), see p. 182.
From Wegscheid to Weichselboden over the Kastenriegel, 12 M.,
a pleasant route (carriage-road). About 1/2 M. to the S.W. of Wegscheid
the road turns to the right by a finger-post into the narrow entrance
of the Rammer-Thai, and ascends through wood and meadow to the (5 M.)
Kastenriegel (3545 ft.), a depression between the Zeller and Aflenzer Staritzen
(6525 ft.). It then descends, running at first high up on the S. slope, to
(6V2 M.) Weichselboden (p. 183).
The road ascends by the Gollradbach to (33/4 M.) the important
iron-mines of Gollrad, and IV2 M. farther on reaches Brasdhof
(3660 ft.), formerly a country-seat of Archduke John (d. 1859),
finely situated at the foot of the Seeberg.
The villa is adorned with portraits and statues of Austrian princes,
weapons, reminiscences of the chase, etc. The small Gothic chapel, with
two paintings by Schnorr, is interesting. In the garden is a select collection
of Alpine plants.
The road now ascends steeply to the (V^hr.) Seeberg Pass (4115 ft.),
where we enjoy a fine view of the Seethal, enclosed by the rocky
walls of the Hochschwab chain, and then descends in long windings
(short-cut to the left) to (1/. hr.) the village of —
I8I/2 M. Seewiesen (3175 ft.; "Post), picturesquely situated.
The "Hochschwab (7475 ft.; 5 hrs.; marked path; guide, not indispens¬
able for adepts, to Weichselboden 5fl.) is frequently ascended from See¬
wiesen. We ascend the Seethal to the (2'/2 hrs.) Obere Dullwitz-Hiitten
(5430 ft.), and then ascend to the right by the Edelsteig to the (l'/i hr.)
Schiestl-Haus, on the Schwabenboden (7380 ft.; Inn in summer), and to the
(V2 hr.) summit. Extensive "View, embracing the whole of the E. Alps
from the Schneeberg to the Dachstein. — Descent to St. Ilgen (see below),
via the Hochstein-Alpe, 3V2hrs., easy; via. the Gehackte, a precipitous cliff,
shorter and more interesting, but more difficult.
From Seewiesen the road descends the narrow Seegraben, past
the Diirrensee (2965 ft.), to (4'/2 M.) Au-Seewiesen, the terminus of
the Styrian Narrow-Gauge Railway to (14 M.) Kapfenberg. —
Beyond (l3/4 M.) Seebach-Turnau the railway descends the pretty
Stubming-Thai, via (3 M.) Hinterberg and (5i/2 M.) Wappenstein-
hammer, to (6 M.) Aflenz, li/2 M. to the N. of which lies the village
of that name (Post; Karlon), a favourite summer-resort. At (7 M.)
Thbrl (Sumrauer), a village with wire-works, the brooks from the S.
slopes of the Hochschwab combine to form the Thbrlbach. Above
the village rises the picturesque ruin of Schachenstein.
A road leads from Thorl to the N.W. through the pretty St. Ilgner- Thai
to (3'/2 M.) St. Ilgen (2400 ft.; Pierer). The attractive ascent of the Karl-
hochkogl (6870 ft.) may be made hence in 31/2-4 hrs. Ascent of the Hoch¬
schwab (74i5 ft.) via the Gehackte or via the Bodenbuuer and the Hochstein-
Alpe, see above.
We next traverse the narrow Thbrlthal, passing several iron¬
works , to (121/2 M.) Winkel, 1 M. to the S.E. of which is Bad
Steinerhof (p. 180), and halt at (14 M.) Kapfenberg (p. 180). Hence
to (3 M.) Bruck on the Mur, see p. 180.