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Veitsch until the end of 2014, market town with 2438 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013). It is located in a side valley of Mürztals in Styria in Austria ( Judicial District Miirzzuschlag and in the political district of Bruck - Miirzzuschlag ) and has an area of ​​77.58 square kilometers. As part of the municipality of structural reform in Styria it is merged in 2015 with the communities Mitterndorf in Muerztal and Wartberg in Muerztal, the new community will be known as Santa Barbara in Muerztal. This is based on the Styrian community structure reform law - StGsrG.

Worldwide became famous for the community by the discovery of magnesite and the establishment of Veitscher Magnesitwerke AG in 1881. To this day, there is the main plant of the reorganized RHI AG in Veitsch.

Today, the site presents as a tourism community with an extensive range of summer and winter sports.

In January 2013, the then 24 -year-old Jochen Jance was appointed mayor of the Veitsch and was the youngest municipality chief of Austria.

  • 3.1 Sport offer
  • 3.2 walks
  • 3.3 Attractions 3.3.1 Parish Church of St. Vitus
  • 3.3.2 Stiftshof ( arcade )
  • 3.3.3 Veitscher Pilgerkreuz
  • 3.4.1 lumberjack -Ball
  • 3.4.2 Veitscher Fair of the Arts
  • 3.4.3 Ultra - Alpin - Marathon Veitscher Grenzstaffellauf
  • 4.1 Veitscher Magnesitwerke AG ( Vmag ) / RHI AG
  • 4.2 Zenker


Geographical Location

The Veitsch located in a tributary of the Mürztals at the foot of the massif of the High Veitsch (1981 m above sea level. A. ) at an altitude of 664 m above sea level. A. (village Veitsch ). The Mount of Olives / Sattler Kogel behind the Veitscher parish church divides the Veitschtal in the wholesale Veitsch- valley that leads to the hiking area Brunnalm at the foot of the western end of the High Veitsch and in the small Veitsch- valley to the eastern end of the plateau of the High Veitsch leads.

In the south the Veitschtal opens in Mitterndorf into Muerztal. To the north of the vast Kalkgebirgsstock the High Veitsch limited with its extensive plateau the municipality. In the east, wooded ridge limiting the valley. In the West, performs a connection via the Pretalsattel (1069 m) in the Stübmingtal and the Aflenzer pool.

Community structure

The municipality is divided into four cadastral (area 2001): Großveitsch ( 3757.54 ha), small Veitsch ( 3421.18 ha ), low Aigen ( 535.59 ha), Veitsch village ( 57.26 ha).

The municipality comprises the following four localities ( in parentheses population as of 31 October 2011):

  • Großveitsch ( 1018)
  • Small Veitsch (408 )
  • Lower Aigen (702 )
  • Veitsch (372)

Neighboring communities

Transport links

Veitsch is from Vienna and Graz on the Semmeringschnellstraße S 6 - Departure Mitterndorf and Veitscher road L 102 accessible.

The road to the ski resort Brunnalm / High Veitsch was from 2005 greatly enhanced by a new, flatter route guidance.

Currently out two bus lines from the bus company Watzke GesmbH & Co KG Graz exist:

  • Line 185 ( Pretal ) wholesale Veitsch - (village Veitsch ) Low Aigen - Mitterndorf in Muerztal
  • Line 186 village - Veitsch - Small Veitsch. It is used mainly by students and operates only as stub drive if necessary.


The Veitsch offers a wide range of summer and winter sports. Especially the massif of the High Veitsch is a popular destination for skiers and ski tourers as well as in the summer of runners and walkers in the winter.

Chamois, deer, eagles, grouse, yellow-billed chough, and edelweiss, gentians and Petergstamm are native here. Remarkably especially the extensive plateau is from the summit of the Hohe Veitsch (1981 m) slightly to the east extends over several kilometers to slope down to the small Veitsch- Alm ( 1451 m).

Veitsch since 1954 already has an indoor pool which was completely redesigned in recent years and expanded to include an indoor slide, a sauna and wellness area as well as a youth and family guest house.

Culturally, the Veitscher Fair of the Arts has established nationwide in addition to a variety of other events.

Sport and Culture

Sports offer

Throughout the year:

  • Including 50 m indoor swimming pool indoor slide and sauna and wellness area
  • Hiking / skiing area High Veitsch / small Veitsch -Alm
  • Stock sports facilities ( asphalt / ice)
  • Climbing hall

Summer: Two football fields, nine tennis courts, trail running trails, mountain bike track, BMX track, street soccer court, Fun Park including Mini -Ramp

Winter: Winter sports area Brunnalm / High Veitsch ( chair, three ski lifts, lift for children ), cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating rink


The best starting point for hikes to the High Veitsch as well as her extended plateau is the Brunnalm at the foot of the Hohe Veitsch.

The main square is the starting point for the magnesite hiking path of nature lovers Veitsch. At the 3 - to 4 - hour hike you can immerse yourself in the mining history of the market town.


Parish Church of St. Vitus

The late-Gothic church is first mentioned in 1206, when the area was still in possession of the Benedictine monastery of St. Lambrecht. The east-facing nave was completed in 1456 and is covered with a net vault. The altar, which is dedicated to St. Vitus, dates from the 18th century and Johann Michael Schmidt iron is attributed. The neo-Gothic organ dates from 1894 and was recently restored by supporting the Veitscher population. To the west of the nave of the mighty bell tower connects, through which one enters the church. In the entrance area there is a portrait of St. Barbara, the patron saint of miners.

The Veitscher Fastentuch is exhibited in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Lambrecht. It dates from 1470 and represents the Passion of Christ

The parish church of St. Vitus is a popular wedding church today.

Stiftshof ( arcade )

North of the church closes at the building complex of the Stiftshofs. This courtyard is limited by the provost, the parish hall and arcades tavern. The buildings since 1989, serving as a youth hostel, tavern, accommodation for pilgrims and as an event center.

Veitscher Pilgerkreuz

Starting from the parish church Veitsch is reached via a forest trail to the pilgrims cross at Veitscher Mount of Olives. It was built in 2004 and, with 40 m height ( up to 32 m height inside walkable ) the largest of its kind in Europe dar.

Regular events

Lumberjack -Ball

The wood- servant Ball is held annually on the second weekend in January event was organized by the folklore society D' noise Kogler z'Veitsch. In addition to the Oberlandler ball in Graz in Styria he is one of the few traditional costume balls with Auftanz dar.

Veitscher Fair of the Arts

The Veitscher Fair of the Arts, a potpourri of cultural offerings, in early October will be held every year since 2002. Through commitment of the cultural authorities artists such as Georg Danzer Austropop legend, the actresses Julia and Katharina Stemberger, comedian Joesi Prokopetz, actress Erika Pluhar, musical star Alexander Goebel or chamber singer Georg Tichy gave in the last ten years a rendezvous. Besides stars mainly include regional artists as well as traditional folk music to the program.

Ultra - Alpin - Marathon Veitscher Grenzstaffellauf

The Ultra - Alpin - Marathon Veitscher Grenzstaffellauf, one of the toughest Alpine Marathon in Austria, is held annually since 1986 on the last Saturday in June.

He leads more than 54 miles and 2200 vertical meters, starting from the indoor pool along the municipal boundaries on the high plateau of the High Veitsch back to the starting point. Top runners need just under 4:30 hours for this distance. The course can also be completed as a team of three ( with sections 16.5 / 16.0 / 21.5 km). Here are the winning times are just under 4:00 hours. 2013, the Austrian Championships were held in the mountain marathon.


Veitsch has always been characterized by the mining industry. As early as the Middle Ages and non-metals were mined as graphite in and around Veitsch metals such as iron, copper and manganese but.

However, the rise of Veitsch to the mining center of international standing was established by the discovery of magnesite by the Koblenz businessman Friedrich Carl Albert Later in the year 1881.

Veitscher Magnesitwerke AG ( Vmag ) / RHI AG

The establishment of the Veitscher Magnesitwerke AG ( Vmag ) and the expansion of production resulted in a population increase and social subsequently rise. At peak times, over 1700 employees in the magnesite Veitsch. 2012 was the number of employees 300 people.

The products of Vmag and for the name Veitsch obtained under the chairmanship of Lauda family worldwide recognition. Even today, made ​​in Veitsch stones enjoy ( burned and pitch- bound ) and masses worldwide customers in the steel industry ( lining of converters and electric furnaces ) and cement industry ( rotary kilns ) a very good reputation.

After the closure of the mining industry in 1968, there was a continuous modernization and automation of the Magnesitwerks Veitsch. In 1993, the acquisition of Vmag by Radex Heraklith industry - Beteiligungs AG (RHI AG ) was performed. The Magensitwerk Veitsch is still on the Veitsch -Radex GmbH, the parent plant of RHI AG.


Second, industrial companies, Bien - Zenker on the trunk Veitsch generated with 250 people parts for manufactured homes.

Clubs and rescue organizations

In the Veitsch there is a very dense network of clubs and rescue organizations.

The largest association is with almost 20 sections nature Veitsch friends who are with almost 1100 members in terms of the population with distance Austrian leader. In particular, the provision for children ( ski lessons, swimming lessons ) has led in recent years a boom members.

In addition, there are a number of sports clubs (football, skiing, BMX, curling, etc. ), a factory music band and costumes and traditional clubs.

The largest use of organization in Veitsch is the volunteer fire department. It has five fire vehicles (1 Rüstlöschfahrzeug RLFA 2000, 1 fire engine LFB - A, 2 small firetrucks KLF -A and 1 crew transport vehicle MTF -A).