Take a deep breath, forget everyday life for a while, and enjoy the mountains. Just 50 miles (80 km) from the Austrian capital of Vienna, the Rax-Schneeberg Group mountain range rises. Following the Styrian Lower Austrian border, you can enjoy fresh alpine air from Klosterwappen, the summit of Schneeburg, the highest point in Lower Austria. With a little help from the Schneeberg or Rax cable cars, you can easily reach the top and enjoy incredible views from the get-go of your hike.
The Rax Massif and the Schneeberg Massif are part of the Northern Limestone Alps and are also known as Vienna’s local mountains. The Rax is not only a popular weekend destination for the city, but it also supplies high-quality drinking water to the capital through the first Viennese high spring water pipeline. The highest point of the Rax mountains is the 6,584-feet (2,007 m) Heukuppe whilst the Klosterwappen at 6,811 feet (2,076 m) is the tallest peak in the Schneeberg. In between the two mountain groups, runs the Hell Valley.
This region is a true hiking paradise with countless possibilities that is easy to reach with public transport. For example, you can travel by train from Wien Hauptbahnhof to Puchberg am Schneeberg or Payerbach-Reichenau an der Rax in under thirty minutes, making the area a great option for a day trip. In this Collection, you will find eight Tours ranging from relaxed family strolls to challenging summit ascents.
Following gravel paths, forest trails and rocky gorges, you walk through fields of mountain pines to breathtaking viewpoints. When you get hungry, you can tuck into a delicious Kaiserschmarrn (traditional sweetened pancakes) or Strudel at a mountain hut such as the Ottohaus which was once visited by the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Follow the spring water pipeline through Hell Valley and test your nerves on the Skywalk, a lookout over the cliffs in the Hohe Wand which lies just to the east of the Rax-Schneeberg Group. On hot summer days, the hike to the Sebastian Waterfall is especially nice, whilst art lovers will enjoy the Gauermann Circular Trail.
Whichever hike you choose, you can leave behind life’s stresses and look forward to stunning landscapes just outside Vienna. For more information on how to get there by train, visit: oebb.at/en
You can get to the starting point of this tour, which takes you to the highest mountain in Lower Austria, with the Schneebergbahn. This leaves directly at the train station in Puchberg am Schneeberg. Once at the top, you can first enjoy the breathtaking view or a snack in the form of Kaiserschmarrn in the Berghaus Hochschneeberg. You can also spend the night in this.
This family-friendly hike starts at Preiner Gscheid. If you want to travel by public transport, take the 1748 bus from the Payerbach-Reichenau train station. At the Preiner Gscheid pass is the rustic Edelweisshütte, which you can visit before or after your hike - topfenstrudel sends its regards.At the beginning the path is relatively steep uphill, but then becomes flatter …
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You cover the first few meters of altitude in a relaxed manner: With the Rax cable car you gondola from Hirschwang an der Rax, which you can also reach by train, up to the Rax plateau. Up at the mountain station, the first fantastic views of the Rax-Schneeberg massif await you before the start of the hike. It starts with the ascent to the Gatterlkreuz, a small rest area.
The water pipe route follows the high spring water pipe, which has supplied the city of Vienna with fresh tap water since the 19th century. The hike through the wild and romantic Höllental is also suitable for children. The starting point is at the train station in Hirschwang an der Rax. From there it goes over the Schwarza and past the Henriettenkapelle into the forest.
It starts at the valley station of the Schneeberg chairlift in Losenheim. If you want to travel by public transport, take the 1720 bus to Losenheim from the Puchberg am Schneeberg train station. At the beginning of this circular hike, you walk past the reservoir and immediately dive into the forest. Surrounded by the fragrant forest air, you follow the …
This circular hiking trail is dedicated to the famous Biedermeier painter Friedrich Gauermann, who grew up in Scheuchenstein and developed his love for alpine motifs here. As a member of the Vienna Academy (1807 to 1862), the artist achieved international fame and sold his paintings to the imperial family, the nobility and the wealthy bourgeoisie.You start at Gasthaus Hornung, …
This demanding hike, on which more than 1,000 meters of altitude has to be mastered, takes you into the most spectacular gorge in the Rax-Schneeberg region. Surefootedness and sufficient stamina are prerequisites for walking this tour. The starting point is at the Weichtalhaus, which you can reach from Payerbach-Reichenau train station by bus 1746. From the Weichtalhaus der Naturfreunde, which …
The Hohe Wand is a massive karst plateau, which is also one of Vienna's local mountains. It reaches a maximum height of 1,132 meters and is located east of the Rax-Schneeberg group.The Hohe Wand nature park with its animal enclosures is the starting point of this circular hike. Mouflons, deer, marmots and other species cavort in the various enclosures …
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