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Crossing borders – hiking the alpannonia from Austria to Hungary

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Crossing borders – hiking the alpannonia from Austria to Hungary

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

8

Tours

41:54 h

86.9 mi

13,375 ft

The 125 kilometre-long (77.6 mile) alpannonia long-distance trail takes you from the Alps to Pannonia, a former province of the Roman Empire. The high-altitude, panoramic route leads over the eastern peaks and foothills of the Alps in Austria through the provinces of Styria, Lower Austria and Burgenland to Kőszeg in Hungary. Along the way, you can expect fantastic mountain panoramas, rustic alpine huts, cosy villages and picturesque hiking trails. The alponnonia was awarded the title of ‘Best Trail in Austria’ for good reason. You’ll soon understand why on this cross-border hiking adventure which reveals the alpine heights of Lower Austria, the Burgenland hill country and the Pannonian lowlands of western Hungary.

The alpannonia starts in the region of Styria either from the town of Fischbach, where the main route begins, or from the town of Semmering. The trail can be conveniently divided into seven stages, although you can save yourself a day from starting in Semmering. Whichever variant you choose, the trails merge together at the Feistritz Saddle, a high mountain pass.

You can expect breathtaking alpine panoramas from the Stuhleck, the highest mountain of the Fischbach Alps, to the Hochwechsel and Mönichkirchner Schwaig. You enjoy views that stretch far into Hungary, overlooking the Vienna and Graz basins. Next, you drop down from alpine heights and hike through the picturesque so-called Bucklige Welt hill country and Burgenland. In the last third of the Tour, you climb up again to the 883-metre-high (2,896-foot) Geschriebenstein which marks the border of Austria and Hungary. You hike the final section on Hungarian soil to finish the alpannonia in the centre of Kőszeg town.

You can travel to Fischbach as well as Semmering by public transport. From Kőszeg, you can take public transport to Vienna or Graz, but make sure you leave enough time for the journey. There’s also a special taxi service which will take you back to the start in Semmering or Fischbach for a fixed price of around €100, but you should book this in advance. You can find detailed information (in German) on travelling to and from the route, here: alpannonia.at/anreise-alpannonia.

If you’ve already started preparing for your trip, don’t forget to book your accommodation in advance too. This way, you don’t have to worry about it and you can concentrate on the wonderful hike. You can find more information about the hosts en route, here: alpannonia.at/gastgeber

Make sure you pack sun and rain protection and sufficient water for your hike in the mountains. It also never hurts to have some snacks in your rucksack. You may want to have a picnic ready to enjoy your scenic breaks even more.

Now that you’re prepared and organised, you, your hiking fun on the alpannonia can begin. The trail’s philosophy is all about overcoming borders, whether geographical or personal. The trail connects two countries that were once separated by the Iron Curtain but today, it brings hikers from the Alps to the Hungarian plain. This gives you even more reason to explore new regions and countries and get to know the connection between the two.

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Last updated: November 24, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    06:53
    14.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,325 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The main Styrian trail of the alpannonia long-distance hiking trail begins in the center of Fischbach. If you choose this start for your hiking adventure, you may need a day longer - for that you will be rewarded with a fantastic mountain backdrop. With an altitude of more than 1,000 meters, today's

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    8.11 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,225 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's stage of alpannonia takes you high up: On the 13-kilometer route from Pretul to Feistritzsattel, you hike over the Hohe Stuhleck, at 1,783 meters the highest point on the long-distance hiking trail. And today there are only a few meters ahead of you.

    

    Shortly after you start at the Roseggerhaus

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    8.81 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,150 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    An alternative start for your hike on the alpannonia long-distance hiking trail is at the valley station of the Hirschenkogel gondola not far from the train station in Semmering. On the 14-kilometer stage to Feistritzsattel you can warm up wonderfully for the coming days of hiking and enjoy the first

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    11.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage on the alpannonia awaits you with wonderful views, wonderful hiking trails and cozy alpine huts. The almost 19-kilometer route on Feistritzsattel begins. If you spent the night in Trattenbach, you can have your host organize a trip to the starting point.

    

    The hike starts with a gentle

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    11.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third stage of the alpannonia you leave the imposing peaks of the Alps and continue hiking into the gentle mountainous country - so look forward to a leisurely up and down. The 18-kilometer stage starts in the center of Mönichkirchen and ends at the Hutwisch car park near Hochneukirchen.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    8.09 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage on the alpannonia begins with great views: shortly after the start of the 13-kilometer stage from Hochneukirchen to Bernstein, you can enjoy a fantastic panorama from the observation tower on the Hutwisch. You can see from Eastern Styria and southern Burgenland, on clear days even as

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  • Difficult
    07:00
    14.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fifth stage of alpannonia you hike from the Bernsteiner Hügelland into the last mountains of the Alps. The 24-kilometer stage ends at the top of the Geschrittenstein pass. At 884 meters, it is the highest point in Burgenland and western Hungary and the most easterly foothills of the Alps.

    

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    10.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A real highlight awaits you on the last stage of the alpannonia long-distance hiking trail - and the border crossing from Austria to Hungary. On the 16-kilometer final stage to Kőszeg you only have to master a few meters of altitude, but you have all the more time for extensive stops along the way.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    86.9 mi
  • Duration
    41:54 h
  • Elevation
    13,375 ft

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