Yet another reason to fall in love with Vienna: These gorgeous peaks are just a stone’s throw away from Austria’s capital. Technically speaking, only Rax, Schneeberg and Hohe Wand are named “Hausberge”, or backyard mountains, but we added the neighbouring peaks Schneealpe, Hohe Veitsch and Unterberg because they are just as rewarding as the originals. All the hikes are only a maximum of two hours away from Vienna by car. Most of the peaks mentioned here can be reached via several paths or climbs. So you can adjust the level of difficulty as needed. And of course, you can't miss the rustic huts that spoil you with Kaiserschmarrn and Schnitzel. So what are you waiting for? Get out of the city, the mountains are calling!
You start at the Preiner Gscheid pass, which you can reach either by car or bus from Payerbach-Reichenau train station. The Edelweisshütte is located directly at the parking lot, which invites you to stop before or better after your hike. Then it's off to the tough ascent up to the Karl-Ludwig-Haus…
This circular hike takes you to the highest peak of the Schneealpe, the 1,903 meter high Windberg. It starts at the Kohlebnerstand car park above Altenberg an der Rax. At first you hike steadily uphill in the forest until you reach the tree line and enjoy the first impressive views. At the Kutatschh…
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The Schneeberg, at 2,076 meters the highest elevation in Lower Austria, is probably the most popular peak in the Rax-Schneeberg massif. Its high plateau has been accessible by cog railway since 1897 and has always attracted hikers and summer visitors. This exciting round starts at the mountain station…
This hike takes you to the Plackles, at 1,132 meters the highest point of the Hohe Wand. You can reach the starting point Oberhöflein by car or bus. From there you make your way to the Springlessteig, a category A climb with great views. You climb up to the Hubertushaus via root paths, stone steps and…
This hike to the Hohe Veitsch, the highest mountain in the Mürzsteg Alps, is a real calf workout. At the starting point at the Brunnalm you will find a large car park and from there it goes steeply uphill parallel to the chairlifts. Where skiers and snowboarders whiz down the slopes in winter, you can…
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