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Escape the noise – weekend escapes around Vienna

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Escape the noise – weekend escapes around Vienna

Hiking Collection by adidas TERREX

7

Tours

27:30 h

45.7 mi

12,325 ft

When coloured leaves cover the ground and fresh dew moistens the grass, it's time to put on your waterproof hiking boots. Just over an hour's drive from Vienna, the Schneeberg offers magnificent views, rustic huts and blooming alpine meadows. From easy hiking trails to fixed rope routes, here you will find routes for every level. After all, what could be better than spending a whole weekend in nature?

We have put together three multi-day hikes for you to guide you through the region around the highest peak of Lower Austria. At the end of each stage, you can spend the night in a cosy alpine hut. Some, like the Edelweisshütte, are rustic whilst others are architecturally sophisticated and modern, such as the Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben.

The popular hiking area in the Rax-Schneeberg Group was already an important meeting place for nobility and the upper middle classes in the 19th century. At that time, elite guests such as Emperor Franz Joseph or Arthur Schnitzler came to this region for summer retreats. Since then, the railway has connected beautiful places such as Puchberg or Payerbach with the capital Vienna. On our multi-day adventure, you can make the most of your summer in the foothills of the Alps.

On the "2-day Hohe Wand Nature Park route" we take you from Grünbach up to mountain huts and along the karstic rocks of the Hohe Wand to Winzendorf. On the last stretch, you will climb the Hanselsteig or the Zischkasteig, an easier alternative. On the circular hike "2-day summit route around Puchberg" you go from the village of Puchberg through forests and alpine pastures up to mountain ridges where you can enjoy magnificent views. With its 2,072 meter (6797 feet) summit, the “3-day hike over the panoramic Schneeberg”, will show you real mountain air. For this route, you will need to be sure-footed and in good physical condition. Your final destination of this incredible hike is Payerbach village.

If you can’t get enough of the Lower Austrian Alps, you are welcome to combine our tours with each other. Both the "2-day summit route around Puchberg" and the "3-day route over the panoramic Schneeberg" either start or end at the train station in Puchberg. The third hike also starts in Grünbach which is only a few minutes away by train. With these hikes as building blocks, you can put together exactly the right package for you. There are no limits to your wanderlust.

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    Difficult
    02:41
    4.67 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,875 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Hohe Wand Nature Park is characterized by a varied landscape, which is crossed by high walls. This two-day tour takes you through shady forest to great vantage points, so it is also suitable for warm summer days.
     
    On the first stage you will hike from Grünbach am Schneeberg over the Scheimhütte to the Hohe Kanzel. After spending the night …

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  • Difficult
    04:36
    8.55 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,175 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a delicious breakfast in the Hubertushaus, you head east. In this stage, you initially hike along the rock plateau without major inclines before you make your way back to the valley. On your descent, you climb down a little through the secured Hanselsteig. An alternative to the Hanselsteig is the variant via the simpler Zischkasteig.The first highlight of …

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    5.41 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,975 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This two-day circular walk takes you to the most beautiful peaks around Puchberg am Schneeberg. You start at Puchberg station and climb up to the Dürren Wand. On the first day your destination is the cozy Öhlerschutzhaus. On Öhler and Schober you will hike on the second day to the beautiful Mamauwiesen-Alm. From there it goes back to the starting point in Puchberg. Information on the timetables of trains can be found at: oebb.at and schneebergbahn.at/anreise-sbb

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    7.51 mi
    1.9 mph
    825 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a restful night in the Öhlerschutzhaus you will hike on the second day to the summit of Öhler. A breathtaking panorama opens up in front of you. Below the path, caves and rocky ridges form a rugged landscape. Some caves and holes are big enough to crawl into it. Others are only narrow and dark passages into the earth's interior.

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    6.27 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,575 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This promising tour takes you in three days not only over alpine peaks, but also to an impressive waterfall and a green-shimmering pond. The first night you spend at the cozy Edelweisshütte, before you climb on the second day on the highest mountain in Lower Austria. Sure-footedness is a prerequisite for climbing the Schneeberg. At over 2,000 meters, it can be really cool in the fall, so bring a jacket for safety.

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  • Difficult
    05:46
    6.68 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Starting from the Edelweiss hut, the ascent of the Schneeberg is on the second day. At 2,076 meters, it is the highest mountain in Lower Austria. You reach the Fischerhütte am Kaiserstein via the partly rocky Fadensteig. From there you walk along the crest of Schneeberg with impressive views.Over long pastures you descend to Damböckhaus. The well-known for the …

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  • Difficult
    03:55
    6.59 mi
    1.7 mph
    600 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    After a restful night in one of the modern rooms of the Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben, the third stage takes you back to the valley. Since there is no rest stop until your destination in Puchberg, you pack a packed lunch at breakfast.At an altitude of 1,300 meters you walk comfortably through the wooded Luxenboden to the Mitagstein. From the summit you have another beautiful view of the Rax and into the valley.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    45.7 mi
  • Duration
    27:30 h
  • Elevation
    12,325 ft

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