Walking in the Vienna Alps

Last updated on April 8th, 2020 at 06:49 am

There are plenty of good reasons to take a hiking trip or an active break in the Viennese Alps. The mountain air will perk you up, the views are impressive, and walking in the green surroundings will refresh your body and soul.

These mountains near Vienna are also easy to get to by car as well as by train. You can also take part in the regular guided walks and other events led by certified hiking hosts.

Summer 2019

Lightshows on the Schneeberg

Once a month at full moon, you can observe the night sky from the Schneeberg. Participants in the guided moon and sunrise organised hike travel with the Schneebergbahn to the top station and then take the easy hike to the Fischerhütte.

After dinner, the hike leads up to the summit cross to admire the moon and the stars. Enjoy the sunrise the next morning from the terrace of the Fischerhütte and then hike back down to the valley after breakfast. It costs 96 euros per person to stay there with overnight accommodation in a mattress dormitory.

Springtime in the Schneeberg region
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The certified hiking village of Puchberg am Schneeberg also offers a guided hike every Thursday. Guests staying with one of the five hiking hosts can join in free of charge. The certified hiking hosts are the Hotel Schneeberghof, the Wellness-Wohlfühlhotel Wanzenböck, the Hotel Forellenhof, the Bruckerhof and the Gasthof Schmirl.

Hikers are also in good hands with the certified hiking hosts in the Wechsel area. These include the Hotel Molzbachhof and the Gasthof-Pension St. Wolfgang in the hiking village of Kirchberg am Wechsel as well as the Alpengasthof Enzian in Mönichkirchen. The Krumbacherhof is very close by, in the Buckligen Welt.

Herbal exploration on the Rax

The “Alpenblumen und Raxkräuter” hikers return home from the Rax plateau with a bag full of wild herbs. During the three-hour exploration tour, the participants learn interesting facts about alpine medicinal and agricultural plants. The walk is held once a month and the cost is 25 euros for adults and 12 euros for children.

Herbs also grow at the foot of the Rax, where those interested can go on seasonal herb hikes around the Raxalpenhof. Three and a half hour hikes and two-hour family hikes are offered. Participation costs 18 euros for adults and 12 euros for children.

The Höllental Wasserleitungsweg
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Once a month “Discover new paths and say goodbye to the old ones” is the motto of the three-hour meditation hikes into the wild and romantic Höllental. The starting point is the valley station of the Rax cable car. Participation costs 38 euros per person.

The following certified hiking hosts offer overnight stays in and around Reichenau an der Rax : the Raxalpenhof in Prein an der Rax and the Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben am Gahns.

Hiking with animals

Llamas and alpacas accompany small hiking groups on the Hohe Wand. The hikes take place the first Sunday of the month, start at 14.00 and last about one and a half hours. Participation costs 15 euros per llama or alpaca. Further dates by arrangement.

On the trail with one another

  • The season opening on the railway hiking trail at Semmering will take place on Saturday, 4 May.
  • The opening ceremony of the Wunderalm and the Schneeberg summer hiking start are on Saturday, 18 May.
  • Saturday, 18 May is the date for the “Steigerlhüpfen” at the Hohe Wand finishing up at the Hubertushaus.
  • The traditional Schwaigen music and dance festival will take place on the Wechsel on Saturday, 8 June.
  • The summer hiking opening on the Rax will take place on Saturday, 22 June.
  • The Hohe Wand invites you to a hike in the mountains and the Radio Niederösterreich Wandertag on Saturday, 31 August.

More information about the Vienna Alps can be found at the official website: www.wieneralpen.at