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Hike to the Grosse Kanzel (from the Pension Seiser)

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The family-friendly ascent to the Grosse Kanzel leads from the Pension Seiser Toni guesthouse, and along the Grafenbergweg to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte, Turmsteighütte and Hubertushaus inns.
Distance 3 km
1:00 h
381 m
175 m
1,053 m
716 m
The starting point is at the Pension Seiser Toni guesthouse, at the foot of the Hohe Wand. This beautiful hiking route leads through the mountain forests, along the Grafenbergsteig path and up to the Hohe Wand. Our first port of call – the Wilhelm-Eicherthütte inn – is on the Grosse Kanzel. At 1,052 meters above sea level, it is the highest inn on the Hohe Wand, and one of the oldest mountain inns. From there, you can quickly climb the Plackles summit (1,135 m). There is nothing stopping you from taking a rest at the Eicherthütte inn, either on the sun terrace, which offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Schneeberg, or (in bad weather) in the heated lounge. Why not order a plate of Blunzn (black pudding) or Bratwürstel (grilled sausages)?

The next inn is the Turmsteighütte, which is situated at 1,025 m above sea level, in an idyllic location surrounded by woodland and meadows.  Rumour has it that the best Wiener Schnitzel on the Hohe Wand is served there.

The Hubertushaus (946 m), which is located in the direct vicinity of the Hochfallwand rock face, is popular among climbers. Those who have worked up an appetite have the possibility to not only enjoy the fabulous view, but also some tasty dumplings filled with cheese or spinach.

Experienced hikers can also head to the inns on the Grosse Kanzel via the Springlessteig path, which starts in Zweiersdorf and leads to the Hubertushaus. It is also possible to go up the Wagnersteig. That is an easy via ferrata. Visitors choosing to drive up the Hohe Wand can also reach the inns on foot, by following the Nature Park– Circular route – "In Wildenauer’s Footsteps”.

Author’s recommendation

Combine your hike with an overnight stay at the Spanferkelwirt Gasthof Mohr guesthouse.

Don't forget to take the Vienna Alps Viewer – in its practical, hand-held format – with you on your tour!

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Update: November 02, 2020
Highest point
1,053 m
Lowest point
716 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

Your walks in the Viennese Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe experience. Please therefore take note of the following:



When choosing the route, make sure it is suitable for your level of fitness and experience. Consult the weather forecast in advance. The weather can change with surprising rapidity in the mountains. Always make sure that you are suitably equipped before setting out (e.g. rain protection).

Check whether the inns and snack stations you intend to visit en route are open. Before setting out, inform someone which route you are taking and when you expect to return.

Tips and hints

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Pension Seiser Toni guesthouse (715 m)
47.805670, 16.007630
47°48'20.4"N 16°00'27.5"E
33T 575446 5295193


The Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte, the Turmsteighütte inns or the Hubertushaus

Turn-by-turn directions

We walk past our starting point – the Pension Seiser Toni guesthouse – in an eastward direction, and then turn left onto an uphill path. We will follow this path until we reach the Wandfusssteig, where we will bear left. When we reach the Grafenbergsteig (marked in blue), we will bear right as we head uphill. At the top, we will keep right. The route leads directly to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte inn. We will continue to the Turmsteighütte inn, by heading past the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte and turning onto the path. After the Tursteighütte, we will follow the road for a short while, before turning right and heading to the Hubertushaus.


 On this trail, we can return to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte directly from the Hubertushaus.


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Public transport

From the railway station in Wiener Neustadt, take a regional train (final destination Puchberg am Schneeberg). Get off the train in Grünbach am Schneeberg. Take a taxi, or walk (45 minutes) to the Pension Seiser Toni guesthouse.

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Getting there

From Vienna or Graz via the A2 southern motorway, take the exit for Wiener Neustadt West. Turn left onto the B26. Follow the B26 towards Puchberg am Schneeberg, until you reach Grünbach am Schneeberg. In Grünbach am Schneeberg, follow the B26 and turn right onto Wandstrasse. Make a slight right turn onto Josefiweg. Make a slight right turn onto Amasedweg. Make a slight left turn onto Theresia Stollen, and then turn right, to stay on Theresia Stollen.


Parking spaces are available outside the Pension Seiser Toni guesthouse.


47.805670, 16.007630
47°48'20.4"N 16°00'27.5"E
33T 575446 5295193
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

freytag&berndt WK5012


Wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. Think about rain and sun protection. Make sure you bring enough water.

Always take appropriate maps with you. Wear sturdy shoes suitable for the tour, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and snacks. Take your mobile phone with you and add the emergency number for Mountain Rescue to your contact list: 140

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
3 km
1:00 h
381 m
175 m
Highest point
1,053 m
Lowest point
716 m
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