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Hike to the Pollereshütte (from Maria Schutz)

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Hike from the pilgrimage site of Maria Schutz over the north side of the Sonnwendstein to the Pollereshütte.
moderate
Distance 3.6 km
2:00 h
723 m
8 m
1,484 m
761 m
The summit of the Sonnwendstein is home to a mountain church, and offers amazing views from an altitude of 1,523 metres. Just a stone's throw away, at a height of 1,481 metres, is the Pollereshütte inn. The terrace offers a spectacular panoramic view, which spans the World Heritage Site of the Semmering Railway, the Rax and Schneeberg mountains and the Semmering Pass, and stretches across to the Wechsel and Bucklige Welt regions. Hungry hikers can tuck into hearty dishes such as Blunzengröstl (a traditional dish containing potatoes and black pudding), Linsen (lentils) or Pinzgauer Käsepressknödel (cheese dumplings). The starting point of the hike is Maria Schutz with its popular pilgrimage church, where you can build up your strength in the Kirchenwirt or in the Gasthaus zum Auerhahn before heading into the mountains. The route takes you along a forest path and then along the north face of the Sonnwendstein on the Gebirgsjägersteig trail. The path is narrow and steep, and sturdy shoes are necessary. An alternative ascent route leads from Maria Schutz, and along the forest road on the south face of the Sonnwendstein.

If you start in Semmering, you can take a cable car up the Hirschenkogel. From here, a hiking route leads up to the Sonnwendstein. The Panoramic Circular Route also leads over the Semmering Pass, to the Pollereshütte.

Author’s recommendation

Kombinieren Sie Ihre Wanderung mit einer Nächtigung in der Weltkulturerbe-Region am Semmering. Zum Beispiel in der Ferienwohnung Manuela in Schottwien!

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Wiener Alpen in Niederöserreich Tourismus GmbH
Update: November 05, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
1,484 m
Lowest point
761 m
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Safety information

Your hikes in the Viennese Alps should be an all-round beautiful and safe experience.

Preparation

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

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Start

Maria Schutz church (761 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.641905, 15.869591
DMS
47°38'30.9"N 15°52'10.5"E
UTM
33T 565315 5276867
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Destination

Pollereshütte inn on the Sonnwendstein

Turn-by-turn directions

A forest road starts just 100 metres away from the Maria Schutz pilgrimage church. We will make a sharp right turn and walk for about 600 metres, before turning left onto a path. We will then follow the Gebirgsjägersteig route (marked in green), which will take us up the Sonnwendstein on a path with narrow bends.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Wr. Neustadt Hauptbahnhof take the regional train (direction Payerbach-Reichenau) to the Gloggnitz stop. Continue with the regional bus 1760 (towards Semmering Landes Grenz or Semmering Panhans) to the Maria Schutz Kirchenplatz stop.

More information at www.oebb.at or www.vor.at

Getting there

From Vienna: Follow the A2 and S6 before taking the exit for Maria Schutz, and then driving towards Maria Schutz/Semmering. Turn left onto the L4168. Continue along Göstritz/the L4168 to Maria Schutz.

From Graz: Follow the A2 or S35 before taking the exit for Maria Schutz, and then drive towards Maria Schutz/Semmering. Turn left onto the L4168. Continue along Göstritz/the L4168 to Maria Schutz.

Parking

Parking spaces available in Maria Schutz. (for example at the Kirchenwirt)

Coordinates

DD
47.641905, 15.869591
DMS
47°38'30.9"N 15°52'10.5"E
UTM
33T 565315 5276867
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

freytag&Berndt WK022

Equipment

Always take appropriate maps with you. Wear sturdy shoes suitable for the tour, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and a light snack. 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.
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.6 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
723 m
Descent
8 m
Highest point
1,484 m
Lowest point
761 m
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