In the various pastures on the Wechsel there is plenty to see, and the views are beautiful. The cosy Wetterkoglerhaus is at the highest point of the Wechsel, also known as the Hochwechsel (at 1,743 m above sea level), and therefore offers the most impressive view in the Wechselland area. The unique all-round view extends over Semmering and Rax to the Schneeberg – and even beyond the borders into Slovenia and Hungary. You can hike to see this view in a very short time from Mariensee. The hiking route, which is suitable for the whole family, leads directly Marienseer Schwaig inn to the summit. The Marienseer Schwaig inn serves homemade food, and several of the ingredients come from the inn’s own garden. This alpine inn is also accessible via the Wildwater Theme Trail. After the ascent to the Wetterkoglerhaus, your tastebuds will be spoiled with culinary delights, such as a delicious minced roast. The Wetterkoglerhaus can also be reached easily from the top station of the Mönichkirchen chairlift. This route leads straight across the path along the Viennese Alpine Arc. From there you can continue to hike to the Arabichl lift and the Feistritz Saddle Pass.
Safety informationYour 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 what route you are taking and when you expect to return.
Tips and hintsMore Informations:
Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960
Getting thereFrom Vienna drive along the A2 southern motorway. Take the exit for Aspang-Edlitz, follow the B54 to Aspang, and take the third exit at the roundabout (Gutenberggasse). Turn right onto Bahnstrasse, and make a slight right turn onto Mühlgasse. Mühlgasse turns slightly to the right and becomes Sonneck. Turn left onto the L4184. Continue along the L4184 to Mariensee. Drive through the town to the valley head/biotope car park.
From Graz drive along the A2 southern motorway. Take the Pinggau exit, and continue to Haideggendorf. At the roundabout, take the third exit (Steinamangerer Strasse/B63). Turn right onto Wechsel Strasse/B54. Turn left onto Mönichkirchen and follow the road. Continue through Mönichkirchner Schwaig/Schaueregg and Neustift am Alpenwald. Continue to Mariensee. Drive through the town to the valley head/biotope car park.
ParkingMariensee: The biotope car park at the valley head; parking spaces on the right.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentAlways 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)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- 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.