Hiking from hut to hut – “hut hopping” – in the Rax is one of the most popular trails in the region. It means being able to hike in subalpine heights, through meadows and the mountain pine zone, without having to tackle difficult gradients.
Travel up on the Rax aerial cableway, which opened in 1926, and is the oldest cable car system in Austria. A special feature of the Ottohaus, which is the hut nearest to the summit station, is a large Alpine garden which covers 4000m2, and boasts around 200 region-specific Alpine plant species. The name of the next station, the Seehütte, is derived from the name of a small lake, which was drained shortly after the 1st World War. Without having to overcome any great difficulties, you can “hop” from hut to hut in the Rax. Due to its short length, this variation of the popular Rax hiking route is suitable for families. However, the conditions must be suitable!
Combine your walk with an overnight stay in the Raxalpen Berggasthof, in the direct vicinity of the summit station!
Walking in the Viennese Alps should be a completely safe and beautiful experience. Therefore, please note the following:
Make sure that your choice of route matches your hiking experience and your physical condition. Check the weather forecast. In the mountains, the weather can change surprisingly quickly. For this reason, make sure you are well-equipped (e.g. bring rain protection).
Check that the huts and refreshment stations that you want to visit along the way will be open. Tell someone which route you have chosen, and when you hope to return, before you set off.
Tours of the plateau are not recommended in fog and strong winds!
Bring a suitable map. Wear suitable, sturdy shoes, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and a bite to eat. Bring your mobile phone, and save the emergency number of the mountain rescue team: 140
Raxseilbahn Berggasthof, +43/2666/52450
Neue Seehütte, +43/676/7488719
Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960
Tourismusbüro Reichenau, www.reichenau.at, +43 / 2666 / 52865
Raxalpe, www.raxalpe.com, +43 / 2666 / 52497
A2 to Knoten Seebenstein – S6 to Gloggnitz – B27 to Hirschwang an der Rax, the valley station of the Rax aerial cableway (just outside Hirschwang)
Parking spaces are available at the valley station of the Rax aerial cableway.