Regional Route A follows the Leitha river back to its source, the confluence of the Schwarza and Pitten rivers, and provides interesting views of the Schneeberg. The Regional Routes are part of the network of paths making up the Viennese Alps (WAB) route. Hikes along these routes lead you to unique views and also insights. The Regional Routes are linked to the network of paths making up the Viennese Alps route. This results in circular hikes in conjunction with the long-distance path.
Distance 8.9 km
Highest point311 m
Lowest point277 m
The flat Vienna basin is the primary feature of the landscape along this section. Landscapes alternate between wide-ranging fields, individual meadows, and scattered groves of trees. This landscape has panoramic views! In addition, this landscape is the very heart around which the Viennese Alps run. This route traces the Leitha back to its source, the confluence of the Schwarza and Pitten. The two most appealing views are at the start of the hike across practically all of the mountain range with the Sonnwendstein and the Schneeberg in the middle. The second view is a wonderful photo opportunity with the river bed of the Schwarza at the front and the Schneeberg in the background.
Combine your hike with a stay at Therme Linsberg Asia. Bathing your feet in the Leitha is recommended on hot summer days.
Your hiking experience in the Vienna Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe one. Therefore, please bear the following in mind:
When choosing a route, make sure it corresponds to your experience and physical fitness level. Check the weather forecast before you set off. The weather can change surprisingly quickly in the mountains. Always take appropriate equipment with you (e.g. rain protection).
Check whether the cabins and snack stations you intend to visit along the way are open. Inform someone before you set off of your chosen route and when you plan to return.
Regional Route A starts directly in front of Katzelsdorf Castle. The start goes back to Hauptstraße then eastwards towards the Leitha. Just before reaching the wooden bridge over the Leitha, opposite the Nepomuk Chapel, turn right into Augasse in the direction of Lanzenkirchen (paths KA1 and KA2). This becomes a pleasant woodland path. After around 20 minutes we cross the Mühlbach on the right-hand side and turn left after the bridge (LA2 route). We now continue along the hiking path, which consequently leads us along the Leitha. When at the edge of Kleinwolkersdorf, the path turns into a paved road. We pass under Wiener Neustädter Straße and continue straight on towards Lanzenkirchen and Bad Erlach. Just before the centre of Lanzenkirchen, we spot a few gravel banks on our left on the Leitha, which are a great place to spend hot summer days. We cross over Ofenbachstraße, whilst the main square and parish church in Lanzenkirchen can be seen on the right, and follow the paved path near the Leitha. The trail becomes a muddy path and continues along the river as the Leitha path. Some readily accessible gravel banks are excellent places to laze around and bathe in the Leitha on hot summer days. After a short time, the source of the Leitha can be seen at the confluence of the Schwarza and Pitten rivers, whilst the monument showing the source and the three Leitha witches can be seen on the right We carry on to the right and walk on to the Hauptstraße in Haderswörth. Gasthof Mühlendorfer (Mühlendorf Inn) is just away on the right and is a good place to rest. However, we turn left off Hauptstraße. We then follow a narrow path alongside the road, go over the train tracks to a roundabout, and then we head left and continue towards Bad Erlach. Before reaching tracks, the signposted path branches right towards Linsberg Asia Therme and therefore also the end of Regional Route A, whilst Bad Erlach’s railway station can be seen straight ahead. When in Bad Erlach, we discover the Viennese Alpine route, which continues from here to Pitten and Thernberg. In the opposite direction, the path heads via the Rosaliengebirge retour to Katzelsdorf.
all notes on protected areas
As an example, take the train or bus via Wiener Neustadt to Katzeldorf railway station.
When coming from Vienna or Graz via the A2, take the S4 towards Eisenstadt at Wiener Neustadt and then leave at the Katzelsdorf exit. Then turn right and follow the signs for Katzelsdorf Castle when in Katzelsdorf.
Car parking is available on the forecourt at Katzelsdorf Castle.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
Freytag & berndt WK 023
Always bring suitable maps. Always wear appropriate, sturdy footwear, bring sun and rain protection and water, as well as a little something to eat. Bring your mobile phone with you and save the mountain rescue emergency number: 140