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WAB - Regional Route J: Payerbach - Waldburgangerhütte - Knofeleben

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  • Payerbach Waldburgangerhütte
    / Payerbach Waldburgangerhütte
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Andreas Kranzmayer
  • / Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH, ©Knofeleben
  • / Jubiläumsaussicht Payerbach
    Photo: Adi Aigner, Gemeinde Payerbach
  • / Pavillion in Payerbach
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus, ©Marktgemeinde Payerbach, Foto: Franz Zwickl
  • / Waldburganger Hütte
    Photo: Michael Merstallinger, Michael Merstallinger
  • / auf der Sonnenterasse
    Photo: Michael Merstallinger, Michael Merstallinger
  • / Der Ort Payerbach (Copyright: Wiener Alpen, Foto: Franz Zwickl)
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Waldburgangerhütte
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Waldburgangerhütte
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Bahnhof Payerbach
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schöberl Waldburgangerhütte
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Waldburgangerhütte
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Bank Waldburgangerhütte
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben
    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
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Regional Route J is from Payerbach and the Jubiläumsaussicht (Jubilee Panorama View) and expansive meadows all the way to Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben. 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.
moderate
10.7 km
4:00 h
917 m
147 m
The hike continues along forest and meadow paths from the railway station in the historic summer resort of Payerbach to Knofeleben via the Waldburgangerhütte cabin. The Jubilee Panorama View provides an unexpected but phenomenal view of the Semmering Railway World Heritage Site with the prominent viaduct in Payerbach. The Waldburgangerhütte is an ideal spot to stop for a while before going over the Bodenwiese. This path heads through a wonderful alpine pasture landscape in a gently sloping basin, a splendid example of idyllic alpine meadows in perfect harmony! After a short stretch in the forest, the route finishes at the brightest cabin in the Alps at Knofeleben. Furthermore, Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben took first prize amongst cabins in the 2014 Hüttenwahl survey of cabins.

Author’s recommendation

Combine your hike with a stay in the Payerbacherhof.

It is recommended at weekends that you ring in advance to enquire if beds are available for overnight stays at Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben (closed Mondays). Please note that the Waldburgangerhütte cabin is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

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Updated: May 26, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1257 m
Lowest point
487 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Your hiking experience in the Vienna Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe one. Therefore, please bear the following in mind:

Preparation

When choosing a route, make sure it corresponds to your mountain 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.

Tips, hints and links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:

 

WAB - Regional Route I: Kirchberg/Wechsel - Maria Schutz

 

WAB - Regional Route K: Gloggnitz Castle - Prigglitz - Payerbach tourism office

 

Viennese Alps in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Start

Payerbach railway station (487 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.696000, 15.860446
DMS
47°41'45.6"N 15°51'37.6"E
UTM
33T 564561 5282871
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Destination

Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben

Turn-by-turn directions

Regional Route J features a very gentle start at Payerbach-Reichenau railway station in this summer holiday area. The old advertisements at the station are interesting as a record of how Payerbach and Reichenau were sold to the masses as a place to spend summer holidays.

 

We cross over the large car park and follow a narrow paved path westwards. The route goes downhill for a short spell. Then we turn right through the underpass and follow the road uphill. After two hairpins, a hiking route that is marked in blue heads into the forest. We ascend this then keep to the right. We cross over a road, follow the hiking route, and then meet that road once again. We go past Hof Hochberger on the right-hand side then switch over to the route marked in blue. This route is a steep ascent in parts, and a short section is secured with a chain. The strenuous effort of the ascent is instantly forgotten upon taking in the Jubilee Panorama View, which is not quite on the hiking route but can be reached via a short detour. Signs make hikers aware of this in good time. After returning to the path, we ascend the trail, cross a forest road, and continue to climb via a path marked out in blue. The path runs into a forest road. We keep to the right-hand side and turn left towards the Waldburgangerhütte after a short distance, which is reached after a short climb. This cabin is renowned for its Schöberl (dumplings added to soup) and is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from May to October. After a brief stop at the cabin, we head off on a gravel road to the Bodenwiese, a wonderful alpine pasture landscape. We then have the option of seeing Gabi, the owner, and continuing on our way after some food and drink. However, the hiking route branches away on the gravel track to a meadow path somewhat before the owner’s cabin. After climbing a pasture fence, we reach a gravel track once again, onto which we turn left and head into the forest. About 15 minutes later, we turn right at a crossroads towards Lackabodenhütte cabin and then veer left upon reaching the next fork. Around five minutes later, we turn left again at Lackabodenhütte, seeing the rear of the cabin and then veer left around it. The path goes slightly downhill to a forest road, at which we turn right. This forest road leads us directly to Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben. The “brightest cabin in the Alps” took first place amongst all cabins in the Alps and is an inviting place to rest and stay the night. Regional Route J ends at this hut.

 

 

 

 

 

Either enjoy a cosy evening here, or continue to hike along the Viennese Alps, subsequent locations on the long distance path are Krummbachstein and Schneeberg. Alternatively, the Viennese Alps trail can be followed downhill After Kaiserbrunn into the Höllental valley and even along the route for water pipelines to Payerbach. This path is also part of the Viennese Alps long-distance route.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Trains regularly run from Wiener Neustadt railway station to Payerbach-Reichenau.

 

 

Regional trains are available from Mürzzuschlag to Payerbach-Reichenau railway station.

 

More information at www.oebb.at

Getting there

If you are travelling from Vienna take the A2 to Seebenstein junction, then continue on the S6 as far as the Gloggnitz exit. Follow the B27 as far as Payersbach.

 

Take the S35 from Graz, then turn onto the S6 until the Gloggnitz exit. Continue to Gloggnitz via the B27.

Parking

Car parking is available at Payerbach railway station.

Coordinates

DD
47.696000, 15.860446
DMS
47°41'45.6"N 15°51'37.6"E
UTM
33T 564561 5282871
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Freytag & Berndt WK 022

Equipment

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
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
917 m
Descent
147 m
Point-to-point Scenic Refreshment stops available

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