WAB - Regional Route S part 2: Würflach - Hohe Wand - Grünbacher Sattel
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Gelände mit SchneebergblickPhoto: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Franz Zwickl
Safety informationYour 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.
Tips and hintsYou may like to hike the adjoining routes:
WAB - Regional Route S: Grünbacher Sattel - Gutenmann - Würflach
WAB - Regional Route T: Muggendorf - Rohr im Gebirge
Viennese Alps in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960
We keep right in the direction of Kienberg and follow a solitary hiking route through dense mixed forest and sparse pine forests. The summit of Kienberg is reached at 650 metres, from which we enjoy a view of the Hohe Wand and Schneeberg peaks. Now we go downhill. The rugged Irmasteig route takes us downhill to the crossroads on Kienbergwiese. We turn right at this point and follow the hiking route downhill towards Zweiersdorf. When close to the edge of the woods, turn right and then left onto the plains of the Neue Welt. At this point we cross Zweiersdorfer Bach stream and continue along the gravel track to the edge of Zweiersdorf. Head uphill via Hauptstraße and the cart track on the right-hand side of the meadow. Turn left at the top end of the meadow and follow the woodland path towards Huburtushaus/Springles. Red markings lead us to the start of the Springlessteig route, which we follow uphill to the Huburtushaus. There are secured sections in parts, and a ladder also has to be crossed. Be careful if out in the wet. Those who are less confident or are out and about with small children should only take on the Springlessteig route with a via ferrata set. Upon arriving at the Hubertushaus, we turn left and follow a well-signposted path (marked in red) slightly uphill to the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte. After a short break, we continue along the hiking trail marked out in red, head past the Waldfreundehütte cabin on a gravel track and then reach the highest, albeit inconspicuous point of Hohe Wand after a few minutes. Continue past the former Berghaus Plackles and head downhill along hiking and forest trails towards the Rastkreuz and Gelände sections. At the same time, we can find out what the Big Bang has to do with Grünbach. We continue along the trail towards the Geländehütte cabin along initially relatively simple paths with plenty of grand views, then come across stonier and steeper sections. The closer we get to the Geländehütte, the more we get to see the views. Whilst a bear fights with a Stone Age human some distance further down from the Geländehütte, we go past the cabin on the right and continue hiking towards Grünbachersattel. The first fork in the road to Grünbach (marked in blue) is ignored, but the Krumböcksteig path, which is marked out in red a few metres further on the left, is followed. We walk downhill along steep paths and reach the Grünbacher Sattel after half-an-hour. This means the end of the Regional Route S circuit.
At this point, there is an option to continue hiking from here to Regional Route R at Puchberg/Schneeberg, to take the bus from Grünbacher Sattel towards Puchberg or Grünbach, or to walk to Grünbach Kohlenwerk railway station.
Public transportDrive to Neunkirchen NÖ railway station, then take the bus on to Würflach.
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By roadIf you are travelling from Vienna or Graz on the A2, change onto the B26 at the Wiener-Neustadt West exit and head towards Puchberg am Schneeberg. When in Willendorf turn left onto the road to Würflach and before you reach the church in Würflach, turn right to Wellnesswelt Würflach.
ParkingCar parking is available at Wellnesswelt Würflach.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentAlways 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
- 6 Waypoints
- 6 Waypoints