Jagged rocks, roaring waterfalls, unique nature – this is how one of Austria's most exciting landscapes presents itself to its visitors. Shaped by the forces of the Ötscherbach brook, an utterly unique system of gorges awaits you at the foot of Mt. Ötscher: the Ötschergräben (Ötscher Gorges) aka the Grand Canyon of Austria. From the Hagengut the trail follows the only “fjord” of Lower Austria. Following the banks of the picturesque Erlaufstausee reservoir, you then reach Mitterbach. Transportation tip: Try getting there car-free with the Mariazell Railway which takes you directly to the nature park entrance Wienerbruck.
Distance 11.2 km
From the Nature Park Centre Ötscher-Basis in Wienerbruck - which is ideal for a stop before or after the tour - the trail leads along the Wienerbruck reservoir to Austria's oldest dam wall. There is also the entrance to one of the most impressive landscapes of the country. The beautiful path follows the course of the Lassing up to the roaring Lassingfall. The water falls over several breaks in the formation to a depth of about 160m until it joins the Erlauf at the foot of the waterfall. This is exactly where an impressive building - the Wienerbruck power station - is located on the so-called Stierwaschboden. Once built to electrify the Marizeller Railway, it is now fully operational and in 2015 the Turnbinenhalle was made accessible to visitors. In any case you should allow a few minutes for a visit. From here, the path runs over steep paths, walkways and bridges, always upstream along the Ötscherbach. From the Ötscher-Hias snack bar, the trail leads over a short stretch of forest road (Forststraße) to the Erlaufklause reservoir. Along the lakeshore, the path winds its way through another unique landscape. It is not without reason that this part of the landscape is often referred to as the fjord. Once you arrive in Mitterbach, the Stapelhaus with its unique view of the Ötscher is an ideal place to stop for a break. The Mariazeller Railway takes hikers from Mitterbach station back to Wienerbruck.
Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Seeterrase in the nature park centre Ötscher-Basis. Special emphasis is placed on the use of regional products such as dirndel juice, Ötscher beer and game. Visit the Wienerbruck power station on the Stierwaschboden. There is a self-explanatory exhibition in the Turbinenhalle. If you are interested, a guided tour can also be organised. Simply call 02728 21 100 and if you still have enough energy, we recommend a trip to the Mirafall. From the Ötscherhias simply follow the Ötscherbach for about 20 minutes to the impressive waterfall. For the way there and back, you should plan on about an hour.
AuthorEvelyn Knoll (iV Michael Gansch)
Update: September 16, 2021
Rest StopSeegasthaus Ötscher-Basis
Ötscherhias in den Ötschergräben
Safety informationFor sure-footed hikers with no fear of heights!
Tips and hintsMariazellerbahn: with stops in Wienerbruck and Mitterbach.
Further information / links
Ötscher Base Nature Park Centre Wienerbruck (T 02728/211 00, E )
Compass "Mariazell, Ötscher, Erlauftal" 22
Getting thereA1 exit Ybbs/Donau - direction Eisenstraße - follow B25 - after Scheibbs turn left direction Puchenstuben - follow B28 direction Annaberg until Lassingrotte - at Lassingrotte turn right direction Wienerbruck - Wienerbruck station
ParkingÖtscher Base Nature Park Centre Wienerbruck
33T 522929 5300267
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EquipmentTough shoes and rain protection
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
- Kit para bolhas
- 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.
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