The Burgenländischer Mariazellerweg leads you through many locations and landscapes in the Viennese Alps within Lower Austria.
Distance 104.1 km
Highest point1,166 m
Lowest point315 m
Burgenländischer Mariazellerweg 06 starts in Eisenstadt and the first few kilometres take you in a southerly direction via Großhöflein to the famous Forchtenstein castle in the Rosalia mountain range. The highest point in the Rosalia mountain range is reached at Rosalia Chapel soon afterwards. From this point, the route goes downhill through Walpersbach to Pitten. Pilgrims now see the famous pine forests of the Steinfeld. The hilly landscapes of the Schneeberg region are reached once more at Würflach. One of the most attractive parts of the pilgrimage route leads through the romantic Johannesbachklamm ravine. We then head on via Grünbach to Puchberg am Schneeberg. The route then continues over Mamauwiese to the village of Schwarzau im Gebirge, the junction of many pilgrimage routes. When at the border between Lower Austria and Styria, we cross the Gscheidl summit towards the Lahn Saddle and Terz. The last few kilometres to Mariazell lead through the upper and lower Halltal valley to the place of pilgrimage.
Booking tip: Pilgerwege nach Mariazell (Pilgrimage route to Mariazell). Mariazellerwege 06 (Authors: Erika and Fritz Käfer); published by Verlag Styria.
Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Update: July 30, 2021
Best time of year
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.
We start at Rosalia Chapel down on the Burgenland border and wander through Rosalia Woods down towards Walpersbach. The Burgenländischer Mariazellerweg now takes you through many locations and landscapes in the Viennese Alps. We keep to thepaths marked in red and white whilst continuing through the following settlements and landscape features in Lower Austria:
The Lahn Saddle is on the Styrian border. From here, we travel along the B21 to Mariazell via Terz and Halltal.
all notes on protected areas
Travel from Wiener Neustadt Central Station by train or a rail replacement service to Wiesen-Sigleß station (Mattersburgerstraße). Take regional bus 7993 (towards Rosalia Hochwolkersdorferstrasse) to Rosalia Chapel.
From Vienna Follow the A4 and S1 as far as the 7-Leopoldsdorf exit on the S1. Continue along Ödenburger Str./B16 to Münchendorf. Follow the A3 and S31 to Forchtenauerstraße in Mattersburg, then taken the Forchtenstein exit on the S31. Carry on along Hauptstraße, Schlossbergstraße, and Rosalienstraße until you reach Rosalia in Forchtenstein.
From Graz Take the S35 and S6, then go onto the A4 and take the exit towards Lanzenkirchen. Turn right onto Frohsdorfer Straße. Continue along Wiener Neustädter Straße, Frohsdorfer Hauptstraße, Schleinzer Straße. Pass the roundabout. Straight ahead on the L148. Turn left onto Hollerbergstrasse then continue to Rosalia.
Parking is possible in Forchtenstein.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
freytag&berndt WK022, WK023
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
Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Kit para bolhas
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
Religious objects and material as required
Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel
Toiletries and medication
Sleeping bag liner
Pilgrim ID card
Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
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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