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Snowshoeing recommended route

From Payerbach to the Speckbacher hut

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Wonderful loop trail from Payerbach up to Kreuzberg.
moderate
Distance 16 km
5:15 h
741 m
741 m
This snowshoe hike leads from Payerbach as a loop trail over Kreuzberg and back to the starting point. Through the Payerbachgraben, it goes up to the Stoierhöhe and to the Kaiserbühel, past a chapel. The intermediate destination on the round is the Speckbacher hut, where you can not only eat and drink, but also plan an overnight stay for a longer stay (day of rest Thursday). Soon you will reach the summit of Kreuzberg at 1084 metres above sea level. From the back of Kreuzberg, you can enjoy breathtaking views towards Semmering and Sonnwendstein. On the way back, you can explore part of the railway hiking trail and make a detour to the historic nostalgia post office in Küb before returning to Payerbach, where numerous excursion possibilities and culinary destinations as well as high-quality overnight accommodations await all those who want to stay longer in the Viennese Alps.

Author’s recommendation

Kombinieren Sie Ihre Wanderung mit einem Aufenthalt im Payerbacherhof im Ort oder auf der Speckbacherhütte direkt entlang des Wanderweges.

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Update: November 27, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
1,100 m
Lowest point
473 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Mountain rescue emergency number: 140

EU emergency number: 112

For information about avalanches: http://www.lawinenwarndienst-niederoesterreich.at

 

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 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 hints

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Tourist information Reichenau, Tel. +43 2666/52865 www.reichenau.at

Tourist information Payerbach, Tel. +43 2666/52423-12 www.tourismus-payerbach.at

 

Start

Payerbach train station (488 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.695767, 15.862397
DMS
47°41'44.8"N 15°51'44.6"E
UTM
33T 564708 5282847
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Destination

Payerbach train station

Turn-by-turn directions

From the station we walk along the street into the village. We cross the Schwarza river and, passing the church, follow the road south into the Payerbachgraben. (Red mark path 834). After the railway viaduct, the path accompanies the road first to the right above in the forest, then to the right to leave it and over a ridge to Stoier Höhe. From here we always stay on trail 834 and reach the Speckbacher hut via Kaasbühel. Always staying on the ridge of Kreuzberg, following the red mark eastward we will descend to the Klammer chapel. Here we turn left onto the railway hiking trail (blue markings) and return via Küb to Payerbach and the railway station.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the regional train towards Payerbach-Reichenau from Vienna via Wiener Neustadt to the terminus.

More information at www.oebb.at or www.vor.at

Getting there

From Vienna via the Südautobahn A2 on S6 Semmeringsschnellstraße and exit at Gloggnitz. Follow B27 until Payerbach.

 

 

From Graz take the S35 or A2 onto the S6 Semmeringsschnellstraße and exit at Gloggnitz. Follow B27 until Payerbach.

Parking

Park and Ride facility near Payerbach-Reichenau railway station.

Coordinates

DD
47.695767, 15.862397
DMS
47°41'44.8"N 15°51'44.6"E
UTM
33T 564708 5282847
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

You need a sporty winter garment (waterproof, windproof and breathable), firm and waterproof winter or hiking boots reaching over your ankle, gloves, a winter hat and sunglasses. A backpack with granola bars and drinks in a thermos for the trip, spare clothes to change, balaclava and a second pair of gloves (mittens), ski goggles and sunscreen.

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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.
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
741 m
Descent
741 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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