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Rax expedition (only recommended with mountain guide)

Snowshoeing · Wiener Alpen
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  • Schneeschuhwandern auf der Rax
    / Schneeschuhwandern auf der Rax
    Photo: Adi Aigner, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Claudia Ziegler
  • / Schneeschuhwandern auf der Rax - Ottohaus
    Photo: Adi Aigner, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Claudia Ziegler
  • / Ottohaus im Winter
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Christian Kremsl
m 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Raxalpen-Berggasthof Raxalpen-Berggasthof Ottohaus Gloggnitzer Hütte Ottohaus
Winter and snowshoe hiking on the Rax is one of the favourite activities in the region.
15.3 km
7:30 h
846 m
846 m
We go up to the plateau on the Rax cableway, the oldest cable railway in Austria, which started operation in 1926. Once you arrive at the top, you are met by snow-covered alpine meadows, fantastic views and healthy, cold mountain air. The Ottohaus is the first lodge you reach after the upper station. But before that you can enjoy the unique views of the Schneeberg. The next station, New Lakeside Huts, owes its name to a small lake that disappeared shortly after the First World War. It continues over the Trinksteinsattel and the Scheibwaldhöhe to the Gloggnitzer hut. From there, the path leads back to the starting point of the hike.

Author’s recommendation

Diese Tour ist nur mit Bergführer empfohlen!!!
Verbinden Sie Ihre Wanderung mit einer Nächtigung im Raxalpen Berggasthof direkt bei der Bergstation der Raxseilbahn!

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Renate Buchner
Updated: November 27, 2019
Highest point
1,937 m
Lowest point
1,472 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Mountain rescue emergency number: 140

EU emergency number: 112

For information about avalanches:


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, hints and links

Raxalm-Berggasthof: Tel. +43 2666/52450 open in the winter as well


Ottohaus: Tel. +43 2666/52402 open during winter in case of nice weather at weekends and on public holidays (catering only)


Neue Seehütte: phone +43 676/7488719 open during winter in case of nice weather at weekends and on public holidays (no overnight stay possible in any of the seasons)


Gloggnitzer Hütte: +43 2662/42962 managed on weekends by club members under simple terms (overnight stay possible)


Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich,, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Tourist information Reichenau, Tel. +43 2666/52865


Tourist information Payerbach, Tel. +43 2666/52423-12



Rax cableway upper station (1,540 m)
47.717197, 15.778262
47°43'01.9"N 15°46'41.7"E
33T 558371 5285162


Rax cableway upper station

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting point for this route is the upper station of the Rax cableway (1544m). From here, we will follow the trail along the red summer markings to the Ottohaus (1644m) (open in winter on weekends when the weather is fine and public holidays (catering area only)) and along the lake trail (also marked red) to the Neue See hut (1648m) (open in winter on weekends when the weather is fine and public holidays (no overnight accommodation throughout the year)) at the foot of Trinkstein. Now we will walk 200 meters uphill along the red mark to the Trinksteinsattel (1850m). We will continue to follow the red marking in the direction of Habsburghaus (approx. 5 - 10 min), then walk uphill to Scheibwaldhöhe (1943m) along the green marking. Continuing, we will go along the red marking direction Gloggnitzer hut (1550m) (on the weekend, simply managed by club members (overnight stay possible)). From there, the route will lead us over the Klobenthörl to the Dirnbacher hut (1477m) and further ascending over the "Hofhalt" to the Ottohaus and back to the starting point.


Hiking time with snowshoes 6 - 9 hours depending on weather and snow conditions


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the Southern Railway to Payerbach-Reichenau. Buses run at regular intervals between Payerbach-Reichenau station and Rax cableway lower station.

More info:


Getting there

A2 to the Seebenstein intersection - S6 to Gloggnitz - B27 to Hirschwang an der Rax, Rax cableway lower station (at the end of Hirschwang village)


Parking is available at the lower station of Rax cableway


47.717197, 15.778262
47°43'01.9"N 15°46'41.7"E
33T 558371 5285162
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.
15.3 km
846 m
846 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Clear area


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