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Snowshoeing: Sima Hut-Herrgottschnitzer-Franz Kaupe House

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  • Herrgottschnitzer-Franz-Kaupe-Haus (Copyright: Herrgottschnitzer-Franz-Kaupe-Haus, Foto Alexandra Rudolf)
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Beautiful hike from the Sima hut near Unterberg (St. Corona) up to the Herrgottschnitzer-Franz-Kaupe Hut on Kampstein which is open all year round.
Distance 3.4 km
1:30 h
392 m
19 m
The snowshoe hike starts at the Sima hut near Unternberg/St. Corona, near the lower station of the Sima lifts "mini ski area". It Sima hut is only open in summer for two wine taverns lasting several days and can otherwise only be rented for private celebrations. Parallel to the lift, you will walk up switchbacks towards Kampstein. Here you can trudge through the snow in the forest and enjoy the peace and fresh air. The destination or rather the intermediate stop of the tour is the Herrgottschnitzer hut one named in honour of Franz Kaupe. At the hut, which is open all year round, hungry guests can expect delicious, homemade cream slices and warm delicacies. Here, dog fans can also meet the hut owner´s huskies, who love being petted. In addition, you are rewarded for the one and a half hour ascent with a beautiful view of the ever-changing area. From the Hergottschnitzer hut, there are different possibilities to continue hiking. Experienced and well-conditioned hikers can climb the Kampstein peaks from here to 1467 metres above sea level. If you don't have so much time, you can hike back down into the valley, either on the same path as the ascent, to the Sima hut or via Orthof to Unternberg. The alternative ways from the Herrgottschnitzer can be seen on the "Kampstein loop".

Author’s recommendation

Combine your hike with a stay in the Wechsel-region, for example at the holiday home Gruber-List or at Ofnerhof in Unternberg!
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Update: November 27, 2019
Highest point
1,328 m
Lowest point
940 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Mountain rescue emergency number: 140 EU emergency number: 112

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 Tourismus GmbH, +43 2622/78960,



Sima hut (St. Corona) (946 m)
47.567152, 16.015170
47°34'01.7"N 16°00'54.6"E
33T 576358 5268692


Herrgottschnitzerhütte (Kampstein)

Turn-by-turn directions

We start heading westward uphill about parallel to the ski lift. We will keep going straight until we get to a T-junction. Here we will turn right. From now on, it will go up in switchbacks. We will turn sharp left, keep right at the next fork and soon turn sharp right. After a short stretch, we will reach a fork where we turn left. We will now follow the path that leads us through a left-hand bend and a right-hand bend to a junction near the upper station of the Sima lifts. Here we will make a sharp left turn. Continue along the road to the left, then we will keep right and cross a road. Again on our way, we will turn left once and then go straight ahead to the Herrgottschnitzer-Franz-Kaupe House.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Wr. From Neustadt central train station take the regional train (direction Aspang-Markt) to the terminus. Continue with the regional bus 1762 (direction Kirchberg Wechsel Hotel). Get off at the stop Unternberg Gasthof Fahrner. The starting point at the Sima hut is about half an hour's walk away.

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Getting there

From Vienna take the A2 Südautobahn, exit at Edlitz. Drive in the direction of Aspang.  Continue on Wechsel Straße/B54 to Aspang. At the roundabout take the third exit ( Gutenberggasse ). Turn right onto Bahnstraße. Turn slightly right onto Mühlgasse, Mühlgasse runs slightly to the right and becomes Sonneck. Continue on L137 to Unternberg. In the town centre, drive via Unternberg to Außerneuwald. Turn right onto Tauchner, follow this road to the end.


Parking is available at the Sima hut.


47.567152, 16.015170
47°34'01.7"N 16°00'54.6"E
33T 576358 5268692
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.

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.
3.4 km
1:30 h
392 m
19 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available


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