Like the great Alpenbogen, the diverse landscapes of the Viennese Alps string together. A “small Alpenbogen” with fabulous views fans out. The gentle hills of Bucklige Welt, the mountain meadows of Wechsel (also known as Schwaigen), Semmering – home to the Semmering Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site –, the Schneeberg and Rax mountain ranges with peaks reaching over 2000m, and the gentle ascents of the Gutenstein Alps.
At a good 300km, the long-distance trail leads along the Viennese Alpenbogen, through southern Lower Austria. Even the first few kilometres along the Rosaliengebirge will give you a preview of the hiking experience which is to come.
You will soon see the great Alpenbogen fold out in front of you like a panoramic image. From Bucklige Welt, the route leads into Schwaigenland, a pasture area along the Wechsel, and further east to the enchanting landscape of the “Semmering Railway and surrounding landscape”, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From here, immerse yourself in the high Alpine surroundings of the Rax and the Schneeberg, the highest mountain in Lower Austria. The experience of reaching the Hochschneeberg will more than make up for such a difficult ascent.
After that, the route continues down gentle paths from the Schneeberg mountain range in the Gutenstein Alps, and through the Piesting Valley, to Bad Fischau-Brunn.
Entlang des Weges am Wiener Alpenbogen gibt es Betriebe, die sich als Wanderbetriebe zertifizieren lassen. Hilfestellung bei der Planung Ihrer Wanderung und Übernachtung bietet Ihnen das Büro der Wiener Alpen in Katzelsdorf. Nähere Informationen erhalten Sie unter www.wieneralpen.at oder telefonisch unter +43 / 2622 / 78960
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Walking in the Viennese Alps should be a completely safe and beautiful experience. Therefore, please note the following:
Make sure that your choice of route matches your hiking experience and your physical condition. Check the weather forecast. In the mountains, the weather can change surprisingly quickly. For this reason, make sure you are well-equipped (e.g. bring rain protection).
Check that the huts and refreshment stations that you want to visit along the way will be open. Tell someone which route you have chosen, and when you hope to return, before you set off.
Although most of the routes are well-developed hiking trails, you will still walk through hilly and mountainous landscapes. Suitable equipment is recommended.
Some parts of the route lead through high Alpine terrain, where the weather can change at any time. Care must therefore be taken.
Please note that this tour passes through high Alpine terrain. Bring a suitable map. Wear suitable, sturdy shoes, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and a bite to eat. Bring your mobile phone, and save the emergency number of the mountain rescue team: 140
Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960
Tourismusbüro Reichenau an der Rax, www.reichenau.at, +43 / 2666 / 52206 25
Here you can get a free hiking guide about your tour. This hiking guide provides an overview of the route, and information on refreshment stops. Please note that this is not a suitable hiking map.
Take the A2 motorway to Knoten Wiener Neustadt/the S4 exit towards Mattersburg. Turn right at the S4 exit towards Katzelsdorf. Turn left at the church. After 200m, turn right at Katzelsdorf Castle.
Several parking spaces are available in front of the castle.