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On the move in the Viennese Alpenbogen

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  • Unterwegs am Wiener Alpenbogen
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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.

difficult
294.5 km
82:20 h
11396 m
11367 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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

Vergessen Sie nicht Ihren Wiener Alpen-Viewer im praktischen Handformat mit zu nehmen.

 

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Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Updated: 2018-10-31

Quality route according to Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2061 m
277 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Walking in the Viennese Alps should be a completely safe and beautiful experience. Therefore, please note the following:

Preparation

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.

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

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.

Start

Katzelsdorf/Castle (278 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.779406, 16.270840
UTM
33T 595201 5292564

Destination

Bad Fischau-Brunn/hot spring

Turn-by-turn directions

At a good 300km, the long-distance trail leads along the Viennese Alpenbogen, through southern Lower Austria.

Starting in Katzelsdorf, at the foot of the Rosaliengebirge, even the first few kilometres along the border between Burgenland and Lower Austria 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 Bad Erlach, where a visit to the Asian thermal spring in Linsberg is worthwhile, the route continues through the rolling hills of Bucklige Welt. The numerous castles and ruins are evidence of the eventful history of the eastern border area. The numerous fortified churches also bear silent witness to this era.

Passing through Kirchschlag in Bucklige Welt, you will reach Bad Schönau, a well-known spa resort. It is worth taking a break in one of the many hotels, to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. Right after Bad Schönau comes the ascent into the Wechselgebiet. From the Hutwisch lookout post in Hochneukirchen-Gschaidt, the path you have been following will become clear again.

The route now 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. Follow in the footsteps of artists and writers from the 19th – 21st centuries. To this day, Semmering remains a key location in Austria’s theatrical world.

From here, you will leave the tranquil landscape of the Belle Epoque and immerse yourself in the high Alpine surroundings of the Rax and the Schneeberg. Accompanied by the rugged mountain range, coupled with idyllic valleys, the route leads to the Raxalpe, via the Höllental. The highest mountain in Lower Austria, the Schneeberg, which regally dominates the landscape, awaits you. 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, which constitute the northern part of the Viennese Alps in Lower Austria.

The final section of the trail runs along the southern side of the Piestingtal, a landscape of which the merits were enjoyed by painters and writers in the 19th century. The tour ends at Bad Fischau-Brunn, with the Fischau hot spring. Once there, enjoy the spa facilities and proudly reflect on your hike through the diversity of the great Alpenbogen, witnessed from the small Alpenbogen.

Public transport

Take the southern railway (Südbahn) to Wiener Neustadt Hauptbahnhof. Then take the regional train (Regionalzug) to Katzelsdorf. The castle is approx. 20 minutes on foot from Katzeldorf station.

See  www.oebb.at for more information.

Getting there

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.

Parking

Several parking spaces are available in front of the castle.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Freytag & Berndt WK 023, 422, 022, 012, 5012

Difficulty
difficult
Distance
294.5 km
Duration
82:20 h
Ascent
11396 m
Descent
11367 m
Stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent

Statistics

  • 19 Stages
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 1: Katzelsdorf - Bad Erlach

Hiking Routes Linsberg Asia Therme Bad Erlach
2013-07-08
difficult Stage 1
24.8 km
7:30 h
694 m
709 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 2: Bad Erlach - Thernberg

Hiking Routes Bergkirche Pitten
2013-07-05
moderate Stage 2
15.1 km
4:30 h
358 m
244 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 3: Thernberg - Wiesmath

Hiking Routes Wandern am WAB bei Thernberg
2013-07-08
moderate Stage 3
20.2 km
6:00 h
781 m
490 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 4: Wiesmath - Kirchschlag

Hiking Routes Baumgartnereck Kirchschlag
2013-07-08
moderate Stage 4
19.9 km
6:00 h
554 m
836 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 5: Kirchschlag - Bad Schönau

Hiking Routes Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt
2013-07-08
easy Stage 5
9.4 km
3:30 h
432 m
382 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 6: Bad Schönau - Gschaidt

Hiking Routes Bucklige Welt
2013-07-09
moderate Stage 6
11.2 km
4:00 h
587 m
312 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 7: Gschaidt - Mönichkirchen

Hiking Routes Wasserpark Mönichkirchen
2013-07-09
difficult Stage 7
23.6 km
7:00 h
845 m
593 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 8: Mönichkirchen - Feistritzsattel

Hiking Routes Hochwechsel
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 8
18.9 km
6:00 h
814 m
493 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 9: Feistritzsattel - Semmering

Hiking Routes
2013-07-15
moderate Stage 9
15.4 km
5:00 h
406 m
703 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 10: Semmering - Prein

Hiking Routes 20-Schilling-Blick
2013-07-15
moderate Stage 10
15.4 km
5:30 h
640 m
939 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 11: Prein - Habsburghaus

Hiking Routes Steig zum Habsburghaus
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 11
11.9 km
5:00 h
1249 m
116 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Hochsteiermark

WAB - Etappe 12: Habsburghaus - Reichenau/Payerbach

Hiking Routes Preinerwandkreuz auf der Rax
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 12
15.6 km
5:15 h
298 m
1589 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes Höllental
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 13
12.1 km
4:30 h
879 m
104 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 14: Knofeleben - Edelweißhütte

Hiking Routes Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 14
15 km
7:45 h
1096 m
1125 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes Schoberalm
2013-07-16
moderate Stage 15
7.5 km
2:30 h
243 m
454 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 16: Öhler Schutzhaus - Pernitz

Hiking Routes Öhler Schutzhaus
2013-07-16
moderate Stage 16
14.6 km
5:00 h
337 m
931 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 17: Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus

Hiking Routes Myrafälle Muggendorf
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 17
17.1 km
5:45 h
749 m
415 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes
2013-07-16
difficult Stage 18
18 km
5:15 h
546 m
970 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Hiking Routes · Wiener Alpen

WAB - Etappe 19: Markt Piesting - Bad Fischau

Hiking Routes Rotes Kreuz in Markt Piesting
2013-07-16
moderate Stage 19
8.6 km
3:00 h
328 m
380 m
by Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH,  Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
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