Via Ferrata: “Rax via Hoyossteig (A/B)”   !  

Climb up the Rax through the Höllental via the Hoyossteig (via ferrata) and descend via the cable car. This beautiful but long via ferrata (category A/B) is suitable for beginners with good condition but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view.

Climb up the Rax via the “Hoyossteig” and descend using the cable car

This tour leads through the exciting Höllental up to the Rax. Although the tour is long, it is fairly easy (cat. A/B, I-) and thus – in summer – suitable for beginners. Due to the exciting scenery, it is also enjoyable for experienced persons.
The tour starts at the small parking in front of the tunnel at the Höllental (GPS: 47.746355, 15.763405) where a small trail leads towards the Schönbrunnerstiege. Following a long hiking trail through the Höllental and a small hiking trail towards the entrance of Hoyossteig (see signpost) finally takes you to the entrance of the via ferrata: a giant rock followed by an iron ladder. At the exit, turn left and follow the trail downwards towards Höllentalaussicht and then to the mountain station of the cable car.

This tour assumes the availability of two cars whereas the first car is parked at the valley station of the Rax cable car (end of the tour). The other car will be parked at Höllental, the starting point of the tour.
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is advised to be used for this tour!
During this tour, we had to turn around due to the very bad weather conditions (ice and > half a meter of snow, danger of Avalanche), thus the full tour description has not been verified by the author.


Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Höllental (before the tunnel). The trail starts opposite of the parking lot.
00:01 Follow the trail parallel to the street (keep right 2x).
00:05 Follow the Schönbrunnerstiege (iron stairs).
00:07 Follow the blue route through the Höllental.
00:40 Turn right at the crossing to Hoyossteig (see signpost, marked red-white-red).
01:05 Turn right towards the entrance of Hoyossteig (difficult to find).
01:10 Break at the entrance of the Hoyossteig. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) here.
01:15 Climb up the rock and the iron ladder (begin of the via ferrata).
01:45 Cross the traverse (Querung).
04:00* Exit of Hoyossteig. A perfect moment for a break (). Then, turn left into the Rudolfsteig.
05:00* Turn left downwards towards the Dirnbacher Hütte (see signposts).
06:00* At the Praterstern crossing, turn left and follow the path to the mountain station.
06:30* Well-deserved break ( ) at the Berggasthof. Descend via the cable car to the parking.

*: Due to bad weather conditions, we decided to abort the tour. The remaining tour data are therefore only estimations.
At a glance

Level (in summer) easy (long)
–  Via Ferrata Category  A/B 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  

General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1235m
Descent: 252m
Highest Pt: 1638m
Lowest Pt: 563m
Duration: 5h 30min (without breaks)
7h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Ottohaus (1644m) or
Berggasthof Rax (1545m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and enough water
Sun & Weather protection
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Topo/Map: Ernst Graf Hoyossteig (A/B)

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Tour Diary

Tour Date: 2019-12-27 09:45
  Weather: Snowfall, foggy & icy
  Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Robert
  Activity: Suunto
    Tour aborted due to snow and weather conditions.



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