Via Ferrata: “Türkensturz via Pittentaler Steig (C/D)”

Short but classy via ferrata up to the Türkensturz ruin (614m) via the very exposed Pittentaler Steig (C/D). This very exposed via ferrata allows promising surrounding views towards the Rax / Schneeberg group. The tour then continues towards the castle of Seebenstein and then descends into the valley and follows a simple hiking road back to the parking.

Climb Türkensturz via the Pittentaler Steig (C/D)

The tour starts at the parking in Gleißenfeld (GPS: 47.679844, 16.132235) and first crosses the river Pitten. Directly after the bridge, continue straight ahead upwards the steep forest trail which leads then to the crossing towards the Klettersteig (via ferrata). The ferrata itself is rather short but classy and very exposed. It starts with a climbing tree, followed by some steep parts and then a very exposed traverse. The crux is the steep headwall at the end which then ends at the ruin of Türkensturz. After exploring the ruin, the tour follows an easy hiking trail towards the Castle Seebenstein, whereas first a detour to the Lutherkanzel (vista point) is recommended. After a short sightseeing of the castle, the tour then follows the forest road downwards towards Seebenstein and then a paved road back towards Gleisenfeld (parking).

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory for this tour!

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Gleißenfeld (GPS: 47.679844, 16.132235) and cross the river using the bridge at the northern end of the parking.
00:05 Follow the signposts towards Pittentaler Steig, leading in a steep forest trail upwards.
00:15 A wooden signpost on the floor marks the crossing towards the via ferrata. Turn right here and follow the small forest trail.
00:25 Short break at the beginning of the via ferrata. Put on your via ferrata set here and then climb up the climbing tree.
01:20 Approaching the ruin Türkensturz which is the end of the via ferrata. This is a perfect place to enjoy some self-brought victory refreshments ().
01:30 Follow the trail back at the ruin heading north.
01:36* At the crossing, stay straight on the forest road heading north OR use the short variant to go back to the parking (see below).
01:37 At the crossing, keep right and follow the upper forest road (Oberer Türkensturzweg).
01:50 At the crossing turn left and follow the forest road downwards.
01:55 Turn right into the small trail (shortcut) and follow then the forest road towards the castle.
02:05 Shortly before the castle, turn left into the small trail which leads around the castle towards the Lutherkanzel vista point.
02:06 Enjoy the view from Lutherkanzel and turn then back towards the castle.
02:15 Go through the main gate and follow the road (keep right) downwards.
02:18 At the crossing, look up to locate the cave on your right hand-side. After exploring the cave, follow the road on the left hand-side downwards to the village Seebenstein.
02:25 Walk around Seebenstein, to find some rest place or turn directly left towards Zum Waldhaus.
03:30 Well deserved break at the restaurant Zum Waldhaus ( ).
05:30 Follow the Schlossweg road back to the parking.
06:00 Back at the parking (end of the tour).
01:36* Short variant: Turn left and follow the path back to the parking.

At a glance

Level moderate-difficult
–  Via Ferrata Category  C/D 
Shape / Fitness
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General Tour Data

Area: Nature park Seebenstein, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 7.5km
Ascent: 284m (1h 08min)
Descent: 278m (0h 50min)
Highest Pt: 610m
Lowest Pt: 350m
Duration: 3h 20min (without breaks)
6h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Zum Waldhaus (351m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Topo/Map: Pittentaler Steig (C/D)

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Tour Diary

2020-06-25 12:30

Weather: Very cloudy
Participants: Stefan, Hannes
Activity: Suunto

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