Via Ferrata: “Hohe Wand Kleine & Große Klause (A/B)”

Easy via ferrata (Cat. A/B) up the rear side of the Hohe Wand through the “Kleine Klause” (Naturfreunde Steig) to the Waldeggerhaus (hut) and then down via the “Große Klause” (Waldegger Steig), allowing promising views towards Schneeberg and Ötscher.

Promising tour at the rear side of the Hohe Wand, climbing up and down using easy via ferratas

This promising tour uses two very easy via ferratas (Cat. A/B, A – suitable for beginners) but allows stunning views towards Schneeberg and on good weather conditions even till Ötscher. The tour begins in Dürnbach, at the opposite side of the former Nazwirt. It follows up a nice trail through the forest (following the red/yellow markings and signposts towards Kleine Klause) and finally leads into the Kleine Klause (or Naturfreunde) via ferrata. The ferrata itself uses many iron rungs and some ladders (most of the time no cable) but is easy to climb.
The Kleine Klause ends at a crossing close to the street (turn left) and then leads towards the Waldeggerhaus. From there, the trail allows an awesome view towards Schneeberg and on clear days even to Ötscher and beyond. After a break at the Waldeggerhaus the trail continues and descends towards the crossing to Große Klause (or Waldegger Steig – blue markings). This very easy via ferrata uses many iron ladders and passes by several caves. One of them can be even easily visited since its entrance is directly next to one of the longer iron ladders.
The trail then ends again in Dürnbach but can be extended visiting the big waterfall located in Dürnbach.

Please note that a “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is optional (not needed) for sure-footed people.


Tour Description

00:00 Start at the former Nazwirt (GPS: 47.853740, 16.031666) in Dürnbach.
00:01 Follow the stairs opposite the former Nazwirt and the trail marked red/yellow towards Kleine Klause (see signposts!).
00:02 Turn right, following the trail marked with a red arrow towards Kleine Klause (see signpost).
00:15 At the big crossing, keep left upwards and follow the trail marked with a yellow and red arrow.
00:30 At the forest road’s turn, follow the small trail straight ahead towards the big rock. Keep right and follow the trail towards the start of the Kleine Klause via ferrata.
00:31 Climb up using the iron rungs at the entrance of the Kleine Klause / Naturfreundesteig.
01:00 At the trail crossing before the street, turn left and follow the small trail next to the street towards Waldeggerhaus (optionally you can also walk on the street).
01:10 Well deserved break () at Waldeggerhaus. Enjoy the view from there towards Schneeberg and on clear days even to Ötscher and beyond.
01:45 Pass by the Waldeggerhaus (through its yard) and follow the trail downwards.
01:55 Follow the trail downwards (marked blue), crossing the forest road.
02:05 At the crossing, turn left and follow the blue marking towards Große Klause (see signposts).
02:10 Upper end of the Große Klause via ferrata. Use the first ladder downwards and follow the blue marked trail.
02:15 After climbing down the long iron ladder, inspect the cave located next to the ladder (left side when looking upwards).
02:20 Continue the trail downwards till reaching the street.
02:30 First, follow the street downwards (keep left) and then at the crossing with the other street, turn right.
02:35 At the first possibility, turn left and walk down the street towards the houses.
02:36 At the end of the street, turn right into the small street, cross the bridge and then follow the small trail towards the Waterfall.
02:40 Enjoy the big waterfall and then follow the trail upwards which ends again at the street towards the starting point (former Nazwirt).
02:45 End of the tour.

General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 7,5km
Ascent: 583m (1h 20min)
Descent: 565m (1h 00min)
Highest Pt: 1004m
Lowest Pt: 490m
Duration: 2h 25min (without breaks)
02h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Waldeggerhaus (1002m)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Shoe chains (“Grödel”) in winter
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and water
Sun & Weather protection
Optional: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Topo/Map: Naturfreundesteig (Kleine Klause) (A/B)


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At a glance

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


Tip: The tour can be done in both directions. I personally recommend to climb the Kleine Klause up since it slightly more difficult than the Große Klause.

Tour Diary

2022-02-12 09:30

Season: Winter
Weather: Mostly sunny
Participants: Stefan, Robert
Activity: Strava
  We did a detour to the wildlife park instead of the waterfalls.
In winter, the tour takes slightly longer (3:30 without breaks)

2020-04-09 10:30

Season: Summer
Weather: Sunny (clear)
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Suunto

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