Hiking Tour: “Luckerte Wand” from “Breitenstein / Kalte Rinne”

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An easy but scenic tour in the Viennese Alps, starting at the iconic “Kalte Rinne Viadukt” – one of the most impressive and gigantic piece of the Semmering railway track – up to the “Luckerte Wand”, a rock wall full of pass-through caves that are part of the route. The top of “Luckerte Wand” welcomes with a nice rest area providing an amazing view towards the “Rax” and the “Schneeberg”.

Scenic tour starting at the “Kalte Rinne Viadukt” up to the “Luckerte Wand” and its pass-through caves

The tour starts at the parking in front of the Kalte Rinne Viadukt – one of the most impressive and gigantic bridges of the Semmering railway track. The tour continues alongside the impressive Polleroswand and follows the street up till reaching the famous climbing area. The tour then follows the nice hiking trail alongside the climbing area. A detour and visit of the impressive Falkensteinhöhle (easily accessible via wooden stairs) is strongly recommended. The tour then continues and passes by the impressive Gaiskirchel, a church inside a cave. Continue following the trail north and then eastwards leads to the top of Luckerte Wand. It is strongly recommended to turn left before the viewpoint and descent to the pass-through caves of the Luckerte Wand. The markings lead through the caves and provide a nice hike through and around the Luckerte Wand. Finally, hiking up to the top and rest area of Luckerte Wand provides a promising view towards the Rax and the Schneeberg.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking before the Kalte Rinne Viadukt (GPS: 47.656427, 15.807352) and follow the street westwards.
00:05 Walk through below the impressive Kalte Rinne Viadukt and continue following the street westwards.
00:10 At the crossing, turn left and continue following the street.
00:20 At the crossing, either turn right and follow the steep hiking trail or continue following the street for an easier ascent.
00:25 At the crossing, do an U-turn and turn into the red-marked hiking trail alongside the impressive climbing walls.
00:30 Detour to Falkensteinhöhle: At the crossing, turn right and follow the small trail to the already visible wooden stairs. Hike up the wooden stairs and explore the impressive Falkensteinhöhle (cave).
00:45 Hike down again the wooden stairs and continue following the hiking trail westwards.
00:50 At the crossing, keep straight and follow the trail for a few meters towards the Gaiskirchel (church). After visiting the church in the cave, go back and this time follow the upper trail northwards.
01:00 At the crossing, turn left and follow the green marked trail westwards.
01:25 At the crossing, just before the rest area of Luckerte Wand, turn left, descend a few meters and then turn right towards the pass-through caves.
01:30 Follow the red marked path through the caves and around the Luckerte Wand. Then hike up again towards the rest area above the caves on top of the Luckerte Wand.
01:45 Enjoy the view (best with a self-brought refreshment ) from the rest area on top of Luckerte Wand.
02:00 Follow the same way back towards the parking like used for the ascent.
03:00 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

At a glance

Level  easy 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  
General Tour Data

Area: Wiener Alpen, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 9km
Ascent: 455m (0h 50min)
Descent: 455m (0h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1132m
Lowest Pt: 763m
Duration: 2h 45min (without breaks)
3h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: None!
Equipment: Comfortable hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and enough water
1x Gipfelbier (
Sun & Weather protection


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Tour Diary

2022-10-23 14:30

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Robert
Activity: Strava

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