Via Ferrata: “Rax via Hans von Haid Steig (D)”

Difficult but promising via ferrata up to the Preiner Wand at the Rax (1783m) via the Hans von Haidsteig (D) whereas the demanding crux is a chimney which is very often wet and therefore very slippery. After visiting the summit, the tour descends via the Neue Seehütte and then via the Göbl-Kühnsteig towards the Waxriegelhaus and back to the parking.

Climb Rax (Preiner Wand) via the famous Hans von Haidsteig

The tour starts at the parking in Griesleiten (GPS: 47.683668, 15.741163) and first follows a forest road upwards till the Holzknechtsteig. Following this trail through the forest which crosses several streets finally leads towards a source. Turn left and continue following the Holzknechtsteig till reaching a scree field. After some easy climbing, the new Haidsteig ferrata starts on the right hand-side. After the first climb, the first climbing tree is reached. The ferrata now gets steep and exposed (traverse) till reaching the first plateau where the old Haidsteig is crossing (can be used as emergency exit). After another traverse, the second climibing tree is reached that leads up to another exposed traverse and then finally into the famous chimney which is also the crux of this ferrata. The chimney is very often wet and very slippery, so stands are getting rare or are very slippery. After passing the crux, the Schwarze Madonna (shrine) is reached.
The remaining ferrata is easier (B) and finally leads up to the top of the Preiner Wand.
The descent is then done by passing the Neue Seehütte and then continuing via the Göbl-Kühnsteig which leads towards the Waxriegelhaus. From there it is an easy hiking tour through the forest which leads back to the parking at Griesleiten.

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

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Griesleiten (GPS: 47.683668, 15.741163) and follow the forest road upwards (white-yellow-white marking).
00:20 At the crossing, turn right into the forest trail towards Haidsteig.
00:25 Cross the forest road and stay on the small trail upwards.
00:35 At the big crossing, keep left and turn into the Holzknechtsteig.
00:45 At the source, turn left and follow the Holzknechtsteig.
01:00 Break at the start of Haidsteig. Put on your via ferrata set and recharge energy.*
01:10 Climb up the first part of Haidsteig.
01:15 Climb up the first climbing tree, followed by an exposed traverse.
01:40 At the crossing between the new and old Haidsteig, turn left and pass by the traverse towards the second climbing tree.
01:45 Short break at the chimney and then climb up the crux.
02:15 Well deserved break (self-brought ) at the Schwarze Madonna.
02:30 Climb up (I) following the blue markings to the upper part of Haidsteig.
02:40 Follow the upper part of the via ferrata (B).
02:55 End of the Haidsteig. Turn right and follow the hiking trail up to the summit cross (Preiner Wand).
03:00 Celebrate victory with a self-brought “Gipfelbier” () and enjoy the view from Preiner Wand.
03:15 Follow the trail back towards the Neue Seehütte.
03:25 At the crossing, turn left and follow the trail towards the Neue Seehütte hut.
03:30 Well deserved break at the Neue Seehütte hut ().
04:10 Continue downwards (keep right, slightly up) at the Neue Seehütte and descent via the Göbl-Kühn-Steig.
04:20 Enjoy the view from the trail back towards the Preiner Wand and the Haidsteig.
05:00 Turn right and follow the path towards the Waxriegelhaus.
05:05 Well deserved break at the Waxriegelhaus ( ).
06:00 Go back the trail towards the crossing and this time follow the trail towards Griesleiten.
06:25 Follow the forest road back to the parking.
06:45 Back at the parking, end of the tour.
*: the Haidsteig is very often pretty crowded. Often you have to wait about 20 min to get started or in the chimney before being able to continue.

 
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–  Via Ferrata Category  D 
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General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 11km
Ascent: 1001m (2h 30min)
Descent: 984m (1h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1751m
Lowest Pt: 864m
Duration: 5h 00min (without breaks)
6h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Neue Seehütte (1643m)
Waxriegelhaus (1361m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Hans von Haidsteig (D)


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Tour Diary

2020-09-23 09:00

Weather: mostly sunny (some clouds)
Participants: Stefan, Bernhard, Hans
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Perfect conditions: We were basically alone on the ferrata (no waiting time) and the chimney was absolutely dry.
 

2020-06-23 10:00

Weather: Sunny, hot, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Hannes
Activity: Suunto
Comment: The ferrata was very crowded, we had to wait 20 min at the start and several times 10-15 min in the ferrata.
The chimney was very wet and super slippery.
 

Via Ferrata: “Hochlantsch via Franz-Scheikl Steig (C/D)”

Difficult but promising via ferrata up to the Hochlantsch (1717m) via the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig (C/D) whereas the demanding crux is at the end (after a long ascent). After visiting the summit, the tour descends towards the Steirischer Jokl and then continues to the Rannerwand. The descent is then done via Schüsserlbrunn.

Climb Hochlantsch via the Franz-Scheikl Via Ferrata

The tour starts at the parking at Wöllingergraben Weg 20, 8614 St. Jakob bei Mixnitz (GPS: 47.374226, 15.422393) and first leads through a forest towards the start of the Franz-Scheikl Via Ferrata. The Via Ferrata is more than 2 km long and the ascent is 316 m. The difficulty level is mostly cat. C with two C/D parts. The crux is a steep ridge (Cat. D) at the end of the long and overall demanding via ferrata – which becomes dangerous especially when wet or foggy (due to visibility issues). However, it can be bypassed on a Cat. B trail.

At the end of the via ferrata, the hiking trail leads up to the summit (Hochlantsch, 1717m) which allows an impressive panorama view around the Grazer Bergland. Descending back via the same trail, the tour passes the Steirischer Jokl, a very nice and homey hut offering good food and drinks. The way back is passing Schüsserlbrunn and follows the trail back to the parking.

Please note: The via ferrata was changed in 2017. The new line is more difficult than the old one, thus various misleading descriptions exist in the web. The difficulty level is now C/D!
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is mandatory (life saving) for this tour!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Wöllingergraben Weg (GPS: 47.374226, 15.422393) and follow the trail towards Hochlantsch.
00:20 At the crossing, turn left towards the Franz-Scheikl-Steig.
00:25 The trail leads into a forest street. Turn left and follow the forest street for a few meters.
00:27 Turn right following the Naturfreunde Klettersteig signpost.
00:30 Cross the forest street again and follow the trail towards the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig.
01:00 After passing an old wooden hut, the entrance of the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig is reached. Put on your via ferrata set and start the climbing following the route.
02:45 The crux of the Franz-Scheikl Klettersteig. Please note that it can be bypassed following the trail on the left hand side. Consider a break before the ascent to regain strength.
03:40 At the exit of the Via Ferrata, turn left and follow the trail towards Hochlantsch.
03:55 Enjoy the awesome panorama view at the summit of Hochlantsch with a self brought drink ().
04:30 Follow the trail back (towards Steirischer Jokl).
05:20 Well deserved break () at Steirischer Jokl.
06:40* Follow the trail towards Schüsserlbrunn (small church) and descend via this easy hiking trail.
07:00* Cross the street and continue on the trail.
07:10* Cross the street again and follow the trail.
07:15* At the crossing towards the Franz-Scheikl-Klettersteig, follow the trail (same trail as ascending).
07:35* Back at the car parking.

 

The tour can be extended (~ 10 hours in total) by descending towards Guter Hirte and then following the trail towards Rannerwand (see GPX track for details).
06:20 Descend via the forest road and trail towards Guter Hirte.
06:35 At the crossing, turn right into the trail and follow the small trail through the forest.
06:43 Bypass the Guter Hirte and follow the Prügelweg (forest road)
06:47 At the crossing, turn right into the forest street.
07:06 Follow the road (left hand side) and turn left into the trail towards Rannerwand viewpoint.
07:30 Descend the wooden ladder to the Rannerwand viewpoint. Enjoy the view with a self-brought refreshment ().
07:45 Walk back on the same trail towards Guter Hirte and Steirischer Jokl.
08:40 Break at the Steirischer Jokl, enjoy the sunset ().
10:30 Using a head lamp, follow the trail towards Schüsserlbrunn (small church) and descend via this hiking trail.
11:40 Back at the car parking.

General Tour Data

Area: Grazer Bergland, Styria, Austria
Distance: 14km
Ascent: 798m (2h 50min)
Descent: 786m (1h 45min)
Highest Pt: 1707m
Lowest Pt: 964m
Duration: 6h 15min (without breaks)
7h 35min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Steirischer Jokl (1398m)
Guter Hirte (1209m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Hiking shoes with good grip (on rock)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Franz-Scheikl-Naturfreunde (C/D)


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Level moderate-difficult
–  Via Ferrata Category  C/D 
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Tour Diary

2020-07-04 10:00

Weather: mostly sunny (some clouds)
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader, Nadja
Activity: Suunto
Comment: We used the short variant and head back towards the parking after Steirischer Jokl.
 

2018-08-11 10:45

Weather: Cloudy, Foggy, wet
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert
Activity: Suunto
Comment: Due to wet and foggy conditions, I had a downfall on the via ferrata and used the backup-path (B).
We tried to do the full tour but due to a downfall we aborted and turned around before reaching Rannerwand.
 

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Wildfährte (B) & Gustav-Jahn-Steig (B) and descending via cable car”

Climb up the Rax from Hinternaßwald via the Wildfährte (via ferrata, Cat. B) towards the Habsburghaus. This beautiful via ferrata (category B) is suitable for beginners with some experience but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view. The tour then crosses the Rax plateau at the Scheibwaldhöhe towards Klobentörl and then uses the Gustav-Jahn-Steig and the upper part of the AV-Steig (via ferrata, Cat. B.) to traverse towards the mountain station of the Rax cable car.

Climb up the Rax via the “Wildfährte”, traverse via the “Gustav-Jahn-Steig” and descent via the cable car

This promising tour starts at Hinternaßwald (GPS: 47.738543, 15.666547) and leads up to the Habsburghaus at the Rax. The tour ascends using the Wildfährte via ferrata (Cat. B, I) that offer awesome views and panoramic views. The via ferrata is fairly easy (cat. B, I) but is sometimes exposed and therefore require a sure food and no fear from heights. After having a well-deserved break at the Habsburghaus, the tour crosses the Rax-plateau towards Klobentörl and then uses (optionally) the Gustav-Jahn-Steig and the upper part of the Alpenvereinssteig via ferratas (both Cat. B) to get to the valley station of the Rax cable-car. The descent is then done using the cable car.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Hinternaßwald. The trail starts opposite of the small river (first following a tarmac road).
00:10 The tarmac road leads into a forest road. Follow the road.
00:25 At the crossing, first follow the road straight-ahead and then keep left (always next to the small river).
00:30 At the signpost (before the valley station of the cable car for goods), keep left and cross the river.
00:35 Follow the forest road (always straight-ahead).
00:55 At the end of the forest road, the Wildfährte trail starts on the right hand side via a streambed. Follow the trail marked white-red-white.
01:05 At the crossing, stay right on the Wildfährte (follow the white-red-white markings).
01:25 After crossing a scree slope and climbing up an easy rock, the via ferrata starts. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”).
01:30 Cross the traverse (Querung) and follow the trail.
02:05 At the crossing, stay on the Widlfährte (straight).
02:15 Some climbing parts (I / I+) at the Wildfährte, also allowing impressive views backwards.
02:40 After the last traverse, exit the Wildfährte, enjoy a self-brought refreshment () and then follow the trail on the backside of the cliff.
03:10 Turn left into the Ochenhaltweg and follow the trail towards Habsburghaus.
03:15 Follow the trail marked white-green-white till the crossing with Ochsenhaltweg.
03:16 After passing the mountain huts, stay left and descent following the Ochsenhaltweg.
03:20 At the crossing between Bärenlochsteig, continue following the Ochsenhaltweg (straight).
03:55 Well deserved lunch break at Habsburghaus ().
04:30 Follow the trail back west-wards towards Scheibwaldhöhe/Klobentörl.
05:25 At the crossing, follow the cable-protected trail downwards towards Dirnbacherhütte.
06:00* [optional] Turn left downwards towards Gustav-Jahn-Steig or continue on the trail bypassing the via ferrata.
06:15* Turn right and follow the Gustav-Jahn-Steig (B) via ferrata.
07:15* At the crossing with Alpenvereinssteig (B), turn right and mount up the iron ladder. Follow the AV-Steig (B) via ferrata.
07:30 Exit of the AV-Steig at the Höllentalaussicht. Enjoy the view from there (best enjoyed with a self-brought ).
07:45 Follow the trail backwards (straight), which becomes soon a mountain road and leads towards Praterstern.
08:00 Turn left and follow the mountain road towards the mountain station of the Rax cable car.
08:30 Approaching the Rax cable car. Buy a ticket and take the next car downwards to the parking. End of the tour. While waiting, recap ( ) at the Berggasthof.

  
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Level easy-moderate
–  Via Ferrata Category  B 
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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 Hinternaßwald, the starting point of the tour.
Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is required for this tour!

 

General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1631m (4h 00min)
Descent: 795m (1h 40min)
Highest Pt: 1904m
Lowest Pt: 708m
Duration: 7h 45min (without breaks)
8h 30min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Habsburghaus (1785m)
Glocknitzer Hütte (1548m)
Ottohaus (1644m)
Berggasthof (1545m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
2x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Wildfährte (B)
Gustav-Jahn-Steig (B)
Alpenvereinssteig (B)


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Tour Diary

2020-06-27 08:30

Weather: Sunny, thunderstorms
Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
Activity: Suunto
Comments: Due to thunderstorms we had to cancel the planned Gustav-Jahn-Steig via ferrata and directly continued towards the Höllentalaussicht.
 
 

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.

 
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Level moderate-difficult
–  Via Ferrata Category  C/D 
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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
Camera
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
 

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Wildfährte (B) & Bärenlochsteig (B) and descending via Kaisersteig”

Climb up the Rax from Hinternaßwald via the Wildfährte and the Bärenlochsteig (via ferrata, Cat. B). This beautiful via ferrata (category B) is suitable for beginners with some experience but also for experienced persons who want to enjoy the amazing view.

Climb up the Rax via the “Wildfährte & Bärenlochsteig”

This promising tour starts at Hinternaßwald (GPS: 47.738543, 15.666547) and leads up to the Habsburghaus at the Rax. The tour ascends using two via ferratas (both Cat. B) that offer awesome views and panoramic views. The via ferratas are fairly easy (cat. B, I-) but are sometimes exposed and therefore require a sure food and no fear from heights. After having a well-deserved break at the Habsburghaus, the tour descends via the Kaisersteig.

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

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Hinternaßwald. The trail starts opposite of the small river (first following a tarmac road).
00:10 The tarmac road leads into a forest road. Follow the road.
00:25 At the crossing, first follow the road straight-ahead and then keep left (always next to the small river).
00:30 At the signpost (before the valley station of the cable car for goods), keep left and cross the river.
00:35 Follow the forest road (always straight-ahead).
00:55 At the end of the forest road, the Wildfährte trail starts on the right hand side via a streambed. Follow the trail marked white-red-white.
01:05 At the crossing, stay right on the Wildfährte (follow the white-red-white markings).
01:25 After crossing a scree slope and climbing up an easy rock, the via ferrata starts. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”).
01:30 Cross the traverse (Querung) and follow the trail.
02:08 At the crossing turn left into the Bärenlochsteig and follow the trail marked white-green-white.
02:10 The trail first descends. The part is protected via a fixed rope and iron bolts.
02:30 Enjoy the crux of the Bärenlochsteig, a chimney that is climbed via iron rungs.
03:00 The end of the Bärenlochsteig leads through a small cave / below a rock, called the Tor. You can put off your via ferrata set here during a short break ().
03:15 Follow the trail marked white-green-white till the crossing with Ochsenhaltweg.
03:20 Turn right and follow the Ochsenhaltweg (marked white-red-white) towards the Habsburghaus.
04:00 Well deserved lunch break at Habsburghaus (). Don’t forget to pet the dog :-).
05:00 Descend via the Kaisersteig (follow the red-white-red markings).
05:35 At the crossing, stay on the trail (straight-ahead) and follow the red-white-red markings.
06:17 Back at the forest road and the crossing towards the Wildfährte. Follow the roads & trails back that was used for ascending.
07:05 Back at the car parking.

 
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Level easy-moderate
–  Via Ferrata Category  B 
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General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 1127m (3h 15min)
Descent: 1104m (2h 15min)
Highest Pt: 1786m
Lowest Pt: 712m
Duration: 6h 00min (without breaks)
7h 00min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Habsburghaus (1785m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and plenty of water
1x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Wildfährte & Bärenlochsteig (B)


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Tour Diary

2020-06-13 09:45

Weather: mostly sunny (some clouds, short rain shower)
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader, Predrag, Robert
Activity: Suunto
 

2018-08-22 09:50

Weather: Sunny, perfect
Participants: Stefan, Bernhard, Hans
Activity: Suunto
 

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Alpenvereinssteig (B) & descending with cable car”

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

Climb up the Rax through the Höllental via the “AV-Steig” and descent via cable car

This tour leads through the exciting Höllental up to the Rax. Although the tour is long, it is fairly easy (cat. B, I-) and thus suitable for beginners. But due to the exciting scenery, it is also enjoyable for experienced persons. And the best part is that the via ferrata exits at the popular Höllentalaussicht where even beginners are celebrated as heros by other hikers that reached this point via other means (e.g. cable car).

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 finally takes you to a long iron ladder that is the beginning of the “Alpenverreinssteig” (via ferrata).

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 required for this tour!

 

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 Stay on route (straight) at the crossing to Hoyosteig.
00:45 Keep right at the crossing to Teufelsbadstubensteig.
00:50 Follow the trail by keeping right at the crossing to Gaislochsteig. The trail now leads through a scree slope towards the AV-Steig.
01:00 The iron ladder marks the starting point of the AV-Steig. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) here.
01:55 Cross the traverse (Querung).
02:45 Climb up the channel (Rinne).
03:00 Turn left and climb up the iron ladder at the crossing to the exit of the Gustav-Jahn-Steig.
03:50 Exit the AV-Steig at the Höllentalaussicht and enjoy the awesome view from there. This is also a very good place to enjoy the self-brought refreshments ().
04:45 Take a well-deserved rest and break at the Ottohaus ().
05:45 Return back to Praterstern and follow the route on the right side (marked red) towards the cable car mountain station.
06:15 Descend via the cable car to the parking.

 
 
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Level easy-moderate
–  Via Ferrata Category  B 
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General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 10km
Ascent: 1100m (3h 20min)
Descent: 1091m (2h 20min)
Highest Pt: 1646m
Lowest Pt: 580m
Duration: 4h 30min (without breaks)
6h 15min (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
Camera
Topo/Map: Alpenvereinssteig


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2020-05-30 09:15

Weather: Cloudy, foggy, rain
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nader
Activity: Suunto
 

2017-10-26 10:20

Weather: Partly cloudy, some snowfields
Participants: Stefan, Hannes, Herbert, Nadja
Activity: Suunto
 

Via Ferrata: “Rax via Teufelsbadstubensteig (B), Kronich Eisenweg (C/D) and descending via Törlweg”

Climb up the Rax through the Höllental via the Teufelsbadstubensteig (via ferrata B), continue upwards to Ottohaus, then have fun at the exciting Kronich Eisenweg (via ferrata C/D) and descend via the Törlweg.

Climb up the Rax via the “Teufelsbadstubensteig” (B), have fun at the “Kronich Eisenweg” (C/D) and descend via the “Törlweg”

This tour leads through the exciting Höllental up to the Rax. Although the tour fairly long but offers fascinating views. The first via ferrata is fairly easy (cat. B, I-) but a bit more exposed than the “AV-Steig” and a lot of lose little stones. The highlight is the Teufelsbadstube, a small cave that gives the trail its name. Due to the exciting views, it is one of the most popular trails within the area. The tour then continues towards the top via the Wachthüttelkamm and passes by the Ottohaus (perfect place for a break). Before descending, the Kronich Eisenweg (a short but firm via ferrata, C/D) is climbed up towards the Törlkopf. Finally, the descent is done via the fairly easy Törlweg hiking trail.

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.
Optionally, a bus is operating between the cable car station. Take the exit “Weichtalhaus” (few meters before the Höllental parking).

 

Please note that a full “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is required for this tour! Due to rock fall, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot Höllental (before the tunnel, GPS: 47.746355, 15.763405). The trail starts opposite of the parking lot.
If the parking is full, pass through the tunnel and park on the bigger parking lot on the left side after a couple of meters. The ascent can be shortened by following the forest road behind the green fence – see pictures below).
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 Stay on route (straight) at the crossing to Hoyossteig.
00:45 Turn left at the crossing to Teufelsbadstubensteig.
00:50 Follow the trail indicated by a red arrow around the rock. The via ferrata starts at this point. Put on your via ferrata set (“Klettersteigset”) here!
01:50 Approach the iron ladder. The trail book is located here. Climb up the iron ladder to enter the Teufelsbadstube.
02:45 Exit of the Teufelsbadstubensteig. Short break, enjoy your self-brought drink (). Then follow the trail (Wachthüttelkamm) upwards (turn right).
Make sure you follow the right trail. The trail straight ahead (Preintalersteig) leads to a steep trail requiring some climbing skills (I+ / II-)!
03:40 At the Praterstern you see straight ahead the Ottohaus.
03:45 Well-deserved break at the Ottohaus.
04:20 Take the small trail through the alpine garden back and thus bypass Praterstern on the right side.
04:22 Follow the Törlweg downwards first passing through the Törl, a distinctive gate through a rock.
04:30 The Kronich Eisenweg is at the corner (distinctive rock) on the left hand side. Put on the via ferrata set and follow the via ferrata (C/D) protected with iron cable.
04:45 Enjoy a self-brought “Gipfelbier” () to celebrate victory at the Törlkopf.
05:00 Exit the Törlkopf taking the chain-protected route heading back towards Ottohaus till reaching again the Törlweg.
05:15 Turn left into the Törlweg and descend into the valley following the Törlweg hiking trail.
07:10 Turn left into the street towards the Rax cable car valley station (car parking).
07:15 Back at the car parking, end of the tour.

 

General Tour Data

Area: Rax/Schneeberg Group, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1102m (2h 55min)
Descent: 1192m (2h 05min)
Highest Pt: 1643m
Lowest Pt: 498m
Duration: 6h 05min (without breaks)
7h 15min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: Ottohaus (1644m)
Equipment: Via ferrata set incl. helmet
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Snacks and enough water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera
Topo/Map: Teufelsbadstubensteig (B)
Kronich Eisenweg (C/D)


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Tour Date: 2020-05-21 09:20
  Weather: Cloudy, cold
  Participants: Stefan, Herbert, Robert
  Activity: Suunto

 
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Hiking Tour: Vettersteig via Wotansfelsen

Nice and promising tour in Kremstal / Waldviertel, hiking in a place full of mystery, caves and stunning rocks. The tour first leads towards Wotansfelsen, providing a promising surrounding view and then follows the Vettersteig (easy via ferrata, cat. A/B) passing various caves and stunning places.

Visiting various mysterious places at Kremstal

This promising tour through Kremstal passes various caves and other mystery places that require some simple climbing skills and are therefore fun to visit.
The tour starts at the parking opposite the Maigen Mühle (GPS: 48.440868, 15.398107) and first follows the forest road towards the castle Hartenstein (not accessible to the public). After passing the castle, the first highlight is accessed via a wooden bridge: the Gudenus Cave. Back on the forest road, the tour continues following the Kleine Krems river, passing by the Vettersteig entrance (which is done on the way back), and leads towards the water mouth of the Kleine Krems and Große Krems rivers.
Following the trail on the right and crossing the Krems river via a bridge, the forest road leads upwards to the Wotansfelsen, a cliff allowing a stunning surrounding view.
The tour then descends via another trail and leads back to the entrance of Vettersteig (easy via ferrata, cat. A/B) which is now climbed up. The trail passes the Schusterlucke cave (reachable via iron ladder), passes by the shortcut crossing (walk around the iron ladders!!!) and then continues towards the Teufelskirche (Devil’s church). This cave is reachable by a via ferrata (two iron ladders) and requires some climbing skills and a sure foot (protected with iron rope)! After descending the same way, the tour leads back to the shortcut crossing and continues on the Vettersteig upwards to the Teufelsrast (devil’s rest), again allowing a stunning surrounding view.
The tour then follows the trail back downwards, passes the Steinerner Saal and leads then to the Eichmayer cave that can be explored (some basic climbing skills are required and not being afraid of getting dirty). The tour then leads back to the castle and on the forest road back to the parking.

Please note that the Vettersteig is a simple via ferrata and thus a “Klettersteigset” (via ferrata set) is not required.
However, accessing the Teufelskirche REQUIRES some climbing skills and a sure foot and should only be accessed by experienced persons!

 

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the parking lot opposite Maigen Mühle (GPS: 48.440868, 15.398107) following the forest road towards the castle Hartenstein.
00:05 Follow the left forest road downwards and pass by the castle on the left hand side.
00:15 Turn right and cross the wooden bridge to access Gudenus Cave (round tour, go back via the same bridge).
00:25 Continue on the forest road (north) following the river.
00:40 Pass by the entrance of Vettersteig and remain on the forest road (heading north).
00:45 At the crossing (water mouth of the two rivers), turn right and cross the river via the bridge.
00:50 Turn left and cross the river via the bridge heading towards the buildings. Keep on the left trail (pass by the buildings on the right side) and then follow the forest road upwards.
01:15 At the crossing, turn left and follow the trail towards Wotansfelsen.
01:25 Turn sharp left at the crossing and follow the small trail towards Wotansfelsen.
01:30 Turn left into the small trail leading up to Wotansfelsen.
01:35 Break at Wotansfelsen. Enjoy self-brought food and refreshments ().
02:25 Walk back towards the trail but turn left and follow the forest road upwards.
02:30 Turn sharp left and follow the Weckermannweg trail downwards.
03:00 Cross the river via the passage (hopefully your shoes are waterproof) and continue on the forest road backwards following the river.
03:20 At the crossing (water mouth of the two rivers), turn right and follow the road back to the entrance of Vettersteig.
03:25 Turn right into the Vettersteig and follow the trail / via ferrata upwards.
03:45 Small detour: Turn left and follow the trail towards Schusterlucke (cave). Take the same trail back to Vettersteig,
03:50 At the crossing, DO NOT use the ladders but pass by and continue on the small trail towards Teufelskirche.
04:10 Turn left, climb up the two ladders and then the trail / via ferrata towards Teufelskirche (devil’s church cave).
04:20 Climb downwards on the same route and then hike back to the crossing with the two ladders.
04:25 Climb up the two ladders and continue following the Vettersteig.
04:35 Turn right, follow the trail and turn right again towards Teufelsrast (devil’s rest).
04:40 Break at the Teufelsrast. Enjoy self-brought food and refreshments ().
05:10 Hike back and turn left into the small trail towards the cliff (climbing area). Enjoy the stunning surrounding view.
05:45 Follow the trail back but continue (straight) on the small trail downwards.
06:00 Pass by the Steinerner Saal.
06:15 Optional: Turn left into the Eichmayer cave and explore the cave.
06:25 Continue the descent following the trail downwards.
06:35 Follow the forest road back to the castle and the parking.
06:45 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

 

General Tour Data

Area: Kremstal, Lower Austria, Austria
Distance: 12km
Ascent: 568m (2h 05min)
Descent: 561m (2h 15min)
Highest Pt: 662m
Lowest Pt: 447m
Duration: 5h 45min (without breaks)
06h 45min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: none (bring your own food!)
Equipment: Hiking shoes with good grip (waterproof!)
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food and plenty of water
2x “Gipfelbier” ()
Sun & Weather protection
Camera