Guidebook

Peaceful Snowshoeing in the Viennese Alps

Snowshoe routes of all distances and difficulties in the mountains near Vienna.

Description

Vienna is at the far eastern edge of the Alps, but that famous mountain range reduces to rolling hills by the time it touches the Austrian capital. There are, however, tall peaks about an hour’s drive southwest of the capital. These are the Wiener Hausberge, also known as the Viennese Alps.

They include the 2,007-metre Raxalpe (The Rax) and the 2,076-metre Schneeberg. These two are the highest among a cluster of mountains in their corner of the Alps. Both are well-known summer destinations, when the Viennese come to high elevation to escape the heat. Fewer people come in winter, but the mountains remain popular for snowshoeing, skiing, and white-coated vistas from the numerous roadways, cableways, and guesthouses in the area.

The Wiener Hausberge are proud and formidable, but several routes lead safely along their narrow ridges and steep slopes, with huge views over the valleys below. Due to the vast and varied terrain, winter routes of all lengths and difficulties are possible–everything from a simple loop near the cableway to a long and wild traverse of the range.

Adventures in this guidebook are spread throughout the Hausberge region, and range from very easy to very hard. If you don’t have equipment, rentals are available near the start of most trails. Guided trips can also be arranged for nearly any of them. Use the descriptions here as a starting point for booking your trip, then use the maps for navigation while on the trail.

Schneeschuhwandern auf den Faden am Schneeberg

Schneeschuhwandern auf den Faden am Schneeberg

Salamander Skigebiet Puchberg
3.8 km
390 m
Wonderful snowshoe hike on the thread saddle at Schneeberg.
Moderate
Private
Schneeschuhwandern: Prigglitz-Gahnshauswiese-Rote Wand

Schneeschuhwandern: Prigglitz-Gahnshauswiese-Rote Wand

7.7 km
549 m
A snowshoe tour with a view of the Raxalpe and the Bucklige Welt.
Moderate
Private
Schneeschuhwandern: Semmering-Bahnwanderweg-Payerbach

Schneeschuhwandern: Semmering-Bahnwanderweg-Payerbach

19.2 km
872 m
The impressive railway hiking trail along the UNESCO World Heritage Semmering Railway can also be explored in winter with snowshoes.
Moderate
Private
Von Payerbach auf die Speckbacherhütte

Von Payerbach auf die Speckbacherhütte

16.0 km
811 m
Wonderful circular hike from Payerbach up to Kreuzberg.
Moderate
Private
Schneeschuhwanderung: Payerbach - Knofeleben

Schneeschuhwanderung: Payerbach - Knofeleben

14.3 km
867 m
This beautiful day tour takes us from the historic towns of Payerbach and Reichenau through the "Eng" gorge on the Gahns to the Knofeleben Nature Friends House, which was voted the most popular hut for hikers in 2014.
Severe
Private
Raxalm-Berggasthof - Höllentalaussicht (Schneeschuhroute 2) ca. 60 min

Raxalm-Berggasthof - Höllentalaussicht (Schneeschuhroute 2) ca. 60 min

2.7 km
113 m
Winter and snowshoe hiking on the Rax is one of the most popular activities in the region.
Easy
Private
Rundweg Gatterlkreuz (Schneeschuhroute 3) ca. 50 min

Rundweg Gatterlkreuz (Schneeschuhroute 3) ca. 50 min

2.2 km
137 m
Winter and snowshoe hiking on the Rax is one of the most popular activities in the region.
Easy
Private
Plateau tour on the Rax

Plateau tour on the Rax

10.8 km
422 m
Winter and snowshoe hiking on the Rax is one of the favourite activities in the region.
Moderate
Private
Rax-Expedition

Rax-Expedition

15.3 km
937 m
Winter and snowshoe hiking on the Rax is one of the most popular activities in the region.
Difficult
Private
Aus der Prein nach Breitenstein

Aus der Prein nach Breitenstein

12.2 km
755 m
Extensive snowshoe hike from Prein through the Hollensteingraben and over the Luckerte Wand to Breitenstein.
Moderate
Private
Prein-Liechtensteinstraße-Semmering

Prein-Liechtensteinstraße-Semmering

16.3 km
907 m
Wonderful snowshoe hike in the Semmering-Rax area, from Prein via Thalhof and the Liechtensteinerstraße to the health resort Semmering.
Moderate
Private
Mit Schneeschuhen zum Waxriegelhaus / Rax im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

Mit Schneeschuhen zum Waxriegelhaus / Rax im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

4.0 km
318 m
The perfect beginner's tour. Best accessibility, easy, safe ascent and a shelter open in winter. The ideal family tour, even to combine with a sleigh ride.
Easy
Private
Schneeschuhwanderung vom Preiner Gscheid aufs Waxriegelhaus

Schneeschuhwanderung vom Preiner Gscheid aufs Waxriegelhaus

1.5 km
295 m
Beautiful snowshoe hiking from Preiner Gscheid to the Waxriegelhaus. Snowshoes can be rented at the Raxalpenhof.
Easy
Private
Schneeschuhtour zum Hohen Gupf / Raxalpe im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

Schneeschuhtour zum Hohen Gupf / Raxalpe im Naturpark Mürzer Oberland

9.4 km
714 m
A rather unknown tour in the westernmost corner of the Rax with a very steep summit slope. But there is a wonderful deep view into the Altenbergertal.
Moderate
Private