In the southwestern part of Lower Austria, these three mountains rise within the Ybbstal Alps as mighty limestone blocks in a mountain range that stretches from the Ötscher to the southwest and partly forms the border between Lower Austria and Styria. All three peaks tower above the 1800m mark, so they rise far above the tree line and therefore offer numerous possibilities for high-alpine mountain or ski tours. The alpine tour is very demanding and scenic - but requires absolute surefootedness.



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Alpine tour: Hochkar - Dürrenstein - Ötscher The last primeval forest in Central Europe is within easy reach and yet inaccessible.

The hike leads from the well-kept ski circus on the Hochkar over alpine meadows and unspoilt countryside into the middle of a rustic landscape: into the retreat of the last Ötscherbären, into forests, where the beetle is still allowed to gnaw with impunity.

Over sharp rock ridges from one alpine authority to another.

From Hochkar to Dürrenstein, both over 1800 metres high.

In between the Tremelsattel as the only vanishing point for the pinching out.

A 30 kilometre long mountain tour experience that is rarely to be found in the entire Northern Limestone Alps.

Finally, conquer the Ötscher (Vaterberg) and the 2-day tour is perfect for all mountain climbers. Landscape great transgression mostly above the tree line.

No climbing spots, but absolute surefootedness required.

The only alternative from the Tremelsattel to the north into the Steinbachtal.