Journey there

Dep. Michelbeuern-AKH07:24(U6)
Arr. Philadelphiabrücke / Meidling07:27
Dep. Philadelphiabrücke / Meidling07:46(R2207)
Arr. Payerbach-Reichenau09:06
Dep. Payerbach-Reichenau09:25(bus 1748 richt. Hirschwang an der Rax Raxseilbahn)
Arr. Hirschwang an der Rax09:33

Hike start point

Hike map


Hike map in other formats


Hike description

  1. From Hirschwang busstop (500m) walk south back along the road for 50m and turn right on to the yellow-signed path which immediately crosses the Henrietten Brücke and heads south-west. Follow signs to Ottohaus.
  2. Walk 3km south-west along this path to Thonberg. Around Thonberg there are some confusing signs; stay on the main path towards Ottohaus.
  3. Follow the path as it turns north-west, past Knappenhof gasthaus, for 3km to where the path splits. Take the right, north, blue-signed “Gsolhirnstein” path.
  4. Continue north-north-east along the same path, which is very steep in parts, to a sign with green and yellow arrows to Schilift and Hirschwang (c.1450m).
  5. At this sign there is also a third path unsigned path; it is behind you as you look at this sign, and is the most obviously ascending route. Follow this unsigned path for 750m to the Berghaus (1547m); do not follow the green markings!
  6. From the hutte, retrace your footsteps for 750m to the Schilift/Hirschwang sign and take the right yellow-signed turn torwards Hirschwang, which is the way you came from. On the trees are both yellow and blue markings (not always together). After less than 500m, immediately before the start of the ski safety netting, there is a small path to the left signed with yellow markings. Take this turning.
  7. Follow this very well-signed path down the Brandschneid ridge for 5km. down to Kaiserbrunn (535m). Beware that this path has a ladder, several metal ropes, narrow ledges, lose scree and definitely requires experience!
  8. Check the bus timetable, and then either take a bus directly to Payerbach, or walk 6km to Hirschwang (500m) and get a bus to Payerbach, or walk for 12km to Payerbach (483m). There is a footpath most of the way down which is a offset from the road.

Hike end point


We will eat somewhere in Payerbach. (Please try to make it for the meal – it’s the best part of the day!)

Journey back

Dep. Payerbach-Reichenau16:5417:2817:5418:5419:5420:47
Arr. Wr.Neustadt Hbf 19:2520:25
Dep. Wr.Neustadt Hbf 19:3720:35
Arr. Wien Südtiroler Platz18:1919:0619:1920:4221:2022:19


Important stuff

  1. If you want to share a group ticket let me know!
  2. You should definitely check the weather!
  3. For my peace of mind, some conditions apply!

See also