WAB - Regional Route C: Krumbach - Kirchschlag

Hiking route from Krumbach municipal office, in the town centre to The Kaiser Franz Josef monument beneath the Kirchschlag ruins in the town centre

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10,03 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 10,03 km
  • Ascent: 205 egm
  • Descent: 309 egm
  • Duration: 3:00 h
  • Lowest point: 416 m
  • Highest point:624 m
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops
  • Accessibility by train and bus
  • Cultural/historical value

Details for: WAB - Regional Route C: Krumbach - Kirchschlag

Brief description

Regional Route C is an opportunity to enjoy peace and quiet amongst forest and alpine paths and reflect on stunning views. The Regional Routes are part of the network of paths making up the Viennese Alps (WAB) route. Hikes along these routes lead you to unique views and also insights. The Regional Routes are linked to the network of paths making up the Viennese Alps route. This results in circular hikes in conjunction with the long-distance path.


Experience the fascinating atmosphere of the Bucklige Welt: an atmospheric range of hills, a rural cultivated landscape, a landscape full of harmony. This route leads off into the Tiefenbachtal valley and through the peaceful Bucklige Welt, providing wonderful views. Sparse, rural woodland provides an opportunity for inner reflection. The scenic highlight is the panoramic route over the extended mountain ridges down towards Kirchschlag.

Starting point of the tour

Krumbach municipal office, in the town centre

Destination point of the tour

The Kaiser Franz Josef monument beneath the Kirchschlag ruins in the town centre

Route description WAB - Regional Route C: Krumbach - Kirchschlag

Regional route C starts at Krumbach municipal office, close to the “Krumbach Markt” bus station. If you do not wish to leave Krumbach just yet, then a visit to the Museumsdorf (museum village) is highly recommended.


The very start of the route is slightly downhill along Marktstraße, then before the bridge to Pfarrbach we turn left onto Tiefenbachstraße and head out towards Katzentürl and Lindenhof. We follow the road uphill as it curves right, and then follow the Lindenhof road towards Bad Schönau. We then reach Rosenkranz Chapel with a view of Krumbach Castle; then we head left along a forest path marked out in red - also part of the Marienweg to Mariazell. Narrow paths lead us past the Platz der Stille (Place of remoteness and tranquillity) and on to Gehöft Strobl. The route then goes right and we cross the Tiefenbach stream on a wooden walkway. Upon reaching the next crossroads we head right and follow the road, complete with central reservation, for some time.


After house no. 133 and just after a bridge, we turn left at a rest bench into a house driveway. Turn left, go past the house and walk right, curving past the house and ascending up on the D9 hiking route and on to Marienweg. Only a few minutes later, we turn right instantly after turning left, and start a steep ascent. Two minutes later, we cross a forest road. Shortly afterwards, the woodland path merges into another forest road, and we turn right at this point. We leave the woods and enter the rural, cultivated landscapes of the Bucklige Welt. Less than 100 metres after leaving the woods, turn right onto a field path and see Gehöft Bacherbauer. We go past the farm on the left, go slightly uphill up a rough track and then come across a paved road. We then turn right and follow Panoramastraße (Panoramic way) for an hour or so until we reach Kirchschlag. Many noble families considered Kirchschlag Castle to be their home, however the Castle is now freely accessible as a passion play site.


At the Passionsspielhaus (passion play Wendy house) in Kirchschlag, we cross a bridge over the Zöbernbach stream to reach Passionsspielstraße then turn back onto the hiking route directly after the church and before the stream. Shortly afterwards, we head right onto Kirchengasse (Church Street) at the rose garden and go over two bridges back to Hauptplatz (main square). At this point, turn left and then head right directly after Hotel Post to see the information board for the Viennese Alps and the Kaiser Franz Josef monument. Regional Route C ends here.


It is possible to follow the Viennese Alps on foot to Bad Schönau and to subsequently continue with Regional Route D on to Krumbach. Kirchschlag Castle is always worth a visit. There is also the option to return to Krumbach with the service bus as well as staying in Kirchschlag overnight. The bus stop is on Hauptstrasse alongside Hotel Post.


If you are coming from Vienna on the A2 travel as far as the Krumbach exit, then take the A55 to Krumbach. If you are coming from Graz carry on as far as the Aspang exit, continue on the L137 to Zöbern, then head left towards Kampichl on the L137, then change over to the B55 at Unterhaus.


Car parking is available at Kirchschlag municipal office.

Take the train or bus via Wiener Neustadt to Edlitz-Grimmenstein railway station. Buses travel to Krumbach and Kirchschlag from there. It is possible to travel from Kirchschlag to Krumbach and back with the bus.


More information can be found at www.öbb.at, www.blaguss.at or www.vor.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:


WAB - Regional Route B: Krumbach - Maria Schnee


WAB - Regional Route D: Bad Schönau - Krumbach


 Viennese Alps in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Always bring suitable maps. Always wear appropriate, sturdy footwear, bring sun and rain protection and water, as well as a little something to eat. Bring your mobile phone with you and save the mountain rescue emergency number: 140

Safety information

Your hiking experience in the Vienna Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe one. Therefore, please bear the following in mind:


When choosing a route, make sure it corresponds to your mountain experience and physical fitness level. Check the weather forecast before you set off. The weather can change surprisingly quickly in the mountains. Always take appropriate equipment with you (e.g. rain protection).

Check whether the cabins and snack stations you intend to visit along the way are open. Inform someone before you set off of your chosen route and when you plan to return.

Map recommendations

Freytag & Berndt WK 422

Author's tip

Combine this tour with a stay in the Krumbacherhof, run by the Ottner family, or the Hotel Post-Hönigwirt***s.

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