WAB - Regional Route R: Markt Piesting - Puchberg/Schneeberg

Hiking route from Information pavilion at the car park in the centre of Markt Piesting to Puchberg/Schneeberg railway station

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Elevation profile

25,93 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Route: 25,93 km
  • Ascent: 1.187 egm
  • Descent: 958 egm
  • Duration: 10:30 h
  • Lowest point: 338 m
  • Highest point:1.124 m
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops

Details for: WAB - Regional Route R: Markt Piesting - Puchberg/Schneeberg

Brief description

Regional Route R takes you over the Hohe Wand. The Skywalk is a particular highlight. 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.


This route is very much dominated by the Hohe Wand! Atmospheric forests - from pine woods to a Biedermeier-style mixed forest, historic villages, and the Hohe Wand natural reserve with its myriad attractions are the features of this varied and extensive tour, which is best split over two days. On this tour, the scenic highlights just keep on coming. The most impressive is the Skywalk over the Hohe Wand. Views of the Neue Welt, paragliders above and climbers below you, provide a truly uplifting feeling.

Starting point of the tour

Information pavilion at the car park in the centre of Markt Piesting

Destination point of the tour

Puchberg/Schneeberg railway station

Route description WAB - Regional Route R: Markt Piesting - Puchberg/Schneeberg

Regional Route R starts at Markt Piesting municipal office in the Biedermeiertal valley. The information pavilion is directly adjacent, whilst the road we walk up, Badgasse, is just around the corner (marked in red). We cross beneath the Bundesstraße and ascend to the Feuerwehrhaus. Follow the marked hiking path into the woods after going right from Gasthaus Schmankerl. We then head through the pine forest on a hiking trail that is marked out in red and green (path 231 and tut-gut route 2). Path 231 leads us to a main road, we stay on the left-hand side of this, then switch over to a hiking trail and reach the Zitherwirt after a few metres. We cross the Hauptstraße and follow the forest path in the direction of Hohe Wand. This trail leads us out of the woods after a few minutes and we continue along the edge of a forest and a meadow with views of Dreistetten. At the next crossroads veer left, then right going uphill to Einhornhöhle (marked in blue).


We follow the hiking path and come across several crossroads. The Regional Route continues further along route 231, then onto 01, marked out in red and uphill. It is also possible to head along the Drobilsteig route parallel to this that is marked in blue (ladders and secured spots). These trails meet again higher up and we now head along pleasant paths to the Herrgottschnitzerhaus with splendid views of the Neue Welt. After going past the house, we head along the road, turn left onto a trail after a few metres, and continue along this nature trail to the former Hanselsteighaus. We walk along the road, past the Kohlröserlhaus and to the crossroads with the Hohen-Wand-Straße. Turn right onto the road here, then a few metres after the small church, turn left onto the marked forest path. The route leads us to a road, which guides us to a car park and the Almfriedenwiese. Continue along this path towards Gasthof Postl and enjoy the views of the Neue Welt when they appear. The skywalk is reached on the left after a few metres just before Gasthof Postl. Only flying is more beautiful. Due to the flying school at Gasthof Postl, flying is also an option.


We turn left before the car park at the Gasthof and follow the gravel track on route no. 231 to Hirschgehege. We follow this around anti-clockwise and then, a few minutes later, reach the car park near the petting zoo. The Naturparkstüberl, which is both a museum and a place to stay, is on the other side of the car park. We follow the hiking route to another enclosure, turn right just before it, ascend to the road and continue walking up to Gasthof Kleine Kanzel. This is as far as it gets for cars, however, we continue hiking the gravel track up to Wanddörfl. The route continues to Plackles, whilst the gravel track accompanies us alongside a bird nature trail to the nature conservation station vantage point. At this point, we turn right and reach the highest albeit inconspicuous part of the Hohe Wand after a few minutes. Continue past the former Berghaus Plackles and head downhill along hiking and forest trails towards the Rastkreuz and Gelände sections. At the same time, we can find out what the Big Bang has to do with Grünbach. We continue along the trail towards the Geländehütte cabin along initially relatively simple paths with plenty of grand views, then come across stonier and steeper sections. The closer we get to the Geländehütte, the more we get to see the views. Whilst a bear fights with a Stone Age human some distance further down from the Geländehütte, we go past the cabin on the right and continue hiking towards Grünbachersattel. We ignore the first fork in the road to Grünbach (marked in blue), but we follow the Krumböcksteig path, which is marked out in red a few metres further on the left. We walk downhill along steep paths and reach the Grünbachersattel after half-an-hour. Regional Route S starts at the Grünbachersattel and carries on to Würflach via Gutenmann.


We turn right at the Bundesstraße towards the saddle and after around 100 metres turn left onto a track and cross the railway line. A gentle climb awaits us along tracks and forest paths before descending on cart paths towards Pfennigbach, then turning left onto another hiking trail in the village. After 20 minutes we return to civilisation in the form of the Leopold-Auer-Weg, which we follow along the Sierningbach stream before turning right into Ehrbarweg after a few minutes. The Hotel Schneeberghof can be found on the left, whilst Puchberg railway station can also be seen. We cross over the Bundesstraße and reach the railway station at the end of Regional Route R.


There are a few places to stay in Puchberg, such as the Hotel Schneeberghof or Pension Bruckerhof. You can take the train to Wiener Neustadt from Puchberg/Schneeberg railway station, or head off on another route instead. Regional Route P goes via Losenheim to the Edelweißhütte at the foot of the Schneeberg, whilst Route Q heads to Muggendorf via Mariahilfberg and Gutenstein.


If you are travelling from Vienna or Graz, change onto the B21 heading towards Markt PIesting at the Wöllersdorf exit. When just before the village, turn right from the B21 into the centre.


Car parking is available at the Markt Piesting municipal office.

Take the train or bus from Wiener Neustadt to Markt Piesting.


More information at www.oebb.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:


WAB - Regional Route Q: Puchberg - Muggendorf

WAB - Regional Route S: Grünbacher Sattel - Gutenmann – Würflach


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

Markt Piesting market community, www.piesting.at, +43 / 2633 / 422 41


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 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 012 und WK 5012

Author's tip

It is recommended to split the route over two days and spend a night at the Hohe Wand, such Gasthof Kohlröserlhaus, Gasthof zur Kleinen Kanzel, the Herrgottschnitzerhaus or the Wilhelm-Eichert-Hütte.


In Puchberg the options for staying overnight include the Hotel Restaurant Forellenhof, Pension Bruckerhof, a Deluxe room at the Hotel Schneeberghof, or the Wellness Kneipp-Kurhotel Wanzenböck.

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