WAB - Stage 12: Habsburghaus - Reichenau/Payerbach

Hiking route from Habsburghaus to Reichenau an der Rax/Payerbach, railway station

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Elevation profile

15,41 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Route: 15,41 km
  • Ascent: 298 egm
  • Descent: 1.589 egm
  • Duration: 5:15 h
  • Lowest point: 484 m
  • Highest point:1.891 m
  • Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel
  • With refreshment stops

Details for: WAB - Stage 12: Habsburghaus - Reichenau/Payerbach

Brief description

The 12th stage of the Viennese Alps Way (WAB) is accompanied by alpine grasslands, mountain pines, and rugged but safe terrain. This is a wonderful plateau hike with moderate ascents and descents. The path into the valley can be shortened with the Rax cable car.  


Starting from the Habsburghaus, this stage mainly covers natural hiking routes, paths, and ascents via the Trinksteinsattel, the Hohe Kanzel, the Jakobskogel. It then continues steeply downhill from the Otto-Haus but becomes more gradual on the way to Hirschwang, Reichenau, and Payerbach. Glorious views appear along the whole stretch, and when descending there are great views of villas and the gardens of Castle Wartholz.



Once at the Ottohaus, there is an option to use the Rax cable car and to use the cable car to tackle the descent instead of going down on foot. When arriving at the bottom, follow the Wasserleitungsweg route to Reichenau.

Starting point of the tour


Destination point of the tour

Reichenau an der Rax/Payerbach, railway station

Route description WAB - Stage 12: Habsburghaus - Reichenau/Payerbach

We start the stage over the Rax plateau at the Habsburgshaus, starting on path 44 heading towards Seehütte cabin and the Rax Aerial Ropeway. We then cross the Jahnkreuz and hike on paths through pine woods to the Trinksteinsattel close to the Bergrettungshütte rescue cabin. It is possible to stay in the hut in the case of an emergency. We descend 200 metres to the Neuen Seehütte cabin and the vantage point. At this point we start ascending with grand views of the Kammweg route and the Preinerwandkreuz. The Kammweg to Otto-Schutzhaus, marked out in blue, offers better views but is narrower in places whilst not being exposed. The Seeweg route, marked in red, is also an alternative route to the Otto-Schutzhaus. We cross the terrace at Otto-Schutzhaus and head into an extended right-hand bend where the Törl becomes visible and start the descent on the Törlweg path. The Törlweg, which offers plenty of grand views and is not exposed, leads us downhill through several hairpin bends. We continue somewhat further than the signposts on the way to Hirschwang and Edlach and hike past the Lammelbründl. We descend towards Knappenhof and go past it on the left onto a meadow path whilst descending further. After a few minutes we come to a crossroads. We turn left towards Hirschwang, then after a few metres we turn right onto a hiking path, marked in red, in the direction of Hirschwang-Erlangerkreuz.



The forest path turns into a paved road which leads us to a residential area. We turn right into Trautenbergstraße then when on the Bundesstraße turn right in the direction of Reichenau. We reach the centre of Reichenau after approximately half-an-hour.



If continuing to Payerbach:



Turn right into a car park shortly after passing the Kurtheater Reichenau. We cross the car park and turn left onto Promenadenweg alongside the Schwarza river. At the viaduct we come back onto a road and carry on along this towards the village centre. After going past the open-air pool and the pavilion, we turn left over the Schwarza bridge and cross over the Bundesstraße. The last stage involves walking uphill along the Bahnhofweg to Payerbach-Reichenau railway station.


The Habsburghaus is in alpine surroundings and can only be reached directly on foot. If possible, use the previous stage between Prein - Habsburghaus to reach this area.


Car parking is available at the Raxalpenhof in Prein and at the valley station of the Rax Aerial Ropeway.

The Habsburghaus is in alpine surroundings and cannot be reached directly with public transport. It is recommended to combine this hike either with the previous Prein-Habsburghaus route or the subsequent Reichenau- Knofeleben route. Take the train via Wiener Neustadt to Payerbach-Reichenau railway station. Continue with either the 1746 or 1748 regional bus to the Rax Aerial Ropeway, then use that to reach the Rax.

More information can be found at www.öbb.at and www.raxalpe.com

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:

WAB - Stage 11: Prein - Habsburghaus

WAB - Stage 13: Reichenau - Knofeleben

WAB - Regional Route J: Payerbach - Waldburgangerhütte - Knofeleben

WAB - Regional Route N: Preintal - Habsburghaus


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 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 022

Author's tip

Bitte erkundigen Sie sich vor Ihrem Tourenstart hier bezüglich der aktuellen Öffnungszeiten des Habsburghauses!

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