WAB - Stage 15: Edelweißhütte - Öhler Schutzhaus

Hiking route from Edelweißhütte to Öhler Schutzhaus

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Elevation profile

7,47 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 7,47 km
  • Ascent: 243 egm
  • Descent: 454 egm
  • Duration: 2:30 h
  • Lowest point: 907 m
  • Highest point:1.237 m
  • Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops

Details for: WAB - Stage 15: Edelweißhütte - Öhler Schutzhaus

Brief description

The 15th stage of the Viennese Alps (WAB) route sees another change in the landscape. We leave the rock structures of the Schneeberg region and head into the heavily forested ridges of the Gutenstein Alps.


This route heads from the Edelweißhütte vantage point towards the Öhler via the Mamauwiese and Schober, enjoying wonderful views of the Schneeberg as we look back. The lowest point of the Mamauwiese features a fascinating primeval bog. The Schober is conspicuous due to its pyramid profile. This short stage has plenty of spots for great photographs.

Starting point of the tour


Destination point of the tour

Öhler Schutzhaus

Route description WAB - Stage 15: Edelweißhütte - Öhler Schutzhaus

Starting from Edelweißhütte, we hit the gravel track with our backs to the Schneeberg, head past Almreserlhaus and along the Dürre Leiten summit to Berggasthof Mamauwiese. At this point we briefly come across the Mariazellerweg, which crosses the Mamauwiese on its way west on a documented Roman road. We carry on east along the marked path towards the Öhler Schutzhaus. A small ridge is crossed via a heathland trail before we are greeted with a fantastic view of the Schober and Öhler. We hike slightly downhill over gentle meadows onto a gravel track and then turn right. After heading past the Schoberhof we turn to a refreshing spring just left of the road and follow the marked hiking path uphill beneath the rock faces of the Öhler to the Öhlerschutzhaus. This is a splendid place to end the day and to enjoy specialities such as “Öhlerknödel” (a meat dumpling with cabbage) or the ever-popular bratwurst soup.


The Edelweißhütte is in alpine surroundings and can only be reached directly on foot.

If you are coming from Vienna or Graz, take the A2 as far as the exit at Wiener Neustadt West. Take the B26 up to Puchberg am Schneeberg. A road leads to the end of the valley and the chairlift at Losenheim.


Car parking is available in Losenheim at the Schneeberg chairlift.

The Edelweißhütte is in alpine surroundings and cannot be reached directly with public transport. Take the train to Puchberg railway station. Carry on from there with the 1720 regional bus to Losenheim. Either ascend via the route to the cabin marked out in yellow, alternatively the Schneeberg chairlift takes you very close to the Edelweißhütte.


More information at www.oebb.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:

WAB - Stage 14: Knofeleben - Edelweißhütte

WAB - Stage 16: Öhler Schutzhaus - Pernitz

WAB - Regional Route P: Puchberg - Edelweißhütte

WAB - Regional Route O: Edelweißhütte - Preintal


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 012

Author's tip

It is possible to stay overnight in the valley at Hotel Restaurant Forellenhof. Bookable offers can be found here.

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