WAB - Stage 2: Bad Erlach - Thernberg

Hiking route from Bad Erlach, Therme Linsberg Asia to Thernberg, Landgasthof Thaler

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Elevation profile

13,54 km length

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  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 13,54 km
  • Ascent: 322 egm
  • Descent: 235 egm
  • Duration: 3:46 h
  • Lowest point: 310 m
  • Highest point:572 m
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Details for: WAB - Stage 2: Bad Erlach - Thernberg

Brief description

The 2nd stage of the Viennese Alps route (WAB) heads gently uphill and downhill over fields, meadows, groves of trees, and settlements through a world of humps and hills.


The long-forgotten paths of the Bucklige Welt, known back in the pre-medieval era, are explored in part during this second stage. These paths follow the ups and downs of the hilly landscape in the Bucklige Welt. Changing perspectives appeal to the hiker at every turn, and the changes in landscape are pleasantly surprising. From the Bergkirche Pitten vantage point, there are tremendous panoramic views over the valley basin to the Rax, Schneeberg, and the Piestingtal valley.

Starting point of the tour

Bad Erlach, Therme Linsberg Asia

Destination point of the tour

Thernberg, Landgasthof Thaler

Route description WAB - Stage 2: Bad Erlach - Thernberg

The second stage starts at the Therme Linsberg Asia car park. We continue south along the path between the Therme and the car park to the edge of the forest, turn left and carry on along the edge of the forest to the road. Alternatively, go right via the Waldfriedhof cemetery back to the road. Go right on the road and then turn left at a car park on an access road to the Waldfriedhof. We go over the track and reach Bad Erlach again, turn right onto Schwarzer Weg and continue alongside the rails until it merges with Brunner Straße. We veer left via Pitten, briefly switch over to the right onto Uferstraße, and then continue along to Apotheke zum Heiligen Georg. At the chemists, we turn left onto Georg-Gottschall-Straße before going straight on to Aspanger Straße. Keep left on Bergstraße before the plague memorial at a car park. Head uphill along the road uphill to the footpath at the Bergkirche and turn right onto a hiking path uphill to the castle before the entrance to the church. A detour to the Bergkirche, with its glockenspiel and miniature houses, is highly recommended. If you want to see the Felsenkirche, which is reached via a path on the right alongside the Bergkirche, please phone 0664/73403891.



We cross over a forest road, then after a few metres land on another forest road. Pitten Castle, which is in private hands, can be found on the left and we head off right onto the forest road. After 100 metres we veer right at the crossroads towards Leiding. Always follow the forest path heading towards Leiding. Back in open fields the view makes it clear why the Bucklige Welt has its name with the many hills, before we soon go downhill along a paved road into the centre of Leiding. We walk straight ahead, past the church, back onto the road to Thernberg. The route continues along pleasant gravel paths and tracks up towards Stanghof then start descending towards Neustift with views of the ruins of Thernberg Castle. When at the end of the track, we turn left onto the road to Thernberg. With these blind curves, take care and be wary until the village and Landgasthaus Thaler are reached.


If you are travelling from Vienna on the A2, turn onto the S4 towards Eisenstadt when reaching Wiener Neustadt, then leave the S4 at the Wiener Neustadt Süd exit before turning left into Günser Straße. Follow the signs to Bad Erlach. If you are travelling from Graz on the A2, leave the motorway at Seebenstein and continue along the B54. Follow the signs to Bad Erlach


Car parking is available at Therme Linsberg Asia.

Take the train via Wiener Neustadt to Bad Erlach railway station.

More information can be found at www.oebb.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:

WAB - Stage 1: Katzelsdorf - Bad Erlach

WAB - Stage 3: Thernberg - Wiesmath

WAB - Regional Route A: Katzelsdorf - Lanzenkirchen - Bad Erlach


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



Thermengemeinden tourist office, www.thermengemeinden.at, +43 / 2627 / 81362


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



Accommodation is only available at the beginning and end of the stage.

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 023

Author's tip

How does a relaxing visit and overnight stay at the Therme Spa Hotel Linsberg Asia sound before your hike? Beer connoisseurs can enjoy the wide range of beers from Wolfsbräu in Thernberg.

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