Vienna Alps Bed in Summer, © Wiener Alpen/Bene Croy

Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben

Lodge / hut


Culinary and visually, the Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben spoils its visitors with regional delicacies in the Panoramagaststube before the hike continues. Ideally situated, it can be climbed from all directions.

Traditional hospitality in modern architecture

Its generous panoramic glazing makes the Naturfreundehaus (1,250m) on the Knofeleben on the Gahns, a foothill of the Schneeberg, the brightest shooting hut in Austria. Incidentally, the name "Knofeleben" comes from wild garlic, which can be found here in abundance during the season. The seasonality and regionality of the menu is exemplary: trout, char, lamb, sheep's cheese, fruit, vegetables and eggs come from the immediate surroundings.

Many paths lead to the Friends of Nature: The hut is a stage destination on the Vienna Alpine Arc and therefore very easy to reach for hikers from all directions.

Tour tips for your hiking holiday on the Knofeleben:
Day 1: From the Reichenau spa park via the historic Thalhof and the Eng to the Knofeleben.
Day 2: From the Knofeleben via the Bodenwiese to the jubilee view high above Payerbach with a view of the Schwarza valley
Day 3: From the Knofeleben via the Miesleiten on Kaiserbrunn and via the water pipe path through the Höllental back to Reichenau

Of course it tastes best

In addition to comfortable overnight accommodation for up to 59 people, the refuge offers an absolutely delicious hut cuisine with regional and seasonal specialities of char, Schneebergland beef and lamb, which has earned it the distinction of being a "Genusshütte" in the Genussregion. It's worth tasting!

Overnight stay

In the rooms the beds are always covered with fresh bed linen, in the camps a hut sleeping bag must be used. (Hygiene)
In the camp, every 2 beds are always divided by partitions. This creates cosy bunks which give the guests a little more privacy.

Dogs are allowed in all rooms, but not in the camps!

Opening hours:
Beginning/mid-April until mid-November
From 1.9. to 31.12.: Saturday and Sunday open

Overnight stay (beds / campsites): 32 / 27


The map below is for orientation purposes only. Direct access by car is not possible. Use hiking maps for your ascent to the hut.

Location and how to get there

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