Winter Walks

Hohe Wand Nature Park – Schneeberg view circuit

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Elevation profile

1,25 km length

Tour dates

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Route: 1,25 km
  • Ascent: 22 egm
  • Descent: 17 egm
  • Duration: 0:30 h
  • Lowest point: 1.008 m
  • Highest point:1.021 m

Features

  • Nice views
  • Round tour
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Way cleared

Details for: Hohe Wand Nature Park – Schneeberg view circuit

Brief description

A slow-paced circular route on the Hohe Wand with views to Schneeberg.

NOTE: Please be aware that this winter walk may not be completely maintained in snowy conditions and can have patches of ice. Use at your own risk! Please equip yourself appropriately, such as with sturdy shoes, sticks, waterproof outdoor clothing, hat, etc. Make sure you have enough to drink in winter too! Be aware of it getting dark early and carefully plan your route!

Description

With its many hiking and walking trails, the Hohe Wand Nature Park is an ideal destination for the whole family. The Schneeberg view circuit offers a slow-paced circular walk which leads to the 18m high viewing tower with views of Schneeberg, Dürre Wand, Unterberg and if you’re lucky, even of the Neusiedlersee. You can meet animals in the enclosure where llamas and mouflons wait to be stroked. At the walk’s starting point, the nature park’s visitor centre, you can find out about the history of life in the Hohe Wand in the Alpine and Heritage Museum and stop for a bite to eat. Of course not to be missed is the Spiel- und Spaßberg play area because here children can live like a marmot, climb like a goat and just let off steam. In snowy weather, the Spiel- und Spaßberg becomes a sledging hill. The Schneeberg view circuit is maintained in winter.

Nature park entry fee: Adults €1.80 Children €1.00 Cars €2.00

Starting point of the tour

Nature park centre – vivarium car park

Destination point of the tour

Nature park centre – vivarium car park

Route description

From the car park, cross the road and turn right at the nature park visitor centre to reach the llamas and mouflons.  Follow the easy path to the chamois’ feeding area. Walk uphill to the panoramic view of the 18m high viewing tower.  Take the wide path back to the nature park visitor centre.

Directions

Travelling from Vienna

1) A2 – departing from Wöllersdorf – turn right onto the B21 towards Gutenstein – turn off towards Dreistetten – Muthmannsdorf – Emmerberg – Gaaden – Stollhof – toll booth (fee) – take the year-round mountain road to the Hohe Wand plateau

2) A2 – departing from Wiener Neustadt West – Weikersdorf – Winzendorf – Emmerberg – Gaaden – Stollhof – toll booth (fee) – Hohe Wand

Travelling from Graz

3) From Neunkirchen – Würflach – Willendorf – Höflein – Zweiersdorf – Maiersdorf – toll booth (fee) – Hohe Wand

Parking

Nature park centre – vivarium car park, Kleine Kanzelstraße 241, 2724 Hohe Wand

By train from Vienna or Graz to Wiener Neustadt – from there by local train in the direction of Puchberg am Schneeberg or by bus to Winzendorf – from Winzendorf hike to Maiersdorf via Prossetschlucht (5km), from where you can hike up Hohe Wand on one of the many routes in approximately 1 hour. Or switch in Wiener Neustadt to a train heading to Puchberg am Schneeberg. Disembark in Grünbach am Schneeberg. By following the Grafenberg route (marked by blue signs), you will reach the Wilhelm Eicherthütte on the plateau in about 1.5 hours. You can also take the Gutensteinerbahn (from Wiener Neustadt) to Oberpiesting or Waldegg, and hike on the rear side of the Hohe Wand.

Visit www.oebb.at or www.vor.at for more information

More info/links

Naturpark Hohe Wand, www.naturpark-hohewand.at

Naturparke Niederösterreich, www.naturparke-noe.at

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Bring a suitable map. Wear suitable, sturdy shoes, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and a bite to eat. Bring your mobile phone, and save the emergency number of the mountain rescue team: 140

Make sure that your choice of route matches your hiking experience and your physical condition. Check the weather forecast. In the mountains, the weather can change surprisingly quickly. For this reason, make sure you are well-equipped.

Check that the huts and refreshment stations that you want to visit along the way will be open. Tell someone which route you have chosen, and when you hope to return, before you set off.

Emergency number for mountain rescue: 140

EU emergency number: 112

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Author's tip

A trip to Hohe Wand goes well with a stay in Schneebergland! You can book overnight stays at the Landgasthof Zur Schubertlinde or the Ferienhaus Land Romantik in Urschendorf online.