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  • Sonneck hammer mill
    / Sonneck hammer mill
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Schwarzes Haus am Marktplatz mit Brunnen
    Photo: Brigitte Pamperl und Otto Schlappack, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Cooperative hammer and storage building (Sonneckwerk II)
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Spielplatz im Dr. Meyer Park in Ybbsitz
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Bridge over the Prollingbach
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Prolling Creek
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Reluctance of the Prollingbach
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / The old blacksmith's house
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Blackboard at the old blacksmith's house
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  • / Sonneck "In der Noth"
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Sonneck tools
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  • / Verschiedene Hacken gemacht
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  • / Verschiedene Hacken
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, Radler-Rast
  • / The Prollingbach after leaving the gorge
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Eybl hammer
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Wooden bridge over the Prollingbach
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  • / Whetstone model
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Replica loop "In der Noth"
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Rest area at the forge mile
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
  • / Einöd-Hammer
    Photo: Dr. Otto Schlappack, Radler-Rast
  • / Texttafel in der Noth
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
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The smithy mile in Ybbsitz gives an insight into forging and the life of the blacksmith in earlier times. At the same time it is a very nice hike along the Prollingbach.
moderate
Distance 13.1 km
8:09 h
548 m
430 m
543 m
415 m
The smithy mile combines a short hike along the Prollingbach with the opportunity to learn something about forging, especially how it used to be done.

The preserved hammer forges are impressive. They were settled by a flowing water because the water power was used to lift the heavy hammers. In Ybbsitz there were once 20 hammer smiths who made hoes, herb knives and tire knives. The tools produced also had to be ground. In addition, there were once around 20 grinding mills, where the Noth narrows to a ravine.

On the first Sunday of the month from May to October there is a demonstration in the Fahrngruber Hammer, where you can watch two blacksmiths forge a hoe with a historic spring drop hammer.

There are nice resting places where you can sit down for a snack. A particularly beautiful one is the goldfish pond, which was originally created to gain ice in winter for cooling beer in summer. The hammer smiths used to quench their thirst with beer.

Author’s recommendation

Be sure to attend a blacksmith demonstration. This makes it a living experience. And go to the goldfish pond, although that sounds cheesy. The model of a stick hammer that you will find there makes it easy to understand how a drop hammer works.
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Author
Dr. Otto Schlappack 
Update: October 16, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
543 m
Lowest point
415 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

When crossing Nothbergstrasse, watch out for the traffic, especially cyclists traveling fast downhill. Crossing the Prolingbach on the adventure bridge could make you dizzy. If you want to avoid this bridge, you can use the waterfall path on the left to continue on the way there.

Tips and hints

A trip to the blacksmith's mile should be chosen so that you can watch a blacksmith demonstration. Blacksmithing days in Fahrngruber Hammer take place every first Sunday from May to October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can watch the blacksmiths doing hoe forging.

Start

Corner of Eisenstrasse Brunnengasse in Ybbsitz (414 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.946009, 14.896404
DMS
47°56'45.6"N 14°53'47.1"E
UTM
33T 492264 5310304
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Destination

Corner of Eisenstrasse Brunnengasse in Ybbsitz

Turn-by-turn directions

At the beginning of Eisenstraße in Ybbsitz, Brunnengasse goes off on the right. There is also a bridge over the Prollingbach, from which we can see a building on the left with the inscription Sonneck. According to the location on the Prollingbach and the type of construction with the large chimney, it is likely to be a former hammer forge.

In front of us we see a small market square with a historical fountain from 1834 with an octagonal basin and a pillar with a spherical top in front of the black one House, a former hammer mansion, a two-storey building with a hipped roof from the end of the 18th century, which is essentially late medieval.

On the left we see the cooperative hammer and the Sonneckwerk II warehouse, which is a broad-gabled Biedermeier single-storey building with a ridge and corbels. On the right hand side we see the Sonneck tool shop. After a short distance we reach the Dr. Meyer Park. There you will find information boards about the leisure time of the blacksmith and iron sculptures. There is a children's playground in the Dr. Meyer Park. After crossing the park, we pass the boy scouts home on the right. Before we land back on Eisenstrasse, which is now called "In der Noth", we see a restraint of the Prollingbach on the left hand side.

The Prollingbach now runs to the right of the road before it comes to "In der Noth" behind a few houses, including the old blacksmith's house.

When the Prollingbach reappears, we stand in front of another Sonneckwerk. From here it is not far until the Fahrngruber Hammer appears on the right hand side. In front of the Fahrngruber Hammer, the forge mile goes uphill to the left and you now walk a bit in the shade under trees to the Eybl Hammer. Before that, the path to the goldfish pond continues uphill to the left. We pass the Eybl Hammer on the left. Immediately afterwards there is an EVN hydropower plant on the left. Now the Noth slowly begins to narrow before you come to a place with information boards about the grinding mills that used to be here. From here it is not far to the adventure bridge, which we cross over.

On the other side of the stream we go up to Nothbergstrasse. We cross this and continue our hike up through the forest past a rest area until we touch Nothbergstraße on the left again. We stay on the left side of the stream, which is somewhat dammed in this area. On the way back we cross the Nothbergstraße to take the waterfall path on the other side to the adventure bridge. From the adventure bridge, the same path goes back to Ybbsitz.

Continuation of the path to Einöd-Hammer, the turning point of the forge mile, then goes up to the right on the Nothbauer supply road. After the Nothbauer, turn left back down to the stream and along it in the meadow until you come to a road again, where you turn right and continue a few meters until the Einöd hammer appears on the left.

To the Einöd-Hammer you go over a bridge and then back on the Nothbergstraße past the Bauernschrotmühl. Shortly after the Bauernschrotmühl you can turn left and walk on a bridge over the stream. On the left side of the stream we go to the restraint, where we now, as already mentioned, cross the Nothbergstraße to go back over the waterfall path. The waterfall path goes to the adventure bridge. From there the same way goes back to Ybbsitz.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to Waidhofen an der Ybbs. From there on to Ybbsitz by bus no.650.

Getting there

Coming from Waidhofen or Gresten on the B22.

Parking

Market square parking lot, 3341 Ybbsitz, 47.947442,14.895453

Coordinates

DD
47.946009, 14.896404
DMS
47°56'45.6"N 14°53'47.1"E
UTM
33T 492264 5310304
w3w 
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Eisenstrasse. On the iron paths in Lower Austria

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Equipment

Although you walk a lot on the paved Nothbergstrasse mountain boots are necessary. You should also have a small daypack with something to drink and a small snack, because there is nothing to stop for on the Schmiede Meile. But nice places to rest and strengthen yourself.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.1 km
Duration
8:09 h
Ascent
548 m
Descent
430 m
Highest point
543 m
Lowest point
415 m
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