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From Raxalm Berggasthof (mountain inn) to the Ottohaus

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  • Schneeschuhwandern beim Raxalpen Berggasthof
    / Schneeschuhwandern beim Raxalpen Berggasthof
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Claudia Ziegler
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    Photo: Maria Maier, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich
  • / Ottohaus auf der Rax
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, ©Wiener Alpen, Foto: Michael Liebert
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From Rax cableway mountain station you walk on snowshoes towards Gatterlkreuz and continue over the Rax plateau until you reach the Ottohaus. Follow the yellow signposts and the part-made sections of trail.
moderate
Distance 1.9 km
0:40 h
99 m
3 m
1,644 m
1,545 m

From Rax cableway mountain station you walk on snowshoes towards Gatterlkreuz and continue over the Rax plateau until you reach the Ottohaus. Follow the yellow signposts and the part-made sections of trail.

Between October and April the Ottohaus is only open at weekends in good weather! Raxalm Berggasthof is open all year round.

Author’s recommendation

Schneeschuhe sowie Rückentragen zum Transport von Kleinkindern können bei der Bergstation der Rax-Seilbahn ausgeliehen werden.
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Update: November 30, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
1,644 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Pay attention to the weather conditions and only set out in good, settled weather and good visibility. You must have snowshoes and hiking equipment suitable for mountain conditions! Tours on the high plateau are not recommended if it is foggy or very windy.  ATTENTION: There is a risk of avalanches!

Mountain Rescue emergency number: 140

EU emergency service: 112

For avalanche information: lawinenwarndienst-niederösterreich.at

Tips and hints

Rax cableway: T: +43 2666 / 52497 raxseilbahn@raxalpe.com  W: www.raxalpe.com/de/die-rax-seilbahn

WIENER ALPEN in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH Schlossstraße 1 • A-2801 Katzelsdorf  T:  +43 2622 / 78960 W : www.wieneralpen.at

 

Reichenau Tourist Office T: 02666/52865 W: www.reichenau.at  

Start

Rax cable railway mountain station (1,546 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.717156, 15.778015
DMS
47°43'01.8"N 15°46'40.9"E
UTM
33T 558352 5285157
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Destination

Ottohaus

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts from the valley station of Rax cableway. A few minutes on the cableway takes us up to the mountain station at 1,547 m above sea level. From Rax cableway mountain station we follow the signs to Gatterlkreuz and carry on until we reach the Ottohaus. After taking refreshment, we follow the same route back to the mountain station.

If you like, you can make a detour to the Höllental viewing point to enjoy the breathtaking view over the Höllental.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the Southern Railway to Payerbach-Reichenau. Buses run at regular intervals between Payerbach-Reichenau station and Rax cableway valley station.

More details are available at: www.oebb.at or www.vor.at

Timetable for Rax cableway: www.raxalpe.com

Getting there

A2 to the Seebenstein intersection - S6 to Gloggnitz - B27 to Hirschwang an der Rax, Rax cableway valley station (at the end of Hirschwang village)

Parking

There is a car park at Rax cableway valley station.

Coordinates

DD
47.717156, 15.778015
DMS
47°43'01.8"N 15°46'40.9"E
UTM
33T 558352 5285157
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

freytag&berndt WK022

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Equipment

Snowshoes, warm winter clothing and footwear suitable for mountain conditions

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
1.9 km
Duration
0:40 h
Ascent
99 m
Descent
3 m
Highest point
1,644 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cableway ascent/descent Linear route Clear area
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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