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Hut hopping in the Raxalpe area (Number 4: mountain station - Ottohaus - Seehuette)

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  • Seehütte Preinerwand Rax
    / Seehütte Preinerwand Rax
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  • / Ottohaus
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  • / Otto-Haus
    Photo: Sektion Reichenau, ÖAV-Hüttenfinder
  • / Ausblick vom Predigtstuhl
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Hiking from hut to hut – “hut hopping” – in the Rax is one of the most popular trails in the region. It means being able to hike in subalpine heights, through meadows and the mountain pine zone, without having to tackle difficult gradients.
moderate
Distance 10.9 km
3:45 h
427 m
427 m
1,791 m
1,545 m
Travel up on the Rax aerial cableway, which opened in 1926, and is the oldest cable car system in Austria. A special feature of the Ottohaus, which is the hut nearest to the summit station, is a large Alpine garden which covers 4000m2, and boasts around 200 region-specific Alpine plant species. The name of the next station, the Seehütte, is derived from the name of a small lake, which was drained shortly after the 1st World War. Without having to overcome any great difficulties, you can “hop” from hut to hut in the Rax. Due to its short length, this variation of the popular Rax hiking route is suitable for families. However, the conditions must be suitable!

Author’s recommendation

Combine your walk with an overnight stay in the Raxalpen Berggasthof, in the direct vicinity of the summit station!
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Renate Buchner
Update: October 08, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,791 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
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Safety information

Walking in the Viennese Alps should be a completely safe and beautiful experience. Therefore, please note the following:

 Preparation

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 (e.g. bring rain protection).

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.

Tours of the plateau are not recommended in fog and strong winds!

Tips and hints

Stützpunkte:

Raxseilbahn Berggasthof, +43/2666/52450

Ottohaus, +43/2666/52402

Neue Seehütte, +43/676/7488719

 

Weitere Infos:

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

Tourismusbüro Reichenau, www.reichenau.at, +43 / 2666 / 52865

Raxalpe, www.raxalpe.com, +43 / 2666 / 52497

Start

Note about Hirschwang an der Rax, valley station of the Rax aerial cableway (1,547 m)
Coordinates:
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47.716946, 15.777943
DMS
47°43'01.0"N 15°46'40.6"E
UTM
33T 558347 5285133
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Destination

Raxalpen Berggasthof, summit station of the Rax aerial cableway

Turn-by-turn directions

We will start by taking the Rax aerial cableway. Just a few minutes later, we will arrive at the  summit station at 1547m above sea level. From the summit station, we will follow the red signs to the Gatterlkreuz (Gatterl cross), and then back to the Ottohaus. The journey to the first hut of the tour takes 45 minutes, and involves an ascent of 100m. The lakeside route then gently descends, leading to the Neu Seehütte,  which is situated in a valley. The route leads back past the Preiner Wand Kreuz (Preinerwand cross) and over the well-known Preiner Wand climbing paradise, before the ridgeway leads through the mountain pine route and back to the Ottohaus. Anyone who wants to reach another summit can climb the Jakobskogel (1737m), which is located near to the Ottohaus.  Finally, we will return to the Ottohaus, and head back to the summit station.

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Public transport

By train to Payerbach-Reichenau. Buses run between Payerbach-Reichenau station and the valley station of the Rax aerial cableway. See www.vor.at for more information.

Getting there

A2 to Knoten Seebenstein – S6 to Gloggnitz – B27 to Hirschwang an der Rax, the valley station of the Rax aerial cableway (just outside Hirschwang)

Parking

Parking spaces are available at the valley station of the Rax aerial cableway.

Coordinates

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47.716946, 15.777943
DMS
47°43'01.0"N 15°46'40.6"E
UTM
33T 558347 5285133
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

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

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Rating

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nahundfernwandern weltweit
August 21, 2017 · Community
Aussichtsreiche, schöne Wanderung auf Schotterstrassen und steinigen Wegen - empfehlenswert!
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When did you do this route? August 16, 2017
Gipfelkreuz Preinerwand
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Ottohaus
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Neue Seehütte
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Vi Ma
September 08, 2013 · Community
Wunderschöne Tour mit einer noch schöneren Aussicht -besonders beim Preinerwand-Kreuz. Grundsätzlich gutes Schuhwerk (Wanderschuhe) empfehlenswert da es hauptsächlich über Steine geht, über den Kammeweg ist man gut beraten Trekkingstöcke mitzuführen. Sehr angenehme Strecke wo sich bergab-bergauf die Waage hält. Längere Wartezeiten an der Seilbahn (~1h) aufgrund hoher Besucherzahlen (bes. am Wochenende einplanen).
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When did you do this route? September 07, 2013
Preinerwand-Kreuz
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Bergstation
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Enzian
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Panorama Preinerwand
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.9 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
427 m
Descent
427 m
Highest point
1,791 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Botanical highlights Cableway ascent/descent

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