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Raxalm mountain lodge - Ottohaus (snowshoe route 1) approx. 45 min

Snowshoeing · Wiener Alpen
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Winter and snowshoe hiking on the Rax is one of the favourite activities in the region.
Distance 1.9 km
0:40 h
99 m
3 m
1,644 m
1,545 m
We go up to the Rax Alps on the Rax cableway, the oldest cableway in Austria, which started operation in 1926. Once you arrive at the top, you are met by snow-covered alpine meadows, fantastic views and healthy, cold mountain air. Starting point of the tour is the Raxalm mountain lodge. From there you can reach the Ottohaus in approx. 45 minutes by snowshoe.

Author’s recommendation

Vom Berggasthof entlang der makierten Strecke können Sie bis zum Schutzhaus Ottohaus wandern und eine verdiente Stärkung gönnen. (nur an Wochenden und Feiertagen bei Schönwetter geöffnet)
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Update: June 14, 2021
Highest point
1,644 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Mountain rescue emergency number: 140

EU emergency number: 112

For information about avalanches:


Your hiking experience in the Vienna Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe one. Therefore, please bear the following in mind: Preparation: When choosing a route, make sure it corresponds to your experience and physical fitness level. Check the weather forecast before you set off. The weather can change surprisingly quickly in the mountains. Always take appropriate equipment with you (e.g. rain protection).


Check whether the cabins and snack stations you intend to visit along the way are open. Inform someone before you set off of your chosen route and when you plan to return.



Tips and hints

Raxalm-Berggasthof: Tel. +43 2666/52450 open in the winter as well


Ottohaus: Tel. +43 2666/52402 open during winter in case of nice weather at weekends and on public holidays (catering only) Neue Seehütte: phone +43 676/7488719 open during winter in case of nice weather at weekends and on public holidays (no overnight stay possible in any of the seasons)


Gloggnitzer Hütte: +43 2662/42962 managed on weekends by club members under simple terms (overnight stay possible)


Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich,, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Tourist information Reichenau, Tel. +43 2666/52865


Tourist information Payerbach, Tel. +43 2666/52423-12


Raxalm mountain lodge (1,546 m)
47.717177, 15.778201
47°43'01.8"N 15°46'41.5"E
33T 558366 5285159



Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts from the lower station of Rax cableway. A few minutes on the cableway takes us up to the mountain station 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.


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 lower station.

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Getting there

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


Parking is available at the lower station of Rax cableway.


47.717177, 15.778201
47°43'01.8"N 15°46'41.5"E
33T 558366 5285159
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You need a sporty winter garment (waterproof, windproof and breathable), firm and waterproof winter or hiking boots reaching over your ankle, gloves, a winter hat and sunglasses. A backpack with granola bars and drinks in a thermos for the trip, spare clothes to change, balaclava and a second pair of gloves (mittens), ski goggles and sunscreen.

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • 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 Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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1.9 km
0:40 h
99 m
3 m
Highest point
1,644 m
Lowest point
1,545 m
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