Discover on the way: Parish church in Laussa (consecrated to St. Mary), limestone wall nature reserve and open-air swimming pool in Laussa, several chapels, pilgrimage church of Maria Neustift (Mary, Saviour of the Sick), Salvation Trail as well as signposted chapel paths with magnificent panorama in Maria Neustift, traditional wood-fired oven pastries.
Off the beaten track:
Laussa - Orchid meadow nature reserve, sport climbing with over 180 routes on several rocks situated in and around the village centre, including the famous "Sauzahn", THE climbing centre in the Enns Valley.
Maria Neustift - family-friendly hikes on the Glasenberg and Freithofberg, Ramingtaler Bogenparcour.
Laussa - collection of Stone Age finds at the municipal office, Sengstschmied chapel in Pechgraben, Mitterberg Troadkasten (approx. 1.5 km off the Sebaldus Trail).
Stop off on the way: Laussa: Gasthof Geiger in the village centre, Holzeck Cafe&Bar. Maria Neustift: Glasner Hütte, Gasthaus Schaupp, Café Bäckerei Steinparzer, Roisentaverne
From the village square of Losenstein (church), the trail leads up the Kirchenberg, further on via hiking trail E74 to the Fatima Chapel and from there on towards Sauzahn. Before Sauzahn, at the old lime tree, go left along the Brettertal estate road down to Laussa.
From the Laussa parish church, walk to the Geiger inn, from there take the steep meadow path towards Sonnberg. At the Breitn Chapel, turn left and follow the Rotbauer Güterweg (goods path) along the Flößerweg (raftsmen's path).
After a long uphill stretch, past the Schneiderweg holiday farm, you reach the turnoff to the ridge of the Sonnberg. From here, follow the long-distance hiking trail 04/06, pass the Laussa wind farm, then the Spadenberg and arrive at Maria Neustift via the Glasenberg - a detour to the summit is very worthwhile because of the view and the panorama of pre-Alpine peaks.
all notes on protected areas
The Ennstalbahn runs between Linz and Weißenbach-St. Gallen. Details at www.ooevv.at
Stations and railway stations are located in Steyr, Garsten, Lahrndorf, Dürnbach, Ternberg, Trattenbach, Losenstein, Reichraming, Großraming, Gaflenz, Weyer, Küpfern, Kastenreith, Kleinreifling and Weißenbach-St. Gallen.
From Salzburg/Linz: A1 motorway exit Enns-Steyr > B115 into the Enns Valley
From Vienna: A1 motorway exit Haag > B42 > B122 > B115 into the Enns Valley
From Passau: A8 Passau > Wels > A1 motorway exit Enns-Steyr > B115 into the Enns Valley
From Graz: A9 Pyhrnautobahn > motorway exit Klaus > Grünburg > into the Ennstal valley
Public parking at the train station or at the Blasl family guesthouse