We start the stage over the Rax plateau at the Habsburgshaus, starting on path 44 heading towards Seehütte cabin and the Rax Aerial Ropeway. We then cross the Jahnkreuz and hike on paths through pine woods to the Trinksteinsattel close to the Bergrettungshütte rescue cabin. It is possible to stay in the hut in the case of an emergency. We descend 200 metres to the Neuen Seehütte cabin and the vantage point. At this point we start ascending with grand views of the Kammweg route and the Preinerwandkreuz. The Kammweg to Otto-Schutzhaus, marked out in blue, offers better views but is narrower in places whilst not being exposed. The Seeweg route, marked in red, is also an alternative route to the Otto-Schutzhaus. We cross the terrace at Otto-Schutzhaus and head into an extended right-hand bend where the Törl becomes visible and start the descent on the Törlweg path. The Törlweg, which offers plenty of grand views and is not exposed, leads us downhill through several hairpin bends. We continue somewhat further than the signposts on the way to Hirschwang and Edlach and hike past the Lammelbründl. We descend towards Knappenhof and go past it on the left onto a meadow path whilst descending further. After a few minutes we come to a crossroads. We turn left towards Hirschwang, then after a few metres we turn right onto a hiking path, marked in red, in the direction of Hirschwang-Erlangerkreuz.
The forest path turns into a paved road which leads us to a residential area. We turn right into Trautenbergstraße then when on the Bundesstraße turn right in the direction of Reichenau. We reach the centre of Reichenau after approximately half-an-hour.
If continuing to Payerbach:
Turn right into a car park shortly after passing the Kurtheater Reichenau. We cross the car park and turn left onto Promenadenweg alongside the Schwarza river. At the viaduct we come back onto a road and carry on along this towards the village centre. After going past the open-air pool and the pavilion, we turn left over the Schwarza bridge and cross over the Bundesstraße. The last stage involves walking uphill along the Bahnhofweg to Payerbach-Reichenau railway station.