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Reisalpe

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Lower Austria, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.95665°N / 15.66443°E

Object Title: Reisalpe

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4590 ft / 1399 m

 

Page By: SzaniUherkovich

Created/Edited: Dec 15, 2016 / Dec 15, 2016

Object ID: 990026

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Topographic isolation: 15 km
Nearest higher peak: Obersberg (1467 m)
Prominence: 638 m

Overview

Reisalpe in clouds
Reisalpe in clouds
Reisalpe is a bit overgrazed
Kleinzeller Hinteralm
Reisalpe is the highest mountain of the Gutenstein Alps (Gutensteiner Alpen in German). It is 1399 meter high. The prominence of the mountain is 638 meter. With this value it ranks #9 on the prominence list of Lower Austria.

This is a limestone mountain, but generally it can’t be seen for the first look because it is mostly covered by forests and by meadows. The only place where the bare limestone rocks can be seen are on the northwestern rim of the summit plateau.

Reisalpe
Winter scene of Reisalpe
Reisalpe was a favourite tourist destination already in the 19th century, and still it visited by many people in all seasons of the year. The tourist hut on the peak - called Reisalpen Schutzhaus - was opened in 1898, and on the opening ceremony there were 700 people! Most of them were hikers from Austria. Now the mountain is visited mostly by hikers, by ski mountaineers and by snowshoe walkers. The popularity of the mountain can be explained by the fact that it’s only 70 km far from Vienna (1 hour’s driving time).

The Peak

Reisalpe summit cross
Reisalpe summit cross
The top of the mountain is a grassy plateau, with steep hillside on the northwestern side. There is a 4 meter high summit cross on the peak. Nearby there is the Reisalpe refuge hut.

The peak offers a wide panorama view around. This panorama view is famous in Lower Austria because in good weather very distant mountains can be seen from here - even ones that are in the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

This is the panorama around:

xxx - Northeast: Hochstaff (1305 m) in 3 km distance and Záruby (768 m) in 143 km distance

xxx - East: Unterberg (1342 m) in 12 km distance

xxx - Southeast: Schneeberg (2076 m) in 24 km distance

xxx - South: Rax (2007 m) in 30 km distance

xxx - Southwest: Göller (1766 m) in 22 km distance

xxx - West: Ötscher (1810 m) in 36 km distance and Großer Priel (2515 m) in 123 km distance

xxx - Northwest: Großer Peilstein (1022 m) in 57 km distance

Hochstaff

Hochstaff - near the summit
Skiing on Hochstaff
Hochstaff
Hochstaff
I must also mention Hochstaff. It is a 1305 meter high mountain in northeast direction from the summit of Reisalpe, in a distance of 3 km. Though Hochstaff is a bit lower mountain than Reisalpe, it is more impressive than Reisalpe with ist steep hillsides and with its pyramidal shape.

Nature

Except for the forested areas the mountain looks to be a little bit overgrazed by cattle. Nevertheless the Alpine climate is so favourable for the flora and fauna that local nature can still produce good things even in these conditions. Some examples:

Fire salamander
Fire salamander

Heath spotted-orchid
Heath spotted-orchid

Kidney vetch
Kidney vetch

Ranunculus platanifolius
Ranunculus platanifolius


Routes

There are several marked and unmarked routes leading to the summit of Reisalpe. Let me list the most popular ones:

Direction
Trailhead
Trailhead elevation
Distance
Net elevation gain
Northeast
Ebenwaldhöhe
1020 m
5 km
380 m
Northeast
Kleinzell
480 m
8 km
920 m
Southeast
Kumpfmühle
545 m
6.5 km
855 m
Southeast
Hohenberg
475 m
7 km
925 m
Northwest
Lilienfeld
383 m
16 km
1015 m

If you start from Kleinzell or from Lilienfeld, then you can also admire their beautiful historical buildings:

The gothic church of Kleinzell
The gothic church of Kleinzell

The gothic gate of the famous Lilienfeld Abbey
The gothic gate of the famous Lilienfeld Abbey

The trail between Kleinzell - Reisalpe - Lilienfeld is part of the 04A variant of Weitwanderweg 04 - that is one of the long distance hiking tours of Austria.

For a good online map of the area please click here

Tourist Hut and Campings

Brennalm
Brennalm - abandoned
Kleinzeller Hinteralm
Kleinzeller Hinteralm - I found no information how to book it
Tourist huts
:

Reisalpenschutzhaus
(1397 m a.s.l.)
On the summit of Reisalpe
+43 680 1233 924
http://www.reisalpe.at/107536783

Ebenwaldhütte
(1000 m a.s.l.)
Address: Ebenwald 30, 3171 Kleinzell
+34 2766 3212
E-Mail: gertrude.thalhammer@gmx.at


Campings:

Auwerk Camping, Hainfeld
(400 m a.s.l.)
Address: Gölsen 39, 3170 Hainfeld
+43 676 7390 031
http://en.camping.info/austria/lower-austria/auwerk-camping-19451/location

Voralpen Camping, Kleinzell
(510 m a.s.l.)
Though this camping is nearest to Reisalpe, this place is a bit "suspicious" for me. A few years ago I spent here a night. I didn’t find the Reception, and I didn’t find free parcels for tents - just long term mobilehomes. Finally I erected my tent in the forest in front of the gate of the camping...
Address: Kleizell 14, Kleinzell 3171 Kleinzell
+43 664 2340 933
http://en.camping.info/austria/lower-austria/voralpencamping-kleinzell-19296

Terassen Camping, Traisen
(410 m a.s.l.)
Address: Kulmhof 1, 3160 Traisen
+43 (0) 27 6262 900
http://www.camping-traisen.at/en/

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