Schneeberg with the summit Klosterwappen is the highest mountain of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and the most eastward 2000m mountain of the alps. Nearly the whole region is a water protection area (1 st Vienna water supply)Near Fischerhütte is the summit Kaiserstein - named after emperors Franz I sucessful ascent in 1805 and 1807.Schneeberg is often underestimated (rapid weather changes - with snow, heavy rain, fog, strong winds) - orientation might be very difficult. This YouTube video shows some strong wind near Fischerhütte strong wind near Fischerhütte
In summer (May to November) the rack railway (starting in Puchberg am Schneeberg) is the easiest ascent (about 1 hour walk to the summit).
Very nice climbs in Höllental (near Reichenau an der Rax)
in spring time several nice steep ski descents.In winter ski touring starts usually at Losenheim (near Puchberg am Schneeberg).
North side: Puchberg am SchneebergSouth side: Reichenau an der Raxby car: Form Vienna on the highway (Südautobahn - A1) to Wiener Neustadt - continue via Ternitz to Puchberg am Schneebergor (for the south side of Schneeberg) from Ternitz (continue an Semmeringschnellstraße - S6) to Gloggnitz to Reichenau an der Raxby train: from Vienna (Südbahnhof) via Wiener Neustadt (you have to change the trains) to Puchberg or to Reichenau. Puchberg and Reichenau bus transfer to the mountains (sometimes!!!)
The rack railway was built between 1985 and 1897. The line is 9.85 km long and climbs 1.218m to its final destination at 1,795m. The line has a rail gauge of 1.000 mm and uses the Abt rack systems. Opertion of the rack railway started in 1897 with coal-powered steam locomotives, which have been in use until 1999. The steam locomotives are still in use for nostalgia trains. In 1999 new diesel operated Multiple Units called Salamander, which meet strict environment protection regulations, have been introduced. After World War II until 1996 the rack railway was operated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). Since 1997 the rack railway is operated by the Niederösterreichischen Schneebergbahn GmbH (Lower Austrian Schneeberg Railway Company Ltd.) - 50% held by the ÖBB and 50% held by the federal state of Lower Austria
More or less the whole area is a water protection area (first Vienna Water Supply)Krummbachgraben (near Kaiserbrunn) strictly no trespassing!!
The steep descents on the north side in springwestward descents: Schneegraben: starts directly at Klosterwappen summitWurzengraben: starts at FischerhütteSalvisgraben: near Schauerstein to DreibrunnekesselHoyosgraben: starts near Vestenkogel to Dreibrunnenkessel Fadengraben: starts near P. 1723 (Fadensteig) In Hoyosgraben (also in Salvisgraben) is a cuesta/cliff (skiing around is usually possible)
Info to "Breite Ries": descents from left to right:
Narrndattl Rinne, Privat Ries, Breite Ries, Vestenkogel Ostrinne, Rote Schütt Flanke
(all information in German):
no camp sites - camping is forbidden due to water protectionall huts except Edelweisshütte are closed in winter (on weekends a team of mountain rescue members are at Heinrich Krempel Hütte)
Kienthaler Hütte: 1380m usually, open from the beginning of May to end of October on the weekend2,5 - 3 hours from Losenheim, 2,5 hours from Weichtalhaus www.kienthaler.atHeinrich Krempel Hütte: 1561mhut of the Austrian Mountain Rescue (Bergrettung) - the hut is not open to the public (no sleeping facilities, no food - in winter ski tourist may get a hot tea)2 hours from LosenheimThe hut is named after Heinrich Krempel (1880 - 1935) - a cofounder of the Austrian Mountain Rescue Service.
Fischerhütte: 2049mnear the summit of Kaisersteinopen from beginning of May to end of October1 hour from the top station of the rack railway2,5 hours from Losenheim (on Fadensteig)3,5 hours from Losenheim (via Heinrich Krempel Hütte)Fischerhütte is named after Fischer von Röslerstamm, who wrote the first guidebook of Schneeberg.
Damböckhaus: 1810m15 minutes from rack railway stationclosed in winter
Naturfreundehaus Knofeleben (Friedrich Haller Haus): 1250 mclosed in Winter2 hours from Reichenau3 hours from Kaiserbrunn
Usually the hut wardens give information
detailed map online: Austrian Map Online
Skiführer Schneeberg the most comprehensive Alpine Touring Ski Guide Book (by Wolfgang Ladenbauer)