Rax-Schneeberg Gruppe

Page Type: Area/Range
Lat/Lon: 47.76800°N / 15.80570°E
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Ice Climbing, Aid Climbing, Via Ferrata, Skiing
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 6811 ft / 2076 m

Overview


Rax-Schneeberg Gruppe is south of Gutensteiner Alpen


The borders of Rax-Schneeberg Gruppe are (rivers or towns): Klostertaler Gescheid - Klausgraben - Mamauwiese - Sebastianbach - Puchberg/Schneeberg - Ternitz - Gloggnitz - Schottwien - Semmering - Mürzzuschlag - Kapellen - Naßkamm (between Rax and Schneealpe) - Schwarza - Voisbach - Klostertaler Gscheid


Rax-Schneeberg Gruppe 

The most important mountains are

Getting There


by car from Vienna on the highway (Südautobahn - A1) to Wiener Neustadt - continue

  • via Ternitz to Puchberg am Schneeberg or
  • from Ternitz (continue an Semmeringschnellstraße - S6) to Gloggnitz to Reichenau an der Rax (for the south side of Schneeberg or Rax)

by 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!!!)

Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Ski Touring, Skiing, Whitewater Kayaking


see the link section for more information


Climbing Areas:

The climbs in Höllental (valley between Schneeberg and Rax)
range from easy (e.g. Stadelwandgrat (US 5.3; UIAA 3) to difficult like Hic Rhodus - Hic Salta (US 5.11d; UIAA 8+)

more information on Schneeberg climbs

BlechmauerBlechmauernverschneidung - Höllental
Dächerweg - Höllental (Rax)Dächerweg
StadelwandStadelwand
StadelwandgratStadelwandgrat
Bürklesteig - FestenkogelBürklesteig

Climbing on Rax Southside:
Several nice climbs on Preinerwand like Direkte Preinerwandplatte (US 5.7; UIAA 5-) - or Mit göttlicher Hand (US 5.9; UIAA 6)


Preinerwandplatte (Rax) - 1st pitchPreinerwandplatte 1st pitch
Mit göttlicher HandPreinerwandplatte - Mit göttlicher Hand
PreinerwandPreinerwandplatte
The South-Western wall of the...Preinerwand

Via Ferrata:

a lot Viae Ferratae in
Höllental: Weichtalklamm (easy), Gaisloch, Alpenvereinssteig

Alpenvereinssteig (Rax)Alpenvereinssteig

and around Preiner Gscheid or Prein (Rax southside): to summit Heukuppe Reißtalersteig (easy) or to summit Preinerwand Königschusswand Steig (very difficult)

Karl Kantner Steig (Rax)Karl Kantner Steig
The beginning of the...Königsschusswandsteig
HaidsteigHaidsteig

starting at Hinternaßwald: Bärenloch and Wildfährte

WildfährteWildfährte


Hiking:

A lot of marked trails on Schneeberg and Rax

Ascending Kuhschneeberg on FleischersteigFleischersteig (Kuhschneeberg)
Rax PlateauRax Plateau
Predigtstuhl + Langer Mann RinnePredigtstuhl and Langer Mann Rinne
Rax - Hiking - Indian SummerHiking near Siebenbrunnenkessel

Mountain biking:

Some dirt roads are open for mountain biking

Skiing:

Two small ski resorts at
Losenheim (Schneeberg) and
Reichenau

Skitouring:

Schneeberg:

offers very nice Skitouring possibilities (the steep northern descents like Lahning Ries, Rote Schütt Flanke, Privatries etc.) are best in spring. Winter ascents Fadensteig or Fadenweg, descents: Wurzengraben, Hoyosgraben and several more.

Lahning Ries (April 2006)Lahning Ries
avalanche in Wurzengraben -...Wurzengraben
FadensteigFadensteig

Rax:

skitours starting at Preiner Gscheid like Karlgraben (winter and spring) or Langermann Rinne (in spring only).
Großer Kesselgraben - starts at the cable car

Walking up to Heukuppe...near Heukuppe
Ascending Karlgraben (in the...Siebenbrunnenkessel - Karlgraben
Karlgraben (Rax)Karlgraben
Skiing down - Langer Mann...Langermannrinne

Whitewater Kayaking:

Whitewater Kayaking is possible on the river Schwarza in Höllental.

Red Tape

water protection area - no littering, no camping etc. (first Vienna water supply) strictly No Trespassing in Krummbachgraben!! (near Kaiserbrunn)

Huts and Camping

in the Rax and Schneeberg Area are several huts (most of them are closed in winter).

in Höllental (between Schneeberg and Rax): Weichtalhaus (www.weichtalhaus.com) overnight stay in in small rooms or dormitories and In Kaiserbrunn camping is tolerated (for one night) - please keep this pleace tidy!! - but generally camping is strictly forbidden (water protection area)

Huts on Schneeberg and Rax

detail information on huts are on the mountain pages

Edelweisshütte (Schneeberg)Edelweisshütte
Heinrich Krempel Hütte (Schneeberg)Heinrich Krempel Hütte
Fischerhütte (Schneeberg)Fischerhütte
Damböckhaus (Schneeberg)Damböckhaus

Habsburghaus (Rax)Habsburghaus
Raxgmoahütte - Trinksteinsattel (Rax)Raxgmoahütte
Neue Seehütte (Rax)Neue Seehütte
Waxriegelhaus (Rax)Waxriegelhaus

Non Climbing Activities:


Wasserleitungsmuseum (water supply museum) at Kaiserbrunn (open only form May to end of October)


Rack Railway from Puchberg to the Schneeberg Plateau (open form May to end of October) -

External Links

climbing, skitouring, viae ferratae

www.bergsteigen.at  offers a lot of climbing, ice climbing, viae ferratae, skitouring information (only in German)

www.mbike.at  Mountain biking in southern Lower Austria

other links:

Webcams:
www.schneeberg.tv Schneeberg Webcams
Rax near the cablecar Webcam

Books + Maps


Kletterführer Höllental by Thomas Behm (6th ed. - 2006) available at Weichtalhaus , Freytag&Berndt (Vienna) etc.
Genuß Kletteratlas Österreich Ost Band 1 Niederösterreich by K. Schall, G. Grabner, T. Behm (covers Lower Austria)


Map: ÖK Wanderkarte Schneeberg-Rax 1:25 000 published by BEV (not available online, but also on Austrian Map Fly DVD)