WAB - Stage 17: Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus

Hiking route from Pernitz municipal office to Schutzhaus Waxeneck

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17,14 km length

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  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Route: 17,14 km
  • Ascent: 749 egm
  • Descent: 415 egm
  • Duration: 5:45 h
  • Lowest point: 428 m
  • Highest point:795 m
  • Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops

Details for: WAB - Stage 17: Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus

Brief description

The 17th stage of the Viennese Alps (WAB) route guides you through mixed woods and over the saddle to Purbach. It reminds you of a landscape painting from the Biedermeier period. The Myra Falls are a particular highlight of this stage.


“Mira” means beautiful! The Myra Falls are a magnificent natural display of bizarre rock formations, cascading water, and crystal-clear reservoirs at the foot of the Hausstein cliff. The Hausstein vantage point is located here, a great spot to relax and enjoy the views. The Kreuth vantage point at Gasthof Jagasitz is excellent for enjoying the view and to just relax. Every rock, every path, every bridge appears to be placed there with particular care and attention to harmony within nature. Small bridges lead over babbling streams, past spraying waterfalls, and through cool forests - a truly fairytale landscape with many mystical and fabled locations waiting to be discovered.

Starting point of the tour

Pernitz municipal office

Destination point of the tour

Schutzhaus Waxeneck

Route description WAB - Stage 17: Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus

This stage of the Viennese Alps route starts through the Biedermeiertal valley at Pernitz-Muggendorf railway station. After coming from the tracks we turn left at the railway building, head past the Feuerwehrhaus and reach the Bundesstraße. Continuing west, we go past the cemetery and turn right into Urhausstraße opposite Pernitz-Raimundviertel railway station. Signs guide us out of the village and just after the sign with the village name on it there is a spring which is a reminder for those who haven’t topped up their water bottles.



We head out along Blättertalstraße, discover what makes Ferdinand Raimund’s skull memorable and turn right at a small chapel after 15 minutes. Go past the centre of the Earth and a sculpture garden to enter a meadow and hike right up a rocky path in front of a newly built house. Signposts and red markings guide us steadily uphill through a shadowy forest up to a small hillock with a wayside shrine in the forest.



After a short drinks break, we hike down the marked trail downhill to Purbach. We cross the bridge and now walk slightly downhill along the paved road to Muggendorf. Keep left, cross the bridge, and carry on to the signposted Myra Falls. Just before the entrance, we cross over another car park and enter the Myra Falls (conservation charge of € 3.50 for adults and € 1.00 for children). We follow the cascades of Myra Falls over steps and bridges, enjoying the full splendour of such a natural sight. At the top of these wild waterfalls, Viennese Alps trail signs lead us away from the water and we ascend left towards Haussteinswiese. A detour to the Hausstein vantage point grants us views up to the Schneeberg.



We cross the northern edge of the Haussteinwiese and follow the hiking route downhill to Gasthof Karnerwirt. (July & August: closed on Tuesdays, between Easter and All Saints’ Day: closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays). We veer right to the reservoir, cross the Myrabach stream just before it, and cross the country road. This hike now continues towards Kreuth and Gasthof Jagasitz on a track past a public toilet. After a few minutes we leave the road at an information point describing how resin is obtained and wander slightly uphill to a forest path. The route then climbs and flattens out as we comfortably walk over meadows and through forests to the Kreuthsattel and Gasthof Jagasitz.



After a break, we hike alongside the chapel onto a gravel track and head towards the Waxeneckhaus. We cross an enclosure, follow the hiking path marked out in red, and arrive at the “Auf dem Hals” Schneerosenhaus. We directly cross the top of the pass and continue to ascend the gravel track. Going slightly downhill we turn onto a private path to the Waxeneckhaus at house no. 10. Our accommodation is reached after ascending for 20 minutes. Old tools for resin extraction can be seen at the Waxeneckhaus.


If you are coming from Vienna or Graz via the A2, leave the motorway at the Wöllersdorf exit and when on the B21, follow the signs to Pernitz.


Car parking is available at the Pernitz municipal office.

Take the train via Wiener Neustadt to Pernitz-Muggendorf railway station.


More information at www.oebb.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:


WAB - Stage 16: Öhler Schutzhaus - Pernitz

WAB - Stage 18: Waxeneckhaus - Markt Piesting

WAB - Regional Route T: Muggendorf - Rohr im Gebirge


Viennese Alps in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Always bring suitable maps. Always wear appropriate, sturdy footwear, bring sun and rain protection and water, as well as a little something to eat. Bring your mobile phone with you and save the mountain rescue emergency number: 140

Safety information

Your hiking experience in the Vienna Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe one. Therefore, please bear the following in mind:



When choosing a route, make sure it corresponds to your experience and physical fitness level. Check the weather forecast before you set off. The weather can change surprisingly quickly in the mountains. Always take appropriate equipment with you (e.g. rain protection).

Check whether the cabins and snack stations you intend to visit along the way are open. Inform someone before you set off of your chosen route and when you plan to return.

Map recommendations

Freytag & Berndt WK 012

Author's tip

You can stop and eat at Schutzhaus Waxeneck, or indeed stay the night there.

Make sure you have enough time when visiting Myra Falls. When wandering around the waterfalls, there is a small conservation charge. Alternatively, it is possible to stay the night at the Karnerwirt.

WAB - Stage 17: Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus