WAB - Stage 18: Waxeneckhaus - Markt Piesting

Hiking route from Schutzhaus Waxeneck to Markt Piesting, car park in village centre at the information pavilion

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Elevation profile

18,01 km length

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  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Route: 18,01 km
  • Ascent: 592 egm
  • Descent: 1.014 egm
  • Duration: 5:15 h
  • Lowest point: 335 m
  • Highest point:959 m
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Details for: WAB - Stage 18: Waxeneckhaus - Markt Piesting

Brief description

The 18th stage of the Viennese Alps (WAB) leads through woods in different guises. Coniferous forest on higher ground, Biedermeier-style mixed woodland lower down, and breezy pine forest when heading into the Wienerwald forest.

Description

“Rustling woods, rugged rocks, bubbling streams, and hidden paths” is a description regularly used to describe the area around Gutenstein. The rustling woods accompany us, and the view from the Hohe Mandling is the reward on this stage after passing the Steinwandkamm and the Türkenloch. Go downhill into the Piestingtal Valley, where you can the truly soak up the Biedermeier culture.

Starting point of the tour

Schutzhaus Waxeneck

Destination point of the tour

Markt Piesting, car park in village centre at the information pavilion

Route description WAB - Stage 18: Waxeneckhaus - Markt Piesting

The stage down into the Piestingtal valley initially takes us uphill along a private road then follows the Viennese Alps Way slightly downhill towards Geyersattel. We head along a broad forest path and start ascending slightly until descending a touch into a small dip at Fozeben skiing hut. The last wolf in Lower Austria was killed on this path in 1866. However, there are an increasing number of reports that, slowly but surely, wolves are coming back to Lower Austria.

 

 

A steep forest path guides us through young forest up to the summit of Hohe Mandling. The Berndorfer Hütte, which burned down in 2007, was carried away and a cross can be seen commemorating it. We follow path no. 231 south over the Knödelwiese in the direction of Markt Piesting. We go downhill for around 1.5 kilometres to a saddle, cross over a forest road, and follow the hiking route to a lay-by. A path marked in yellow on the left goes to Berndorf, whilst we go right on the red path downhill to a meadow with a hunting lodge. We leave the forest road whilst veering left and continue along the woodland trail. A few minutes later, we come across another forest path and follow the hiking path on both paths and forest roads as far as a crossroads at a high-voltage line. Initially we ascend slightly through dense forest, then down to the Rotes Kreuz with views of Alkersdorf to our left.

 

 

We walk past the reservoir and carry on through a pine forest. After going past the Vinzenzkapelle and along the Pecherlehrpfad route, we reach a car park. At this point we cross the road and turn right, go around 100 metres alongside the road until we turn left onto a marked hiking path. This narrow path later becomes a forest road, which then becomes a paved road. We walk along this and past some houses downhill to the start and finish of the Piestingtaler Rundwanderweg route. Then we hike down Talgasse to the chapel and turn right onto Feldgasse. At the end of this road we cross the rails to our left, walk over the Piesting river and after two more turns finish up at the Markt Piesting municipal office.

Directions

If you are travelling from Vienna on the A2, leave the motorway at Leobersdorf, continue along the B18, then switch over onto the Gutensteiner Straße and follow the signs to Waxeneck.

If you are travelling from Graz on the A2, leave the motorway at Wöllersdorf and continue towards Wiener Neustadt Nord. Continue along Pottensteiner Straße and follow the signs to Waxeneck.

Parking

Car parking is available at Schutzhaus Waxeneck.

Schutzhaus Waxeneck cannot be reached directly by public transport. It is recommended to combine this stage with the previous stage between Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus.

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 17: Pernitz - Waxeneckhaus

WAB - Stage 19: Markt Piesting - Bad Fischau

 

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

Equipment

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:

 

Preparation

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 und WK 5012

Author's tip

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

There are no places to eat between Waxeneck and Markt Piesting, so make sure you have enough food and water with you.

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