Best hikes in Eastern Austria

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Nature in Austria is beautiful, so if you just want to get out, take a walk, and explore, it doesn't really matter where you go. However, if you are looking for the best views and challenging routes, this itinerary is for you. Also, all of the following places are only around an hour's drive from Vienna. 💡 General recommendations: ✔︎ Gear: Good hiking shoes, layered clothing based on the weather forecast and season, fully charged mobile phone, and sufficient water and snacks. ✔︎ Safety: Check weather forecasts, start early to avoid afternoon storms, and inform someone about your hiking plans. ✔︎ Navigation: Austrian trails are marked well, but detailed maps are important; consider downloading offline maps to your mobile phone. ✔︎ Insurance: Buy insurance for mountains, you never know when you may need professional help. Alpenverein is recommended, but it takes some time to receive a membership card. Make sure it's valid when you start the trip.
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Schneeberg is the easternmost and highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps with a height of 2,076 meters. The hike offers beautiful panoramic views of the Viennese Basin and the Rax-Schneeberg Group. There is a mountain hut on the top so you can get some food and take a rest before your journey back. Route type: Circle Distance: 18 km Elevation gain: 1377 m Difficulty: Moderate to challenging Best Time to Hike: June to September Trailhead: Puchberg am Schneeberg, parking lot near the ski center
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The Heukuppe (2007 meters) is the highest peak of the Rax massif, offering expansive views over the plateau. Multiple mountain huts like the Karl Ludwig Haus provide rest stops and shelter. Route type: Out and back Distance: 12 km Elevation gain: 907 m Difficulty: Moderate Best Time to Hike: June to October Trailhead: Preiner Gscheid or Hinternaßwald
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Ottohaus (1644 meters) was built in 1893 and is a popular destination for hikers. The place offers spectacular views of the surrounding Rax-Schneeberg Group and the Vienna Basin. It is easily accessible via the Raxseilbahn, making it suitable for family hikes, but if you want to enjoy the full hike on your feet, we recommend the trail route from Knappenberg. Route type: Out and back Distance: 13 km Elevation gain: 1083 m Difficulty: Easy to moderate Best Time to Hike: April to October Trailhead: Knappenberg
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