Hiking Routes

Wienerbruck - Lassingfall - Ötschergräben - Erlaufklause

Elevation profile

11,27 km length

Tour dates

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 11,27 km
  • Ascent: 309 egm
  • Descent: 281 egm
  • Duration: 3:45 h
  • Lowest point: 616 m
  • Highest point:833 m

Features

  • Round tour
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops
  • Geological highlights
  • Botanical highlights

Details for: Wienerbruck - Lassingfall - Ötschergräben - Erlaufklause

Brief description

Rugged rocks, roaring waterfalls, unique nature - this is one of Austria's most exciting landscapes right there for its visitors. Formed by the forces of the Ötscherbach stream, a unique gorge system lies at the foot of the Ötscher - the Ötschergraben. From the Hagengut the path leads along the only "fjord" in Lower Austria. The trail leads along the wild and romantic Erlauf reservoir to Mitterbach.

 

Description

From the Nature Park Centre Ötscher-Basis in Wienerbruck - which is ideal for a stop before or after the tour - the trail leads along the Wienerbruck reservoir to Austria's oldest dam wall. There is also the entrance to one of the most impressive landscapes of the country. The beautiful path follows the course of the Lassing up to the roaring Lassingfall. The water falls over several breaks in the formation to a depth of about 160m until it joins the Erlauf at the foot of the waterfall. This is exactly where an impressive building - the Wienerbruck power station - is located on the so-called Stierwaschboden. Once built to electrify the Marizeller Railway, it is now fully operational and in 2015 the Turnbinenhalle was made accessible to visitors. In any case you should allow a few minutes for a visit. From here, the path runs over steep paths, walkways and bridges, always upstream along the Ötscherbach. From the Ötscher-Hias snack bar, the trail leads over a short stretch of forest road (Forststraße) to the Erlaufklause reservoir. Along the lakeshore, the path winds its way through another unique landscape. It is not without reason that this part of the landscape is often referred to as the fjord. Once you arrive in Mitterbach, the Stapelhaus with its unique view of the Ötscher is an ideal place to stop for a break. The Mariazeller Railway takes hikers from Mitterbach station back to Wienerbruck.

 

Starting point of the tour

Ötscher-Tormäuer nature park entrance (Wienerbruck railway station or Ötscher base Wienerbruck)

Destination point of the tour

Mitterbach Station

Route description

From the Wienerbuck station via the Ötscher base along the reservoir to the dam wall, then left into a forest gorge, with a short descent to the Kienbachfall on the opposite side. Then further down the valley with an occasional view of the Lassingfall. After short tunnel passages you reach the valley basin of the "Stierwaschboden" with the "Schau-Kraftwerk" Wienerbruck (approx. 45 min.). When you are at the power station over the bridge and then left upstream through the Ötschergräben gorge with a great white water spot under high cliffs to the Ötscherhias snack bar (approx. 1.5 hours; popular snack bar built in 1933, open May-Oct. daily until 5 p.m.). From the Ötscherhias, take the well-built climb up the Mühlbachlgraben, past the renovated mill and on to the Ötscherstraße. Turn right before the dam wall parking lot, then along the reservoir to the nature park entrance Mitterbach (approx. 1 ½ hrs.). Mitterbach station - additional walking time of approx. 15 minutes through the local area of Mitterbach.

 

Directions

A1 exit Ybbs/Donau - direction Eisenstraße - follow B25 - after Scheibbs turn left direction Puchenstuben - follow B28 direction Annaberg until Lassingrotte - at Lassingrotte turn right direction Wienerbruck - Wienerbruck station

 

Parking

Ötscher Base Nature Park Centre Wienerbruck 

 

Mariazellerbahn: mit Haltestellen in Wienerbruck sowie Mitterbach.

More info/links

Mariazellerbahn: with stops in Wienerbruck and Mitterbach.

Weitere informationen

Further information / links

Ötscher Base Nature Park Centre Wienerbruck (T 02728/211 00, E info@naturpark-oetscher.at )

Map recommendations

Compass "Mariazell, Ötscher, Erlauftal" 22

 

Equipment

Tough shoes and rain protection

 

Safety information

For sure-footed hikers with no fear of heights!

Map recommendations

Kompass "Mariazell, Ötscher, Erlauftal" 22

Author's tip

Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Seeterrase in the nature park centre Ötscher-Basis. Special emphasis is placed on the use of regional products such as dirndel juice, Ötscher beer and game. Visit the Wienerbruck power station on the Stierwaschboden. There is a self-explanatory exhibition in the Turbinenhalle. If you are interested, a guided tour can also be organised. Simply call 02728 21 100 and if you still have enough energy, we recommend a trip to the Mirafall. From the Ötscherhias simply follow the Ötscherbach for about 20 minutes to the impressive waterfall. For the way there and back, you should plan on about an hour.