Alpine pastures, ravines, animals, outdoor wonders and the Via Sacra

Annaberg in the Alpine region of the Mostviertel is a paradise for people who enjoy the good things in life and for adventurous alpinists.

While hiking in the scenic countryside around Annaberg, enjoy the wonderful fragrance of an idyllic landscape still intact amidst untouched meadows and quiet forests. Feel the stress of the everyday rat race melt away. Head out into the great outdoors and let yourself be enchanted! Here are a few select tips for you:

Grand prospect

The 1,377 m high Tirolerkogel affords a breathtaking panoramic view. Schneeberg can be admired from this lookout point, as can Hochschwab or Gesäuseberge. Not to mention Ötscher, of course, the peak that gave the surrounding countryside its name. Along with this captivating panorama, Annabergerhaus on the summit also treats visitors to traditional regional delicacies.

Gentle alpine pastures

Hiking on the 1,334 m high Hennesteck is so nice and easy-going. Scenic panorama. The view extends to the Styrian Alps and in fair weather, all the way to the Danube Valley. Anna-Alm with its sunny terrace is a favorite gathering place.

Romantic wilderness

Nature lovers won’t want to miss a hike in the spectacular Ötschergräben. This, the heart of the largest nature park in Lower Austria is fondly called the “Grand Canyon of Austria.” It is magical with its steep rock summits, deep-cut rivers and fascinating Alpine flora. This romantic wilderness is reminiscent of a landscape in an American Western.  Ötscher-Basis, the visitors center in Wienerbruck, is one of the finest entry points into the ÖTSCHER:REICH region.

Athletically on tour

Anyone interested in practicing climbing has any number of options under the expert guidance of the mountain climbing school in Wienerbruck (Klettergarten Wienerbruck). This facility features a climbing tower and climbing nets, hanging ladders, balance beam and a rope bridge.

The Lower Austrian Prealps are an enticing equestrian region with a variety of options for backcountry riding in scenic countryside with healthy forests and well-tended alpine pastures. From a day-long horseback ride to riding lessons or a training session at the riding hall in Joachimsberg to a simple carriage ride – the chestnut Haflingers are all set to go.

Contemplative paths

For the last 800 years or so, Annaberg has been one of the most significant stations for pilgrims along the Via Sacra, the holy road to Mariazell, and is one of Austria’s oldest places of pilgrimage.