In REICHENAU there are 2 main Theatre festivals each year:1) The Theatre in the Pavillion2) The Kur-Theater SummerREICHENAU_THEATRE"Festspiele Reichenau" is a top-ranking theatre festival among the Austrian summer cultural events. Its program is based on an outstanding cultural tradition.Only 70 miles south of Vienna, situated in a scenic...more
THE SALAMANDER -TRAIN --- up on the "Schneeberg"This must be the most bizarr train to ever have climbed a steep mountain area ---- in an unspoilt nature reserve high in the Austrian Alps.The one-of-a-kind Salamander train swiftly transports you upward to your alpine destination. This train may just take your breath away - with its design or the...more
Kaiserbrunn Nature Trail - Naturepark "HOHE WAND" NATUREPARK HOHE WAND&L*This will also lead you to the source of Viennas drinking water and the "Water-castle" --- the area is ancient and there are even dolmen-stones and celtic finds which are fascinating. Guided walks and information: provided by experienced foresters of the Rax-Schneeberg area....more
A stop at the BUCHTLWIRT . . is a must for those who know! Here you find Buchteln ? fresh, hot - HUGE square junks --- kind of sweet rolls ---- filled with POWIDEL - a special plumjam ? the size of which startles even the most habitual pastry lovers.And here is the recipe: LISTEN UP - THIS IS A FAMILY SECRET!! You need to make or buy a basic yeast...more
Where the Rax is at its most beautiful, neither hectic, noise nor stress exists. The Knappenhof is an oasis of peace in the middle of a wildly romantic mountain landscape - a place to recharge your batteries. You can reach it by car but I recommend a good hike to work up an appetite - it will lead you through lovely woodlands - flanked by the...more
Closest Train station is: Payerbach - Reichenau (only 5 minutes bus ride to Reichenau Centre)Coolest thing is the new trains now have a second level with an almost complete glass ceiling so you think you sit "open air" ... go upstairs, it's a MUCH better view !!!From Vienna Suedbahnhof - easy to reach within 1 hourCONTACT:Payerbach-Reichenau...more
The best way of getting up the Rax, and by far the easiest in terms of physical effort, is to take the Raxseilbahn - a cable car, with the base station at 535m in Hirschwang connected to the top station at some 1547m. The cable car costs about EUR 16 for a return - and goes every half an hour. The views are outstanding from the cable car and it...more
Yip - believe it or not - the Austrian Alpine wildlife has a lot to offer --- some NOT so tame animals like:- Snakes (Kreuzotter - VERY poisenous)So here is a one-on-one with Trapper-Iris on what to do...SNAKES - now THEY are around in the summer in those mountains.The most poisenous one is the "KREUZOTTER" Vipera berus... - generally not dangerous...more
This is a warning indeed!!! *Every year in our region at least 100 people (tourists & day-trippers mostly) fall victim to horrific accidents and deaths due to the wrong gear.My father and friends who are with the mountain rescue team have absolute HORROR stories on the findings .... some climbers only appearing after months when the snow melting...more
Luggage and bags:
Travel light! Walking at 1500m or more above sea level if you are not used to it may sap you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy walking shoes are recommended, especially the further up the Raxalpe you go. The higher you get up, the windier and colder it gets - take headgear including ear protection to prevent earache from the wind.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you have weak ankles or knee joints, take the precaution of taking tubular bandages, support bandages etc. - a lot of the wallking is on uneven ground.
Photo Equipment: The views are spectacular although it can be quite hazy - a filter or two for your camera is recommended.
Miscellaneous: Take plenty of drinking water - in particular if you are not wanting to splash out for mineral water - a lot of the huts only have bottled drinking water.
There is a little known "Promenade" way that starts behind the public park in Reichenau and goes alll the way further into the valley to end up in HIRSCHWANG... about a 30 minuted walk ... .no hills... just under lovely trees and always alongside the river which in the summer is a nice cool refreshing break and offers little islands to cool off...more
If you hike in the area of the "RAX" - around Reichenau you might come across a rather "tame" wild animal that is an acrobat on the steep rockery.... the GEMSE > it's kind of a mountain goat specific to this alpine region.The GEMSE or also GAMS (as it's called in Austria) is a cute animal with very dark fur and smaller dark horns.I rescued a...more