The Schneealpe and its highest peek, the Windberg (1903 m / 6243 ft), is a mountain range in the Mürzsteg Alps in the immediate vicinity of Vienna's Hausberge Rax and Schneeberg. The beauty of the extensive high plateau and the proximity to the metropolitan areas of Eastern Austria attract many hikers, especially on weekends.
In contrast to Rax and Schneeberg, there is no cable car or rack railway leading up the mountain. Instead, there is a toll road and countless paths through which the mountain range can be climbed from almost all sides.
This tour starts on a parking lot in the forest, in the immediate vicinity of the Lurgbauer in Altenberg an der Rax. An early start, before sunrise, is worthwhile. Follow the forest road (hiking route 446) until a somewhat overgrown forest road branches off to the right. This finally leads to the intersection with another forest road. Turn left and walk up this path until, after a striking right-hand bend, a narrow, easily overlooked path branches off to the left into the forest.
The path leads over countless serpentines up the mountain. After crossing two forest roads, the path leads up along the edge of the forest next to a channel. This enables first views towards the Schneealpenhaus and the opposite rock faces.
The way up to the Windberg is not very steep. The higher the altitude, the more impressive the view of the plateau and the nearby peaks of Schneeberg and Rax. Now the summit cross of the Windberg is within reach.
Tour Facts (Tracked with Bergfex Tours):
Distance: 14,4 km (~ 8.7 mi)
Duration: 04:51 h (without breaks)
Ascent altitude: 1159 m (3802 ft)