Your summer getaway

Reichenau an der Rax and its sights

Diversity with charm

Tourism has a tradition of more than 200 years in Reichenau an der Rax. And that is more than understandable, as the market town is favoured by the southern alpine climate in the middle of a valley basin, which, surrounded by a gently undulating low mountain landscape, is so lovely that you simply have to like it. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Reichenau was a noble health resort of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, but today it is a versatile cultural and hiking area, suitable for active holidaymakers as well as for all those who want to educate themselves. A tradition that we at the Marienhof take to heart and are therefore happy to offer you a varied supporting programme for your seminar stay.

We have compiled some of our tips for Reichenau and the surrounding area for you here. Of course we have many more recommendations for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Reichenau und the surrounnding area

Sightseeing tips

Schloss Wartholz | Café Restaurant

The Wartholz Castle Nursery is located at the foot of the Rax in the castle park of Wartholz Castle. It was revitalised by Christian and Michaela Blazek and opened in 2006. Wartholz Castle was once the summer residence of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita. Dr Otto von Habsburg was born here on 20 November 1912. Part of the castle park has been opened to the public and enjoys great popularity.

Opening hours: Wed - Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Telephone: 02666/52289


Only 5 km from the Marienhof, Austria's first cable car has been taking you up the Raxalpe since 1926. Since 2002, the cable car has been running with new cabins and is state of the art - and takes you up to 1547 metres in 8 minutes.

Bottom station: 02666/52497
Mountain inn: 02666/52450

As a special treat for groups of 20 or more.


Grillenberg Sound Mine

The show mine is located near Payerbach at the foot of the Rax and Schneeberg mountains. Access is via the Werning district. Iron ore has been mined here since 1791. The guided tour lasts about one hour. The temperature in the mine is around 8°C all year round. Warm clothing and sturdy shoes are therefore highly recommended! Helmets and emergency lighting are provided.

The mine is open from 18 May to 15 October on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Guided tours are on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays at 3pm and 4pm.
For bookings outside these times, information and documents, please contact Mr. Toplitsch 0664/45000-14 or Mr. Adelboller 0699/157920-00 or Payerbach Municipal Office, telephone 02666/52423-12.



Hermannshöhle near Kirchberg am Wechsel is the largest dripstone cave in Lower Austria and one of the oldest show caves in the Alpine region. The cave labyrinth of Hermannshöhle branches out into 4277 m long cave passages and extends over 73 metres in altitude in the Eulenberg. Group bookings are welcome from Mrs Rössler on tel. 02641/ 2326 or 6892.

Price on request

Naturepark Schwarzau im Gebirge

The nature park stretches from the banks of the Schwarza over gently sloping hillsides to rocky escarpments and provides a habitat for a variety of animals. Including a petting zoo!

Guided tours on request at the municipal office: 02667/238

Hike to the Speckbacher Hütte

From the hotel, turn right along Schulgasse until you reach Gasthof Flackl. Follow the blue or yellow markings to Steurerhöhe - then follow the red markings to Speckbacher Hütte.
After a traditional snack, a "Jause", continue following the red marking towards Edlach, when you reach the asphalt road, leave the marked trail further downhill to Gasthof Hecher and then on to Edlach - follow the main road to Reichenau.

Total walking time approx. 3 - 4 hrs. ( 10 km) Speckbacher Hütte Tel.: 02664/2426 - Tuesday day off

Water pipe route

Starting point is the car park of the Rax cable car - over the wind bridge to the weir system of the cardboard factory, follow the blue-white arrow and continue over the weir system, slightly downhill, the "alpine climbing system" further to the first road crossing - after crossing the B27, the path continues over the "Rialto bridge" of the Schwarza uphill again. Continue through a wonderful beech forest, down some stairs to the next road crossing and after 50 m you can rejoin the trail system. Follow the river to the last road crossing - after 300 metres we have reached the destination of our hike, the Water Pipeline Museum in Kaiserbrunn.

Open: 1 May to 26 October every SA, SO and public holiday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for groups of 10 persons or more by appointment also outside Tel.: 02666/525-48

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