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This article is about the mountain range in Austria. For the midwestern USA fast food chain, see Rax (restaurant). For the novel Rax by Michael G. Coney, see Hello Summer, Goodbye.
Rax in winter
Highest point
Peak Heukuppe
Elevation 2,007 m (6,585 ft)
Coordinates 48°5′14″N 15°54′43″E / 48.08722°N 15.91194°E / 48.08722; 15.91194
Country Austria
States Lower Austria and Styria
Range coordinates 47°41′N 15°41′E / 47.69°N 15.69°E / 47.69; 15.69Coordinates: 47°41′N 15°41′E / 47.69°N 15.69°E / 47.69; 15.69
Parent range Northern Limestone Alps

The Rax is a mountain range at the border of the Austrian federal provinces Lower Austria and Styria, situated in the Northern Limestone Alps.

Its highest peak is the Heukuppe at 2007 m. The Rax together with the nearby Schneeberg as a traditional mountaineering resort are called the Wiener Hausberge (Vienna's local mountains). They are separated by the deep Höllental (Hell Valley).

By the Raxseilbahn aerial tramway in Hirschwang at the north-eastern foot of the range, the first in Austria (commencement of construction was 1925), the extensive high plateau of the Rax at about 1,500 m is an easily attainable tour area and a particular favourite with hikers from Lower Austria and Vienna. The steep flanks of the plateau offer climbing tours of various degrees of difficulty. These steige (trails) and the hütten, alpine huts offering basic accommodation, were built and are kept intact by several Austrian Alpine Clubs. They were erected in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Mountain huts[edit]

Habsburghaus (the cross marks the site where the former tenant died of hypothermia during a winter storm on February 8, 1919)
Greater Hell Valley
  • Raxseilbahn mountain station, 1,540 m
  • Ottohaus, 1,640 m
  • Gloggnitzer Hütte, 1,548 m
  • Habsburg Haus, 1,785 m
  • Karl Ludwig Haus, 1,804 m
  • Seehütte, 1,643 m
  • Waxriegelhaus 1,361 m
  • Wolfgang-Dirnbacher-Hütte, 1,477 m (shelter only)

Some Hikes and Rises[edit]

  • Alpenvereins Steig: Großes Höllental – Ottohaus
  • Amaliensteig: Preiner Gscheid – Heukuppe
  • Bärenloch: Hinternasswald – Bärengraben
  • Bismarck Steig: Karl Ludwig Haus – Neue Seehütte
  • Brandschneide: Kaiserbrunn – Bergstation Raxbahn
  • Großes und kleines Fuchsloch: Preiner Gscheid – Heukuppe
  • Gaislochsteig (former Guido von List Steig): Großes Höllental – Dirnbacher Hütte
  • Göbl-Kühn-Steig: Waxriegelhaus – Neue Seehütte
  • Gamsecksteig: Nasskamm – Grasboden Alm
  • Gretchen Steig: Preiner Gscheid – Karl Ludwig Haus
  • Grosses Wolfstal (unmarkiert, Schiabfahrt!) Kaiserbrunn – Ottohaus
  • Grosser Kesselgraben (Schiabfahrt!) Höllental – Gloggnitzer Hütte
  • Gsolhirnsteig
  • Gustav-Jahn-Steig: Verbindung Alpenvereinssteig – Ausstieg Gaislochsteig
  • Hans-von-Haid-Steig: Prein an der Rax – Preiner Wand
  • Hoyossteig: Großes Höllental – Rudolfsteig
  • Kaiser Steig: Rehboden – Scheibwald
  • Karl-Kantner-Steig: Waxriegelhaus – Karl Ludwig Haus
  • Kontrußsteig: Reißtalerhütte – Waxriegelhaus
  • Peter Jokl Steig: Hinternasswald – Scheibwald
  • Preinerwandsteig: Prein an der Rax – Preiner Wand
  • Preintalersteig: Großes Höllental – Wachthüttelkamm
  • Reißtalersteig: Preiner Gscheid – Heukuppe
  • Rudolfssteig: Höllental – Klobentörl
  • Schlangenweg: Waxriegelhaus – Karl Ludwig Haus
  • Schüttersteig: Verbindungsstrasse Nasswald/Hinternasswald – Scheibwald
  • Seeweg: Ottohaus – Neue Seehütte
  • Teufelsbadstubensteig: Großes Höllental – Wachthüttelkamm
  • Törlweg: Knappenhof – Ottohaus
  • Wachthüttelkamm: Höllental – Ottohaus
  • Waxriegelsteig: Predigtstuhl – Waxriegelhaus
  • Wildes Gamseck: Nasskamm – Grasboden Alm
  • Wildfährte: Hinternasswald – Grasboden Alm
  • Zikafahnlsteig: Scheibwald – Habsburghaus


  • The local snowboard-crew is called "RAXATTAXX"

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