They say ‘put down the map and get wonderfully lost’. I admit since I started to follow this clue I discovered many wonderful places that I probably would never even heard of.
When I lived in Vienna I used to take weekend excursions to the nearest Alpine peaks called Wiener Hausberge which actually means ‘Vienna’s local mountains’.
One day, just like that, without any plan or specific destination we discovered mountain pass Preiner Gscheid and located 1 hour walk from there Waxriegelhaus.
The weather was beautiful, so we took a car and left Vienna in search of the winter wonderland with mountains covered with sparkling white snow.
We passed some beautiful villages, snowy-covered fields, forests and then somehow we reached Preiner Gscheid which seemed to us a perfect place for hiking.
After an hour walk we saw the Alpine hut Waxriegelhaus. It was freezing cold outside so we decided to go there and try some local specialties.
First I had a decilious chocolate with rum just to warm up and then I have ordered Omas Suppentopf which was a vegetable cream soup with sausages and potatoes, really tasty by the way!
Once we rested and warmed up, we left the Waxriegelhaus to continue our hiking adventure.
The views were wonderful and there was a lot of snow. Many people went skiing and hiking, some of them took their sledges too. If you are looking for a day trip idea near Vienna, the Raxalpe area might be someting for you. I enjoyed this place a lot and I’m sure one day I’ll come back here. There is still so much to discover in the ‘Viennese Alps‘!