Hike to the Pollereshütte (from Maria Schutz)

Hiking route from Maria Schutz church to Pollereshütte inn on the Sonnwendstein

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3,60 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 3,60 km
  • Ascent: 723 egm
  • Descent: 8 egm
  • Duration: 2:00 h
  • Lowest point: 761 m
  • Highest point:1.484 m
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops

Details for: Hike to the Pollereshütte (from Maria Schutz)

Brief description

Hike from the pilgrimage site of Maria Schutz over the north side of the Sonnwendstein to the Pollereshütte.


The summit of the Sonnwendstein is home to a mountain church, and offers amazing views from an altitude of 1,523 metres. Just a stone's throw away, at a height of 1,481 metres, is the Pollereshütte inn. The terrace offers a spectacular panoramic view, which spans the World Heritage Site of the Semmering Railway, the Rax and Schneeberg mountains and the Semmering Pass, and stretches across to the Wechsel and Bucklige Welt regions. Hungry hikers can tuck into hearty dishes such as Blunzengröstl (a traditional dish containing potatoes and black pudding), Linsen (lentils) or Pinzgauer Käsepressknödel (cheese dumplings). The starting point of the hike is Maria Schutz with its popular pilgrimage church, where you can build up your strength in the Kirchenwirt or in the Gasthaus zum Auerhahn before heading into the mountains. The route takes you along a forest path and then along the north face of the Sonnwendstein on the Gebirgsjägersteig trail. The path is narrow and steep, and sturdy shoes are necessary. An alternative ascent route leads from Maria Schutz, and along the forest road on the south face of the Sonnwendstein.

If you start in Semmering, you can take a cable car up the Hirschenkogel. From here, a hiking route leads up to the Sonnwendstein. The Panoramic Circular Route also leads over the Semmering Pass, to the Pollereshütte.

Starting point of the tour

Maria Schutz church

Destination point of the tour

Pollereshütte inn on the Sonnwendstein

Route description Hike to the Pollereshütte (from Maria Schutz)

A forest road starts just 100 metres away from the Maria Schutz pilgrimage church. We will make a sharp right turn and walk for about 600 metres, before turning left onto a path. We will then follow the Gebirgsjägersteig route (marked in green), which will take us up the Sonnwendstein on a path with narrow bends.


From Vienna: Follow the A2 and S6 before taking the exit for Maria Schutz, and then driving towards Maria Schutz/Semmering. Turn left onto the L4168. Continue along Göstritz/the L4168 to Maria Schutz.

From Graz: Follow the A2 or S35 before taking the exit for Maria Schutz, and then drive towards Maria Schutz/Semmering. Turn left onto the L4168. Continue along Göstritz/the L4168 to Maria Schutz.


Parking spaces available in Maria Schutz. (for example at the Kirchenwirt)

From Wr. Neustadt Hauptbahnhof take the regional train (direction Payerbach-Reichenau) to the Gloggnitz stop. Continue with the regional bus 1760 (towards Semmering Landes Grenz or Semmering Panhans) to the Maria Schutz Kirchenplatz stop.

More information at www.oebb.at or www.vor.at

More info/links

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Always take appropriate maps with you. Wear sturdy shoes suitable for the tour, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and a light snack. Take your mobile phone with you and add the emergency number for Mountain Rescue to your contact list: 140

Safety information

Your hikes in the Viennese Alps should be an all-round beautiful and safe experience.


When choosing the route, make sure it is suitable for your level of fitness and experience. Consult the weather forecast in advance. The weather can change with surprising rapidity in the mountains. Always make sure that you are suitably equipped before setting out (e.g. rain protection).

Check whether the inns and snack stations you intend to visit en route are open. Before setting out, inform someone which route you are taking and when you expect to return.

Map recommendations

freytag&Berndt WK022

Author's tip

Kombinieren Sie Ihre Wanderung mit einer Nächtigung in der Weltkulturerbe-Region am Semmering. Zum Beispiel in der Ferienwohnung Manuela in Schottwien!

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