20 Schilling view of Semmering, © Niederösterreich-Werbung/ M. Liebert

Hochkogel

Mountain summit

Description

The friendly Hochkogel in Randegg is considered a popular excursion mountain for young and old. Its summit at 711 meters is the highest of the Gamsstein, a mountain massif in the Ybbstaler Alps. At the Hochkogel not only a summit cross welcomes the hikers. Rather, a magnificent all-round view of Ötscher, Dürrenstein, Hochkar and over the Danube valley into the Waldviertel awaits.

Directly at the summit, the family-friendly Panoramastüberl Hochkogel serves Mostviertel specialties and hut classics. Not for nothing is the dedicated host couple Vera and Wolfgang Resch pleased about a "Tut Gut-Wirt" award. Two kilometers further on, the Almhaus Hochkogel awaits its guests: hikers sometimes encounter happy calves in mother-cow husbandry on the Hochkogel pasture.

Seasonal festivals are regularly celebrated on the mountain - from the Mostblüten hiking day to the summer solstice. Especially nice (not only) for families is also the well-known picnic area at the Hochkogel.

Location
Mostviertel/Lower Austria center, in Randegg

Accessibility for hikers and duration

  • The panoramic round tour via the Hochkogel-Panoramaweg - with a walking time of about 5 hours - leads from Euratsfeld via the Hochkogel and back again. Refreshments and overnight stops are available at the summit and on the descent.
  • The Gamsstein tour, a beautiful mountain tour along the Lower Austrian-Styrian border also leads to the highest peak of the Gamsstein, the Hochkogel at 711 meters above sea level. (about 6:45 hours walking time)

Extra tips:
Up to the Almhaus Hochkogel is also possible access by car.
For those who prefer cycling to hiking, the Mitterberg-Hochkogel tour is a challenging road bike loop - or the Randegger Höhenrunde for mountain bikers is a round trip that is as difficult as it is scenic.

Interesting things in the surroundings

  • The Eisenwurzen Nature Park in Hollenstein an der Ybbs. Hikes to wooded gorges, primeval forest remnants, waterfalls, over flowery forest moors and alpine meadows to rocks and to summits.
  • The Wentsteinhammer in Hollenstein an der Ybbs, popular starting point for hikes and mountain bike tours.
  • The Treffenguthammer, one of the few preserved hammer mills.
  • The vacation farm Schelchen for overnight guests. Starting from the farm, scenic hikes are offered.

Location and how to get there

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    Hochkogel

    3263 Randegg
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