Steingiganten am Wachtstein

Mountain summit, Outdoor adventure, Scenic lookout


The Wachtstein is a 958 meter high mountain in the Waldviertel. Its summit consists entirely of huge granite blocks, the stone giants and is accessible from two sides. Each of these unique stone giants made of dark granite has its own history and legend.

Location: Middle Waldviertel, Zwettl, Bad Traunstein

Its summit rock is the highest in a wide area. A secured path leads up to it, from where you can safely jump to the top platform. From its viewing platform at 958 meters above sea level, the view on clear days extends to the Schneeberg and far into the Mühlviertel.

Below the Wachtstein lies the village of Bad Traunstein. The Wachtstein is a popular excursion destination and the center of numerous festivals.

Trails on and around the Wachtstein

  • An easy hike is the Stein-Gigantenweg No. 51, a themed circular trail that leads past the fascinating stone formations to the summit. Starting point for this approx. 1.5 hour hike is the parking lot of the VS Bad Traunstein.
  • A mountain bike tour also leads around the Wachtstein. The starting point of the Wachtstein route is from the Bad Traunstein bathing pond. A moderately difficult route. (Duration approx. 3:10 h)

Tips in the surroundings

  • The "Heilkräuter Schau- und Lehrgarten" (medicinal herb show and teaching garden ) at 911m is lovingly tended by the Traunsteiner Kräutertanten. It is located at the foot of the Wachtstein between naturally occurring and landscaped stones.
  • On the outskirts of the village is the Bad Traunstein recreational facility. The heart of the recreational facility is the natural bathing pond. It is surrounded by a sunbathing lawn, playground, barbecue area, volleyball court and many other outdoor areas.
  • The VIVEA Health Hotel Bad Traunstein is located in the Waldviertel, the healthiest region in Austria. The 4-star hotel offers its guests numerous forms of therapy for their own well-being on an area of 2,650 m².
  • The Gasthof zum Wachtsein invites guests to stop in, or even stay. In the harmonious environment, visitors are spoiled with Waldviertel home cooking and sweet variations of poppy.

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