On the sun terrace in Traisental

The peak of pleasure can be found in Traisental, because the mountains around Lilienfeld and Türnitz offer excellent huts and unforgettable hiking tours.

Lilienfeld and Türnitz are only 15 minutes apart, and combine idyllic huts with unforgettable views, which is the best way to enjoy homemade delicacies. Read on to find out where you can find the best delicacies and views at over 1,000 metres above sea level.

Lilienfeld: You can’t go wrong with a hut-to-hut hike

Lilienfeld in Traisental is not only the “green lung” of Lower Austria, but also one of our favourite destinations in the summer. Just a 30 minute drive away, in Soistal, you will find the start of the hiking route to Otto-Kandler-Haus hut on the Hohenstein, directly below the summit cross. After 3 hours of walking, we rewarded ourselves with cold locally-produced drinks and enjoyed traditional regional food on the large summit terrace, before resuming our circular route (NB: The ascent is also possible via Schrambach!) Our tip: Spend a night on the summit, because with a little bit of luck you may be able to see one or two mountain goats by dusk. Our next hiking tip leads to the Muckenkogel sun terrace in Lilienfeld, where the sun is always shining, even when it is foggy in the valley. This time, we decided to make the long ascent from the valley station, so that we could admire the large and small waterfalls, finally reaching the Muckenkogel mountain station after a delicious meal in the Lilienfelder hut. If you want to take it easy, you can take the chairlift back down into the valley, which is in the direct vicinity of our next viewing tip: The Mostviertelschaukel (zip-wire swing) at over 1,000 m above sea level, with a unique view of the countryside. Back in the valley, there is a lot to see and do in Lilienfeld. Just the thought of the boiled fillets in the Leopold and roasted dumplings in the shady garden at the Gasthof Ebner gives us great gusto for our next hike...

Türnitz: Hiking days packed with action and sightseeing

The name Türnitz comes from a Slavic word meaning “remote place”. Luckily, it is not so difficult to reach these days, which is why we have taken a closer look at the Eibl Teichhütte hut, and the route leading to it. Before tackling the 1.5-hour ascent, we took an thrilling spin on the EIBL-Jet and can thoroughly recommend this all-weather toboggan run. We then took the pleasant route from the Charolaishof (Mariazellerstrasse 59), and headed along the forest road, with excellent views, to the Eibl Teichhütte at the summit cross of the Eibl. We can remember the taste of the delicacies from the unique organic farm. The children still like to talk about the large playground and petting zoo. Our tip: Plan an overnight stay, because you won’t want to leave! A little more demanding, but just as beautiful, is the 14 km Türnitz Alps Eisenstein circular route, which can be completed in 4.5 hours. For snacks, we recommend the Julius-Seitner-Hütte, where you will be spoiled with delicious Alpine culinary delights. And some good news for dog owners: Your four-legged friends may sleep here, on prior arrangement. The Falkenschlucht is not to be missed: The gorge with its steep cliffs can be crossed in 30 minutes, and is right next to an insider’s tip: the “Innerbengrotte”, a natural monument from which spring water falls from an astonishing height of 4 metres.