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From Johnsbach to Mödlingerhütte to the Heroes Cross

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the tour to the Johnsbacher Heldenkreuz is a family-friendly hike that combines fascinating views and romantic routes
moderate
Distance 11.6 km
4:30 h
858 m
870 m
1,624 m
754 m
The Mödlinger Hütte at 1,523 m above sea level is a popular destination for hikers and mountaineers. The Admonter Reichenstein is the most difficult hiking tour in the Gesäuse, but those who prefer a more leisurely pace will also find some worthwhile destinations on the high plateau, such as the Treffnersee lake and the Heldenkreuz. This was erected in honour of the fallen members of the Mödling section of the Austrian Alps Association.

Author’s recommendation

At the Mödlinger Hütte you must try the delicious pastries and the down-to-earth cuisine of the landlady!

5 minutes walk from the parking lot at GH Donner is the Johnsbacher Bergsteigerfriedhof. 200 years ago, the first person to die in the Gesaeuse mountains was buried here. Numerous historical gravestones tell the tragic story of many young climbers who died in the Gesaeuse mountains.

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Tourismusverband Gesäuse
Update: March 20, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Heldenkreuz, 1,624 m
Lowest point
Parkplatz GH Donner, 754 m
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Track types

Asphalt 0.41%Forested/wild trail 18.70%Path 31.02%Unknown 49.84%
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0 km
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2.2 km
Path
3.6 km
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5.8 km
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Rest stops

Mödlinger Hütte, 1.523 m
Zum Donner, Gasthof

Safety information

easy hike suitable for families,

be careful with children in the Treffner See - Heldenkreuz area: here there are cracks and holes in the earth that have collapsed in the exhausted gypsum subsoil of the "Bürgl".

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Gesäuse

Hauptstraße 35, 8911 Admont, Österreich

Tel. +43 (0) 3613 21160 10

Email: info@gesaeuse.at

www.moedlingerhuette.at

www.gesaeuse.at

www.johnsbach.at

 

Start

GH Donner in Johnsbach (767 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.539540, 14.584410
DMS
47°32'22.3"N 14°35'03.9"E
UTM
33T 468724 5265207
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Destination

Heldenkreuz

Turn-by-turn directions

At the GH Donnerwirt in Johnsbach we start the tour on a trail, we cross the stream and soon meet the Rotleitenweg. Further up at 1.000 m above sea level we meet the former Huberalm. We should definitely take advantage of the panoramic bench, it offers a wonderful view of the Johnsbach valley and reminds us that we should have a drink before we start our sweaty ascent. Soon we meet a forest road that takes us to the Mödlinger Hütte.

From the Mödlinger Hütte the path leads through sparse high forest to the Treffner See. Continuing slightly uphill you reach Latschengürtel. After passing the Latschengürtel you reach a beautiful high plateau directly at the foot of the mighty Admonter Reichenstein. At the northern end of this plateau you will find the Heroes Cross.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Rufbuslinie 917 Admont-Johnsbach

Getting there

Gesäusebundesstraße B 146 until junction Johnsbach, 5 km country road until Johnsbach

Parking

Large parking lot right next to the GH Donnerwirt

Coordinates

DD
47.539540, 14.584410
DMS
47°32'22.3"N 14°35'03.9"E
UTM
33T 468724 5265207
w3w 
///overexposed.untimely.swaddles
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Rother Wanderführer Gesäuse

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Wanderkarte Nationalpark Gesäuse Nr. 206

Equipment

Sturdy mountain boots or good trekking shoes, as well as a hiking rucksack with appropriate contents (water bottle, first aid, hiking map,

sun protection, snacks, etc.). You should also be well prepared for a change in weather. Mobile phone for emergency calls.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.6 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
858 m
Descent
870 m
Highest point
1,624 m
Lowest point
754 m
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