Social Hike XL Sophienalpe. Technically still part of Vienna, the Sophienalpe (477m) is an almost surreal mountain scenery fit for Heidi or the Trapp’s. It was named after archduchess Sophie, mother of emperor Franz Joseph, who spent many summers up there. After meeting up at Vienna Main Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof), a train and bus will take us to the start of our hiking route. First we walk up a steep-ish forest trail until reaching Mostalm plateau. From here we continue our route, passing the Karl-Franz-Fernsicht with stunning views until arriving at the actual Sophienalpe. Following a former cable car track, we descend to the Rieglerhütte and further down along Halterbach creek to the Spitalswiese. A hidden forest road hugging Kolbeterberg will take us back to the bus stop for our return trip to Vienna Main Station.
Underway we’ll have fun with ice breakers, discussion prompts and local trivia.
Your host is an outward-thinking local who lived in three cultures on two continents. Fluent in 7½ languages, he visited more than 40 countries from Nicaragua to North Korea and loves sharing off-beat travel stories. Ask him anything!
Total time: ~5 hours
Bring: Extra water and snack for underway
Wear: Firm shoes, rain gear depending on weather
Value and booking
Price includes train tickets, beverage and friendly host. Discounts available for early birds, train pass holders (ÖBB-Klimaticket/Interrail), groups and Ukrainian nationals. In case of severely bad weather, this event will be cancelled and refunded.
Social Hike XL: Sophienalpe
Mountain serenity within reach
Meeting point: Vienna Main Station, details after booking
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2023,
Early birds till March 18 – 19.00 €
Regular price – 29.00 €
Last minute, from 24h before event – 40.00 €
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