Ybbstaler Hütte (hut) - Dürrenstein - Goldaugraben

Hiking route from Goestling - Parking lot Rotschild-fish ponds Steinbachtal

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16,68 km length

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  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Route: 16,68 km
  • Ascent: 989 egm
  • Descent: 988 egm
  • Duration: 5:00 h
  • Lowest point: 547 m
  • Highest point:1.335 m
  • Round tour
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops

Details for: Ybbstaler Hütte (hut) - Dürrenstein - Goldaugraben

Brief description

Göstling is one of the oldest resorts in Lower Austria. It lies in the triangle of Lower Austria, Styria and Upper Austria. These beautiful alpine regions offer numerous opportunities for hiking to many mountain cabins, offering refreshments. Göstling stands for recreation, sport and fresh air. 


Der urige Kalkstock „Dürrenstein“ ist Teil des "Wildnisgebiets Dürrenstein" und hat neben seinen Karstformationen und Dolinen eine reichhaltige Alpenflora und -fauna. Der Aufstieg ist lang und beschwerlich, aber der Ausblick beim Gipfelkreuz, entschädigt für die Strapazen.

Auch ohne "Gipfelsieg" ist er besonders reizvoll: man braucht nur die traumhafte Landschaft auf sich wirken zu lassen.

Starting point of the tour

Goestling - Parking lot Rotschild-fish ponds Steinbachtal

Destination point of the tour

Parkplatz im Steinbachtal

Route description Ybbstaler Hütte (hut) - Dürrenstein - Goldaugraben

From the car park you walk on a forest road for about 5 minutes and turn right at a fork and continue on a steep ascending forest trail. The path leads through the Almwald (forest) up to the hunting lodge at the intersection Dürreck. Here the forest road crosses a gravel road. At this junction the trail continues another 30 meters straight and then immediately turns left and uphill on a forest road.

Shortly onwards one comes across on the right side of the trail a little spring. From here the trail continues until into it becomes a forest road, from where one continues left for about 600 meters to the next fork. Here the road leads to the right in the direction of an Almgatter (gate). After passing the gate, the trail continues slightly uphill to a signpost pointing left onto a footpath. Following this walk uphill and the signs, one reaches the Ybbstalerhütte (cabin) (1343 m above sea level)

From the Ybbstalerhütte (cabin) there are various connecting routes:

1.      Noten (1640 m above sea level), Walking time: about 1 hour to the summit

2.      Dürrensteingipfel (summit) (1878 m above sea level), Walking time: about 2 hours to the summit (see Lunzer Dürrenstein-Route 7)

3.      Descent past the Grünloch (greenhole) (1300 m above sea level, measured temperatures of up to -54,2 °C) to the settlements Lehen (590 m above sea level, Lunz), Walking time: about 2 1/2 hours.

Refreshed and strengthened, the way leads back to the crossroads where a signpost reads in the direction of Stiegengraben. One follows this steep downhill path to the end of a forest road where there is a small hunting lodge and a former gravel extraction site. On the road one goes about 100m, crossing a creek where after a sign the road leads down to the Goldausgräben (ditches). Following the directions, one crosses the small stream immediately thereafter. This is followed soon by yet another crossing of a somewhat larger stream the Hagenbach, on a bridge made of logs. As of now the trail leads for a short distance uphill. Continuing on, the trail leads down the Goldaugraben (ditch), passing under an aqueduct to the settlement of the Hagenbach. From now on, the trail continues along the asphalt road through the village to the junction of the main valley. Immediately after the intersection one crosses two bridges and turns then left onto the forest road, which is also used as a cycling and hiking trail. After about 1 km at a hairpin bend the trail takes one left up an increase, down into the "Not" (562 m above sea level). After a short climb, turn right on the paved road and return to the starting point.


coming from Linz: A1 exit Oed - direction Aschbach Markt - continue on the B121 to Waidhofen - in Waidhofen/Ybbs on the B31 in direction Göstling/Ybbs

coming from Vienna: A1 exit Ybbs/Donau - direction Eisenstraße - follow the B25 to Göstling/Ybbs


in Göstling 4,5 km from the entrance to the Steinbachtal (valley) next to the fishponds.

More info/links


Josef Forstner

3345 Göstling/Ybbs 164

Tel. +43/7484/23 25

+43 (0) 664/988 68 01

Tourismusverein Göstlinger Alpen

Markt 1

3345 Göstling

Tel. +43 (0) 7484/5020 19

Fax +43 (0) 7484/5020 18




Warme Kleidung und gutes Schuhwerk.

Safety information

Bei Hochwasser und Schneeschmelze ist der Goldgraben von oben nicht begehbar.

Map recommendations

Mostviertel Tourismus, Töpperschloss Neubruck, Neubruck 2/10, 3270 Scheibbs, T +43/7482/204 44, info@mostviertel.at, www.mostviertel.at/prospekte

Author's tip

Bei einer Besteigung des Gipfels empfiehlt sich eine Übernachtung auf der Ybbstaler Hütte, ebenso bei einem Abstecher zum Noten.

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