The Hirschwangerhof is a former country inn built during the first boom of alpine tourism in Austria in the late 19th century. While its original purpose has been lost due to an ebb of tourists in the last decades, it has recently found new use as a hub for artists, mountaineers and digital engineers. This reorientation has created an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a communal living project, which is particularly well suited for fostering real connections among peers. While two lecture halls provide ample space for parallel sessions and multiple smaller working groups, the taproom with regulars’ table, couches and vinyl record player makes for a comfortable lounge for coffee breaks and later hours. The pub garden outside the lecture halls completes the ambience as a great place for outdoor lunch and dinner as well as late night bonfires.
The Hirschwangerhof is located directly at the foot of the Alps, where the Viennese plains end in a deep valley Höllental, hell’s valley) flanked by two mountains, Rax and Schneeberg. While the Höllental itself is most renowned for being a climber’s paradise, it also sports a pristine river, the Schwarza, which lends itself to kayaking, swimming (although the 12°C it reaches in summer are indeed challenging) and sunbathing on its numerous beaches. Hikes range from scenic walks (1-2h, mostly flat) to demanding tours (Rax: 3h up, +1000m altitude; Schneeberg: 5h up, +1400m altitude) and anything in between - the Rax Plateau can also comfortably be reached by a cable car, located within walking distance from the Hirschwangerhof. Rewarding mushroom spots we know of (chanterelle, porcini, parasol) are about 15 minutes by car.Hirschwang, the village the venue is located in, is part of the market town Reichenau an der Rax, which, due to its picturesque setting became a summer resort of the Viennese nobility in the 19th century. While the hype has considerably slowed down during the 20th century, Reichenau remains a hub of cultural activity (the yearly cultural festival spans from mid July to mid August) and, with its numerous castles and villas, is reminiscent of the Habsburg Monarchy. Restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, banks, tobacco shops etc are all available, and (mostly classical) concerts are frequently organized also outside of the festival season.
Richard von Schöller-Straße 9
2651 Hirschwang an der Rax
Lower Austria, Austria
The connection by train to Vienna takes about 1h20 and goes roughly every 30 minutes. The very last bit of the journey is by a bus that goes less frequently, but if notified in advance we will pick up guests from the train station by car.
The Hirschwangerhof can host up to 20 people in rooms of two or three for a minimum donation of 10€ per night, and camping will be possible for free donation in the garden in the back.
Please be aware that at these prices, we cannot offer you the same level of service you would expect in a hotel, but rather aim at a communal co-living arrangement in which everyone contributes to the maintenance of the place.
Alternatively, we are happy to help with your booking at one of several hotels, guest houses and AirBnB accommodations in the neighbourhood, which cater to all tastes and price ranges.
Accommodation in the Hirschwangerhof will be available on a first come first serve base, however we do ask participants with institutional funding to consider booking externally in order to leave cheap stays for the more precarious participants (also, the Hirschwangerhof officially only takes donations and cannot issue bills with a tax number – which usually means institutions will not refund these expenses). Please contact us in case you have any questions or need assistance with making a reservation.
In terms of meals, experience has shown that we fare best if we communally chip in money for groceries up front and have a dedicated cook planning the menu, writing the shopping list and leading kitchen activities. Participants are still expected to help out in the kitchen once in a while, but it takes a huge organizational burden off the community’s shoulders if someone is responsible for having lunch ready when the break starts. Approximately, the daily expenses per person, including a small fee for the cook, will amount to 12-15€, of course depending on the appetite (and thirst!) of the participants.