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Hiking World championships in hiking in the Wildschönau Valley

Hiking World Championships

The walker's paradise Wildschönau is the host of the Hiking World Championships from 27. - 29. September 2018

The Hiking World Championships organised by the Internationalen Volkssport Verbands IVV is the largest hiking event for ramblers, experts and clubs in Europe. Host of the 16th Championships is the Wildschönau Valley.
All comers are welcome at the Hiking World Championships in the Wildschönau. Every day three different walking highlights are planned all starting in the village centre of Oberau. 


  • Organisation.: Austrian Public Sports Association
  • All comers are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Start and finish lines are in the Schiesshüttel Arena in Oberau next to the Hotel Tirolerhof
  • The event is insured by the ÖW. Accident insurance is recommended for every participant
  • The event is independent of weather conditions.
  • The ranking counts towards the Internationale Public Sports Badge. The IVV stamp will be given on personal presentation of start card and proof of IVV membership in the same name and when all check point stamps have been collected on the start card. The ÖW control number is: T 4/2018
  • Miscellaneous: Ambulance, doctor and Red Cross are on site. Glucose and drinks are provided. There is an official smoking ban on forest paths.

Participants can expect lovely walks to the most beautiful corners of the Wildschönau. The official Opening  Ceremony will be a fitting start to this superlative event.

Medal Ceremony and official Closing with live music at 8.00 pm

The WC office is open from 15.00 -18.00. .

Discover the "Magic Corner"
Start 8.00-12.00  / last Finish 16.30.
The route: 5 km Oberau-Gwiggnhof-Oberau - 10 km Oberau-Füllnkogel-Oberau - 21 km Oberau-Foisching-Oberau
Tip: Craft Fair on the Z'Bach Farming Museum 12.00-17.00, free entrance with the Wildschönau Card!

Procession of all participants at 19.30, followed by the Opening Ceremony and live music by Trio Tyrol. Meeting point Schiesshüttl Arena.

"On the Krautinger Trail"
Start 08.00-12.00  / last finish 16.30
The route: 6 km Oberau-Talhof-Oberau - 11 km Oberau-Ebersau-Oberau - 21 km Oberau-Kundler Klamm-Oberau - 5 km 16.30 guided Krautinger Walk

"With St Frances of Assisi through the Wildschönau"
Start Marathon 06.30-07.30 or. Start 08.00-12.00  / last finish for all participants 17.00.
The route: 6 km Oberau-Franziskusweg-Oberau - 13 km Oberau-Markbachjoch Cable Car-Käsealm-Oberau - 20 km Oberau-Markbachjoch Cable Car-Auffach-Oberau -
42 km Oberau-Feldalm-Schönanger Alm-Oberau

Closing Ceremony and Medal Ceremony with live musik at 20.00

Registrations must be made with the Austrian Walkers Association (ÖW)

Österreichischer Volkssportverband, Kuhnstraße 16, A-4600 Wels
Tel./Fax +43 (0)7242 41240, eMail:

Start fee € 6 with medal - € 2 without medal
Start fee for the Marathon € 8 with badge and certificate - € 4 without badge

Registration close 14. September 2018


Information about accommodation at the Wildschönau Tourist Board
Hauserweg, Oberau 337, 6311 Wildschönau
Tel. +43 (0)5339 8255-0, Anfrage unter

The sportsman or woman who walks the furthest during the three day World Cup is the new Hiking World Championship.

Every participant who finishes the three routes is awarded a certificate. (€ 1.50)

The different walking classes are divided into: Ladies and Men individual classes and the World Champion Team in the group class. The best individual performances usually lie around the 200 km mark.

The club whose members hike the most kilometres win the coveted Team World Champion award.

Every route counts towards the group results. Groups membership has to be named on registration.