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Semmering is an alpine pass connecting Lower Austria and Styria. The Semmering railway is an UNESCO site heritage as it is the first high alpine mountain railway.

Semmering railway in 1900s


In 1854 got built the Semmering train, who was one of the first train to pass through high alpine mountains. The spectacular landscape and the monumental buildings were declared UNESCO world heritage. The railway made it easily accessible from Vienna and at the fin-de-siecle several monumental hotels were raised here. Semmering is the best known alpine resort in eastern Austria.

The Semmering region encompasses the municipalities Gloggnitz, Payerbach, Maria Schutz, Semmering in Lower Austria and Spital, Mürzzuschlag, Neuberg, Mürzsteg in Styria.

Get in

By train with the Semmering railway (Semmeringbahn) either from Vienna or Graz. The Semmering is a mere 100km away from both cities.

Get around

The railway connects the major municipalities. The beautiful landscape offers plenty of hike possibilities. Of course all municipalities are connected and accessible by car (S6 highway).


International express on the Semmeringbahn
Breitenstein - Semmeringbahn - Viadukt Kalte Rinne

The railway station has an exhibition regarding the Semmering railway which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The local church and several impressive hotels and villas originate from the end of the 19th century and are worth a visit. They are all located along the main road crossing the town and have a beautiful view of the Alps.

  • 1 Karl VI Monument (Carolus Denkmal), Semmering. Emperor Karl VI ordered the first Semmering road to be built in 1728 for faster connection of Vienna to the South. The emperor visited and used the newly road on the 21. June 1728.
  • 2 Rax-Schneeberg Group (Rax Schneeberg Gruppe). The mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps are the nearest mountains to Vienna. In the summer they are a traditional hike destination. There are also some possible mountain bike routes. Refer to the "Keltenkalk" guide for the climbing areas. In winter time several cross country skiing routes traverse these mountains.
  • 3 Schloss Gloggnitz, Kirchensteig 3 (Gloggnitz Eichberg), +43 664 39 20 068, . The former Benedectine monastery sits elevated on a rock in middle of Gloggnitz. It hosts marriages.
  • Semmering railway. The railway solved a big challenge for civil engineering from the pioneering phase of railway building. The high standard of the tunnels, viaducts and other works has ensured the continuous use of the line up to the present day. It runs through a spectacular mountain landscape and there are many fine buildings designed for leisure activities along the way, built when the area was opened up due to the advent of the railway. The historical name is "Trieste Route" as it connected Vienna with the Adrian sea.
  • 4 Wallfahrtskirche Maria Schutz. The sanctuary place got built after the water allegedly cured plaque. In 1728 it got rebuilt and saw severe damage by a fire in 1826 and an earth quake in 1837. Since 1925 it incorporates a Passionistes monastery.
  • 1. Wiener Hochquellenwasserleitung. The water pipe for Vienna got built in 1872 and there are two tunnels for it's flow around Gloggnitz.


Semmering Hirschenkogel

Cultural events

  • 1 Festspiele Reichenau, Hauptstraße 28, 2651 Reichenau/Rax (right in the centre of Reichenau along the main street), +43 2666-52528, . Juli-August. The festival-performances are mostly theatre-plays in German language from Austrian writers around 1900. There are more than 100 performances of four different plays, a few piano recitals and artist's presentations. Performances take place in two different locations, the old theatre-hall (391 seats) and the new open arena (with stage in the centre, 305 seats), both in the same festival building.


The Semmering has two nearby ski resorts. The Zauberberg being the more popular one. It is closer to Vienna. On the other hand the Stuhleck area offers more possibilities.

  • 2 Ski resort Zauberberg (Semmering). The Hirschenkogel mountain features 14km of downhill slopes, including a split park for fun-ski and snowboarders. It has huge artificial snow facilities to provide skiing possibilities even in winters with less snow fall in eastern austria. It hosts World Cup Slalom events.
  • 3 Ski resort Stuhleck - Semmering (Stuhleck). The Stuhleck mountain has several snow and fun parks. 10 lifts are operating on a total of 24km downhill slopes from which 18km are classified as blue meaning easy. The top station is at 1774m. There are several huts for lunch or afternoon breaks.
  • Mountainbikepark Semmering. In the summer time the slopes are ready for down hill gear.





  • 1 Cafe Pub Iglu Pinguin, Zauberberg 1, Semmering, +43 2664 8041. winter 10.00-02.00. Après ski.
  • 2 Zauberbar, Zauberberg 1, 2680 Semmering (Bahnhof Semmering), +43 676 84622312, . winter season: Fr-Sa 10.00-04.00, So-Th 10.00-02.00. An après ski bar.




  • 3 Hotel Payerbacherhof (Familie Hübner), Hauptstraße 2 (Bahnhof Payerbach), +43 2666 52430, . The Hotel is located at the foot of the Rax mountain. The dinner menu that one can opt in on a per day base has two options with one being vegetarian. The breakfast is included and offers plenty of choices ranging from good Austrian bred with butter and marmalade, eggs, healthy fruits to müsli. The guests facilities include a sauna and a whirl pool.


The ski resort operates several free Wi-Fi access points.

Go next

Semmering lies on the Austrian south railway line which connects Vienna and Graz. Of course cities on the track like Baden (Austria), Wiener Neustadt, Bruck an der Mur, Kindberg or Kapfenberg are also easily reached.

  • Graz is the second-largest city in Austria. The City of Graz including it's historic centre and Schloss Eggenberg is a world heritage site.
  • Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far its most populous city. It is Austria's artistic, cultural, economic and political centre.
  • Leoben is the industrial and educational centre of Northern Styria and home of the Austrian mining industry and university.
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