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Schwarzatal Radroute

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  • Hauptplatz Neunkirchen
    / Hauptplatz Neunkirchen
    Photo: Montainbikeguides - Thomas Bartl, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich
  • / Radeln entlang der Schwarza
    Photo: Montainbikeguides - Thomas Bartl, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich
  • / Schwarzatal Viadukt in Payerbach
    Photo: Montainbikeguides - Thomas Bartl, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich
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    Photo: Sophie Weinberger, Wiener Alpen in NÖ Tourismus GmbH, Foto: Franz Zwickl
  • / Schwarza in Payerbach
    Photo: Kikinder, NÖW
  • / Schloss Reichenau
    Photo: Montainbikeguides - Thomas Bartl, Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich
  • / Der nächste Bahnhof ist nicht weit
    Photo: Kikinder, NÖW
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Whether the Semmeringbahn or Wartholz Castle: The cycling route through the Schwarzatal valley is an attractive excursion into the history of the Viennese Alps.
Distance 39.3 km
2:45 h
190 m
5 m
484 m
298 m
The Schwarzatal Radroute combines alpine landscapes at the foot of the Rax with the Steinfeld plain around Lanzenkirchen. This cycle route passes adjacent to the Schwarzatal and covers the roots of industrialisation of this historic landscape with the Semmering Railway World Heritage Site and summer resorts.

Author’s recommendation

Was die Schwarzatal Radroute so besonders macht: 

  • Entspannung ist ganz nah: etwa in der Therme Linsberg Asia, in den Gartenlofts des Gut Guntrams oder in den Bett+Bike-Betrieben Grandhotel Niederösterreichischer Hof, Hotel-Restaurant Schwartz und Hotel-Restaurant Osterbauer.
  • Jede Pause lohnt sich: Wie wär’s mit einem Abstecher in Neunkirchens historische Altstadt, zum Dr. Karl Renner Museum nach Gloggnitz oder einem Kaffee im Kurpark Reichenau?
  • Die Architektur ist großartig: ganz besonders die der Sommerfrische-Villen in Payerbach und Reichenau.
  • Die Nähe zu weiteren Top-Touren: Bei Gloggnitz kann man auf die Weltkulturerbe Radroute wechseln, in Lanzenkirchen führt der EuroVelo 9 vorbei.
  • Man kommt super mit den Öffis hin: Die Fahrt von Wien zum Tour-Start in Lanzenkirchen dauert mit der Bahn nur 45 Minuten.
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Maria Maier
Update: November 03, 2021
Highest point
484 m
Lowest point
298 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Further information:

Viennese Alps in Lower Austria,, Tel.: +43 2622 78960

You can obtain free information regarding your cycling tour. These route guides provide an overview of the course as well as information regarding rest points and attractions. Please note that this is not a proper cycle map.


Lanzenkirchen (298 m)
47.742195, 16.240338
47°44'31.9"N 16°14'25.2"E
33T 592983 5288391


Reichenau an der Rax

Turn-by-turn directions

The start of this cycling route through the Schwarzatal valley is at the municipal office in Lanzenkirchen, where Eurovelo 9 crosses the Leitha river. It’s easy to reach with the train from Wiener Neustadt then continue by bike, or cycle along Eurovelo 9 from Wiener Neustadt to Lanzenkirchen.



Go north-west from the municipal office via the railway, and then head west parallel to the railway tracks. Views of Schneeberg and Rax can be enjoyed even at this early stage.



The road becomes the Haderswörther-Hauptstraße. At this point cross the roundabout to get to the L142 heading towards Föhrenau. Upon arriving in Föhrenau, turn right into Wiener Straße when reaching the fire station, then immediately turn left into Kurze Gasse. This becomes a well-paved field path which then becomes the Hauptstrasse when reaching Schwarzau am Steinfeld. This is left after one hundred metres, going past the football ground into an area with far less traffic.



Afterwards, you cross over onto the B54. At this point you cross the bridge over the Süd-Autobahn. After this downhill section turn left onto a paved road and path soon afterwards. This takes you alongside the Süd-Autobahn as far as Breitenau.



When in Breitenau carry on for around 200 m on the L140 (Hauptstraße) before turning left into Fasangasse Continue along a paved cycle and walking route parallel to, and then below the autobahn to Natschbach-Loipersbach.



Upon reaching the village, you cross the Schwarza then go parallel along it towards Neunkirchen. The route goes through the town centre via Hauptplatz.



Caution: Please follow the signs through Neunkirchen!



After Hauptplatz, the route carries on through the town park and via Petersberg to Ternitz. From this point, the route carries on along the Schwarzadamm. After crossing in Dunkelstein and Blindendorf, it’s necessary to change sides at Wimpassing over a bridge with considerable traffic. 2 further crossings of this type are made before reaching Buchbach and then Enzenreith (Siedlau crossing). Leave the Schwarzadamm here and continue through quiet alleys to Wiedner GmbH, where you follow the road for around 100 m. Turn left after this point and then turn right before the bridge. Cycle past Gloggnitz sewage works and continue to the railway station.



Turn right at the station and go through the underpass. After the last apartment building, turn left into Silbersbergstraße and follow it to Schlöglmühl. From here, the route continues along Wiener Straße to Payerbach (Caution: typical rural road).



When in Payerbach, a cycling and hiking route (route for water pipelines) goes as far as Bahnhofstraße, where you turn left and travel through a crossroads with traffic lights. Travel over the Schwarza bridge and stay on the right-hand side of the road.



Go past the open-air swimming pool and the mini golf course, and follow the Schwarza to Reichenau, where you cross over the road and go against the flow of traffic for around 30 metres. From here, simply follow the road to Reichenau Castle. You’ve reached the final destination on the Schwarzatal Radroute.



OPTION: Höllentalbahn rail depot



From Reichenau Castle you can follow a stunning cycling route to the Höllentalbahn rail depot. Turn left at the castle and then right after the castle. The route runs parallel to the Höllentalbahn (which will be crossed a few times) and down to the Schwarza where the depot is located.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train connection from Vienna and Graz via Wiener Neustadt to Payerbach/ Reichenau or to Lanzenkirchen.

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Getting there

Travel from Vienna on the A2 to the Wiener Neustadt-Süd exit. Follow the B54 then turn left onto the L142 as far as Bar Erlach, then take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and carry on to Lanzenkirchen over the railway line.

Travel from Graz on the A2 as far as the Seebenstein exit. Turn left and follow the B54, then turn right onto Erlacher Straße (L4029). Continue along Föhrenau-Hauptstraße. Take the second exit on the roundabout and follow this road to Lanzenkirchen.


Car parking is available in Lanzenkirchen.


47.742195, 16.240338
47°44'31.9"N 16°14'25.2"E
33T 592983 5288391
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
39.3 km
2:45 h
190 m
5 m
Highest point
484 m
Lowest point
298 m
Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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