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The Magic Views of Semmering route

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  • Golfclub Semmering (Copyright: Golfclub Semmering)
    / Golfclub Semmering (Copyright: Golfclub Semmering)
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick auf das Südbahnhotel von der Hochstraße Semmering (Copyright: Wiener Alpen, Foto: Florian Lierzer)
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
  • / Infozentrum am Bahnhof Semmering (Copyright: Wiener Alpen, Foto: Bene Croy)
    Photo: Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
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The Magic Views route follows part of the Bahnwanderweg, before heading back over the golf course to the Südbahnhotel, via the elevated road, to the top of the pass and back to the starting point, Semmering station. Let yourself be enchanted by the views!
Distance 11.5 km
4:15 h
370 m
371 m
The route leads to the most beautiful viewpoints on the Bahnwanderweg, heading towards Breitenstein, and goes up to the Fleischmann Viaduct, where you can admire the impressive Semmering Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy enchanting views from the imposing Doppelreiter lookout post, and the 20 Schillingblick viewpoint. The route back to Semmering passes the golf course, imposing Semmering villas and the Hochstrassenmuseum (“high road museum”), where display cases are dotted along the road, giving an insight to the history of Semmering. Back at the starting point, Semmering station, you can visit the World Heritage Information Centre.

Author’s recommendation

Several information boards about the history of the World Heritage Site of the Semmering Railway, the Hochstrassenmuseum (“high road museum”) and a few geocaches along the way offer something for culture lovers and treasure hunters alike.
Highest point
1,041 m
Lowest point
838 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Walking in the Viennese Alps should be a completely safe and beautiful experience. Therefore, please note the following:

Trail conditions: Forest route


Make sure that your choice of route matches your hiking experience and your  physical condition.  Check the weather forecast. In the mountains, the weather can change surprisingly quickly. For this reason, make sure you are well-equipped (e.g. bring rain protection).

Check that the huts and refreshment stations that you want to visit along the way will be open. Tell  someone which route you have chosen, and when you hope to return, before you set off.

Tips and hints

Hiking maps of Semmering are available for €1 from the tourist office.

Tourismusbüro Semmering,, +43 / 2664 / 20025

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Semmering station (984 m)
47.632754, 15.829728
47°37'57.9"N 15°49'47.0"E
33T 562331 5275817


Semmering station

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from Semmering station, our route will take us along the Lower Austrian Bahnwanderweg to the Doppelreiter lookout post and the 20 Schillingblick viewpoint. We will continue to the Fleischmann Viaduct. After the Fleischmann bridge, the Magic Views route splits from the Bahnwanderweg, and leads us past the golf course to the high road.  We will pass old villas, the Holy Family parish church and the Panhans Hotel, and then go over the pass to where we started – Semmering station.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Semmering station is accessible by train from Vienna and Graz.

See and for more information.

Getting there

Go down the A2 motorway to the S6 Semmering dual carriageway, and take the Maria Schutz exit. Turn right, onto the L4168. Continue down Semmering/L4168 and Semmeringstrasse. Turn right, onto Bahnhofstrasse.

Go down the S6 Semmering dual carriageway, and take the Spital/Semmering exit. Turn left, onto Semmering Ersatz Strasse/B306. Continue along the B306. At the roundabout, go straight on to Semmering. Continue along Passstrasse – this turns slightly to the right and changes into Semmering. Turn left, onto Bahnhofstrasse.


Parking facilities are available at Semmering station.


47.632754, 15.829728
47°37'57.9"N 15°49'47.0"E
33T 562331 5275817
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte der Kurgemeinde Semmering erhältlich im Tourismusbüro Semmering € 1.--; Freytag&Berndt WK022


Bring a suitable map. Wear suitable, sturdy shoes, and bring sun and rain protection, as well as water and a bite to eat. Bring your mobile phone, and save the emergency number of the mountain rescue team: 140

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.
11.5 km
4:15 h
370 m
371 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Healthy climate


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