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Semmering - Around Sonnwendstein

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A long snowshoe hike at the foot of Sonnwendstein.
moderate
Distance 21.3 km
7:00 h
788 m
788 m
The extensive snowshoe hike leads from Semmering pass into Dürrgraben and, from the stream crossing, uphill to the mountain rescue hut. The Kummerbauerstadl alpine inn offers a place to stop for refreshments. Via the former section of the Wechsel-Panoramaloipe the path leads to Greis and via a forest path back to Semmering.

A beautiful winter hike around Sonnwendstein.

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
1,351 m
Lowest point
958 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The route follows forest roads. Attention, only refreshment possibility is Kummerbauer alpine inn!

When choosing the route, make sure it is suitable for your level of fitness and experience. Consult the weather forecast in advance. The weather can change with surprising rapidity in the mountains. So always make sure you are suitably equipped before setting out.

Check whether the huts and snack stations you intend to visit en route are open. Before setting out, tell somebody what route you are taking and when you expect to return.

Mountain rescue emergency number: 140

EU emergency service: 122

For information about avalanches: lawinenwarndienst-niederösterreich.at

Tips and hints

Wiener Alpen in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Semmering Tourist Office, www.semmering.at, +43 / 2664 / 20025

Start

Top of Semmering pass (986 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.632068, 15.830066
DMS
47°37'55.4"N 15°49'48.2"E
UTM
33T 562358 5275741
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Destination

Top of Semmering pass

Turn-by-turn directions

The start of the tour is at the lower station of the chair lift "Blauer Blitz" at the foot of the Hirschenkogel. We will follow the flat Johannesloipe to the stream crossing. Now we will go left further into the valley, occasionally strongly ascending up to the mountain rescue hut. Here we will keep right towards Kummerbauer Stadl. Now we will follow the Kummerbauer road marking up to the inn. From here we can follow the former section of the Wechsel-Panorama cross-country ski track to Greis. Shortly before we arrive in Greis, the forest path branches off back to Semmering.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train from Vienna via Wiener Neustadt via Payerbach Reichenau to Semmering station.

More information www.oebb.at or www.vor.at

Getting there

By car from Vienna via the A2 to the Seebenstein junction. Continue on the S6 to the exit Semmering - Maria Schutz.. Turn right along the country road for 3 km until you reach Semmering pass.

Parking

Public parking is at the top of the Semmering pass.

Coordinates

DD
47.632068, 15.830066
DMS
47°37'55.4"N 15°49'48.2"E
UTM
33T 562358 5275741
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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Equipment

Equip yourself according to the season, as there is only one place to stop for refreshments.

Take a hiking map and your mobile phone with you and store the emergency number for Mountain Rescue: 140

 

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • 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

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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.
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21.3 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
788 m
Descent
788 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Forest roads

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