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Snowshoeing: Semmering railway hiking trail Payerbach

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The impressive railway hiking trail along the UNESCO World Heritage Semmering Railway can also be explored in winter with snowshoes.
Distance 19.1 km
6:00 h
703 m
1,118 m
The railway hiking trail along the Semmering Railway is very popular. This snowshoe hike starts directly on the railway hiking trail and offers views of the legendary structures of this first mountain railway in the world. After starting at Semmering railway station, the first highlight that awaits the hiker is the double rider's station, from which you have a beautiful view of the Adlitzgraben. Continue along the railway to the famous Kalte Rinne viaduct. Immediately afterwards, you will pass the Krausel-Klause viaduct and hike comfortably to Breitenstein. Here you will leave the railway hiking trail and cross Kreuzberg and Payerbachgraben to reach the World Heritage community of Payerbach, where numerous excursion destinations await you around the Semmering Railway.



This snowshoe hike has a lot to offer, with a length of about 20 kilometres and a walking time of about 6 hours, it should not be underestimated and requires a good physical condition.

Author’s recommendation

Combine your hike with a stay at the Semmering in Hotel Panhans, Hotel Belvedere or Hotel Zauberblick on Semmering or in Hotel Marienhof in Payerbach.
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Update: November 06, 2020
Highest point
1,100 m
Lowest point
473 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Particular care must be taken in winter when out and about in the mountains. When planning your tours, keep in mind that your time planning, especially in winter, can easily become disorganised through the smallest things. A change in the weather or a technical problem with snowshoes can make progress noticeably more difficult. Keep in mind that it can get dark as early as 4:00 p.m. in winter and that a night outdoors can quickly become life-threatening in winter.

Please also keep in mind that in winter markings can be invisible due to snow and therefore prepare well for your tour!

Mountain rescue emergency number 140

EU emergency service: 112

For information about avalanches: lawinenwarndienst-niederö

Tips and hints

Wiener Alpen in Lower Austria,, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Semmering Tourist Office,, +43 / 2664 / 20025


Semmering train station (906 m)
47.639557, 15.830397
47°38'22.4"N 15°49'49.4"E
33T 562373 5276573


Payerbach train station

Turn-by-turn directions

The railway hiking trail (green markings, extra signage) begins directly at the station and will lead us largely along the Semmering railway line. We will walk past the Wolfsbergkogel station, where the path forms a small loop to the double rider’s station. The path now follows the railway line to the famous viaduct over the Kalte Rinne. Here we will descend into the valley and walk along the road to Breitenstein. There is also a variant that leaves out the path to the viaduct and leads from Wolfsbergkogel directly to the road to Breitenstein (also marked green). In Breitenstein we will go after the railway tracks on the road left and after a short time right up to the Speckbacher hut (blue marking) and over route 834 (red) to Payerbach. Another variant leads us from Breitenstein to the railway on the right and, after the health facility Breitenstein on the left, to Sommerhöhe and over the blue marked path through the Payerbachgraben back to Payerbach.


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Public transport

Semmering station can be reached by Südbahn from Vienna central train station or from Graz.

More information at and

Getting there

From Vienna take the A2 Südautobahn to the S6 Semmering-Schnellstraße and exit at Maria Schutz. Turn right onto L4168. Continue on Semmering/L4168 and Semmeringstraße. Turn right onto Bahnhofstraße.


From Graz take the S6 Semmering-Schnellstraße and exit at Spital/Semmering. Turn left onto Semmering Ersatz Str./B306. Continue on B306. At the roundabout, drive straight ahead to Semmering. Continue on Passstraße, this runs slightly to the right and becomes Semmering. Turn left onto Bahnhofstraße.


Free parking is available at Semmering railway station.


47.639557, 15.830397
47°38'22.4"N 15°49'49.4"E
33T 562373 5276573
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Snowshoes, rucksack with rations, light, mobile phone, lighter, map material. For small equipment breakdowns, a zip tie or a piece of wire is often enough for a makeshift repair. It is recommended that you always take basic avalanche equipment with you in the mountains.

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.
19.1 km
6:00 h
703 m
1,118 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Linear route Cultural/historical interest


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