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.
Safety informationParticular 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-niederösterreich.at
Tips and hintsWiener Alpen in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960
Semmering Tourist Office, www.semmering.at, +43 / 2664 / 20025
Getting thereFrom 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.
ParkingFree parking is available at Semmering railway station.
EquipmentSnowshoes, 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
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking
- Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
- 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.