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Payerbach Sonnenpromenade ‘Feel-good winter circuit’

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  • Payerbach entlang der Schwarza
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  • / Payerbach - Schwarzaviadukt
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  • / Payerbach- Der tief verschneite Pavillon
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  • / Eine kalte klare Winterbnacht über Payerbach...
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A family-friendly and extremely idyllic walk in winter too with glorious views over Payerbach’s prettiest walk - the Sonnenpromenade.

NOTE: This walk should also be maintained in winter. However, please be aware of patches of ice! We recommend sturdy shoes and waterproof outdoor clothing.

Distance 3.9 km
1:05 h
81 m
81 m
With the positive effect of having done something for your health in winter, with this walk you can also enjoy a mixture of culture, games and fun, as well as the feeling of being outside in nature. Warm your body, mind and soul in the pleasant winter sun and perhaps with a delicate pastry, tea or coffee in the famous Konditorei Alber.

Author’s recommendation

In the town centre you will also find the famous Konditorei Alber. This is an ideal place to warm up on cold days after a walk with tea or coffee and perhaps a delicious pastry.
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Update: January 28, 2021
Highest point
536 m
Lowest point
468 m
Best time of year

Safety information

This walk or circuit is especially suitable for children due to the low difference in altitude and terrain. As however certain areas with cars must be navigated, please never let your children walk unsupervised and on their own! You can do this walk or circuit easily with a pushchair. The section in the area from the ‘Vinodukt’ (Anton Weiser Straße) along the unpaved path to the railway underpass (‘Geyerhofdurchlass’) in Baurat Schneider Straße is not maintained in winter. I.e. in snowy or icy conditions, according to the circumstances and your own estimation, it is recommended to take the variant via Wasserleitungsweg to the Baurat Schneider Straße crossroads and then continue to the railway underpass, this applies especially for pushchairs.

Tips and hints

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich,, +43 / 2622 / 78960


Pavilion, Payerbach town centre (473 m)
47.692120, 15.863264
47°41'31.6"N 15°51'47.8"E
33T 564777 5282442


Pavilion, Payerbach town centre

Turn-by-turn directions

The Payerbach ‘Feel-good circuit’ via the Sonnenpromenade starts at the council office or pavilion on Dr. Coumontstraße in the direction of Reichenau. From the swimming pool, follow the road to the shaded park area where you can admire the miniature anniversary cottage and a small weather station. Stay on Dr. Coumont Straße, the path leads to the historic villas, the mini golf course and the tennis courts, used as a popular ice rink in winter, and to the Schwarzaviadukt, the longest viaduct of the world heritage Semmering railway. Here cross the Schwarza river on the Ghegasteg, a wooden construction of the pioneers of the armed forces.

After the wooden bridge, cross the main road on the pedestrian crossing. The route crosses the Anton Weiser Straße back to Bahnstraße. Branch off to the right and walk past Hotel Hübner/Payerbacher Hof over the crossroads and return to the starting point of the ‘short circuit’.

The ‘longer variant’ goes directly along the unpaved footpath past the ‘Vinodukt’. This leads along the ‘railway lines’ and past an impressive nature garden including wintered beehives and free-range chickens to Baurat Schneider Straße. Please be aware that this section is not maintained or cleared in winter!

The ‘Feel-good circuit’ leads straight uphill via Geyerhofdurchlass. Walk along the road past peaceful Scottish Highland cattle and go right at Geyerhof and leave the agriculture and forestry operations behind. You will now find yourself on the Sonnenpromenade which provides an exceptionally beautiful view of the Payerbacher Valley in the direction of Gloggnitz, Semmering, Kreuzberg, Gahns and the mighty Rax. After a short rest on one of the many benches along the Sonnenpromenade, continue along the Werning. Now go slowly uphill.

Go over the railway crossing to ‘Werningkapelle’ at which it branches off right and follow it towards Schulgasse. Walk along the Schulgasse past the Volks- und Neuen NÖ Mittelschule (middle school) to Bahnstraße. Go left and walk past Payerbacher Hof/ Hotel Hübner, cross the traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossing and the bridge and you will return to the starting point of the circular route at the council office or pavilion.


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Public transport

Train: ÖBB Bahnhof Payerbach-Reichenau. The next railway station is Wiener Neustadt. More information on the timetable can be found at

Bus: The Retter routes 1746,1748, 1746/48 operate in or to Payerbach; you can find timetables at

Getting there

Take the southern motorway from Vienna or Graz and at the Seebenstein junction, take the exit in the direction of Semmering. Drive along the S6 Semmeringschnellstraße and take the exit at Gloggnitz in the direction of Payerbach/Reichenau (Raxgebiet).

At the only traffic lights in Payerbach, turn off (left) and drive over a bridge. You will be in the town centre where you will find numerous parking options.


Parking spaces are available at the pavilion in the town centre, along the B27 and at the Park&Ride at the Payerbach-Reichenau railway station. From the Payerbach railway station, go ca. 5 min to the town centre.


47.692120, 15.863264
47°41'31.6"N 15°51'47.8"E
33T 564777 5282442
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Payerbach guides and local trail maps are available at the entrance to the council office, Ortplatz 7, 2650 Payerbach or during opening hours at the tourist office, Ortsplatz 7, 2650 Payerbach. We would be happy to send all of the information to you via post!


Good, warm shoes with sturdy soles in winter.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • 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 Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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.
3.9 km
1:05 h
81 m
81 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Suitable for strollers Way cleared


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