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Semmering - Magical Views – Tour

Winter Walks · Wiener Alpen
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The route takes you to the best viewing points on the railway hiking trail on Wolfsbergkogel. The 20-Schilling view and the Double-ridge lookout tower offer imposing views over Semmering Railway World Heritage Site. The return journey takes you past Semlitsch Sculpture Park and historic Semmering villas back to the Südbahnhotel. As they walk along the high road , the High Road Museum offers hikers historic insights into how the Semmering landscape was conquered.

NOTE: Please be aware that this winter walk may not be completely maintained in snowy conditions and can have patches of ice. Use at your own risk! Please equip yourself appropriately, such as with sturdy shoes, sticks, waterproof outdoor clothing, hat, etc. Make sure you have enough to drink in winter too! Be aware of it getting dark early and carefully plan your route!


Distance 8.2 km
2:50 h
349 m
308 m
1,041 m
862 m
From the top of the pass via the high road past Hotel Panhans to the Holy Family Parish Church and rectory. Downhill to the station and east along the track under the underpass to Wolfsbergkogel halt. Steeply uphill for a short way to the former sanatorium and the Double-ridge lookout tower and the "20 Schilling view". The view down onto Semmering Railway through the Adlitzgraben and the highest spurs of the Eastern Alps, Rax and Schneeberg, is very imposing. The path then passes through the forest above the entrance to the Wolfsbergkogel tunnel and on to the Fleischmann viaduct in Adlitzgraben. To the left the path runs uphill to the golf course and the Südbahnhotel. Continue straight on here to the top of the pass.

Author’s recommendation

There are many themed notice boards on the history of Semmering Railway World Heritage Site and displays in the High Road Museum provide information about local history
Highest point
1,041 m
Lowest point
862 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The path is well made and passable all year round except in extreme wintry conditions. Take your mobile phone with you and store the emergency number for Mountain Rescue: 140

Tips and hints

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

Semmering Tourist Office,, +43 / 2664 / 20025

Here you can obtain all relevant leaflets


Top of Semmering pass (985 m)
47.632716, 15.829512
47°37'57.8"N 15°49'46.2"E
33T 562315 5275812


Top of Semmering pass

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the top of the pass, we walk along the high road to Hotel Panhans and on to the Holy Family Parish Church. We then go downhill to Semmering station. Here you are recommended to visit the Semmering Railway World Heritage Centre and the "Carl Ritter von Ghega" monument. We continue to follow the signs for the Lower Austrian railway hiking trail to the lookout points around Wolfsbergkogel. We then branch off left from the railway hiking trail and the path above the small football pitch takes us past Semlitsch Sculpture Park. From here we walk steeply uphill past Leidenfrost Villa, along Friedrich Schüler Straße to the former Südbahnhotel. Here we meet the high road. We walk past Panoramahotel Wagner as far as the parish church and back to the top of the pass.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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

Getting there

Coming from Vienna, take the A2 to the Seebenstein intersection and then take the S6 to the Maria Schutz/Semmering exit. Follow the L 4168 local road into Semmering and go to the top of the pass. Distance Vienna - Semmering 95 km; Graz - Semmering 100 km


Public parking is available at the top of the Semmering pass.


47.632716, 15.829512
47°37'57.8"N 15°49'46.2"E
33T 562315 5275812
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Freytag & Berndt - Niederösterreichische Kulturwege "Hotels und Villen am Semmering" Christian Schuhböck - Weltkulturerbe Semmeringbahn

Author’s map recommendations

Railway hikes on the Semmering Railway World Heritage Site folder

Hiking map for Semmering district can be obtained in Semmering Tourist Office, at shops in Semmering and at the Semmering station information kiosk


Wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. Think about rain and sun protection. Make sure you take enough to drink.

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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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.
8.2 km
2:50 h
349 m
308 m
Highest point
1,041 m
Lowest point
862 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Way cleared


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