Semmering is an alpine pass connecting Lower Austria and Styria. The Semmering railway is an UNESCO site heritage as it is the first high alpine mountain railway.

Semmering railway in 1900s


In 1854 got built the Semmering train, who was one of the first train to pass through high alpine mountains. The spectacular landscape and the monumental buildings were declared UNESCO world heritage. The railway made it easily accessible from Vienna and at the fin-de-siecle several monumental hotels were raised here. Semmering is the best known alpine resort in eastern Austria.

The Semmering region encompasses the municipalities Gloggnitz, Payerbach, Maria Schutz, Semmering in Lower Austria and Spital, Mürzzuschlag, Neuberg, Mürzsteg in Styria.

Get in

By train with the Semmering railway (Semmeringbahn) either from Vienna or Graz. The Semmering is a mere 100km away from both cities.

Get around

The railway connects the major municipalities. The beautiful landscape offers plenty of hike possibilities. Of course all municipalities are connected and accessible by car (S6 highway).


International express on the Semmeringbahn
Breitenstein - Semmeringbahn - Viadukt Kalte Rinne

The railway station has an exhibition regarding the Semmering railway which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The local church and several impressive hotels and villas originate from the end of the 19th century and are worth a visit. They are all located along the main road crossing the town and have a beautiful view of the Alps.


Semmering Hirschenkogel

Cultural events


The Semmering has two nearby ski resorts. The Zauberberg being the more popular one. It is closer to Vienna. On the other hand the Stuhleck area offers more possibilities.








The ski resort operates several free Wi-Fi access points.

Go next

Semmering lies on the Austrian south railway line which connects Vienna and Graz. Of course cities on the track like Baden (Austria), Wiener Neustadt, Bruck an der Mur, Kindberg or Kapfenberg are also easily reached.

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