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Claudia Brandhofer
Claudia Brandhofer


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Cross country el dorado

High above the clouds you’re always sure of enough snow and sun.
(c) Niederösterreich-Werbung/Ferry Nielsen
Does one need more to be happy?
Parts of Lower Austria with very gentle landscapes offer perfect terrains for cross country skiers. But even in the most mountainous regions there are fantastic trails. Outstanding in the truest sense of the word is the Wechsel-Semmering-Panorama trail with its breathtaking views.

At healthy altitudes

It’s a very special place for cross country skiers: the whole trail is 90 km long and is situated at heights of 1,000 to 1,400 m above sea level. This guarantees plenty of snow and, most often, clear views to this mountain range itself as well as down to the flatlands leading to Vienna. The whole area has a variable landscape, with trails for cross country skiers in all performance categories.

Get ready

The Nordic Arena Steyersberger Schwaig (the latter two words referring to the surnames of the owners) offers a training facility for beginners and advanced skiers. Here you can acquaint yourself with either the classic or the skating technique. On a 13 km round course you can train under surveillance until you are ready to ski on your own.

A sleepy village for the sporting ones

Along those 90 km of uninterrupted panoramic trail you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get started. In the village of Trattenbach for example there are three possibilities to access the route. And there are other things to do as well. You can use the fun court for ice skating or use the many ploughed municipal streets for relaxed walks through the wintery countryside.

Panoramic views

Enjoy the unique experience to do cross country skiing at elevations above 1,000 m at the Wechsel-Semmering panoramic trail. Easily reached from Vienna within one and a half hours by car.

• 2 x half-board accommodation at a comfortable inn close to the cross country trails
• trail card for using the entire panoramic trail, transfer
• information material

€ 98,- per person, double occupancy
extra charge for single occupancy on request

Dec–Easter 2010 (except 1–6 Feb 2010)

Wiener Alpen in Niederösterreich Tourismus, T +43 (0) 2622/78960-30