From bridges to viaducts

UNESCO World Heritage Site Semmering Railway: Experience the history of the railway on the journey south.

The Semmering railway runs for 41 kilometres: From Lower Austria into Styria, the UNESCO World Heritage Site crosses tunnels and bridges through the mountains. Today, it offers an efficient service to travellers looking for hiking and winter sport options.

The Semmering railway was the first gauge mountain railway in the world and became part of railway history in 1854: It initially ran from Gloggnitz to Mürzzuschlag. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Today, it brings visitors to the hiking routes and ski pistes in the Vienna Alps.

Your journey takes you over 100 bridges

The railway line designed by Carl Ritter von Ghega connects the south of Lower Austria with Styria. There is a reason it is a milestone in engineering: The Semmering railway runs over 41 kilometres through many tunnels and across many viaducts. It crosses more than 100 bridges. The train rattles along the narrowest curves and highest inclines.

Taking the mountain railway to the alpine pastures and pistes

The mountain train, which historically brought the aristocratic society of Vienna to take in the fresh Alpine air in summer, nowadays attracts athletes and day-trippers. The Semmering resort invites hikers and walkers to enjoy the refreshing mountain air all year round. In winter, the mountain offers the best pistes for plenty of skiing and snowboarding action.