In REICHENAU there are 2 main Theatre festivals each year:
1) The Theatre in the Pavillion
2) The Kur-Theater Summer
"Festspiele Reichenau" is a top-ranking theatre festival among the Austrian summer cultural events. Its program is based on an outstanding cultural tradition.
Only 70 miles south of Vienna, situated in a scenic mountainous setting, Reichenau has been a traditional summer resort for the Viennese high society since the late 19th century.
Even the Royal family of the Habsburgs had a summer castle in Reichenau as well as the rich Baron Rothschild.
Elegant villas and old-fashioned palace-hotels are reminders of prosperous periods between 1890 and 1930. In these years the area around Reichenau was also a favourite summer retreat for great artists, poets and writers, musicians and scientists.
Famous names like Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Oskar Kokoschka, Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig, Franz Werfel etc. are listed among guests and house owners.
Important parts of their works were written here in this inspiring countryside.
In 1926 a theatre was built in the centre of the village of Reichenau, but the upcoming period of depression and war set a sudden end to summer enjoyment.
Although a "Sleeping Beauty" for some decades, the area has never lost its basic attraction: unspoiled nature, clear water, fresh air and a fascinating landscape with hills and mountains so close to the city of Vienna.
With a special selection of best actors and artists the summer festival "Festspiele Reichenau" has now set a new cultural highlight on top of this natural beauty.
Every year thousands of theatre-loving visitors come to Reichenau and Semmering to see excellent presentations of the plays, once written by famous poets in this area.
Performances are in German language only.
Special recitals of music-soloists.
THE SALAMANDER -TRAIN --- up on the "Schneeberg"
This must be the most bizarr train to ever have climbed a steep mountain area ---- in an unspoilt nature reserve high in the Austrian Alps.
The one-of-a-kind Salamander train swiftly transports you upward to your alpine destination. This train may just take your breath away - with its design or the view it provides. The new Salamander trains meet the most rigorous environmental and emissions standards. Travel time is 50 minutes. Here you will discover all of the technical details.
> send an e-card ecard
> explore the area Schneeberg
The hard-core facts for train lovers and all who are into their mechanics :)
Number of locomotives: 3
Type: Diesel-hydraulic system
Year of manufacture: 1999
Manufactured by: Waagner-Bir? - Hunslet Barclay - Swoboda
Total length: 30,416 m
Total weight: 41,25 t
Weight of the powercar: 15,25 t
Engine power: 544 kw
Maximum engine speed: 1.800 rpm
Maximum speed: 15 km/h
seating capacity: 119
The diesel engine of the "Salamander"-railcars is one of the most modern engines worldwide. Its exhaust fumes are reduced by a catalytic converter which works so effectively that even the strict Californian regulations on exhaust fumes can be met.
The sound absorption system keeps the noise level below 76 decibel ---- psssssst!
Kaiserbrunn Nature Trail - Naturepark "HOHE WAND" NATUREPARK HOHE WAND&L*
This will also lead you to the source of Viennas drinking water and the "Water-castle" --- the area is ancient and there are even dolmen-stones and celtic finds which are fascinating.
Guided walks and information:
provided by experienced foresters of the Rax-Schneeberg area.
Please call to booka a guided tour (May - October): - Andreas: +43 (0)2666 522 50
WARNING: If you are afraid of heights - do NOT attempt this trail!