Zauberberg / Hirschenkogel is a very popular area for mountain-bikers, they have their own tracks in order to race down the valley and next to the upper station of the cablecar they will find some special things, like shown on my 3rd picture, wooden structures to drive over etc.
The best place for jumps is shortly before you return to the lower station of Zauberberg, next to Seewirtshaus !
in August 18+19th, 2007 there is a 24 hours-downhill-race
directely in the Weltcup-Arena of Zau[:ber]g. (=Zauberberg)
Equipment: Bring your own equipment or rent it at a shop, that you will find inside the building of the cablecar's lower station.
For Beginners Semmering is also a good place to try out skiing at a smooth slope, that even has a lift, it is the one on the left of my pictures. And in winter they use the snow-cannons there as well, when-ever it is so warm like in winter 2006/07.
So, Semmering is also a good chance for all tourists to try out skiing the easy way on a smooth slope without a lot of risk and danger.
(Hirschkogel / Zauberberg is definitely NO place for beginners !!!)
Equipment: You can rent all the equipment in the shops closeby, no idea about the price, but it is affordable !
Monster is the name for this scooter with heavy wheels and it is a funny way to drive or rather race down from Zauberberg / Hirschenkogel in Semmering.
You can rent them at the upper station of the cablecar, drive it down one of the many paths and return it to the cashier at the lower station of the cablecar, so that is quite easy, although I think that this kind of sport also holds certain risks, because of the heavy gravel and steep passages of that mountain.
You will have 2 hand-breaks, one for each wheel
Equipment: All that you need can be rented :
The helmet is 2 euros
one ride is
the dayticket is
Hiking along the Semmeringbahn is possible, BUT mostly you will walk in quite a distance to the train-tracks and you will rather seldom see the trains from a special view-point. I was searching for the point where the pics of the brochure were done, but obviously they were taken from a helicopter.
So it makes sense to walk there for the fun of it, for the fresh air, for the exercise, but for the view-points it is a waste of time !
From the station in the village Semmering you can walk 15,5 km to Klamm or to Glocknitz in a total distance of 23 km
Equipment: No special equipment is needed, good hiking-boots are advisable at some places, a map or at least the free leaflet of the tourist-office will help you to find your way.
It might also make sense to have a timetable of the trains with you, so you can hop on a train in order to skip a part of the hike or return the easy way.
The toboggan run, on the magic mountain, in Semmering,
is one of the most modern in the world
The lit toboggan is in the night a truthful pleasure
and a joy for eyes and soul.
Beside the ski runs, it attracts many people,
they like sport, fun and amusement.
Equipment: You can buy or lend Toboggans and toboggan equipment
directly at the place.
Semmering is also a super modern skiing area.
Here, the FIS world cup, hosts frequently its races.
The three illuminated ski runs on the Hirschenkogel, offers the tourists, an unforgettable experience, a possibility to ski professionally or only to the fun.
There is also a ski school, with qualified ski instructors and modern skiing gear.
Equipment: Skiing gear, ski suits, ski shoes and all something necessary, can you buy or lend, here in Semmering.
If you came to Austria to experience a Viennese winter, but feel like a day of fun in the snow, the Semmering is perfect. It is located about an hours drive outside of Vienna and has lots of opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and bob-sledding. At the "Hirschenkogel" (that's the name of the mountain), you can rent any equippment you need.
Ashley and I went for a day of skiing. We rented skis and all (~ 25 Euros for the day), bought lift-tickets, and off we were. It was so much fun. Since this is not deep in the Alps, it really isn't that cold. We wore Jeans, a thick Jacket and gloves, and that was fine for mid-January.
Since this was Ashley's first time on ski, we didn't quite make it up the big mountain, but spent the day on the bunny-hill (or "Death Hill", as Ash calls it!). He did fairly well, apart from not knowing how to stop and almost crashing into the lift several times. :-)
A warning to all newbies: Don't be intimidated by those little children racing down the slope - they were born on skies! Also, watch out for some crazy Russians carelessly racing on the bunny-slope!!!
Equipment: Either bring all your skiing/snowboarding equipment or rent it right there in town. There are a couple of places right next to the lift-station.