Salamander Sesselbahn is a new chairlift with 4 seats in one gondola and it takes you from Losenheim (about 5 km from Puchberg) to "Faden" , a lower alp of Schneeberg in a hight of 1210 meters. This place is a good starting-point for hikes to Schneeberg and also to the Salamander-train-station Baumgarten and Buchtel-wirt, that would be quite a long, but scenic hike.
Salamander Sesselbahn is 1x free of charge
for all holders of NÖ-CARD !!
Salamander Sesselbahn is open
until September 30, 2007
Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holiday
from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch break
from 12:00 p.m. till 12:40 p.m.
An excellent way to spend your weekend when you come to Vienna is, taking this package and going to Semmering.
There are three different packages depending on the hotel you choose starting from 106 Euro and giving you:
- Roundtrip train ticket from Vienna to Semmering
- Transfer from Semmering train station to your hotel
- A weekend pass for the world famous and historic Semmeringbahn (Semmering railway) that shows you the beautiful area between Gloggnitz and Muerzzuschlag.
- 2 nights in the hotel of your choice
I have stayed at the hotel Panhans myself and it was excellent.
Semmeringbahn became a UNESCO- World heritage in 1998 and on the way from Gloggnitz to Muerzzuschlag the train-track is going over various viaducts followed by lots of tunnels. That way the train is climbing from a hight of 457 meters to 950 meters above sea-level granting great views at certain places. Semmeringbahn was the 1st trainline built in the alps and it was part of the trainline Vienna - Triest (at a time, when Trieste was the port for the austrian navy)
At the tourist-office you will get a folder about Semmeringbahn and there you can also see the different tunnels and the hiking-path that is following more or less rather close to the train-line and takes you to some interesting view-points.
You can also hop on and off the trains, they run really very frequently there !
Semmeringbahn is part of the ordinary austrian train-system OEBB, so all the tickets of Eurail, Interrail etc. are fully valid without any surcharges !!
NÖ-CARD is NOT valid there !!
Schneebergbahn is the traditional name for the narrow-gauge steamtrain that was built in 1897. A few years ago the old steam-trains were replaced by faster, modern diesel-trains called "Salamander". They are also painted like Salamanders and it makes sense to reserve your seats over the internet.
I was there in time for the 12.00 train, but had to wait untill 01.30 p.m., because it was fully booked. Also for the return-ticket you need to reserve a time on your ticket, mine was misprinted and I am glad I saw that in time and had it corrected.
This train has an automatic door, that will not let you in , when you dont have the correct departure-time on your ticket. On your way back, the tickets are checked by the conductor.
The Salamander-train to Schneeberg runs all year
except january and february !
in Nov+Dec+Mar+April it goes only Sat+Sun
and only untill station Hengsthuette !!
The returnticket is 28,- euros, one-way is 20 euros
This train is totally free 1x for holders of NÖ-CARD !!!
for the ordinary Salamander-train !
Steam-trains will be operated each sunday
from July 1st till September 2nd, 2007
at 10.45a.m. uphill an 02.45 downhill
and at september 7th
at 10.15 uphill and
at september 8th, 2007 at 11.15 a.m. uphill
for a ride with the old steam-train the fee is 6 euros extra !
Hoellental-Bahn is a museum-train, operated only each sunday and holiday in summer !
This narrow-gauge-train was ment as a daily connection between the ordinary train-station of Payerbach and Hirschwang, that is the small village close to Reichenau, where the cablecar to Rax will start.
This train looks rather like a tram and it was one of the first trains that was electrified, already in the year 1903. One of their locomotives is the eldest electrified narrow-gauge locomotive still in operation.
The wagons on my main picture are normally standing in Reichenberg an der Rax, unfortunately I did not see the ordinary train !
But the locomotive on my 2nd and 3rd picture is standing at the ordinary station of Payerbach, next to the large steam-train, that you can see on my pics 4 and 5
the trains will go every sunday and Holiday
between june 10th and october 14th, 2007
Trains are leaving Payerbach at 09.55+01.15+02.40+05.15+06.40
arrival at Hirschwang 25 minutes later
Stations are Payerbach Bahnhof - Kurhaus - Reichenau - Haaberg - Hischwang
singleticket : 5,- / return 8,- euros p.P.
NÖ-Card is the perfect prepaid tourist-ticket for the area around Semmering and you save already when you just take the Salamander-train to Schneeberg (29,- euros return) and the cablecar to Rax ( 17,- euros return). This NÖ-card is always valid from April untill march next year and it is just 45 euros and includes 190 attractions,lots of museums, some buses, some trains and even a cruise on the Danube. Some of the attractions you can use only 1x, some as often as you want...
Of course it also makes even more sense for everybody living in Vienna or Niederoesterreich !
Niederoesterreich ( NÖ ) is the county around Vienna and the place where you will find lots of destinations for daytrips, when on vacation in Vienna:
Melk - Wachau - Ruine Aggstein - Schloss Grafenegg - Semmering - even Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Siegmund Freud-museum - various cablecars and trains...
all of them are included in just 1 price : 45 Euros p.P. for a total of 190 attractions !
20,- euros for children, who did not have their 16th birthday before April 1st 2007.children under 6 are free !
You may buy this ticket at all places in Vienna and Niederoesterreich, where newspapers are sold (we call them Trafik) and also at every Raiffeisen-bank !
b.t.w. the Raiffeisenbank in Semmering is next to Zauberberg, at the place, where you leave the pass-road, it is the same place, where you also find the tourist-information !
Unfortunately their web-page is in german only !
Rax - Seilbahn / the cablecar to Rax is the only way to get uphill easyly at Rax / Raxalpe ! It does not take more than 8 minutes to take you from Hirschwang an der Rax (in a hight of 523 meters) to Berggasthof Raxalpe in a hight of 1547 meters above sea-level. there you may start various hikings or stay at the terrace and enjoy the view from Berggasthof Raxalpe: it is a hotel and restaurant with a terrace & self-service !
The cablecar is going at least every 30 minutes
extra-tours will be added , when needed
click here for the timetable by
17,60 Euros is the ordinary ticket up&down for adults
children 9-15 years pay 10,70 euros
When coming back from your hike at Rax, stamp your ticket for the return-ride, otherwise you might be rejected for the next downward ride !
Rax-Cablecar is totally included and free of charge
1x for all holders of a Niederoesterreich-card !!
when-ever there are less than 5 people, the tour will be cancelled, BUT the next tour will be held without any minimum of passengers !
I had biig problems with Austrian trains.
1. The clerks do not understand very complicated phrases in english. So keep it simple and check twice your tickets / reservations.
2. The OBB does not write the train NUMBERS on the plates hanging in stations or on trains. So you have to know exactly the departure time and the direction if you want to take a train.
3. Not all trains going in the desired direction stop in Semmering.
Semmering in between Wien and Murzzuschlag. So most of the trains go to Murzzuschlag (or even to Graz which is way further). Check thoroughly the OBB site before you leave to Semmering and cross-check at the train station the connections to Semmering (you only have 2 dtraight trains to Semmering per day).
Reaching Semmering by car is pretty easy. The following route is based on the assumption that you start from Eastern or Northern Vienna. If you are in the Western or Southern part you can skip the A23 and drive directly to the A2.
1) You start off in Vienna and drive towards the A23 motorway (also called Suedosttangente).
2) On the A23 you follow the directions towards Graz (southbound).
3) When you reach the end of the A23 you will have two ways to continue, the A2 towards Graz and the A21 towards Linz. In this case you will choose the A2.
4) Drive on the A2 until you reach "Knoten Steinhaeusl" and there you take the exit to the S6.
5) Stay on the S6 and it will take you to Semmering directly.
The nearest airport is at Vienna - Schwechat, which is only about a 100 km away. If you are planning on staying at one of the pensions or hotels in Semmering, try and have them arrange some sort of transportation to pick you up from the airport to save you some expense on the way in.
The Semmering village is located only about 90 kms from Vienna. We drove up in a 4X4 Honda Rav. The drive took only a couple of hours and was extremely pleasant; music of the moment - shnee shnapp shnappy; ein kleines krokodeel (snap snap snappy - a little crocodile) a cute little tape flicked off Eva's 8 year old niece.
As we started to climb the mountain, the greens slowly gave way to snow. Be careful while driving on these wet roads. The Semmering village is situated only about 7 km from the S 6 Semmering motorway.