Semmering Travel Guide

  • Kurhaus as at June 2008
    Kurhaus as at June 2008
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  • The Plaque at Semmering Chapel
    The Plaque at Semmering Chapel
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  • Semmering Chapel
    Semmering Chapel
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Semmering Things to Do

  • Elisabeth / Sissi-Kirche at Schneeberg

    Elisabeth / Sissi-Kircheis the small chapel next to the upper station of Schneeberg-Bahn. You can visit this small church freely and without restrictions during the day. Sissi, the wife of the Austrian emperor Kaiser Franz Josef was killed by an early terrorist and this church was built in order to commemorate her early death.This small church...

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  • Ghega-memorial at the station

    Carl Ritter von Ghega (1802-1860) from Venice made the plans for of the trainline between Vienna and Triest (that used to be part of Austria then) over the Semmering. It was quite an adventure and the Semmering-Bahn used to be very first regular trainline over a pass-road in the world at that time, built between 1848 and 1854. The direct way from...

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  • A lovely Jugenstil-Villa of 1900

    This lovely Art-Nouveau / Jugenstil-Villa is one of my favorite buildings of Semmering: it dates back to the year 1900 and it is privately owned, you even can buy 2 appartments inside of there at the moment (Aug2007). This building is a good excemple of a typical building of Semmering, unfortnately a lot of houses of that time are in a bad...

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  • the old church of Semmering next to...

    Take a look inside the lovely, small church of the village of Semmering, it is just a few meters from the end of Hotel Panhans, when walking along Hochstrasse. You can enter the small church freely and without restrictions during the day, outside it reminds me a bit of Art-Nouveau-style, inside it is somehow mixed between different styles and the...

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  • Panhans

    Panhans is the leading hotel of Semmering, a giant 4-star-hotel of the traditional kind, and the only one of the old Semmering - Grand hotels, that is still open for the public. It was recently restored and adapted to the modern times, with a spa and wellness-area, a large covered garage for the hotel-guests and a big part of the old building was...

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  • Pfarrhaus / the house of the priest in...

    Dont miss that lovely wooden house with ornate decorations, it could easily be overseen, because the biggest part of it is hidden behind some trees. It belongs to the church, so it could be the house of the priest maybe.Take a closer look, the ground around of it is not fenced in and there is a street passing by leading to a public hall, so you can...

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Semmering Hotels

  • Sonnwendhof Hotel

    Passhoehe 105, Semmering, A-2680, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Grand Hotel Panhans

    Panhans Grandhotel Semmering stands for the old traditional Semmering-hotel and it was restored and...

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  • Alpenhof Hotel Semmering

    Am Alpenhof 1, Semmering, 8685, Austria

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Semmering Restaurants

  • good food & great furniture

    Berghaus Hochschneeberg is in a distance of maybe 300 meters from the station "Hochschneeberg" of the Salamander-train, in a hight of 1800 meters above sea-level. This building has a very long tradition and history, even the austrian Emperor Kaiser Franz Josef was here and even spent a night in the hotel ! And when you take a look at the great...

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  • taste the fluffy "Buchteln"

    Buchtelwirt is a small mountain-restaurant almost everybody passes by, when taking the Salamander-train to Schneeberg because this small mountain-restaurant is directely at the "station Baumgartner" in a hight of 1.400 meters above sea-level, it is the last-but-one station of the train and there will be a "technical" stop-over of 5 minutes, a place...

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  • excellent cuisine & lovely architecture

    This lovely wooden building in the traditional style dates back to the year 1666 and it is at the same time also one of the finest places to dine in the area. In the back of the building there is a small lake, so this is where the name comes from.Even when you are not really hungry, at least take a look at the find old decorations around the house,...

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  • Cafe and pastry shop in Semmering

    We were again in Semmering, in a wintry Saturday afternoon, and we wanted eats, a sweet dessert.To the cafe pastry shop, in centre of Semmering, we found something which we sought.There are exquisite candies, good delicacies, and good coffee kinds, all something which makes the life beautiful.We ate a doughnut with vanilla cream and a cardinal...

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  • Restaurant "Berghof"

    A good restaurant Homemade specialties An agreeable and comfortable atmosphere Informal surroundings Favourable prices The restaurant is very easily attainable

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  • Restaurant Pizzeria in Semmering

    This restaurant is placed exactly in the middle of the station Semmering, in the proximity of the ski tracks, of everywhere visibly, and is a special attraction for the tourists.Very modern, and elegantly, this house, offers to the many guests, a comfortable atmosphere and an unforgettable experience.Exquisite pizza, pasta, and other delicious...

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Semmering Nightlife

  • - an old hotel for ALMA

    Inside the old Kurhaus of Semmering you can see a special kind of theatre, not in an audience like in an ordinary theatre, but you will sit in the reception-area and other places of the former hotel and will watch the play going on, telling stories and episodes of the life of Alma Mahler.Alma Mahler (1879 - 1964) was a real person of Austrian...

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  • in Reichenberg an der Rax

    In Reichenberg an der Rax you will find one of the most interesting theaters of Austria, simply because it is there, where most of the famous actors of Burgtheater, Josefstadt and many other theatres of Vienna will stay in summer and will make the performances of the small theater something special. Dresscode is not so very strict, BUT you will...

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  • in the old Suedbahnhotel

    What could be a better place for a theatre-performance of Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Der Schwierige" than the old Suedbahnhotel at Semmering, a place that's time was over a long time ago and only a bit of its former glory and atmosphere is shining through here or there. The main theme of this play is the coming end of the noble life of aristocats...

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Semmering Transportation

  • Salamander Sesselbahn . a chairlift

    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...

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  • Weekend package for...

    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...

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  • Semmeringbahn :ride a UNESCO World...

    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...

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Semmering Local Customs

  • Schneeberg-Krapfen : forget about your...

    Schneeberg-Krapfen is a desert that you can get only at the Berghaus Hochschneeberg and when you enter the house, you will see some of them displayed, see my 2nd picture !OK, so I forgot my diet for a few minutes and ordered such a special desert and a coffee :Schneeberg-Krapfen are made of Brandteig / profiteroles, a sort of cake that has not...

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  • chocolate works of art

    Berghaus Hochschneeberg is a sort of "panopticum" of all sorts of things collected over the last 150 years and some of my favorite things that I saw there are real works of art, made of sugar and chocolate showing the hotel Berghaus, Sisi-chapel and the old steam-train. It needs special people to manage such a special place, so you might be not...

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  • Snow cannons galore

    See the armada of snow-cannons, I counted 20 of them and at Hirschenkogel in Semmering you can even see them stading there all summertime and can take a look how hese machines are working: water is spread out of hundreds of small holes, while a fresh breeze is blown by a ginat fan. It needs a lot of electricity and a lot of water, but it seems to...

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Semmering Warnings and Dangers

  • Take mountain-boots when meeting the...

    Hiking in Semmering and its surrounding is easy and comfortable in many places, all of the paths inside the village of Semmering are asphalted and mostly you will find your own side-walk / trottoir, while side-streets and small paths through the woods will mostly have at least solid gravel. Good hiking- or mouintain-shoes are essantial as soon as...

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  • The traffic jams on the streets of...

    Because the station is frequented so often, it can happen, sometimes, that the streets are, full of jam and the traffic works very slowly.That is, mostly possibly, in the evening, if the tourists come here.A careful trip and a temporal adaptation to the traffic, can avoids much inconvenience.

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  • Attention, slippery streets!

    The way of Semmering is a splendid dream.The landscape is beautiful and the trip, a real experience.In the winter, the handsome dream can be a nightmare.In the evening, or in the night, the streets are frostier, and there is danger to slide.Please drive earlier and carefully!

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Semmering Tourist Traps

  • Restaurants

    Well, this is for the east european tourists (like me): restaurants are not so cheap. Although they offer an excellent cuisine you cannot consider a dinner cheaper than 10-15 Euros per person. Drinks are also expensive (3-6 euros a beer- however an excellent beer indeed).So for those of you who want to spend less money, think about the fact that...

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  • Ski Shop- too expensive

    My advise: if you can, go there with your own skis. The local shop has very expensive ski equipment so you will have to buy at THAT huge price if you do not have your own equipment.Renting equipment is also expensive so.... buy your skis from Wien when you get there or bring your own equipment.

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  • Semmering Hotels

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Semmering Off The Beaten Path

  • the former Suedbahnhotel

    The former Suedbahnhotel was built by the train-company and it used to be a Grand-Hotel in its best times, when the celebrities of Vienna started to spend their vacations and free time at Semmering at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. After WW II the business was too low for so many large hotels and after several decades the...

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  • Mariaschutz / Maria Schutz

    Mariaschutz is mostly spelled Maria Schutz in Austria and it is a small village of just a few houses with an oversized pilgrim-church that might make sense to take a closer look, when you are on vacation in Semmering.You can enter the church freely and without restrictions during the day and admire the fine, ornate interior. Next to the church you...

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  • Dr. Erwin Pröll Milleniums-Warte...

    Dr. Erwin Pröll Milleniums-Warte at Hirschenkogel is a nice place to take a look out, once that you have steped up the 155 steps of that giant wooden construction on top of Hirschenkogel in Semmering. This tower dates back to the year 1999 and you might get the idea, that the name comes from the person, who gave the money, BUT NO, it is just the...

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Semmering Sports & Outdoors

  • mountain-biking at Semmering

    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...

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  • Skiing for beginners at Semmering

    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...

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  • riding a monster

    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...

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Semmering Favorites

  • Semmering is an easily attainable...

    90 km far away from Vienna, Semmering is an easily attainable station in Austria.If you had not the opportunity to visit the station, does a "jump" to Semmering, and spends here a comfortable vacation and a beautiful time.You can drive to Semmering, by car or by train.The lovely landscape, the modern streets, and the ages however modern railway,...

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  • Winters, a magical season in Semmering

    Enjoy the time in Semmering! Go skiing! Go for a walk through the snow! Be pleased about the silence and the new breeze of the mountains! Admire the landscape and do much winter sport! It is the suitable place for such experiences.

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  • Summers in Semmering in these magic...

    Vacation, recuperation, and relaxation at the Semmering, this means many possibilities for you in a wonderful, diverse landscape in mild and untouched nature. The universally known, fixed-climatic height air health resort offers the right for you. The station is in summers exactly so popular and frequents like in winters. Many vacationers come...

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