Semmering Railway Hike

Semmering Railway Hiking Tour

Hiking the Vienna Alps via the world's oldest mountain railway

9 hours Private Train 10km hiking All seasons

Alpine forests & mountains, a world heritage railway and gorgeous views!

Hiking Vienna has never looked so picturesque than with us in the Vienna Alps. We'll follow the route of the world's first mountain railway, the UNESCO listed 'Semmeringbahn', completed in 1854. Breathe alpine fresh mountain air and take in soulful views & wondrous feats of human engineering in Lower Austria's highest region. Suitable for railway, nature & hiking enthusiasts alike, our tour gets you out of Vienna and into the wild.

Guided alpine hike through mountain trails

Let us guide you safely through the hills, mountains and forests - no organisation, stress, nor clock watching required. Disengage your brain and plug into nature instead!

Breathtaking scenery & photo opportunities!

From beautiful alpine vistas to marvellous viaducts and bridges intricately woven into the mountain landscape. The Semmering Railway is a photographer's dream and the best place to go hiking near Vienna.

Semmering Railway Hike Pricing Chart & Highlights

Private Semmering Railway Tour
Private group bookings
  • Approx 4hr alpine forest hike along the route of world's oldest mountain railway - the UNESCO listed Semmeringbahn
  • Private tours taken entirely at your group's pace & options for different start/end times
  • Accompanied by a dedicated native english-speaking guide
  • Be active and stay in shape on your vacation!
  • Get in touch via our contact page, stating when you'd like to do the tour and for how many people. We don't offer this activity via our usual booking calendars as the area is typically very quiet and we need to plan ahead

Semmering Railway Tour Itinerary

8:40am - Meet & tour begins
We meet at the main entrance of Vienna’s central railway station, the ‘Hauptbanhof’, for initial introductions before getting our tickets & boarding the train. Head to the u-bahn station ‘Wien Hauptbanhof’ on the U1 red line – see the map below for full details of how to get there.
Train ride to Semmering
The train journey to Semmering, a famous skiing mountain near Vienna, takes around an hour and a half, so we have plenty of time to talk about the upcoming hike and to get to know each other better en route.
Semmering to 20 Schilling Blick
The first stage of our hiking route takes us from Semmering to what is arguably the most famous & spectacular viewpoint of the entire railway, one that was immortalised on the old 20 schilling note used in Austria before they adopted the euro.
Onwards to the Kalte Rinne Viaduct
Perhaps the most impressive visual spectacle along the entire Semmering Railway (and there’s a lot of competition in this category!) is the mighty two-tiered Kalte Rinne Viaduct. While railway enthusiasts may already be aware of this magnificent feat of engineering, anyone can appreciate how beautifully it has blended with nature, thanks to the visionary designer, Carl von Ghega.
Lunch in Breitenstein
We stop for much deserved refreshments at a traditional Austrian restaurant, where beer is served – hooray!
Slow train back to Vienna
On our return journey back to Vienna we use a regional train service to enjoy the rest of the mountain railway and its views at a nice steady pace. We’ll get back to Vienna’s Hauptbahnhof at around 6pm.

Booking the Semmering Railway Hike

To hike some of the best mountain trails near Vienna, just get in touch via our contact page.


The Semmering Railway tour begins at the main entrance of Vienna's 'Hauptbanhof' (main station) at 8:40am. This is very easy to reach using taxis, uber, or trams depending on your location. However, the simplest way is to jump on the u-bahn (underground/metro). Specifically, get on the U1 red line in the direction of Oberlaa, and get off at 'Hauptbanhof-Südtiroler Platz'. Go upstairs to the main concourse level and walk outside to the main entrance (the one with the big clock and the words 'Wien Hauptbanhof' on the glass wall above the doors.

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