WAB - Stage 10: Semmering - Prein

Hiking route from Semmering, top of the pass to Prein, Raxalpenhof

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15,43 km length

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  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 15,43 km
  • Ascent: 640 egm
  • Descent: 939 egm
  • Duration: 5:30 h
  • Lowest point: 660 m
  • Highest point:1.122 m
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Details for: WAB - Stage 10: Semmering - Prein

Brief description

The 10th stage of the Viennese Alps Way (WAB) offers splendid views of Semmering architecture along the Bahnwanderweg. When at the observation point for the 20 Schilling view, you get to a small pulpit with a magnificent panorama.


The Semmering Railway, built by Carl von Ghega, was a milestone in railway history which brought international fame to the previously unremarkable village of Semmering.  The economic importance of the railway has disappeared, but due to the varied landscapes, splendid villas, as well as the viaducts and tunnels, its cultural importance is greater than ever. The Semmering Railway became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Particularly noteworthy is the view from the Doppelreiterwarte observation point, which offers the observer a glorious view over the idyllic landscape around Semmering. Heading along this route, which also partly continues along the Bahnwanderweg, brings you to the legendary 20 Schilling view, the view of the Kalte Rinne viaduct. The vantage point on the rocky Luckerte Wand is an insider tip.

Starting point of the tour

Semmering, top of the pass

Destination point of the tour

Prein, Raxalpenhof

Route description WAB - Stage 10: Semmering - Prein

From the roundabout at the border between Lower Austria and Styria we briefly go along the Passstraße eastwards on the Lower Austrian side of the border, then turn left onto Hochstraße soon afterwards. Continue along this road past Hotel Panhans and turn right at the Volksschule onto Fürstenhof. We go downhill via a right-hand bend onto Südbahnstraße, where we veer left and hike the narrow path towards the railway station. However, we do not keep right to reach the railway station, but turn left onto a gravel track above the railway line and the Ghega monument. Heading past a playground, we cross beneath the railway line and follow the school path to Wolfersbergkogel station. We ascend up the road and after turning left we continue straight ahead along a sandy path. The old Kurhaus Semmering spa building is in front of us, and is currently used for cultural events. After heading to the car park, we cross it and then carry on along the forest path before ascending to the Doppelreiterwarte observation point. The brief ascent to the observation point is well worth it.



Upon coming back to the path we head past the observation point on the right-hand side and return back in the direction of the Kurhaus car pack on a forest path that curves left. We don’t go there, but follow a path curving right towards what is known as the 20 Schilling view. If you ever held a 20 Schilling banknote between 1968 and 1998, then the view from the aforementioned site will be recognisable.



We follow the Viennese Alps until we reach a fork, then turn right in the direction of Breitenstein. The next paved road is stayed on only briefly before turning right into the forest. After briefly coming back onto the road, we then turn right into Weberkogelstraße near the old steam laundry. If you’re feeling hungry and thirsty, the Hinterholz 9 refreshment point is a place to stop. We wander down to the viaduct in the lower part of Adlitzgraben, walk beneath the viaduct, and observe all tools that were used to construct the railway.



The route continues uphill along the road for a few minutes before turning left into the woods once more. Initially the route goes slightly downhill, then uphill past a large book describing the history of the Semmering Railway. The woodland path becomes steeper and we follow a ridge which offers great views. The hiking route continues downhill to the Ghega Museum (open from 10am on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from May to the end of October) to the paved road on the Kalte Rinne viaduct. We follow the Kalte-Rinne-Straße on the left and take a short cut on a right-hand bend via a woodland trail that goes uphill. Once back on the road, we cross this soon, keep left, and hike the rocky path at Falkensteinloch and up to Gaißkirchl. The well-signposted hiking trail now takes us west of the Falkenstein and uphill through the woods to the Luckerte Wand vantage point. After a pleasant break at Felsenkanzel, we continue along the hiking path to Prein, marked in red. This takes us downhill to a forest road, along which we walk on the right-hand side, then veer right and continue along the marked hiking route. This leads us to the edge of a meadow on Haakogel above the Eselbachgraben ditch. We keep left at the crossroads soon afterwards and head down a woodland trail into the Hollensteingraben ditch. We take the road going right past the sports ground and directly to the centre of Prein an der Rax.


If you are travelling from Vienna on the A2 via the S6 towards Semmering/Bruck a.d. Mur/Neunkirchen West then leave the Schnellstraße at the Maria Schutz exit and follow the signs to Semmering. If you are travelling from Graz on the A9, take the S35 towards Peggau/Deutschfeistritz/Bruck a.d. Mur. When at the exit onto the S6 towards Vienna and at the Spital a. Semmering exit, leave the Schnellstraße and follow the signs to Semmering.


Car parking is available at the Zauberberg in Semmering valley station.

Take the train or bus via Wiener Neustadt to Semmering railway station.

More information can be found at www.oebb.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:


WAB - Stage 9: Feistritzsattel - Semmering

WAB - Stage 11: Prein - Habsburghaus

WAB - Regional Route N: Preintal - Habsburghaus


Viennese Alps in Lower Austria, www.wieneralpen.at, +43 / 2622 / 78960

Tourismusbüro Semmering, www.semmering.at, +43 / 2664 / 20025

Tourismusbüro Reichenau an der Rax, www.reichenau.at, +43 / 2666 / 5220625


Always bring suitable maps. Always wear appropriate, sturdy footwear, bring sun and rain protection and water, as well as a little something to eat. Bring your mobile phone with you and save the mountain rescue emergency number: 140

Safety information

Your hiking experience in the Vienna Alps should be a thoroughly enjoyable and safe one. Therefore, please bear the following in mind:



When choosing a route, make sure it corresponds to your experience and physical fitness level. Check the weather forecast before you set off. The weather can change surprisingly quickly in the mountains. Always take appropriate equipment with you (e.g. rain protection).

Check whether the cabins and snack stations you intend to visit along the way are open. Inform someone before you set off of your chosen route and when you plan to return.

Map recommendations

Freytag & Berndt WK 022

Author's tip

Combine your hike with a stay in Hotel Zauberberg or in Wellness-Seminarhotel Raxalpenhof.

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