WAB - Stage 9: Feistritz Saddle - Semmering

Hiking route from Feistritz Saddle to Semmering, top of the pass

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Elevation profile

15,38 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 15,38 km
  • Ascent: 406 egm
  • Descent: 703 egm
  • Duration: 5:00 h
  • Lowest point: 985 m
  • Highest point:1.511 m

Details for: WAB - Stage 9: Feistritz Saddle - Semmering

Brief description

The 9th stage of the Viennese Alps route (WAB) is accompanied by forests, mountain pastures, and huts. The summit of Sonnwendstein is reached at the end of the hike. The mountain is the highlight and also the focus of the stage.


The Sonnwendstein stage starts at Feistritz Saddle, continuing over the summits of the Fanklbauerhöhe, Poirhöhe, and Alpkogel in the direction of Sonnwendstein. The Sonnwendstein has a very long, storied history and a unique, mystic aura. Its importance is due to the summer solstice, which is seen as a turning point and celebrated as such in many religions. During the summer solstice, religious and world festivals and rituals take place at the summit, such as the Johannisfeuer bonfire that is lit on the Sonnwendstein summit every year. The highlight is the Sonnwendstein vantage point.

Starting point of the tour

Feistritz Saddle

Destination point of the tour

Semmering, top of the pass

Route description WAB - Stage 9: Feistritz Saddle - Semmering

We start the tour at the car park on the Feistritz Saddle and follow the yellow signs with the blue Viennese Alps logo. The route is initially identical with the Niederösterreichischer Landesrundwanderweg. The Sonnwendstein is reached after around 8 km. The Sonnwendstein observation point provides the most stunning panoramic view of the Semmering pass and the Viennese Alps. At this highest point of the hike, at 1,511 m, we go back and follow the signposted path on the right, which continues along the Niederösterreichischen Landesrundwanderung route. After around 4 km, we turn right into Sonnwendsteinstraße. We follow this until reaching Semmering. At this point we turn left and come to the top of the pass in Semmering, the end of the stage.


If you are travelling from Vienna on the A2, leave the motorway at the Gloggnitz exit then continue on the B24 before turning right onto Schlaglstraße. Follow the signs to Trattenbach or the Feistritz Saddle.

If you are travelling from Graz, take the B72 and follow the signs to the Feistritz Saddle.


A large car park is available at the Feistritz Saddle.

Take the train from Wiener Neustadt to Gloggnitz railway station or Aspang. The Feistritz Saddle can be reached by taxi.

More information can be found at www.oebb.at

More info/links

You may like to hike the adjoining routes:

WAB - Stage 8: Mönichkirchen - Feistritzsattel

WAB - Stage 10: Semmering - Prein


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

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


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.

Author's tip

Combine your hike with a stay in Semmering at Hotel Panhans or Sporthotel Semmering.

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