Travel effortlessly up the Schneeberg with the Schneeberg Railway

The Schneeberg Railway will take you to the highest station in Austria in 40 minutes

The Schneeberg Railway has taken hikers up the highest mountain in Lower Austria in comfort since 1897. The mountain range is popular not only because of the view. Visitors always enjoy coming back here because of the Schneeberg Buchteln (dumplings).

Kaiser Franz Joseph I was astounded by the Schneeberg Railway when he took a ride on it on 18 June 1902. Back then, a steam train powered along the cog railway to the highest station in Austria, at 1,800m above sea level. The historic train still runs every Sunday in July and August. However, the Salamander, a modern hybrid train has taken over the regular service, and requires just 40 minutes to complete the 10.5km route to the Hochschneeberg mountain station.

Views of the visual paradise

The circular “Paradies der Blicke” (“visual paradise”) trail begins at the Hochschneeberg mountain station. It leads to various viewpoints, which offer views of either the wilderness or Wechsel. Head back into the valley with the Salamander, or take the 10km-long marked cog railway route, which mainly runs alongside the track of the cog railway.

A rest best served with dumplings

A visit to Baumgartner station at 1,322m above sea level is also worthwhile – all in the name of the famous Schneeberg Buchtel (dumplings). Sit on the terrace and enjoy dumplings served with plum or apricot jam. Tickets for the Schneeberg Railway can be bought from the ticket shop.