Holidays in the Viennese Alps
Thanks to their location in the immediate vicinity of Austria’s capital, the Viennese Alps have been the preferred recreation area of people living in Vienna since the middle of the 19th century. Kurhaus Thalhof at Reichenau an der Rax played host to Wiener Salon meetings and events attended by renowned artists and intellectuals, among them Viktor Frankl, Sigmund Freud and Arthur Schnitzler. Semmering, Bucklige Welt, Schneeberg and Rax are perfect destinations when it comes to walking and hiking. Built some 160 years ago, the Semmering Railway was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The railway line has an overall length of 41 kilometers and includes several viaducts, bridges and tunnels. In winter the Viennese Alps lend themselves to Alpine skiing at several ski resorts, and the renowned Wechsel-Semmering panorama track attracts cross-country skiing enthusiasts of all ages and ambitions.
Winter break in the Viennese Alps
Located in Lower Austria, within an hour’s drive from Vienna, the Viennese Alps feature a variety of ski resorts: The Semmering area, for instance, offers fabulous winter sport options at Stuhleck/Semmering and Zauberberg/Semmering. The Skischaukel Mönichkirchen-Mariensee lift-linked ski area as well as Schneeberg at Puchberg offer outstanding skiing as well.
With an overall length of 70 kilometers the Wechsel-Semmering -Panoramaloipe at an altitude of 1,000 meters winds its way across a picture postcard winter wonderland and grants breathtaking views of Schneeberg, Rax and Wechsel. Are you thinking of spending a pre-Christmas break in the Viennese Alps? If so, do not miss out on the Christmas markets in the area, including the one in the museum village of Krumbach.