THE VIENNA WOODS

7 day Independent tour The Vienna Woods and the “Magic Mountains” are found in the thermal and wine region of Lower Austria. The gentle hills of the Vienna Woods abruptly give way to the high plateaus of Rax and Schneeberg (Snowy Mountain). This traditional summer playground of the Austrian nobility is as enjoyable today as […]

7 day Independent tour

The Vienna Woods and the “Magic Mountains” are found in the thermal and wine region of Lower Austria. The gentle hills of the Vienna Woods abruptly give way to the high plateaus of Rax and Schneeberg (Snowy Mountain). This traditional summer playground of the Austrian nobility is as enjoyable today as in the days of the Hapsburg Empire.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Individual arrival at health resort Payerbach 

Day 2

Train-heritage trail Semmering

Take the first mountain train of the world to well known town of Semmering. The train-heritage trail explores the route of the Ghega-train, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, with striking viaducts crossing deep valleys and gorges and an idyllic, peaceful countryside.

Day 3

High walk on Rax Plateau

Up to the Rax plateau at 2.200 m, where you can walk from cabin to cabin. Several options are available for every taste. Enjoy stunning views on the surrounding mountain world.

Day 4

Across alpine pasture of Bodenwiesen to Puchberg

The demanding ascent to Waldburg-Anger cabin is followed by a comfortable walk across the huge high alpine pasture Bodenwiese, where the local farmers graze their cattle. Down into the valley on easy forest roads past little ponds. All the day you see mighty Schneeberg (Snowy Mountain) and behind you the Rax mountain. You could imagine yourself easily being in the central Alps.

Day 5

By rack-railway up on Schneeberg

Today you take the famous rack-railway up to an elevation of more than 2.000 m. The summit is not far away and the views of the Alps amazing. Do not miss a local pastry called “Buchtel” at the middle-station – a delicious speciality! 

Day 6

By train to the foot of Hohe Wand (High Wall)

Through the forest up to Hohe Wand, a popular rock-wall for climbers. Don’t worry, we choose a comfortable climb. You can see almost to Vienna from the summit. Return by the ridge, past farms and small hamlets to Puchberg. 

Day 7

Individual departure

By train via Wiener Neustadt to Payerbach (or into Vienna).

 

 

Tour Rating- moderate

Route of medium difficulty on good trails and paths. Daily distance up to 6 hours. A good level of fitness is required as you walk up to 20 km in a day.

 

Schedule & Price

Independent tours depart every day from June through mid-October.

Price per person CAD $795
Single Surcharge $70
Optional upgrade to 3+ and 4 star hotels with swimming pool $220

 

This tour includes:
  •  6 nights in 3 star hotels, in a double room with private facilities
  • Breakfast AND dinner daily
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfers as per programme
  • Cable car fares on Rax and Snowy
  • Mountain Walking rucksack – 1 per room
  • Welcome meeting and introduction to the tour
  • Route book
  • Well signposted and detailed trails
  • Emergency service helpline