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Hiking through the region

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Hike to the Alpl, the Pretul, Brunnalm or Hohe Veitsch and discover the region.

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Cycling

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Pedal and explore the most beautiful bike trails and mountain bike tours.

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

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Pilgrimage to the most beautiful places in the region.

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Important information about our region

Are you looking for important facts and information about this region? Are you currently planning your holiday in Styria? Or maybe we can give you a few event tips? The team of the tourist office will do their best to answer all your questions and are at your disposal with advice and assistance. We want your holiday here to surpass all your expectations!

The Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region

Lots of holiday options in the Mürz Valley

The region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch is a paradise for hiking and skiing and comprises the communities of St. Barbara im Mürztal, Krieglach, Langenwang, Mürzzuschlag and Spital am Semmering. The easternmost region of Upper Styria offers a huge variety of holiday options for hiking, skiing, relaxing and much more – there’s something here for everyone from athletes and cultural tourists to families.

In Krieglach and on the Alpl, you’ll gain deeper insight into the life of Styrian poet Peter Rosegger. In Langenwang, the Hohenwang castle ruins are located on a rocky mountain above the village. At the Winter!Sport!Museum!, Mürzzuschlag tells its story as the birthplace of winter sports; the SÜDBAHN Museum informs visitors about the history of the Semmering Railway UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Brahms Museum is dedicated to Johannes Brahms, who composed several works here whilst on summer holiday.

In St. Barbara im Mürztal, the districts of Mitterdorf and Veitsch have installed sculptures by local artists along the ‘Art and Pilgrimage’ trail. Veitsch demands plenty of attention for the world’s highest pilgrim cross made of wood, a massive structure that can be entered like a building. And in winter, the family-friendly ski area of Brunnalm-Hohe Veitsch wows visitors with its sixteen well-maintained slopes. The castle ruins of Lichtenegg, with their wonderful view, are located in the district of Wartberg.

Spital am Semmering’s high-ropes course in the forest and the Mitterdorf Climbing Academy, the largest indoor climbing gym in Austria, offer sporting challenges.

The eastern Mürz Valley is a well-kept secret amongst hikers: Green hills and forests in the Alpl, Pretul, Ganzalm and Stuhleck areas offer a contrast to the mountain paradise of Brunnalm-Hohe Veitsch. In the ski areas in Brunnalm-Hohe Veitsch and Stuhleck, winter sports enthusiasts will be overjoyed to discover slopes covered in deep snow. If you are looking for alternatives, go on romantic snowshoe tours, relax on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, whiz down a sledge run or enjoy the winter sun on a snowy walk.

How to get here: Travelling in this holiday region

No matter whether your visit is a winter holiday, summer getaway or day trip. In order to help you begin your stay in the holiday region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch in a relaxed manner, we’re very happy to advise you in choosing the best means of transport for your plans. The Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region, at the foot of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Semmering Railway, is located in the eastern part of Upper Styria and borders the province of Lower Austria to the east. Only about an hour’s drive from Vienna and Graz, the region is the perfect starting point for a varied holiday.

Arrival by train

The trains of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) are a guaranteed way to get to your well-deserved holiday while avoiding traffic jams and the stress of driving. Thanks to our location on the Southern Railway line, you can comfortably travel to all our excursion destinations by train whilst doing something good for the environment as well. The ÖBB Railjet, the most modern Austrian high-speed train, arrives at Mürzzuschlag Station every hour from Graz and Vienna. In addition, there are S-Bahn lines within the region which provide regular train connections. Each municipality has a railway station, which makes it easy to get on and off the train wherever you need to. Tickets and timetable information are available online at oebb.at!

Tip: Do you want to travel with your bike? No problem – a ticket for your bike costs around two euros for the regional and S-bahn trains. Take a look at the ‘Einfach-Raus-Radticket (‘Just-Get-Started Cycle Ticket’)’.

Arrival by car

Would you like to get to know the holiday region flexibly, independently and unconstrained by public transportation? Then we recommend coming by car. The Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region is located directly on the Semmering S6 expressway and offers you the possibility of getting on and off the motorway in every municipality. You can reach us from Vienna and Graz in just under an hour.

  • Coming from the direction of Hungary / Bratislava / Vienna: From Vienna, via the Süd motorway (A2) and the Semmering expressway (S6).
  • Coming from the direction of Slovenia / Graz: From the Phyrn motorway from Graz (A9) via the Brucker expressway (S35) and the Semmering expressway (S6).
  • Coming from the direction of Germany / Salzburg / Linz: From Germany via the West motorway (A1) or the Phyrn motorway (A9) and the Semmering expressway (S6).

If you are visiting our region for the first time, it is best to use Google Maps. It will display different routes to get here, including the estimated journey time.

Tip: Whether it’s traffic, street closures, adverse driving conditions or construction sites: The ÖAMTC service website provides all the up-to-date information you need about road conditions.

Arrival by plane

Vienna International Airport (VIE) and Graz Airport (GRZ) are each about an hour’s drive away.

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Winter sports in Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch

On your skis, ready, go! Discover wintertime and the skiing areas in the region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch. Experience an unforgettable skiing holiday with a wonderful winter panorama, far away from more crowded ski lanes in the area. In an ideal location, only about an hour’s drive from Graz and Vienna, our ski areas offer everything you and your loved ones need for a perfect day of skiing. These sunny slopes and artificial snow-making facilities guarantee you’ll have snow and thus plenty of fun, regardless of the amount of new snow. You will find a colourful spectrum of winter sports possibilities in the region: In addition to carefully prepared slopes of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, natural snow-covered slopes provide the ultimate in powder fun. FIS downhill runs, speed and ski-movie tracks, mogul pistes and small forest paths like these would make any skier’s heart beat faster. Our own floodlit night slopes allow you to ski down the slopes in perfect conditions even after sunset.

Ideal playground for snowboarders

The Snow Fun Parks are the ideal playground for snowboarders and freestyle skiers who want to prove their skills on a variety of kickers and tables. Our small but charming family ski areas are especially appealing for their safe environment and are the ideal place for youngsters to try out skiing for the first time. A fairy-tale meadow, children’s lifts and children’s adventure trails are available to our youngest guests. Off the slopes, you can enjoy regional specialities and delicacies at the catered cabins, inns and restaurants. Different ski schools with an outstanding range of courses offer an exciting ski day, not only for beginners but also for more experienced skiers who want to perfect their technique. Our ski and snowboard rentals provide you with the state-of-the-art equipment so that every ski day is guaranteed to be a success. Winter in the Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region: Recreation, sports and fun for everyone!

Atmospheric and elegant events in Styria

‘Old favourites’ and events that take place every year

The region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch features a large number of atmospheric and elegant events. Festivals, exhibitions, concerts, cabarets, traditional open-air markets as well as ‘Kirtage’ (church-based festival days) in the communities of St. Barbara im Mürztal, Krieglach, Langenwang, Mürzzuschlag and Spital am Semmering all provide a special charm for your holiday in Styria.

‘Old favourites’ and regional events that take place every year occur at regular intervals. From Rosegger Week and the Brahms Festival to the Veitsch Border Relay Race – here’s a calendar of the events you simply can’t miss. These highlights, such as the Nostalgia Festival or the Grand Prix Nostalski, are well-known and popular not only in Austria but also far beyond its borders.

Exhibitions in Mürzzuschlag

In Mürzzuschlag, at the foot of the Semmering mountains, these exhibitions offer a unique cultural programme. The Brahms Museum, Kunsthaus Muerz, SÜDBAHN Museum and WinterSportMuseum offer cultural delights that will provide an unforgettable experience for 21st-century visitors, too. Names such as Johannes Brahms, Peter Rosegger, Carl Ritter von Ghega, Toni Schruf and Max Kleinoschegg are inseparably connected with Mürzzuschlag and Styria. At the Brahms Museum, you can immerse yourself in the works and life of the important composer Johannes Brahms. The Kunsthaus Muerz displays contemporary art in the fields of music, literature, visual arts, architecture and multimedia disciplines. The Kunsthaus Muerz primarily focuses on contemporary art in the fields of music, literature, visual arts and architecture. At the SÜDBAHN Museum, you can follow the historical tracks of the Semmering Railway. Under the leadership of Carl Ritter von Ghega, this first high-mountain railway was built between 1848 and 1854. In 1998, it was the first railway line in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’re sure to have a sporty day at the WinterSportMuseum, where you can admire one of the world’s most important and largest collections in the field of skiing and winter sports! Tip: The museums’ children’s trails, with characters ‘Toni the Snow Hare’ and ‘Loko-Lieschen’, provide interesting information about winter sports and railways in an understandable way and invite younger visitors to get involved and try things out.

Three museums and the Kunsthaus

Only a few minutes’ walk away from each other, visitors have access to three museums as well as one event centre and art space. Take some time to let us tell you more about the ‘Mürzzuschlager’ Symphony during a guided tour through the Brahms Museum. Admire the Kunsthaus Muerz event centre, which was originally a church and has since been modernised. Take a break with some coffee and cake in the k.u.k. ‘café carriage’ at the SÜDBAHN Museum, or be surprised at the WinterSportMuseum when you learn how and why the first international skiing race in Central Europe was held right here in Mürzzuschlag.

Peter Rosegger – follow in the footsteps of this local poet

Waldheimat: Birthplace, Waldschule (historic forest school) and country house

Immerse yourself in the wonderful ‘Waldheimat’ (‘forest home’) of Peter Rosegger and follow in his footsteps. In the region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch in Styria, you have the opportunity to rediscover the history of yesteryear and follow in the footsteps of this renowned local poet. Peter Rosegger was already revered even during his lifetime and is one of the best-known Styrian natives; his home and upbringing were important to him all his life. Peter Rosegger was born on 31 July 1843 at Kluppeneggerhof am Alpl, which is now a museum. He was the eldest of seven children. Today, the term ‘Waldheimat’ and the life of Peter Rosegger are almost inseparably intertwined and are known even beyond Austria. But how did all this actually come about? In 1877, Rosegger published his book Waldheimat, the first major collection of his childhood and youth memories of the Alpl. The work was a great success; one side effect of its publication was to make his immediate home famous throughout the German-speaking world, and the term ‘Waldheimat’ was subsequently also marked on maps. The poetic name of the area thus soon became a generally recognised regional designation. Until the end of his life, Peter Rosegger was connected with the ‘Waldheimat’ because it was much more than just a physical landscape. Rosegger once wrote: ‘The old forest house on the mountain fills more space in my head than the rest of the world. But this also includes the entire mountain, with all it entails. I assure you, it was a world in itself, and not one of the worst.’

To this day, Rosegger is appreciated by many people as a storyteller sharing his regional history and an observer of its simple rural lifestyle. His life and literary works cannot be separated from the historical developments that influenced them, from the middle of the 19th century until the First World War. The political zeitgeist was reflected in his works and in his life, especially since he was not only a writer and poet but also a critical journalist. Learn more about Peter Rosegger the social critic at the Rosegger Museum in Krieglach. His literary works are still relevant today. Gain your own insights into the fascinating life of Peter Rosegger by visiting the many excursion destinations in the region. Visit his Geburtshaus (birthplace) and the Waldschule (forest school) on the Alpl, the Rosegger Museum and the Rosegger Park in Krieglach – or go for a hike on one of the several Rosegger trails in the Waldheimat region.

Pilgrimage sites along the Mariazellerweg

Pilgrim Cross and WEGArt objects

Many hiking trails are used as pilgrimage paths and provide the opportunity to go on a multifaceted journey of discovery. Pilgrimages can provide not only clarity and a sense of orientation, new perspectives and vitality, but also spiritual rejuvenation and divine experiences. In addition to the traditional form of pilgrimage on foot, pilgrimage by bicycle has also become increasingly popular in recent years. The oldest form of pilgrimage is simply walking – the best way to perceive your surroundings and learn about yourself. Some pilgrimage trails lead over alpine passes and crossings and feature stunning views of infinite horizons. When going on a cycling pilgrimage, either with a traditional bicycle or an electric one, you can find your own route without much effort (sometimes), discover the churches and chapels along the way and stop for a break whenever you want.

The Styrian Mariazellerweg winds through the Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region. For pilgrims and interested visitors, however, the pilgrimage trail also offers a number of relevant sights worth seeing along the way. One of these is the largest pilgrim cross in the world that is hollow and can be entered; don’t forget the WEGArt objects, too. Set off on your journey – there are so many pilgrimage sites to discover.

By the way, there are in fact two variants of the Mariazellerweg that pass through our region, the most eastern part of Upper Styria. Mariazellerweg Trail 706 A leads through the municipal area of St. Barbara im Mürztal (districts: Mitterdorf and Veitsch). The alternative route, 706 B, goes over the Alpl, then through St. Barbara im Mürztal (district: Veitsch) and finally to Mariazell.

Water – dive in and enjoy

A taste of the water worlds on offer

Fun-filled swimming plus a place to relax and unwind – dive in and enjoy: Discover the ‘natural pond’, a water and nature adventure pool in Krieglach. Careen down the water slide at the VIVAX recreational centre in Mürzzuschlag. Or take a sauna in the spa area of the Hotel Krainer. This is only a small sampling of the unique water worlds that can be found in the region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch.

Fun-filled swimming plus a place to relax and unwind – dive in and enjoy: Discover worlds of water in the region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch. Experience the water and nature adventure world in Krieglach – this popular recreational lake complex is nestled in the picturesque backdrop of the Mürztal mountains. It offers sports enthusiasts the perfect conditions for athletic training in and around the water. The idyllic landscape around the lake also offers plenty of space to relax and unwind. A separate bathing area for small children and a pedal boat rental service make this lake a popular destination for families, too. A warm summer day is best spent in the cool water: The outdoor adventure pool in St. Barbara im Mürztal / Mitterdorf features not only a large swimming and sports pool but also a 14-metre-long and very wide slide. A large sunbathing area ensures that you can spend a nice day at the beach undisturbed. Even on colder days, you and your family do not have to forgo the fun of swimming. Careen down the water slide at the indoor VIVAX recreational centre in Mürzzuschlag or use the sauna and fitness room. Splash around in the Veitsch Adventure Swimming Pool, the first official indoor swimming pool in Styria. In addition to a water slide, the sports facilities have been expanded with an indoor climbing facility, and a spacious sauna area with bio-, infrared and Finnish saunas as well as a steam bath and solarium are also part of the facilities. You can also enjoy a sauna and relax at some of our accommodation facilities, such as the ****Hotel Restaurant Krainer or Gasthof Gesslbauer. These are just a few possibilities when it comes to the world of water and swimming in the region of Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch.

Tip: Bodies of water are also easy to find at many excursion destinations and activities in the region. Visit the pristine natural floodplain areas in Mürzzuschlag and Langenwang or cycle along the Mürztal Cycle Path R5, where the Mürz River is a constant companion.

Holiday offers you can book now

Attractive holiday offers in Styria

Below, you can find selected attractive holiday offers you can book now for your trip to Styria. In summer as well as winter, there is a lot to discover and experience in the whole Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region for individual travellers, couples and groups alike. There is a wide range of activities for everyone from nature lovers and sporty holidaymakers to those who are interested in culture or seeking relaxation. Our holiday packages are all-inclusive deals with benefits and include everything you need for a perfect trip. The benefit to you? The combination of overnight accommodation in hotels with admission tickets for our varied programme of nature activities and cultural events. In addition, we also offer you deals on the coolest events in the region – you will find all this and much more in our package deals. Your hosts are looking forward to hearing from you!

Do you have any questions about our holiday offers? Just contact us!

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Famous people

Personalities of the region

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Events

Highlights of the year

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Here you will find the event highlights in the Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch region.

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Tourism Association
Semmering-Waldheimat-Veitsch
Wiener Straße 9, 8680 Mürzzuschlag
+43 3852 2556
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