Semmering Railway

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The Semmering Railway, built over 41 km of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building. The high standard of the tunnels, viaducts and other works has ensured the continuous use of the line up to the present day. It runs through a spectacular mountain landscape and there are many fine buildings designed for leisure activities along the way, built when the area was opened up due to the advent of the railway.

Why you should visit?

  • The Semmering Railway represents an outstanding technological solution to a major physical problem in the construction of early railways.
  • With the construction of the Semmering Railway, areas of great natural beauty became more easily accessible and as a result these were developed for residential and recreational use, creating a new form of cultural landscape.

Trivia

  • It is the 1st mountain railway in Europe built with a standard gauge track, and is commonly referred to as the world’s 1st true mountain railway.
  • The Semmering region was one of the first tourism destinations of the 19th century Austro-Hungarian empire.
  • There were 1007 men and 414 women employees to begin with, but as works advanced on the railroad, over 20 000 men and women ended up working for this project.

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The Semmering Railway, built over 41 km of high mountains between 1848 and 1854, is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building. The high standard of the tunnels, viaducts and other works has ensured the continuous use of the line up...

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  • It's difficult - but not impossible - to see the famous viaducts when you're on them. Otherwise, enjoy the landscape through the train window! - Anne-Sophie Redisch

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