Day 1) Vienna to Semmering
Starting in Vienna, Austria’s delightful capital full of music, cafes, art and museums, you will embark on a scenic train journey south to Semmering. The Semmering railway between the town of Gloggnitz was constructed between 1848 and 1854 with 14 tunnels and 16 viaducts and forms a harmonious combination of technology and nature. In 1998 the Semmering rialway was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Semmering
Day 2) Semmering Pass – Feistritzsattel (15 km)
On your first day our representative will meet you in your Semmering hotel, give you the welcome briefing and hand over all tour materials. The hiking trail begins at the cable car station at the foot of Hirschenkogel Mountain, and leads to the Liechtenstein House lodge partially along the ski slope. As an alternative you can take the cable railway for this part of the route. From there you will continue along the forested road to the mountain of Sonnwendstein with the remarkable church on top. Here you can let yourself be enchanted by fascinating view of surrounding mountains and Lake Neusiedl. You will then walk partly through meadows or through dense forest along the wine route to Feistritzsattel. Afternoon transfer to Trattenbach.
Overnight in Trattenbach
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Day 3) Feistritzsattel to Monichkirchen (19 km)
Morning transfer to the starting point at Feistritzsattel at el. 1290 m. First you must overcome a steep climb but soon you will start walking on a pleasant forest path and through beautiful meadows to Kranichberger Schwaig. On the way you will see a small pond fed by a spring that will be a welcome opportunity for a refreshment. From this point you will experince ever more beautiful views of the surrounding mountain tops. At the mountain peak of Hochwechsel you can rest for refreshments at a mountain hut. On your gradual descent you will walk through beautiful alpine meadows with views of Bernstein untill you descend into Monichkirchen (el.967 m)
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Day 4) Monichkirchen to Hochneukirchen (14 km)
Leaving Mönichkirchen you will start hiking through fields and forests along the eastern slopes of the Hartberg mountain (el. 919 m). Soon you will start on a partly asphalted trail that provides sweeping views over the hilltops all the way to the small village of Schlag. A little off the mark, we find rest and refreshment in the pub Doppler. Back on the main path Alpannonia Trail leads past the Ziegersberg mansion to Pichl . Now you will follow a cool and shady forest path to our next destination, the Höhwirt (822 m) at Hochneukirchen.
Overnight in Hochneukirchen
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Day 5) Hochneukirchen to Bernstein (14 km)
First we come back to the Alpannonia trail at Höhwirt (822 m) and follow to Hutwisch (896 m) with a popular lookout tower that offers all-around views from the Alps all the way to Hungary. The next section of path takes us over the mountain ridges with mixed forests and grassland landscape offering great views. After Kalterneck you will reach a newly constructed viewing platform (794 m), lovingly called “the ring cake”. Panels with excellent panoramic maps will point to the surrounding mountain ranges, Lake Neusiedl, Hungary and Slovenian Alps. Walking downhill along a romantic canyon you will descend to Bernstein.
Overnight in Bernstein
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Day 6) Bernstein to Oberkohlstatten (14 km)
Before you start your walk today, make sure to visit the Bernstein Castle, and the museum about the locally found precious serpentine. Your walk will start from the main square of Bernstein along the main road to the nature swimming hole, a welcome opportunity for a swim. Then you continue mostly on forest paths to Oberhasel and on to Goberling (384 m) with an interesting museum on mining antimony. After the museum the trail leads out of the valley on the crests of fields into the area of the protected nature park Geschriebenstein-Irottko. In the Nature Park village Unterkohlstätten we pass different attractions: the replica of an old lime kiln, and a reconstructed wetland. Today’s destination is the nearby village Oberkohlstatten.
Overnight in Oberkohlstatten
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Day 7) Oberkohlstatten to Koszeg (21.5 km)Your final walk is the longest of your entire adventure, but you will walk all the way to Hungary. First you will climb to the Hirschenstein hill (el.862), and continue to the summit of the nature park Geschriebenstein (el. 884 m) with a prominent observation tower. This spot marks the border with Hungary. Who would have expected 24 years ago that anyone can cross this border today! In Hungary you will walk thought forest and climb a hill to explore the ruins of Ohaz-Teto (609 m) and admire a wonderful view. From here it is not far to the beautiful city of Koszeg where the Alpannonian path ends.
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Day 8) Koszeg
Koszeg is one of the most attractive towns in Hungary (also called Hungary’s Jewel Box) and is a wonderful tourist destination with a rich wine-making tradition.This formerly royal town has managed to retain its natural charm and the beauty of its architecture. With many attractive sites in Koszeg and its vicinity to explore you may want to stay more than one night to enjoy this delightful little town.
Afternoon departure for Vienna or Budapest.