Have you ever taken a salamander train to the top of a mountain?
Either a) you’re on some great drugs, or b) you’ve been to summit of Puchberg Am Schneeberg , Austria.
Puchberg Am Schneeberg
About 80km from Vienna, you’ll find a picturesque little town with the highest mountain in lower Austria. Puchberg Am Schneeberg is a must visit for anyone visiting Vienna, especially those looking to escape the city for a day.
It’s the perfect day trip!
Between 1895 and 1897 the Schneeberg railway system was created and tourism has been vital to the Schneeberg economy ever since.
I was lucky enough to visit Puchberg Am Schneeberg in autumn 2019 with a close-friend. We weren’t in Austria for long, and were looking for natural beauty, so heading east to the stunning Salzburg didn’t fit our tight schedules. None-the-less, we spent the day exploring charming Vienna, went back to our hostel and googled nature spots near the Austrian capital.
Long story short, we decided on Schneeberg and with a warm coffee in our hands, set off at 6am the next day.
Trains from Vienna to Puchburg Am Schneeburg are quite frequent with a journey time of just under 2 hours each way.
However, please note, this is the journey time to the town, not the mountain top. The Salamander train (L O L) to the peak of the mountain takes an additional 40 minutes, so I would advise to leave Vienna as early as possible to make the most of your day.
The salamander trains climbs steadily up to about 6000ft and makes a stop a long the way for passengers to buy local patisseries, if they wish to do so.
As you can see from the photos below, the view is nothing short of stunning. There are several hiking trails for you to walk at the top, as well as a restaurant serving traditional dishes.
If you’re thinking about making a trip to Puchberg am Schneeberg, I would suggest three things: an early start, appropriate footwear and visiting during midweek if possible to avoid the hustle and bustle.
For a more in-depth look at Austria, I recommend checking out this: