A piece of Austrian railway history still winds its way today through the beautiful countryside of Lower Austria.
The train travels from place to place starting at St. Pölten and ending in Mariazell, the most well-known pilgrimage town in Austria. This stretch of track even broke records during the days of the Habsburg Monarchy as it was the first electrified railway line in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The line was powered from electricity supplied by the Wienerbruck power station, enabling the trains to bring people and the post into the heart of the country. The Himmelstreppe track has recently been restored and given a new name. It is still playing a central role in the lives of people who live along this beautiful stretch of countryside as it sweeps its way through the Pielach Valley.
Let’s get going on the Ötscherland Express!
This beloved historic narrow-gauge railway line is the steepest in Austria and it connects the communities of Kienberg-Gaming, Lunz am See and Göstling an der Ybbs. Speed is of no importance as the historic section of track called the ‘Bergstrecke Ybbstalbahn’ should be enjoyed in a leisurely way so you can fully take in this fantastic scenic highlight!
For further information, please visit:www.lokalbahnen.at/bergstrecke
The hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the train:
JUFA Hotel Annaberg – Bergerlebnis Resort
The Mostviertel in Lower Austria with its wonderful hiking trails and the Annaberg ski resort (the JUFA Hotel is located directly next to the ski slopes) is the ideal holiday destination for families and nature lovers! You can book a memorable and active holiday with the kids at any time of the year at the JUFA Hotel Annaberg.
Tel: +43 (0)5 / 7083-750, Email: [email protected]
JUFA Mariazell – Erlaufsee Sport Resort
When staying at the sport resort in the famous pilgrimage town of Mariazell you will want to immediately slip into your trainers! It is located near the Bürgeralpe mountain and just a few steps away from picturesque Lake Erlauf.
Tel: +43 (0)5 / 7083-390, Email: [email protected]
JUFA Hotel Mariazell – Sigmundsberg
The famous pilgrimage town of Mariazell lies in the heart of magical ‘Mariazeller Land’. The JUFA Family Hotel is located right at the bottom of Chapel Hill where you are afforded fabulous views of the Mariazell Basilica. Very close to the hotel, you will find beautiful Lake Erlauf and the area surrounding the Bürgalpe mountain which is a popular destination for skiing and summer excursions.
Tel: +43 (0)5 / 7083-380, Email: [email protected]