Today the historical Semmering railway, famous for its viaducts and tunnels, is a World Heritage site.
A scenic walking trail follows the course of the railway. Yesterday I walked a 10 km section: Semmering - Wolfsbergkogel - Breitenstein.
The walk, with a companion, took 3 hours. The weather was not the best for the long views to the Rax massif as visibility was hazy but nevertheless we enjoyed the fresh mountain air and the immediate mountain scenery.
Along the way I lay in the grass to snap a beautiful peacock butterfly enjoying a meadow saffron.
When we reached the village of Breitenstein we took the local train back up to our starting point at the top of the pass and there we waited for the Railjet express back to Vienna.
It was an enjoyable and rewarding day. I even got to play with a big locomotive!