We took a lovely little day trip by train from Vienna to Schneeberg, a 6811 feet high mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. The countryside near Schneeberg was beautiful, and the train passed some adorable villages like the one below.
We weren’t up for a serious hike, so once our train arrived in the little town of Puchberg am Schneeberg, we took the cog train that goes up to the Schneeberg mountain plateau.
The cog train is quite comfortable and makes a few stops on the way up the mountain, allowing folks to customize their hike for their time/ability level, as well as giving train passengers an option to get off the train and grab a snack or use the bathroom. The views from the cog train as it climbs the mountain are pretty awesome…
…but not quite as awesome as the views when you get off the train at the plateau.
As you can see, the area from the plateau to the summit is snow-covered (even during late spring and summer), so I recommend bringing some warm clothes!