Spital am Semmering

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Spital am Semmering is a municipality in Austria, Styria, judicial district Miirzzuschlag, political district of Bruck- Miirzzuschlag with 1581 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013).

  • 3.1 Sport and Tourism
  • 3.2 Open Air Festival
  • 4.1 Sons and daughters of the town


Spital am Semmering is 6.5 km from the Semmering pass away at 800 m above sea level on the Semmeringschnellstraße (S 6). The highest point is 1,782 m above sea level with the Stuhleck. The total area is 73.15 km ².

The community is made up of a total of four cadastral together (area 2001):

  • Fröschnitz ( 2003.39 ha),
  • Belpiano Hospital ( 542,70 ha),
  • Semmering ( 1864.25 ha),
  • Spital am Semmering ( 2861.62 ha).

The municipality comprises the following five villages (in brackets population as of 31 October 2011):

  • Spital am Semmering ( 1036 )
  • Steinhaus am Semmering (572 )


The name of the village goes back to a hospice. Ottokar III of 1160 here was founded. The region was in earlier times repeatedly the scene of bloody clashes, around the time of the Turkish wars, as the place was badly damaged by the pull-through Ottoman army.

Especially the iron mining has long been the main source of the area, in 1882 he had to be stopped due to strong competition, however.

The new railway line over the previously only with difficulty to be crossed Semmering Pass led from the 19th century to a massive upsurge of tourism.


Spital am Semmering has a four-year primary school with 61 students and 8 teachers. The current school building is in its original form since 1873.

Culture and sights

Sports and Tourism

1893 Stuhleck was mounted as the first peaks of the Alps on skis since Spital am Semmering has always gained greater importance as a ski resort.

But not only the winter sports you can practice. Hiking and mountain bike trails, a mountain bike park, tennis courts, a Kneipp trail, a swimming pool and other leisure facilities are offered. A special attraction is a working watermill applies the Gaisschlager mill in Kaltenbachgraben. At Spital am Semmering, the bandit caves that are used by climbers are.

Open Air Festival

From 2003 to 2010, the Kaltenbach Open Air took place annually on Kaltenbach at Spital am Semmering place a Metal open air festival. 2013, but by another organizer, there was the Metal Invasion Festival.


The Vienna city architect Ludwig Zatzka built 1890-1905 in hospital two the seaside promenade (upper rail road 5 and Upper Railway Street 13) and realized a few other buildings, about 1903, the expansion parish church and in 1904 the chapel " to Immaculate Mary " ( Mary at the stone wall ). 1903 Zatzka honorary citizen of the community and spent his twilight years. He died on 14 September 1925 in hospital.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Peter Redeker (* 1942), Austrian- German painter, printmaker and high school teachers
  • Herbert Schweiger (1924-2011), right-wing writer