This traditional event pits man against machine and is considered as one of the toughest mountain races in Austria. Runners battle the 26% gradient as they attempt to overcome 1.240 vertical meters faster than the steam locomotives.
By starting at the bottom station of the Schafbergbahn at 9.30 a.m. (540 m) the time is running. Along the railway tracks the runner pass the Dorner and Schafbergalpe, always aimed at the peak of the Schafberg (1.730 m) forward. The track has a lot to offer, from lush green pastures on screes with numerous switchbacks and steep paths to vertical sloping rocks. Not the distance of 5.8 kilometers ensures tension, but the approximately 1.190 meters in altitude, some with gradients up to 26% to overcome. The athletes have to devide their forces. Whether this year the record could be broken again, the award ceremony at the Hotel Schafberg will show.
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SchafbergBahn will resume operation on May 17, 2019
After a short break due to adverse weather conditions, the SchafbergBahn will return to service beginning May 17. The Himmelspforte and Hotel Schafbergspitze can both be reached via pathways that have been cleared of snow.
Please be aware of the following:
It is currently not possible to board or alight from the train at the Schafbergalm station.
Hiking paths to the Schafbergspitze are currently closed. Please comply with this closure for your own safety.