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Get to know nature with your toddler in Vienna and Lower Austria

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Get to know nature with your toddler in Vienna and Lower Austria

Hiking Collection by Milupa

19

Tours

25:46 h

56.5 mi

5,775 ft

With your baby in their carrier, you head to the countryside to experience their first steps through a forest together. There are so many good reasons to go hiking with young toddlers and babies. When your baby reaches for a blade of grass during a pitstop, when your toddler runs after a grasshopper and when they learn up close what snails and earthworms are – everyday life stays at home when you spend time together in nature. Hand on heart: Is there anything better than instilling a love of nature in children from their very first weeks?

TRAILS FOR LITTLE ONES

In this Collection, we’ve picked out hiking trails that are perfect for young families and suitable for a few–week–old baby or your energetic toddler. The hiking trails are between 1.5 and 7 kilometres (0.9 – 4.3 mi) long and are spread across Vienna and Upper Austria. Whether your baby is only a few weeks old or already on its own wobbly legs, you’re guaranteed to find the right trip for you here.

We’ve made sure that the hikes are on paths that are suitable for walking with a baby carrier or rucksack. You can also use a pushchair along some trails. You’ll see this information in the Tour title. We’ve also included plenty of places to rest and change diapers and stops at playgrounds, lakes, huts and game reserves. Many of the trails are themed, helping your kids learn about nature, fairytales and animals at fun stations en route.

You can easily reach all of the hikes by car or travel by train or bus to some routes on the outskirts of larger cities. The hikes are either loops or end at a gondola so you can conveniently return home. You can shorten some of the hikes if your legs get tired or the weather turns. Extending the hikes is possible too.

OUR TIPS FOR HIKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

Hiking with babies and toddlers can be challenging, but roaming through nature together with your offspring and spending hours in the fresh air is priceless. To get off on the right foot, check out our six tips for your outdoor adventure with your kids:

1. Don't plan Tours that are too ambitious, but instead venture out slowly as a family and see which trail lengths and types suit you well.

2. If you’re out and about in the summer, start your Tour in the morning so that you’re not hiking in the midday heat.

3. You don’t need to think about any special equipment to feed your baby en route. Breastfeeding is ideal since you don’t need to think about anything else. If you prefer to feed with a bottle, this is easy too when hiking. Take enough clean bottles with you, fill small portion jars with the correct amount of powdered milk and fill two thermos flasks with water, one boiling and the other cold.

Along the way, use a small thermometer (a new, clean medical thermometer is perfect) to find the right mix of cold and hot water. You could practice at home before you set off so that you know it’ll work smoothly on the road. If your little one prefers to eat milk porridge, fill up tins with a portion of porridge powder for each meal and add water during your rest stops. You can bring fruit and plenty of water for snacks too.

4. Depending on the weather and season, make sure the route has suitable picnic huts, mountain pastures or inns. Otherwise, the Tours have everything you need, especially in summer. If you’re travelling with your baby and can’t find a bathroom, you can use any meadow as a changing table, just bring a cosy blanket with you.

5. If you’re deciding between a pram and sling, we recommend slings for most hiking trails. As long as you don’t plan to hike on concrete roads, a sling is more comfortable and can withstand unpaved surfaces. If your baby is six months or older, you can carry them in a back carrier. You can find out whether a trail is suitable for pushchairs directly in the Tour title.

6. For toddlers who can already walk, the Tours shouldn’t be longer than 3 to 5 kilometres (1.8 to 3.1 mi). Little ones take longer and need more stops.

Well prepared, you can fully engage with nature and spend a wonderful time in the countryside with your little ones. We wish you lots of fun and your first unforgettable memories with your children in nature.

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    Marillen experience trail in Wachau – hiking with toddlers in Vienna and Lower Austria

    Intermediate
    01:25
    3.12 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wachau apricot adventure trail takes you and your family through the beautiful wine landscapes and old apricot orchards near Angern. At six stations you will learn everything about apricots. You start at Weinhof Aufreiter and walk from there to the fire station, where you turn onto the path "Am Anger

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  • Easy
    01:46
    4.08 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Eulenweg is a real family experience in the Dürrenstein wilderness area. Hiking on a wide forest path, you can learn interesting things about the local owls and their habitat at eight stations. You will find the next stop and connection to the railway network in nearby Göstling an der Ybbs.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    4.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Wolfsgraben circular hike is a very family-friendly tour through forests, across meadows and along streams. The goods roads and forest roads are suitable for prams. From the starting point at the Herz-Jesu-Kirche in the village of Wolfsgraben you initially hike westwards. After a gentle ascent, you

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  • Easy
    01:24
    3.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This wonderful round is one of six teddy bear trails in the western Waldviertel and takes you through the picturesque Kamptal near Rapottenstein. From the town center you march to the sports field, where you change to a meadow path that leads you into the valley of the Kleiner Kamp. If you need to cool

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  • Easy
    01:01
    2.29 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short and easy tour takes you to the most beautiful places in Payerbach and is also suitable for prams. The Payerbach-Reichenau train station is the starting point of this tour and from there you walk gently uphill to the sun promenade. Here you can enjoy not only warming rays of sunshine, but also

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  • Easy
    01:35
    3.29 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kranichberger Schwaig is an idyllic alpine pasture on the Wechsel, which is an excellent destination for a relaxed family hike. The starting point is at the Steyersberger Schwaig, a working farm at 1,370 meters, where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama right at the beginning. On forest and field

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  • Easy
    01:27
    3.41 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the mystical Hagenbachklamm in the northern Vienna Woods there is a lot to discover for young and old. Thanks to the shady paths, which can also be tackled with a buggy, this hike is also suitable for hotter summer days. You start at the Hagenbachklamm car park or directly in nearby St. Andrä in front

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  • Easy
    00:22
    0.81 mi
    2.2 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Fantastic views over the beautiful Mariazellerland await you on the Gemeindealpe Mitterbach. With the Mariazellerbahn you can easily get to Mitterbach, from where you can walk to the valley station of the chairlift. Sporty parents can also conquer the 800 meters in altitude by hiking. Arrived at 1,626

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  • Easy
    00:59
    1.83 mi
    1.9 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Reflecting ponds, shady forest paths, roaring masses of water and great children's playgrounds await hikers of all ages in Muggendorf. Especially in spring, large amounts of water rush through the valley and form an impressive natural spectacle. From the parking lot or the bus stop at the Unteren Weiher

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  • Intermediate
    01:46
    2.24 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This short, crisp round takes you up to the Wunderalm am Schneeberg, where you and your family will find different play stations. It is entirely up to you whether you want to climb up on foot or take the chairlift. It starts at the Losenheim valley station - if you want to travel by public transport

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  • Easy
    01:21
    3.16 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can explore a flora and fauna that has become rare with your family in the northwestern Waldviertel: the moor near Heidenreichstein offers many highlights for young and old. It starts at the visitor center of the nature park, which welcomes you with a café, an alpaca enclosure and a large playground

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  • Easy
    01:31
    3.60 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A flat tour around the lake with changing views of the shimmering water awaits you in the northern Waldviertel. The hike starts at the train station in Litschau, the northernmost town in Austria. Walk across the town square in the direction of Litschau Castle and then reach the southern shore of the

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  • Easy
    01:17
    2.83 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Sparbach Nature Park in the Vienna Woods, families can expect a varied hike to different highlights for hikers of all ages. From the interactive nature park house you walk past the petting zoo to the Lenauteich and turn off there to the Leopoldmühle. Following a gently sloping forest path, you

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  • Easy
    01:51
    4.47 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Donau-Auen National Park you will discover a real forest wilderness, because nature has been able to develop freely here again since 1996. This flat round takes you through the westernmost part of the park and starts at the Lobau nature park house. From there it goes straight into the forest

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  • Easy
    00:41
    1.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lainzer Tiergarten is a local recreation oasis in Vienna that offers plenty of space for children and adults: playgrounds, ponds, benches and animals are spread over the former imperial hunting grounds. From the starting point at the Lainzer Tor, you start out on the wide, gravel nature trail.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    4.29 mi
    2.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you and your family to the highest elevation of the Leiser Berge: The 492 meter high Buschberg offers wide views and is crowned by a "Golden Dome", a radar station of the army. It starts at the Buschberg car park and from there you initially hike gently downhill through a piece of forest

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  • Intermediate
    00:53
    2.01 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Laaer Wald recreation area, not far from Vienna Central Station, is the perfect place for a family outing close to the city. Since the end of the 19th century there have been colorful fairground rides surrounded by a beautiful forest area. This short tour, which you can also do with a buggy, starts

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  • Intermediate
    01:32
    3.73 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Vienna Prater is probably the most popular local recreation area in the capital and offers numerous opportunities for a flat family walk. This six-kilometer loop starts at the terminus of tram line 1 (Prater Hauptallee) and from there you initially hike to the Konstantinteich and hill. There, the

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  • Easy
    00:55
    2.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 100-hectare Donaupark was laid out in 1964 for the Vienna International Garden Show and is very easy to reach by public transport. Several playgrounds, large meadows, shady benches, a small lake and the Donauparkbahn make this spot of green a perfect destination for family trips.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    19
  • Distance
    56.5 mi
  • Duration
    25:46 h
  • Elevation
    5,775 ft

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