Vienna and wine are a love story in their own right. Here, you can sit in the green hills, enjoying a delicious Heurigen snack and a refreshing glass of wine. In no time, you can get from the pulsating centre to another world – this is where hiking meets pleasure. Climb the Kahlenberg, hike along the flanks of the Nussberg and enjoy the fantastic view of Vienna.
In the north and northwest, you can find many wine taverns offering their own products. Some are high up on the hills, others in romantic alleys in small villages such as Grinzing, Nussdorf or Neustift am Walde. You can decide whether you would like to climb up high if you or prefer a leisurely walk through the village.
The cultivation of vines has a long tradition in the surrounding hills. Juicy grapes already grew here in Roman times, when Vienna was still called Vindobona. During the Middle Ages, winegrowers around Vienna were allowed to sell their own products from the farm which laid the base for the unique Viennese Heurigen culture.
Today, about 640 Viennese wine growers and 180 taverns supply the city with delicious wine. This makes the metropolis the only capital in Europe with a significant wine production. In the morning, you can admire the magnificent buildings on the Ring and then take the tram to the green vineyards – a unique experience!
These hikes are particularly beautiful in late summer, when the white and red grapes hang heavily on the vines. "Ausg'steck is" is the name of the game, meaning that the restaurants and small huts welcome visitors and sell homemade delicacies. The larger establishments are open all year round whereas smaller ones only open during the summer months.
Can you think of any other city where it is possible to travel to vineyards by tram? So, get into the Bim and out into the countryside.
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Winding lanes, old Hauerhäuser and idyllic courtyards await you in Nussdorf. Surrounded by forests and grapevines, you make the first altitude difference. The further up you go, the better the view of Vienna.At the observation bench below the Kahlenberg, you can take a break and enjoy the panorama. Here you have reached the highest point of the hike and look at grapevines and the skyline of Vienna.
Along the cooling Schreiberbaches it goes back to Nussdorf - past centuries-old homes and modern suburban villas.Nussdorf can be reached by tram D or S-Bahn S40. The hike goes along easily accessible paths and side streets.If you are looking for a stop after your tour: At the traditional "Heurigen Kierlinger" you can taste the wine list and the "Heurigenbuffet". Both in the rustic dining room and in the shady garden, there are cozy places.