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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Although Sievering still belongs to the city of Vienna, it seems like a cozy place in the countryside. The hills of the Vienna Woods are very close. The Bellevue street in Sievering lives up to its name, because from here you have a breathtaking view of Vienna.
You wander between vineyards and meadows up to the Pfaffenberg, where a special natural monument awaits you: the Tree of Life circle. Here is the opportunity to find out which tree corresponds to your birthday. Continue to the beautiful Sisi Chapel. Built in 1854, the building is located in a quiet clearing in the woods.
On quiet roads and easy to walk paths you wander through the Sieveringer vineyards. Bus 39A will take you to the Fröschelgasse stop. At the end of your hike, you can stop in the "Buschenschank Haslinger". Either you take the bus at the bus stop Sievering or you go to the starting point, the Fröschelgasse, to get back to Vienna.
The center of the sleepy town Grinzing is characterized by the Heurigen and traditional inns. Almost every restaurant offers its own products. Under shadow-donating trees, it's along the Reisenbergbach. Here you can enjoy the fresh air and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.
From the Pfaffenberg the view of Vienna is really wonderful, but it gets even better. Up to the summit of the Hermannskogel there are another hundred meters in front of you.
The Jägerwiese is the perfect place for a break and at the same time the highest point of the hike. You can sit on the grass or get a refreshment at the Gasthaus zum Agnesbrünnl.Then you walk past Cobenzl and arrive at the winery of the same name. In the modern shop you can take a bottle of Viennese wine with you.
The village Grinzing is located at the terminus of the tram line 38. Very close to the tram station is the Heuriger Martin Sepp, where you can taste delicious delicacies.
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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.
This round takes you from Kahlenbergerdorf to one of the most famous peaks around Vienna. The climb to the Kahlenberg rewards you with a magnificent view. The Leopoldsberg is also part of this tour: You can enjoy the view from the 425 meter high mountain or enjoy the coolness in the beautiful St. Leopold Church.
On a quiet path through the forest you hike up to the peak of this hike: the Kahlenberg with the Stefaniewarte. At 484 meters above sea level you will also find the Church of St. Joseph, a monument to Empress Elisabeth and a café.
The quaint Kahlenbergerdorf at the foot of the eponymous mountain can be reached by bus number 400 from the underground station Heiligenstadt. Once you have left the main road behind you, you walk through quiet streets and on green paths.The "Heurige Hirt" is a great opportunity to stop off. From the wooden benches in the garden you have a wonderful view of Vienna. You can taste the snack up here or go down to the Kahlenbergerdorf, where there are more traditional inns.
If you want to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you, then take the bus (35A, 39A, 43B) to Neustift am Walde. As soon as you arrive, you will be greeted by the secluded guest gardens of the traditional wine taverns. In this place you feel far away from the big city.
On this tour you make a leisurely round through the beautiful Neustift: Right behind the main road start the green vineyards. Surrounded by the hilly landscape, you hike up the slight incline. At the cozy "Häuserl am Stoan" you can take a break for the first time.
Follow the shady path through the forest and after a short while you will reach the next highlight. The "Häuserl am Roan" lies at the highest point of your hike and the view of Vienna is fantastic.After your walk, you can strengthen yourself in one of the many Heurigenlokale such as the "Buschenschank Fuhrgassl-Huber". You will experience a particularly nice atmosphere in the flower decorated guest garden.
Many highlights await you on this varied tour. You start at the terminus of the tram line 41 in Pötzleinsdorf. From there you walk on winding paths through the beautiful castle park.On shady forest paths you reach the clearing Hameau, where a refuge and many benches to rest.
Then it goes up to the Exelberg and the local 109 meter high radio tower. Here you can enjoy the fresh forest air and the peace. At the Ottakringer Jubiläumswarte you have the opportunity to climb the 31 meter high viewing platform. On clear days, the view extends to Schneeberg.
Continue on dirt tracks to Otto-König-Warte, a former water tower. It goes steadily downhill and then the magnificent castle Wilhelminenberg appears before you. The spacious meadow invites you to take a break and the view of Vienna is fantastic.The vineyards below the castle belong to the "Weingut Leitner", its rustic wine tavern is just a few steps away. Here you can stop and enjoy a delicious sandwich. If you follow the Sprengersteig, you reach the bus stop Paulinensteig on lines 46A and 46B.
This hike takes you to the vineyards east of the Danube, in "Transdanubia", as the Viennese say so beautifully. Starting from Langenzersdorf you follow the Nordwienersteig to the Elisabethhöhe. From up here you can enjoy the impressive foresight into the Danube valley with Vienna in the background. On the flank of the Bisamberg you walk on soft ground through quiet forests.
At Stammersdorf you step out of the woods and stand in the middle of the grapevines. The grapes ripen very well on the sunny slopes near the Danube. Nestled between grapevines lies the traditional Magdalenenhof. Here you can take a break and enjoy the sun in the garden. Afterwards you walk a bit along the edge of the forest and get back to Langenzersdorf.
The Nordwienersteig is the most demanding part of the hike. The rest of the way leads on easy to walk paths over rolling vineyards and through quiet forests. For example, you can get to Langenzersdorf by the S3 or S4. Especially nice is the journey by bike over the Danube Island.