Extraordinary buildings set amongst wonderful nature – there is a lot to discover outside of Vienna’s city centre when you go off the beaten tourist track. Hiking in the countryside and visiting unique architectural highlights can go hand in hand. In Austria’s capital, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature whilst along exploring magnificent castles, palaces and villas.
In this Collection, you will find eight exciting tours that combine beautiful landscapes and culture: hike through vineyards to the magnificent Klosterneuburg Abbey, explore the imperial Hermes Villa in the former hunting grounds in the Lainzer Tiergarten or discover ornamental Art Nouveau buildings on the outskirts of Vienna.
At the end of the 19th century, Vienna was one of the most important centres for art and architecture in the world. Universal geniuses such as Otto Wagner created fascinating buildings decorated with ornaments like the church at Steinhof or the Ernst Fuchs Museum. Emperor Franz Joseph was also a driving force behind the city’s buildings. He oversaw the construction of castles like the Hermes Villa. You can also find buildings that are almost 1000 years old like the Klosterneuburg Abbey or the Castle of Perchtoldsdorf, their turbulent histories reflect the cultural landscape of the city.
The eight routes in this Collection each have different difficulty levels and lengths. Some hikes show you beautiful views of Vienna, whilst others lead you through magnificent parks, or even guide you through the Central Cemetery. Whether you want to go on a quick stroll or an extensive day hike is up to you. We will also give you tips for places to stop for refreshments along the way.
All eight routes lead you through nature on easily accessible hiking trails and small roads to magnificent buildings in and around Vienna. We recommend wearing light hiking or trekking shoes on the walks. The routes hikes through the Vienna Woods and vineyards are particular beautiful in autumn when the leaves change colour and grapes hang heavily on the vines.
The starting points for all the hikes can be reached easily by public transport. For the routes outside Vienna, in Lower Austria, you will need an extra ticket as the Wiener Linien tickets are only valid in the city area. You can buy tickets at the ticket machines at bus stops or directly from the bus driver.
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The Sandleitengasse, the starting point of this circular hike, can be reached with tram lines 2 or 10. The further you walk up the streets lined with old trees, the greener the area becomes. After having covered a few meters in altitude, you can refresh yourself with a splash in the Heuriger Leitner.Then you walk past grapevines and after a short time you will see the magnificent castle on Wilhelminenberg. The great view of Vienna from the spacious lawn near the castle is an insider tip. A nice Advent market takes place here every year in winter.Through the shady community forest you get to the Ottakringer Jubiläumswarte. A great opportunity to climb the 31 meter high viewing platform. The all-round view of the Vienna Woods and the city area is impressive.You have reached the highest point at the Kreuzeichenwiese. The spacious meadow is a popular and sunny picnic area surrounded by dense forest. Via forest paths and the steps of the donkey stairs you get back to Sandleitengasse, the starting point of the hike.
This tour through the extensive Lainzer Tiergarten starts in Hütteldorf, at the terminus of the U4 line. A unique natural landscape with streams, forests and meadows extends over 2,450 hectares.You cross the Wien River and after a few steps you are standing in the middle of the countryside. You hike through the hilly landscape on well-tended paths. A spacious meadow awaits you at Wiener Blick, which is a popular place for picnics with a view.You hike through dense mixed forest to the magnificent Hermesvilla. This castle was the center of the former imperial hunting area of Emperor Franz Josef. Inside you can visit changing exhibitions. The garden with the eponymous statue of Hermes is also worth seeing.The stream of the Katzengraben leads you through shady forest. The Hubertuswarte is located on the 540 meter high Kaltbründelberg. This is the highest point in the Lainzer Tiergarten. If you want to enjoy a fantastic all-round view, you can climb onto the observation deck of the control room.It is not far from the hill of the Kaltbründelberg to the cozy Hirschgstemm restaurant. Here you can try your way through regional delicacies.The last section of the circular hike is flat, without any major inclines. On the way back you can make a detour to the Grünau pond. At the Nikolaitor you leave the Lainzer Tiergarten and go back to the starting point.
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In the stone courtyard you walk between the Art Nouveau buildings of the Otto Wagner Hospital to the Dehnepark. There lies the ruined villa in the dense green. Benches at the nearby pond invite you to take a break by the water.You walk over forest paths up to the hill of the Lemoniberg. From there you can approach the Otto Wagner Church, one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Vienna. The huge cupola made of copper and the golden ornaments are a real eye-catcher. The view over the hospital grounds and the city is wonderful.Outside the area you can also visit the Kuffner observatory. A beautiful brick building that offers guided tours on the subject of astronomy. Via side streets and the Steinhofer Park you get back to the starting point of the hike.The Otto Wagner Hospital, also known as the Baumgartner Höhe social medicine center, has a long history. It was built at the beginning of the last century and served as a neurological clinic. The entire complex, with more than 60 buildings, is laid out like a park and is perfect for a walk.This tour through the Steinhof grounds in western Vienna starts at the Otto-Wagner-Spital bus stop on lines 47A and 48A.
This tour through the wine region of Vienna takes you from Nussdorf over the Kahlenberg to Klosterneuburg. The hilly landscape is shaped by viticulture. Although you are in the middle of nature, the Vienna skyline is very close.From the city's most famous local mountain, the Kahlenberg, a spectacular view opens up: on a clear day you can see from the wind turbines in Burgenland over the green Danube to St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 450 meter high mountain you can also visit the Stefaniewarte, the Josefskirche and the Kaiserin-Elisabeth-Ruhe.On the way to Klosterneuburg, wonderful nature awaits you and you also cross the border to Lower Austria. Before you reach your destination, the well-known Klosterneuburg Abbey, you can stop off at the cozy Josefinenhütte. Regional cuisine and an alpine hut atmosphere await you.The over 900 year old monastery with its ornate facade is the architectural highlight of this hike. For nine euros you can take a look at the ornate interiors of the building. At the end of your tour you have the opportunity to stop in one of the three restaurants in Klosterstift.You can get to Nussdorf by tram line D or by S-Bahn. The paths are easy to walk on, but I still recommend sturdy shoes. To get back to Vienna from Klosterneuburg, you can take the 400 or 402 bus to the Heiligenstadt underground station. Since Klosterneuburg is in Lower Austria, the Wiener Linien ticket is not valid, which is why you need an extra ticket to the city limits.
The starting point of this hike is in Hütteldorf at the terminus of the U4 line. In the foothills of Vienna you will find houses and quiet alleys surrounded by gardens. This tour takes you through green quarters, forests and to an architectural feature, the Otto Wagner Villa.You reach the Wolfersberg hill through an allotment garden. Then you hike on side streets and through parks towards Baumgartner Wald. Before you enter the forest, you have the opportunity to admire Laudon Castle.On the way up to the 480 meter high Kolbeterberg you will pass the Turkish stones. This small clearing is good for a break. There is a small summit cross and a bench on the Kolbeterberg. The view of the treetops is fantastic, especially in autumn, when the leaves change color.From the highest point of this hike, it goes on quiet streets past magnificent residential buildings to the Otto Wagner Villa. This magnificent building with an artistic garden is now home to the Ernst Fuchs Museum. For eleven euros you can pay a visit to the interior and the beautiful outdoor area.You can return to the starting point either directly via the Paradiesgrund recreation area or take a short detour to the Silver Lake, which is well worth seeing.
The Viennese are known for their morbid and black humor, which is why they love their central cemetery. But this place is not just a cemetery, but a green park where you can find peace. There are many routes through the complex. On this one hour tour you can get an overview of the different sections.The natural, Jewish part is particularly atmospheric: Here you can walk between ancient trees and you might even come across deer and rabbits. Since many of these graves are no longer cared for, a forest has emerged at the Old Jewish Cemetery.The spacious tree-lined avenues and geometrically laid out paths are reminiscent of French parks. The central cemetery is divided into different parts. You will also find a Buddhist group and some honor graves of well-known personalities here.In the center of the central cemetery is the magnificent Dr. Karl Lueger Memorial Church. The impressive building, which was planned by a student of Otto Wagner, has been enthroning the cemetery since 1911. The green dome is a good landmark.The tram lines 6 and 71 connect the center of Vienna with the first gate of the central cemetery. There is also a large parking lot there.
Over 16 kilometers, this round takes you to varied highlights in Perchtoldsdorf. Perchtoldsdorf is in Lower Austria, on the border with Vienna. From Liesing you take the bus to the starting point of the hike, the market square with the castle. Alternatively, you can start this hike from Perchtoldsdorf train station (about 15 minutes' walk from the castle).From the market square you hike through the Bewischpark into the green vineyards of Perchtoldsdorf. The view sweeps over the hilly landscape and the city. There is a small summit cross on the 590 meter high Gaisberg. Here you have reached the highest point of your hike and can enter yourself in the summit book. You will find peace and fresh air in the surrounding forests.Over winding paths, near the border between Lower Austria and Vienna, you get to the nature reserve Fischerwiesen. You can cool off in the clear water of the quarry lake. To the north of the lake are the remains of the Kammerstein ruins. Over the Perchtoldsdorfer Heide you hike back to the starting point.Since the Wiener Linien ticket is not valid in Lower Austria, you need an extra ticket from the city limits. The Salzstanglwirt or the Mohrenberger Alm are ideal for a stop on your tour.
The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the landmarks of Vienna, along with the Ferris wheel and St. Stephen's Cathedral. This leisurely tour takes you to the lesser-known corners of the magnificent gardens.With the U4 you get to the Schönbrunn stop, from there you follow the main street to the castle entrance. Through the massive gate you enter the large forecourt of the castle. You can also use this tour to visit the magnificent interiors.The hike through the castle park is like traveling back in time. The colorful flower beds, the paths lined with statues and ornate fountains are great photo opportunities.You walk through the romantic chamber garden and the riding school garden, which is surrounded by fragrant roses, to the palm house. In the impressive tropical house you can marvel at exotic plants.If you follow the wide avenue along the zoo, you will come to the ornate Neptune Fountain. It zigzags on gravel paths up to the hill where the Gloriette stands. In the delightful pavilion there is a café where you can take a break. The view of the city and Schönbrunn Palace is unique.A piece of forest adjoins the Gloriette, where you can find peace from the hustle and bustle and the other visitors. At the Sybillengrotte you step out of the forest again and follow the path to Meidlinger Tor. With a little luck, you will meet trusting squirrels in this part of the castle park.At Landtmanns Jausenstation, which is hidden behind high hedges, you can stop off at the end. Via the Meidlinger Tor you come back to the underground station of the U4.