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 walk, can be reached by taking the tram lines 2 or 10. The further you walk up the streets lined with old trees, the greener the landscape becomes.You walk past grapevines and after a short while see the magnificent castle on Wilhelminenberg. The great view of Vienna from the spacious meadow at the castle is a secret.You will reach the Ottakringer Jubiläumswarte through the shady communal forest. A great opportunity to climb the 31 meter high viewing platform. The panoramic view of the Vienna Woods and the urban area is impressive.At the Kreuzeichenwiese you have reached the highest point. The sprawling lawn is a popular and sunny picnic spot surrounded by dense forest. Via forest paths and the steps of the donkey stairs, you will reach Villa Aurora. The beautiful garden is ideal for a stop.From the Villa Aurora you can walk back to the Sandleitengasse, the starting point of the hike.
This tour through the extensive Lainzer Tiergarten starts in Hütteldorf, at the terminus of the line U4. On 2,450 hectares extends a unique natural landscape with streams, forests and meadows.You cross the river Wien and after a few steps you are standing in the middle of the green. On well maintained paths you wander through the hilly landscape. At the Viennese view, a spacious meadow awaits you, which is a popular picnic spot with a view.Through dense mixed forest you hike on to the magnificent Hermesvilla. This castle was the center of the former imperial hunting grounds of Emperor Franz Josef. Inside you can visit changing exhibitions. Also the garden with the eponymous statue of Hermes is worth seeing.The stream of the Katzengraben leads you through a shady forest. On the 540 meter high Kaltbründelberg stands the Hubertuswarte. This is the highest point of the Lainzer Tiergarten. If you want to enjoy a fantastic all-round view, you can climb the viewing platform of the control room.From the hill of Kaltbründelberg it is not far to the cozy restaurant Hirschgstemm. Here you can taste regional delicacies.The last section of the circular walk runs flat, without major gradients. On the way back you can make a detour to the Grünauer pond. At the Nikolaitor you leave the Lainzer Tiergarten and go back to the starting point.
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In the Steinhof grounds you can stroll between the Art Nouveau buildings of the Otto Wagner Hospital to Dehnepark. There lies the ruins villa in the dense green. At the nearby pond benches invite you to take a break at the water.On forest roads you walk up to the hill of Lemonibergs. From there you can approach the Otto Wagner Church, one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Vienna. The huge dome of copper and the golden ornaments are a real eye-catcher. The view over the hospital area and the city is magnificent.Outside the area, you can visit the Kuffner Observatory. A beautiful brick building offering guided tours on astronomy. Via side roads and the Steinhofer Park you will get back to the starting point of the hike.
The Otto Wagner Hospital, also called the Social Medical Center Baumgartner Höhe, has a long history. It was built at the beginning of the last century and served as a mental hospital. The entire complex, with more than 60 buildings, is laid out like a park and is perfect for a walk.This tour through the Steinhofgründe in western Vienna starts at the bus stop Otto-Wagner-Spital, 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 characterized by viticulture. Although you are in the middle of nature, the skyline of Vienna is very close.From the most famous mountain of the city, the Kahlenberg, a spectacular view opens up: On clear days, you can see from the wind turbines in Burgenland across the green Danube to St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 450 meter high mountain you can also visit the Stefaniewarte, the Josefskirche and the Empress Elisabeth rest.On the way to Klosterneuburg you can expect beautiful nature and also you cross the border to Lower Austria. Before you reach the destination, the well-known abbey Klosterneuburg, you can stop in the cozy Josefinenhütte. Regional cuisine and alpine hut atmosphere await you.The more than 900 years old monastery with its ornate façade is the architectural highlight of this hike. For nine euros you can see the artful interiors of the building. At the end of your tour you have the opportunity to stop at one of the three restaurants in Klosterstift.After Nussdorf you can reach with the tram line D or with the S-Bahn. The paths are easy to walk, but we recommend sturdy shoes. To get from Klosterneuburg back to Vienna, you can take the bus line 400 or 402 to the metro station Heiligenstadt. Since Klosterneuburg is located in Lower Austria, the Wiener Linien ticket is not valid, so you need an extra ticket to the city limits.
The starting point of this hike is in Hütteldorf at the terminus of the line U4. In the foothills of Vienna you will find houses surrounded by gardens and quiet streets. This tour takes you through green areas, forests and to an architectural feature, the Otto Wagner Villa.Through a small garden settlement you reach the hill Wolfersberg. Then you hike on side roads and through parks direction Baumgartner forest. Before you enter the forest, you have the opportunity to admire the castle Laudon.On the way up to the 480 meter high Kolbeterberg you will pass the Turks. This small clearing is well suited for a break. On the Kolbeterberg are a small summit cross and a resting bench. The view of the treetops is fantastic, especially in autumn, when the leaves change color.From the highest point of this hike, the route continues on quiet roads past magnificent residential buildings to the Otto Wagner Villa. This magnificent building with an ornate garden now houses the Ernst Fuchs Museum. For eleven euros, you can pay a visit to the interiors and the beautiful outdoor area.You will return to the starting point in Hütteldorf via the recreational area Paradiesgründe, which adjoins the Otto Wagner Villa.
The Viennese are known for their morbid and black humor, so they love their central cemetery. But this place is not just a cemetery, but a green park where you can rest. There are many paths through the facility. On this one-hour tour you can get an overview of the different sections.Particularly atmospheric is the natural, Jewish part: Here you can walk between ancient trees and may even meet deer and rabbits. Since many of these graves are no longer maintained, a forest has emerged at the Old Jewish Cemetery.The generous tree avenues and geometric paths are reminiscent of French parks. The central cemetery is divided into different parts. So you will also find a Buddhist group and some honorary graves of famous people.In the center of the central cemetery stands the magnificent Dr. Karl Lueger Memorial Church. Since the year 1911 the impressive building, which was planned by a pupil of Otto Wagner, is enthroned above the cemetery. The green dome is a good landmark.Tram lines 6 and 71 connect the center of Vienna with the 1st gate of the central cemetery. There is also a large parking lot.
At 16 kilometers, this round takes you to varied highlights in Perchtoldsdorf. Perchtoldsdorf is located in Lower Austria, on the border to Vienna. From Liesing you take the bus to the starting point of the hike, the marketplace with the castle. Alternatively, you can start this hike from Perchtoldsdorf train station (about a 15-minute walk from the castle).From the market square you walk through the Begrischpark into the green vineyards of Perchtoldsdorf. The view sweeps over the hilly landscape and the city. On the 590 meter high Gaisberg is a small summit cross. Here you have reached the highest point of your hike and can register yourself in the summit book. In the surrounding woods you will be welcomed by peace and fresh air.Along winding paths, near the border between Lower Austria and Vienna, you will reach the nature reserve Fischerwiesen. You can cool off in the clear waters of the quarry lake. North of the lake lie the remains of the ruin Kammerstein. Via the Perchtoldsdorfer Heide you hike back to the castle.Since the ticket of Wiener Linien in Lower Austria does not apply, you need an extra ticket from the city limits. For a stop on your tour you can visit the Salzstanglwirt or the Mohrenberger Alm.
The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the landmarks of Vienna next to the Giant Ferris Wheel and St. Stephen's Cathedral. This leisurely tour takes you to the more unknown corners of the magnificent gardens.With the U4 you reach the stop Schönbrunn, from there you follow the main road to the castle entrance. Through the massive gate you enter the large forecourt of the castle. You can also use this tour for a tour of the magnificent interiors.The hike through the castle park is like a journey through time. The colorful flowerbeds, the statues lined paths and elaborate fountains are great photo opportunities.Through the romantic chamber garden and the riding school garden surrounded by fragrant roses you walk to the palm house. In the impressive tropical house you can admire exotic plants.If you follow the wide avenue along the zoo, you will come to the ornate Neptune Fountain. In a zig-zag, it goes on gravel paths up to the hill where the Gloriette stands. In the charming pavilion there is a café where you can take a break. The view of the city and Schönbrunn Palace is unique.The Gloriette is adjoined by a wooded area where you can find peace and quiet and the other visitors. At the Sybillengrotte you step out of the forest and follow the path to the Meidlinger Tor. In this part of the castle park, you may meet trusting squirrels with a bit of luck.At Landtmann's Jausenstation, which is hidden behind high hedges, you can finally stop by. Via the Meidlinger Tor you return to the U4 underground station.