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.
Information on public transport timetables and tickets can be found, here:
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…
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…
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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