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:
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