The Best Hiking Trail In Vienna – Stadtwanderweg 1A
Strap on your boots, fill-up that water bottle, and get ready for one of the most amazing hiking trails that you can experience in Vienna! Starting on the banks of the mighty Danube River and ending in the beautiful vineyards of the Nussberg, you begin by making your way to the bus station of “Kahlenbergerdorf,” and then proceeding towards the bottom of the majestic, Leopoldsberg.
When you get to the base of the hill, follow the signs marked “Stadtwanderweg 1A,” and slowly ascend to the magnificent peak of Leopoldsberg. As you begin to get higher, you will start to experience what is arguably one of the best views in the entire city… the views are simply breathtaking, so you’re going to want to take your time getting to the top! However, it’s not just the views that will slow you down – the initial climb is quite steep and you should be prepared for a good 45-60 minute workout!
Once you have taken in the picturesque views of the Danube River and the surrounding countryside, you will move on to the next stop – Kahlenberg. This section of the hike is relatively flat and could be considered to be quite an easy stroll through the forest, with only a slight elevation at the very end to reach the peak. In this section you will also come across a fantastic restaurant named Josefinenhütte, which comes highly recommended as the ideal place to stop for a bite to eat or a nice cold beverage! Once you have finished your meal, it is only a short 10-minute walk to the peak of the Kahlenberg, where you can experience yet another fantastic view of the city below.
From here on in, it’s all downhill. Consult one of the nearby hiking maps to get your bearings on how to proceed along the Stadtwanderweg 1A, in the direction of Nussberg. Of course, from Kahlenberg you can indeed end the tour and catch a public bus back to the city, but the last half of the hike really finishes with a bang, so we strongly recommend completing the loop!
As you begin your decent through the forest, the trees will begin to clear and you will eventually find yourself on the top of the Nussberg, which is often referred too as the Vienna Wine Walk by the locals. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does! The Vienna Wine Walk is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. It consists of endless stretches of wineries, and the path is dotted with fabulous little wine stands called “heurigers.” Explore the stunning vineyards and admire magnificent view as the sun sets over the horizon. There is no better place to sit back at the end of the day, with a glass of some the best locally produced wine you can find, you can relax in one of the most spectacular settings the city has to offer… Trust us, when the sun is out and shining, Vienna just doesn’t get any better than this!
At the end of the day, when you’re finally ready to leave heaven, follow the path down to the small town of Nussdorf, where you can board the tram right back into the city centre. And when the journey is finally over, we guarantee you will go to bed knowing that this life truly is blessed!
TIP: If you feel like walking just a little bit further, we recommend going from Nussdorf, up to the neighbouring town of Grinzing, and stopping in at a Heuriger called Zum Martin Zepp for lunch or dinner, depending on the time you arrive. The walk is very nice, and you will get to experience more of these quaint and traditional Viennese towns along the way. When you arrive, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is great – we highly recommend!
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE ALONG THE WAY…
THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS FROM LEOPOLDSBERG
Leopoldsberg is arguably Vienna’s most famous hill, standing around 424-meters tall, overlooking the mighty Danube River which flows below at its base. This stunning location is well-known for its picturesque hiking trails through the Viennese Woods, as well as its unobstructed views of the city which are nothing short of breathtaking. Take the day to explore these pristine natural surrounds, then rest for a meal in one of the area’s traditional wine cellars and restaurants, called “Heurigen”. It’s a way of seeing Vienna that most people don’t get the opportunity to experience, and it should not be missed!
Kahlenberg Forest Rope Park (Waldseilpark Kahlenberg)
For a fun day out with the family, why not take a trip to the amazing Kahlenberg Forest Rope Park (Waldseilpark Kahlenberg), located at the very top of the iconic Kahlenberg! This thrilling high-ropes course has routes to challenge every level of climber, from absolute first-timers right through to the supreme experts. Spend a day hanging from the trees and swinging through the air, as you experience the clean air and the green of the famous Vienna Woods, in a way you never thought possible! From rope bridges to wobbly nets, and even flying foxes, there is so much fun to be had at the exhilarating and impressive, Kahlenberg Forest Rope Park (Waldseilpark Kahlenberg)!
Josefinenhütte – A Great Spot To Stop For Lunch
The Josefinenhütte is a fantastic traditional Austrian restaurant which can be found on the Kahlenberg, about half-way along the Vienna City Hike 1A. Serving a wide-range of Austrian cuisine, the Josefinenhütte is the perfect place to stop in for a meal and a cold beverage, while hiking the nearby Leopoldsberg and Kahlenberg. With a large outdoor courtyard, as well as plenty of indoor seating, it’s a great location to break up a nice summers’ stroll through the woods. So if you’re in the vicinity, why don’t you stop by and say hello!
KAHLENBERG – VIENNA’S MOST POPULAR LOOKOUT POINT
Kahlenberg is a small hill on the outskirts of Vienna, which stands 484-metres tall and is located in the heart of the Viennese Woods. Make the journey to its peak by public bus, where you can experience fantastic unobstructed views of the city, take a short stroll through the many surrounding vineyards, or even hike some of the area’s most tranquil walking trails. There are also several authentic Austrian restaurants on offer, called “Heurigen,” so it’s very easy to make a full-day of it and experience Vienna in a way most tourists don’t get the opportunity too, away from the standard run-of-the-mill tourist trail!
Vienna Wine Walk (Nussberg) – Stop For A Relaxing Drink At A Heuriger
The Vienna Wine Walk is one of the city’s most famous walking trails, located on the mountain of Nussberg, on the outskirts of town. Take the short tram ride to the village of Nussdorf, and begin the walk up the hill towards the local vineyards. The trail is a wonderfully tranquil experience, as you trek through the countless rows of the vineyards and gaze over the beautiful city of Vienna, with unobstructed views as far as the eye can see. There are several small wine taverns along the way, so you can take your time, and sit back and relax with a glass of the local produce as you take in the picturesque scenery which surrounds you.
Mayer am Nussberg – Traditional Viennese Heuriger
Located at the peak of the Nussberg – toward the middle of the famous Vienna Wine Walk – you will find the beautiful and delightful Mayer am Nussberg. One of the nicer Heurigen you can experience, the Mayer am Nussberg is a fantastic place to sit back and relax on a perfect summers’ day. Serving spectacular locally produced wine and a range of delicious Austrian snacks, an afternoon at the Mayer am Nussberg is a great way to experience Vienna’s fantastic Heurigen culture!
Weingut Wailand – Traditional Viennese Heuriger
Perched at the very top of the picturesque Vienna Wine Walk on Nussberg – just before you begin to climb upwards to Kahlenberg – you will find the utterly delightful Weingut Wailand Heuriger. With spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding vineyards, the mighty Danube River, and much of Vienna, it’s easy to understand why a place like this can become so popular! Take a seat on the rustic terrace, or grab a table set among the rolling hills of the wineries below, as you relax for an afternoon of delectable locally produced wine and Austrian meats and cheeses.
Wieninger am Nussberg – Traditional Viennese Heuriger
There is no better way to spend a summers’ afternoon in Vienna than in the vineyards of the delightful Wieninger am Nussberg. This fabulous wine-tavern, or Heuriger to the locals, sits at the top of the Nussberg, overlooking the picturesque rolling mountains of the Vienna Wine Walk. Sip on locally produces wines, and graze on delectable Austrian meat and cheese platters, all while you relax with spectacular views, as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for a place to escape the busy city streets of Vienna, and experience the pristine countryside and Heurigen culture, then Wieninger am Nussberg is where you want to be!
Müller Johannes – Viennese Wine Stand
Right throughout the warmer months of the year, the Vienna Wine Walk on Nussberg draws visitors and residents from all over the city to come and experience the picturesque countryside of Vienna, as well as the magnificent splendor of nature and its many wonders. Hidden among these endless rows of beautiful vineyards, you will find the quiet and quaint wine station of Müller Johannes.
While Müller Johannes is much smaller than some of the other wineries in the area, it could also be considered to be all that much more relaxing, with much smaller crowds and a lot less noise to tend with! Come for a wine tasting and relax with some of the most spectacular views on Nussberg – it really is a great place to stop and rest your feet for a while!
Nussdorf – A Traditional Viennese Town
Located on the very outskirts of Vienna – Nussdorf is a small and quiet wine-town which is famous for its beautiful history and its delicious Heurigen culture. Heurigen are small wine-taverns which are scattered right throughout Nussdorf and its surrounding countryside, and people flock here from all over the city to try the delectable range of locally produced wines and traditional Austrian cuisines.
The great thing about Nussdorf though, is that it’s not just popular for being what it is… It’s also the gateway to many of Vienna’s most visited tourist attractions, such as Kahlenberg, Leopoldsberg, the Vienna Wine Walk on Nussberg, and some of the city’s best parks and hiking trails through the Vienna Woods! So it goes without saying, if you’re in the area checking out the sights, then Nussdorf is the perfect place to stop in and experience a Heurigen, before heading back to the city for the evening.
Grinzing – Finish The Tour With A Traditional Austrian Meal
Make the short journey out of Vienna to the fabulous quaint town of Grinzing; famously known for its spectacular food and wine, and its fascinating history! Explore the town and take a stroll through the many surrounding vineyards and the picturesque Viennese Woods (Wienerwald), then finish the day with a traditional Austrian meal at one of the many local Heurigen. Heurigen are traditional Austrian wine taverns, and Grinzing is home to some of the best Heurigen in all of Vienna, so it goes without saying that Grinzing should be at the top of everyone’s list of things to do in Vienna!
Zum Martin Sepp – The Best Heuriger In Vienna (Our Opinion)
The small town of Grinzing – located on the very outskirts of Vienna – is well-known for its quaint and cosy Heurigen, which are small wine taverns that serve up some of the best locally made wines and traditional Austrian cuisine that you could ever imagine. Zum Martin Sepp is not only a Heurige, but it is one of the best Heurigen that you can find in all of Grinzing, and possibly even Vienna. Offering a full a la carte menu, as well as a buffet of roast meats and vegetables, and an enormous salad-bar, Zum Martin Sepp is definitely one of the best ways to experience Grinzing and its world-famous Heurigen culture.
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