Vienna Woods
Vienna Woods
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Unspoiled forest land that lies to the west and south of the city of Vienna.
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Vienna’s poshest green leafy suburb is also its most romantic hotspot. Walk up Grinzinger Strasse with its many historic wine taverns. The tops of nearby Nussberg and Reisenberg hills make for great strolls through the vineyards, and the occasional discovery of a hidden winery. Popular local weekend hangouts are Neustift am Walde with even more great wine taverns, and café restaurant Cobenzl, up on Cobenzl hill – fantastic for great vistas of Vienna. The woodland around Kahlenberg has a wonderful and not too strenuous hiking path - just don't forget the insect repellent. If you have adventurous children, take them to Waldseilpark Kahlenberg (forest rope park Kahlenberg). A must-do if you want a taste of the Vienna Woods is a stop at Josefinenhütte next door with its great food, cosy interiors and wonderful outdoor space.
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dr.jth
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Feb 2020
The Vienna woods are not hard to reach from the 19th district. There are plenty of trails to use, with some small restaurants available from time to time. It is a great outing with friends to get some fresh air and exercise. Take some water with you, especially in the summer months. You are destined to meet some very nice people.
Written February 20, 2020
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james_tesol_teacher
Concord, NH57 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
I took a wWalk in the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) while I was in Vienna. I took the U-4 subway line to Heiligenstadt and then bus #38A to nearby Kahlensberg, a hill overlooking Vienna and offering some great views. (Kahlenberg is the site of a meeting between Albert Einstein and other prominent scientists to discuss the creation of an encyclopedia of scientific knowledge.) After walking around the hill, I hopped back on bus #38A and rode bit further away from the city to Leopoldsberg, a larger hill for some more beautiful views of Vienna. On the way the bus went through lovely Grinzing. Once in Leopoldsberg, I enjoyed the views and took the path (downhill) toward Grinzing. The walk through the woods and vinyards was very nice. I met some locals walking and jogging, and saw some vineyard workers. Other than that, I just enjoyed the lovely views and sounds of nature. Once in Grinzing, I walked through a couple of beautiful neighborhoods and then went to the bus stop in Grinzing to take Bus #38 back to Vienna. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. A Vienna bus ticket (or other public transportation ticket) is all that’s needed to get to Leopoldsberg. After my walk through the vinyards, I ate at a wine garden (Heuriger). There are several in this area. Vienna is noted for its wine gardens (restaurants) where local food (often buffet style) is served with Vienna’s newly bottled wine.
Written November 9, 2013
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LADAVIES_13
Paris, France31 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
From the centre of Vienna take a bus to Grinzing Getting off at the Karl Marx Hof, worth seeing for itself, and then take a 38 bus up the hill to St Joseph's and start a wonderful walk from there back, through the Vienna Woods, to Grinzing. It's wonderful strolling through the wooded hills with magnificent views opening up from time to time and on arriving back in Grinzing stop for a glass of wine ot two and some typical Austrian food at one of the Heuriger.
Written May 27, 2014
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Jae L
Long Island, NY5,904 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert was a prolific composer who had not received due recognition for his compositions during his short life, suffered from financial difficulty and poor health, ending his life prematurely at the age of 31. You can visit Schubert's birth house/museum and the romantic Vienna woods in one combined trip by U-Bahn, tram, and bus for free with Vienna travel card (e.g. 48 hour card or 72-hour card) which allows you unlimited travel through Vienna by public transportation. (I) Schubert House/Museum: You can visit Schubert home by taking U-Bahn (Line U6: Brown line: Floridsdorf direction) to Nussdorfer Strasse Stop --> Upon getting off the U-Bahn, walk to Nussdorfer Strasse to board Tram # 37 to Canisiusgasse Stop (first stop) --> Walk to nearby Schubert House/Museum at Nußdorfer Str. 54. The museum has nostalgic air of Schubert's presence. There are many memorabilia of Schubert, including his trademark spectacles.
(II) After visiting Schubert's House, you can go to the nearby Tram stop (Canisiusgasse Stop) for Tram 37 to return to the U-Bahn station (Nussdorfer Strasse Station). --> Take U-Bahn (Line U6: Brown line: Floridsdorf direction), and get off at the next stop (Spittelau Stop). --> Here, transfer to U-Bahn Line 4 (Green Line to Heiligenstadt direction: Take the head car of the T-Bahn train if possible) --> At the next stop (Heiligenstadt Stop), get off the train, and walk forward toward the station exit. Right outside the station exit, look for Bus # 38A with "Kahlenberg" destination sign. [Make sure to take Bus # 38A with "Kahlenberg" destination sign, because not all Bus # 38A goes to Vienna Woods].
Bus # 38A to Kahlenberg will pass through Grinzing where Schubert used to spend many nights with his friends. The bus will drive up a hilly road to a large parking area with a coffee shop (Kobenzl stop). Don’t get off the bus here. Some people might get off here by mistake. But this is not Kahlenberg which offers most complete panoramic view of Vienna. Stay on the bus, and the bus will turn around the parking lot and return the way it came up as if it is returning to Vienna. But don’t worry. It will just go back a while, and then make a few more stops before going up to Kahlenberg, which is on top of a hill, and it is the last stop with a large parking lot (Pakrplatz). Everyone will get off here. If not sure, ask the driver if this is the last stop, Kahlenberg. When you follow the trail to the top from the bus, you will pass a small church on the left. Pass the church, and walk veering to the left to reach a restaurant complex. There, you can find the observation area to enjoy the breathtaking view of Vienna Woods. You can enjoy a cup of coffee or ice cream at the restaurant's outdoor table. After enjoying your time here, you will walk back to the large parking area for Bus 38A waiting there. When the bus arrives at Heiligenstadt U-Bahn stop, you can get off the bus and board U-Bahn (Line 4: Green Line: Board the 2nd or 3rd car from the head) --> Get off at Karlsplatz Station, where you can connect to U-Bahn Line 1 to go to Stephansplatz or just walk toward Vienna Opera House or other destination.
Written March 14, 2017
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CarolDM1900
Montpelier, VT3,351 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Springtime in the Wienerwald is glorious. Just look at the pics to see the beauty. If you go, here are 3 great routes to walk or run. They vary in length, scenery and degree of difficulty. All are accessible via public transport from central Vienna. For detailed info, scroll down to "Helpful Hints."

#1 KAHLENBERG TO NUSSDORF: This is a downhill trail that begins near the Kahlenberg overlook, with a narrow, rocky, steep descent through pretty woods and then a longer, easier stroll along the cascading Schreiberbach stream through the Wildgrube to the Beethovengang. The latter is a stream-side park, where the great composer often walked while living nearby in Heiligenstadt, now (with Nussdorf and Grinzing) part of Vienna's 19th District, Döbling.

Running time: 25-30 minutes
Walking time: 45-60 minutes (depends on how frequently you stop to admire the scenery, however)

Transport: Tram 38 to Grinzing from Schottentor (station on the U-Bahn's U2 line). Exiting toward rear of tram, go under the archway and cross the street to the stop for the 38A bus uphill to Kahlenberg. For the return trip, exiting the Beethovengang, you'll see the last stop of the D tram. Take it back to central Vienna.

#2: COBENZL-HERMANNSKOGEL: This is a challenging trail that begins at the Cobenzl winery, one of the stops on the 38A bus route from Grinzing. At 542 m (1778 ft.) Hermannskogel is the tallest peak in Vienna. It is right on the border with Lower Austria. The trail rising to its summit, with splendid long-distance views, is steep and rocky both coming and going. In early-to-mid May, the deeply forested slopes are covered as far as the eye can see with a profusion of white flowers--wild garlic--creating a magical effect.

The trail actually loops around the Gasthaus zum Agnesbründl. There, going to and/or from Hermannskogel, you can enjoy good traditional food and drink. You can select a return route that will take you back to Cobenzl or on to Sievering by two different routes, one more direct that follows a stream bordered in May with masses of wild garlic and the other a longer loop trail that goes through less-visited areas where deer can sometimes be seen. There are sign-boards with maps and distances for all the trails right by Agnesbrünnl.

Running Time: shortest route is about 30-40 minutes, allowing for slow progress over steep, rocky sections and a stop at the summit to take in views. Longer routes can take 1-1.5 hours.
Walking Time: shortest route is an hour or a bit more, with same qualifiers as above. Longer routes can take 1.5-2 hours or more.

Transport: Tram 38 and bus 38A as above, but get off at the Cobenzl Parkplatz. Exiting the parking lot, turn right and follow the road directly ahead toward the woods. Look for signs to Agnesbründl/Jägerwiese/Habsburgwarte/Hermannskogel. See "Helpful Hints" for more details and a few cautions. If returning to Cobenzl, take Bus 38A [Direction Heiligenstadt) rom the parkplatz to Grinzing, and from there catch the 38 tram back to Schottentor. If returning via Sievering, take Bus 39A to Heilegenstadt station, where you can catch the U-Bahn U4 line back to central Vienna.

#3 COBENZL-GRINZING via Oberer Reisenbergweg: This is a picturesque downhill stroll via a narrow old road that winds through vineyards from just in front and slightly to the left of Cobenzl's Cafe-Restaurant and scenic terrace back to Grinzing. Look for the street sign, Oberer Reisenbergweg. No special footwear or conditioning is required to enjoy this one!

Running time: 20 minutes.
Walking time: 30-40 minutes.

Transport: Tram 38 and bus 38A to Cobenzl Parkplatz, as above. Walk back to Grinzing on Oberer Reisenbergweg. From there, take Tram 38 to central Vienna.

HELPFUL HINTS:

SIGNS: Wienerwald Trails are well marked, often including large maps and signs showing many routes. That said, too much of a good thing can be confusing. If you come to an area with several signs, read ALL of them. Don't rely on color-coded blazes. Sometimes 2 trails run together. You may suddenly see the "wrong" color and think you've gone the wrong way. Worse, there is not a single Stadtwanderweg 2 with red blazes, but many different routes using that designation and color. Most important: Know where you are going, not just the final destination but points in between. It's a good idea to use your phone or digital camera take a photo of one of the larger maps showing all the trails and how they connect. That way, you can pull it up to consult if you are unsure of which trail to take.

SIGNS, continued: Here is an example of what you need to know. If heading to Hermannskogel from Cobenzl, you will be following signs that may list Agnesbründl, Agneswiese, Jägerwiese, Habsburgwarte (the latter a tall brick tower at the summit, which you can climb for views on weekends). and/or Rohrerwiese. They will indicate that you're on the right trail for the summit. But if you see something for, say, Fischerhaus, that trail will not get you there. Be familiar with the place-names near your destination.

CAUTION/BIKES: The steep, winding trail from Kahlenberg attracts mountain bikers sometimes going very fast. If you hear a bike coming down the steep hill behind you, immediately move to the side of the trail to avoid an accident. The same is true of the steep descent from Hermannskogel.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS for trail from Kahlenberg to Nussdorf: This trail begins on a winding paved road downhill and to the right from the Module University right near the Kahlenberg overlook. After a few downhill turns on the road, there will be a red painted arrow on a tree that points to a dirt trail on the right and a small sign there that says Stadtwanderweg 2. Do not continue to follow the paved road that swings to the left, or you will end up in vineyards and not where you need to be. The dirt trail to your right is the way to the Wildgrube, where after descending through the woods you will pick up a gently sloping (downhill) dirt road along Schreiberbach stream. Follow along the stream downhill to the left and you will eventually run directly into the Beethovengang. At the end of that park you will find the turnabout for the last stop of Tram D to take back to central Vienna.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS for Long Trail from Hermannskogel to Sievering: If you want to walk or run far, this trail will do but can be confusing. You will be heading from the Hermannskogel summit back to Agnesbründl and then towards Grüass Di a Gott Wirt (a rustic cafe) and beyond that to Dreimarkstein, where the cafe Häuserl am Roan is located. Sometimes signs read Dreimarkstein and sometimes they read only Häuserl am Roan, but they are the same place. READ SIGNS VERY CAREFULLY at Grüass Di a Gott Wirt. You will have to cross a paved road to continue on to Dreimarkstein. When you get there, in front of the terrace of Häuserl am Roan, you'll see a parking lot. There is a stop there for bus 43A, which will take you back to Cobenzl if you would like to stop walking or running. Ask at the cafe if you can't find it. If you wish to continue on to Sievering, take the trail that skirts to the left along the parking lot. There is a big map near the bus stop that you can consult. From there you will soon get to another cafe, Häuserl am Stoan, and you will know you are on the correct route. By going straight ahead, you will eventually end up in Sievering where you can connect with Agnestrasse. Keep your eyes open and you will see a stop for the 39A bus to get you back to central Vienna via Heiligenstadt Station, where you can pick up the U-Bahn U4 line to central Vienna.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS for Direct Trail from Hermannskogel /Agnesbründl to Sievering : This trail can also be a bit confusing. You'll descend along a stream, but as you approach Sievering, the stream will disappear underground. As you exit on city streets, look ahead and you will soon see a busier roadway with buses running along it. Head there, and you will find the bus stop for #39A to Heiligenstadt. From there, take the U-Bahn U4 back to central Vienna. If you decide you'd rather cut back to Cobenzl instead of going to Sievering, you can follow the signs for Cobenzl and take a trail that splits off to the left and goes under the Kohlenbrenner bridge, via Am Himmel. In May, the whole area is covered with white flowers -- wild garlic.

HISTORY: This is a beautiful area, easily accessible from central Vienna. It is also historic. In 1683 the relieving troops led by Polish King Jan Sobieski came over these peaks to surprise the besieging Turkish army at the gates of Vienna. As the Turks had not protected that flank, thinking no one would be foolish enough to attack from over such a mountainous route, they were defeated in a matter of hours and Vienna was saved. In walking these trails, you will be walking through history.
Written May 29, 2015
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Donald H
Rochester, NY246 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
I downloaded a few instructions on how to do a trip out of Vienna to Moedling/Vienna Woods and spent a glorious six hours today. The train from Vienna HbHf is easy (about 30 minutes). You get off at Moedling and start walking toward the hills that are clearly visible ahead and off to the right. It takes about 15 minutes to reach a trail (I chose 43) and then you start climbing for 20 minutes. On top of the very high hill you can follow 43 around until you intersect with other trails. They are clearly marked. The one that you eventually come to that leads (right) toward the castle ruins is wonderful. After climbing around the ruins, continue heading back downhill until you reach the bottom and eventually a major street. Turn to the right and you finally have done a loop with trail 43 and are back near the historic district, with many good lunch choices. All in all, a great day with exercise and sunshine. It was a Saturday but still not too many people on top and I made it back to Vienna in time to relax before dinner.
Written September 6, 2014
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Deuche
Brisbane, Australia286 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
The Vienna Woods, or Wienerwald, stretch from the northwest of the city down to the eastern-most foothills of the Alps. Near Vienna itself, the Wienerwald is studded with vineyards and local Heurigen or wine taverns. A great feature of the region is that the areas closest to the city are easily accessible by public transport. Two options worth considering are: tram #38, which finishes up at the beautiful wine village of Grinzing; and bus #38A, which goes up the winding road to the top of Kahlenberg hill and on to Am Cobenzl. At both locations there are various cafes, and there are numerous walking trails in the vicinity. There are magnificent views towards Vienna and the Danube from the viewing terrace at Kahlenberg. Also at Kahlenberg is the Baroque Josefskirche, built to commemorate the relief of Vienna from the Turkish siege in 1683.
Written January 20, 2015
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Life2Travel
Denver, NC1,574 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We visited "Vienna Woods" as part of our private tour of Vienna. I don't get it, it was a bit of a drive "through the woods" and then we stopped at a viewing area with shops for a view of Vienna. Not sure if there is more to see in the area, but our visit was not worth the time. I would have enjoyed more time in the city of Vienna.
Written November 6, 2017
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Off_to_see_the_w0rld
Vancouver, Canada86 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I'm a mountain girl from Vancouver and I was a bit disappointed to realize that it was impractical to visit the mountains from Vienna, so I settled a nice walk in the woods. I'm not exactly sure where the woods start and ends, but it covers many, many kms. I entered from the city by taking the 48A bus up to Vienna hospital and walking straight up into the park and woods beyond the church with the Golden dome behind the hospital. Unfortunately, I went two days before school was to let out and every teacher in the city decided to take their students out into the woods, which was irritating for the first couple hours, but, as I walked about 23km for seven hours, I was able to ditch the kids and find peace and quiet and mainly solitude for hours. The trails are very well marked with stripped marks painted on the trees. The trees are beautiful and overall, I had a lovely day. Although not as grand as what I'm used to, I still loved being outdoors. I should also mention that the area I walked in, was not the primary area of the woods that most tourists visit. I believe many people choose to take tours from Vienna and they drive you to more popular entrances which are approximately 50 km west of were I was.
Written July 4, 2018
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AdelaideGolfer
Adelaide, Australia47 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
After reading Trip Advisor reviews we decided to do our own tour of the Vienna Woods and found it really easy and a beautiful way to spend a half day or more.
We took the 38 tram from Universitat station to Grinzing. This is a quaint area, which was nice and quiet in the middle of the day. You can then take the 38a bus from the station, however some buses stop and return to Grinzing before you have gone far up the hill. The bus stops show the timetables and where the buses will end.

As we didn't have any maps, we ended up walking up to Kahlenberg from Wagenwiese, via the Nuberg walk and while it was a little steep in places, anyone can do it if reasonably fit and it only took us about 30 minutes. The path is well marked and signposted. I have since discovered good maps of the paths on Openstreetmap.org: http://www.openstreetmap.org/node/330787264#map=14/48.2639/16.3271

The views from Kahlenberg were superb and is a lovely place to stop and we had a light lunch and drink, taking in the view. We didn't walk through a lot of the Vienna Woods, so you may want to follow other paths, but we still thoroughly enjoyed the vineyards and views.
Written August 25, 2014
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