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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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PS00011
Sedona, AZ262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is one of my favorite parts of Vienna. You can very easily take the metro then connect to the 38 tram. It is a pleasant ride out to Grinzing. Exit and just start walking. You'll walk through beautiful vineyards, it is amazing this is part of one of the world's best cities.

It's a great but easy walk to the top, and if you're there late in the day or on a weekend, you can grab a glass of wine at a local heriguer out in the vines.

We did this yesterday in October, quiet with leaves changing. Stunning. A great thing to do when you are in Vienna.
Written October 13, 2022
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GracyInVienna
London, UK741 contributions
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Kahlenberg is definitely off the beaten path, but it does offer some of the best views of Vienna. In order to reach it take the U4 to the furthest station north (Heiligenstadt) and then jump on the 38A bus and take that almost all the way to the end. Although in the far reaches of Vienna, you won't be the only one there. Another way is to take the D or 38 trams all of the way to their ends and walk up to Kahlenberg through the vineyards. Either way, the views will not disappoint.

But for even better views, take the 38A bus all the way to Leopoldsberg (about every other bus goes all the way there). This allows you take in views of Klosterneuberg as well as Vienna.
Written October 9, 2010
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Richard Gabriel
Vienna, Austria4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderfull view, go Heilgenstadt on U4 go downstairs the escalators, make left and there is a " haltestelle" ( bus stop) of libe 38A.The bus takes you to Kahlenberg in 30 minutes!
Written December 25, 2013
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Jae W. Lee
Long Island, NY5,906 contributions
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Sep 2019
Kahlenberg has been a very popular destination for many visitors to Vienna, especially those who associate Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) with Beethoven’s “Pastorale Symphony”, Johann Strauss’ “Tales from Vienna Woods” walz, and Schubert’s “Lindenbaum” song. Kahlenberg can be easily reached from Vienna’s city center by public transportation. For example, you can take U-Bahn Line 1: Red line (Oberlaa direction) from Stephansplatz to Karlsplatz Station (1st stop)  Transfer to U-Bahn Line 4: Green line (Heiligenstadt direction)  Get off at the last stop (Heiligenstadt Station)  Take “Bus 38A” (Kahlenberg) waiting just outside the U-Bahn station.  Go all the way to the last stop (Kahlenberg) [caution: Don’t get off the bus until the hilltop stop where everyone gets off the bus, because there is an earlier hilltop bus stop which resembles Kahlenberg stop]  Walk along a path (rightward direction) to the small church on the left side (St. Joseph on Kahlenberg)  Pass the church, and follow the path hugging along the church on your left side until the observation area shows up. When we visited Kahlenberg last September, we used the above combination of U-Bahn and bus rides. Breathtaking vista of the beautiful and peaceful Vienna Woods and Danube River from the observation area was priceless, especially when we associated the scenes with beautiful music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss. After admiring the spectacular scenery for a whild, we decided to rest at a café there over ice cream. There were 2 cafe/restaurants at the observation area facing each other. We chose the café on the left hand side, facing the Vienna Woods, which seemed to be better than the othere café for light deserts. When we sat down at the table, waiters simply passed by our table without trying to take our order. We were a bit puzzled. Then, we noticed a small sign in the middle of our table; “Self Service”, That meant that we were sitting at the Self-Service table, not a full service table. So we simply went into the café and bought our ice cream from the counter, and returned to our table with the ice cream. After our ice cream break, we went back to the observation area to view the Vienna Woods again in a different light this time. The peaceful wooded field surrounding us was the critical battle field to determine the fate of Hapsburg Dynasty. On September 12, 1683, Polish King Jan III Sobieski’s light cavalry emerged on Kahlenberg hilltop, and launched a massive attack on Ottoman Turkish forces holding Vienna under prolonged seize. Polish cavalry, fighting along with forces of Holy Roman Empire & Hapsburg Dynasty, defeated the dazed Ottoman Turkish forces, and saved Vienna and Hapsburg Dynasty. This battle has been known as the Battle of Vienna, and there has been annual commemorative ceremony held on this Kahlenberg hilltop in mid-September. To our luck, we happened to witness such a ceremony unfolding right in front of us on the way back to the Kahlenberg bus stop. A large group of people in traditional Polish and Austrian costumes were conducting the ceremony. While watching the ceremony, we wondered what would have happened if Vienna could not be saved from the firm grip of Ottoman forces then. There would have been no 18th-19th century musical and cultural Golden Age in Austria, which would have been tremendous loss not only to Austria and Europe but also to the entire world. I would highly recommend everyone to visit Kahlenberg during their visit to Vienna.
Written January 29, 2020
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mayortony
Long Island, NY194 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Unless you're into hiking some steep trails through the Vienna Woods, this place is good for an hour or so to view the panorama, have a quick bite and explore the immediate area. The unspectacular church is hardly worth the time. Don't get me wrong. The view of the city and the local hills from this vantage point is wonderful. But how long would you like to stand there peering into the distance? For me, it took about 15 minutes to,get my fill, snap a few pictures, and move on. The cafés are exceedingly average. To get here, we took the U4 to Heilingenstadt, then the 38A bus to the last stop. The good part of the day were the cool breezes, a nice change from the 90 degree temperature in town. Also, if you need the public WC, make sure you have 50 Euro cents to get in.
Written June 9, 2014
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AddictedtoLife
Bengaluru, India37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We never had this in our initial plan. But this by far was the best. Well connected from the city by bus, Kahlenberg offers you one of the best views of Vienna. Its very windy there, so make sure you are clothed well. We walked down to the woods till Nussdorf to take a tram back to the city. The walk was awesome, with the continued views of Vienna on one side and the vine gardens on the other.
Written June 27, 2019
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Leander
Vienna, Austria16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
I am a local and i think this is the worst place to have a nice view. Better walk on the next hill 'leopoldsberg' (15min easy walk) and you will have a stunning 360degrees view not only over vienna.

Or if you have more time. Walk down from kahlenberg through the wineyards and enter a local winebar between grapes and beautiful nature.
Written January 6, 2016
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Pmmdub
County Dublin, Ireland55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
the 58A bus from Heiliginstadt will whisk you an hundreds of other up through the vineyards to Grinzing to the hill tops of Kahlenberg, from which you can enjoy wonderful views of he Danube and the City of Vienna laid below your feet. As the journey takes less than an hour, one Wiener Linien bus/tram/u-bahn ticket will suffice to whisk you from central Vienna to the forested glades where the only sound is the birdsong.
Written June 13, 2018
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Craig H
Wellington, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
On a bitterly cold winter day, this is still worth the journey out.
Whilst we didn't take any of the many pathways through the hillside, vineyards or woods, our 45 minute journey by public transport straight to the view point and church at Kahlenberg ensured we weren't troubled by the weather. (take the 38A from Heiligenstadt)
The views, even on a crisp, windy January, are spectacular, across pretty much the whole city. Would love to come back at a warmer time and walk the hills, I can imagine it to be beautiful.
Written January 20, 2018
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Wolfgang S
Tubingen, Germany14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
It is a bit of a travel by Bus , Taxi or rental car, but it is the best sight seeing of Vienna at all. And historical place. Nice restaurant, church , ab bit of walking but it is a Historical place with an stunning view on Vienna. Worth being there !
Written March 15, 2016
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