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“Trip through the Vienna Woods”
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Owner description: Unspoiled forest land that lies to the west and south of the city of Vienna.
Reviewed May 25, 2013

South of Vienna, just where the foothills of the Alps begin, is also the area where the Viennese forests start. For centuries musicians, authors, artists, and princes have retreated here to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. .And it was here amidst the streams, the springs, the undulating landscape covered somewhere by rolling grasslands and somewhere by beeches, oaks and hornbeams , with clouds floating past the peaks ,that were they at their creative best.. It is said Viennese woods cast a magical spell and inspired many from Beethoven to Kafka.
And while princes hunted here, many often forgot their regal duties and obligations. We were taken to see Mayerling chapel at the former royal hunting lodge, the scene of suicide of the married Prince in 1889 and his mistress, which had been converted into a nunnery by the parents of the hapless prince. And at the spot, even today the inmates hold regular prayers..
Deep in the forest, at Heiligenkreuz, is an abbey where the first Sistine monks came from France in the 13th century and built a chapel, which has been active through the centuries. Even today resident monks study, contemplate, pray and farm there.
And nature is at its most remarkable best at the subterranean lake, accessed through a long tunnel dug initially for mining gypsum salt. but later for used by the army during World War II. Today Seagrotte is for nature lovers who walk down to the lake and take a boat ride in the spring water fed, marine-less water body in the quietness of the cave.

5  Thank Sosi
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

It's a little "large" to say "Vienna Woods", but there are literally hundreds of awesome things to do here: from hiking to drinking in beer gardens. I love wandering in the hills and listening for the clink of glasses as I approach the next "hydration station."

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I visited the Vienna Woods alone on a Thursday afternoon. I took the U4 to the las stop, at Heilingenstadt and easily found the 38A bus. The last stop for that bus was Kahlenberg. I took a quick look around and took in the view. It doesn't seem to be too crowded during the week but I will say that the bus up and down was very crowded with passengers crammed in and standing. I can't even imagine what that is like on a sunny weekend day! The views of the vineyards and Vienna and surroundings from Kahlenberg were pretty. I walked the 20-25 minute path to Leopoldsberg. I thought there was a cafe or something there, but only managed to find the old building itself. The bell did toll and I sat under a shady tree and enjoyed a picnic lunch with a nice view. I then started the walk down to the monastery in Klosterneuberg but realized about half way down that the monastery was within a town and not up in the hills (the walk down from Leopoldsberg is estimated to be 50 minutes, but it is all downhill, which means that it is very much uphill coming back!) I turned around and walked a different path back to join the main path to Kahlensberg. I hopped on the bus and stopped in Coblenz and walked down the trail to Grinzing where I caught the bus back to the U4 station.

I was a little disappointed -- most of the paths seem to be paved and there isn't a whole lot to see -- at least in the parts I reached. It's quite difficult for a non-German speaking tourist to navigate but there were maps at some points with colour coded trails, which was helpful. There are a few restaurants up there for those looking to eat out for the day. It definitely is a nice break from the city, but in my opinion it wasn't quite as amazing as others had made it out to be. I do think that if you have more than a few days in Vienna, this is a good stop on your trip, but if you're just here for a few days or a weekend, maybe give it a miss.

4  Thank lindsaymuirharris
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

All varieties of trails, well marked, and mostly very easy, allow you to hike for miles and miles through the woods and finally to hidden away restaurants, some with fireplaces. Gives you a true view of Vienna! Lots of picnic spots and signs make the woods a joy for all ages.

4  Thank Lacey S
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

The woods surround the west and south-west Vienna and stretch into Lower Austria. I can see parts of it from my flat windows and the locals go there for walks when they have nothing else to do. I walk there several times a year but especially on New Year`s Eve in the afternoon.

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