Parks & Hiking Trails
You might just take a short walk in one of the several parks in Vienna or go on a longer hiking tour, e.g. on special hiking trails in Vienna (Wiener Wanderwege) or Lower Austria. There are even special trails for strollers in Vienna.
Vienna Woods (in German)
Nationalpark Lobau, the Viennese jungle and the national park house is open for visitors from April until end of October. Especially kids love the big garden with playground and the current exhibition about bats. It is the start for different hiking and bicycle tours e.g. the Napoleon trail. It can be reached by the Lobau boat, too.
Stadtwanderweg 5: Starting point is the terminus of tram 31 at Stammersdorf, an insider tip for Heurigen and wine-lovers. The hiking tour will lead up the Bisamberg. The only Natura Trail in Vienna is also at Bisamberg. The famous wine-events are the Mailuefterl in May and the Sturmzeit in September.
Top destinations in this mountain area in the South are the Schneebergbahn at Puchberg, the Rax-Seilbahn at Hirschwang and the Zauberberg at Semmering. For these more expensive attractions it pays off to buy the Niederoesterreich card directly over there.
Magic Mountain Semmering
There are many hiking possibilities, whether down in the valley or up on top of the mountain, where you experience a marvelous view. There is even an observation tower. In the bike store you can rent GHOST and GIANT downhill and freeride bikes. A special family treat is a ride with the monster rollers.
Moenichkirchen is an instant winner – and not just for the cable car (LAC 276) and the mountain carts, but also for the swing trail. Only an hour from Vienna at an altitude of 1200 m it is about 10 degrees Celsius cooler. On top of the mountain there is a relaxing swing trail for families and the mountain carts make a lot of fun.
Make a trip to the Waldviertel (forest area in Lower Austria) and go to Ottenschlag for a hiking tour through the mystic woods with a cooling bath in the Ottenschlag pond afterwards. You might want to visit Sonnentor, the most successful organic enterprise in this area and have a guided tour in the company or on the herb trail.
Especially in spring, when the snow melts up on the mountains, but also on hot days it is an unforgettable journey. Many tourists arrive by buses on Sundays to climb up the walkways and ladders between the waterfalls. There is a marvelous view from the “Hausstein” and a big water playground for children.
From Wuerflach you enter the Johannesbachklamm. The 60 m deep and about 1000 m long gorge is located entirely in limestone. It’s always been a popular destination for hikers and for day trippers from Vienna. It was in 1902 when it was made accessible for the first time by the Vienna Nature Friends.
Have a lovely excursion to the wine trail at Neckenmarkt in Burgenland. Start at the Vinothek, where you get a map and can taste the international top red wines of this region, the “Blaufraenkische“. The trail leads through the wine-yards and from an observation tower you can see Hungary and the former safety curtain.
Thaya Valley National Park Podyji
A special hiking map for children explains the various walks, e. g. the Wildcats Trail, the Knights Trail “Kajaweg” or the Nature Trail “Hennerweg”. The children have to find punch stations with exciting tasks for the hiking pass. We hiked on the Thaya Valley Trail, which offered a great view to the Czech Republic.
I was thrilled of this summer pasture with that many hiking opportunities. In the Valley you take the bus MO 13 at Goestling/ Ybbs up the mountain. At your hotel you get the free Wilde Wunder Card, which allows you to visit most of the attractions for free: like the Mendling Valley Adventure Park or the Buchenberg Nature Park.
Hohe Wand Nature Park
Take a challenging hike on Trail 231 from the restaurant Zitherwirt in Dreistetten to the Hohe Wand (3 – 4 hours walk). After 45 min. you reach the Einhornhoehle cave, which can be visited only on Sundays. Sporty people may use the ladders above the cave and then the Dobrilsteig. You will first reach the Herrgottschnitzerhaus with a marvelous view and then the Kohlroeserlhaus with excellent food. Here is the entrance to the rock path. Another interesting part of trail 231 is the Hernstein Pecherlehrpfad, a nature trail explaining the resin production, which was widespread in this region.
The Naturfreunde (friends of nature) offer eco-friendly guided tours. Naturfreunde Alte Donau organize special events and day trips for families. The Alpine Club Vienna organizes English ski touring, hiking, climbing and biking tours.
Vienna Woods Hiking Trails
Bergfex Hiking Maps