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Vienna is considered to be one of the most liveable cities in the world, and that has certainly something to do with the large number of green areas, parks and gardens in the city. The recreational areas such as the Prater or the Vienna Woods are something of a Viennese institution, and throughout the city there are as many as 280 imperial gardens and parks for hiking and promenading.
But sometimes you just want to get out of the city and get some fresh air. Or "drive out" to a wine tavern. Or go on a boat trip. Or walk up a mountain to enjoy looking down. Time for one of the marked city hikes or a little pedalling? There are more than enough tips for excursions in the city of Vienna.
In Vienna it has always been a tradition to “drive out” to a “Heuriger” or wine tavern. There are some in the inner city but, between you and me, they are not really authentic. For a real “Heuriger” experience you should take a tram or a bus and travel to one of the former wine-growing villages on the outskirts of the city like Grinzing, Sievering, Dornbach, Neustift or Stammersdorf. And anyone who takes going to a “Heuriger” seriously will wait for the very last tram before returning “into” the city.
If you take the time to plan a hiking day in Vienna, you will be surprised: you soon have the feeling that you are not in a big city at all, but almost "in the country". This is partly due to the Viennese "mountains", the Prater, the parks and the recreational areas around the New and Old Danube. The Viennese have a "jungle" in their Lobau and the nearby Vienna Woods have always been the oasis and green lung of the city.
A boat ride, a cycling tour or relaxing in warm thermal waters – there are plenty of varied activities in and around Vienna if you have had enough of culture in the city. Or you would like a little bit of morbid charm? Then Vienna’s Central Cemetery is a great place for an excursion: that may sound funny but it’s not!
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