Excursions into the green countryside surrouding Vienna
These excursion suggestions are so diverse that they will certainly fill all of your free days. Long bathing days, prolonged walks and wonderfully fresh forest air are all reasons to drive out to the green countryside around Vienna.
You can either walk up the Kahlenberg (the city walk 1 starts from the terminus of the tram in Nussdorf) or drive up the famous Höhenstrasse comfortably by public bus. And anyone who walks at least one direction truly deserves the reward at the end: great views and real Viennese vineyards – you will not find that in any other metropolis in the world.
The beautiful spa town of Baden with its imperial flair was worth a weekend trip even in Beethoven's time. It wasn’t only the Viennese nobility, Stefan Zweig and Crown Prince Rudolf, for example, who used to drive to the Vienna Woods for a rest. The Badner Bahn has been running for over 100 years and even today – starting from the State Opera in Vienna - it is a good way to slowly prepare oneself for the baroque flair of Baden. Travel time: one hour, but worth it. It is also worth staying a while as Baden has a lot of culture, nature and its "yellow gold" (the healing thermal suphur springs)!
There is no room for fashion-loving gourmets here - sand, sun and fun count on Vienna's public beach volleyball courts. You have to bring the net yourself, but often other players have already put one up!
The largest subterranean lake on the continent, idyllic places in the heart of industrial centres and a bathing lake with plenty of action – above all in summer a visit to the city’s southern borders is well worthwhile.