Stadtwanderweg 6 - Zugberg-Maurer Wald

A diverse mix of nature, history, and cuisine at the edge of the Vienna Woods Biosphere Reserve.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
13 km
Ascent
342 m
Descent
342 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
243 m
High Point
404 m
Gradient
Stadtwanderweg 6 - Zugberg-Maurer Wald Map

This city hiking path explores the forested, rolling hills at the southwest edge of Vienna, where the city meets the woods. In addition to the nature, attractions include old churches, war relics, an ancient quarry, and a smattering of modern additions like artwork and forest restaurants.

Description

The walk begins at the tram station on Ketzergasse, a city street from which you can see the forested hill of Zugberg straight ahead. After taking a narrow side street and passing an 18th-century Catholic Church, the path goes into the woods and up this hill. Zugberg is a low rise, and merely a preview of the landscape that is to come.

The path remains in the forest, dipping down then going back up, deeper into the Vienna Woods. After trending downhill once more, you’ll arrive at a restaurant called Wiener Hütte, at the edge of a field surrounded by the wood. It’s an isolated but comfortable location, serving Austrian and international fare.

From there, continue downhill through the forest, nearing a residential area. You’ll pass a tennis club and Stub’n restaurant, then cross a road and enter the Maurer Wald. As you continue, the scenery alternates from forest to fields, in a countryside mosaic seemingly so removed from Vienna.

At one point, you’ll pass a concrete bunker, which is leftover from the war. A little farther on, you’ll come to a guesthouse only reached by hiking or biking, nestled in the middle of the forest. It has good food and drinks, outdoor seating, and playgrounds for children. A short distance away is an interesting historical site–a small quarry used by Neolithic people more than 7,000 years ago.

Continue downhill to reach the edge of Maurer Wald, where you can take a short detour to see the unique concrete architecture of Wotruba Church. The path then returns to the woods in a narrow, quiet valley before returning to town and finishing the loop on city streets.

Sources: https://www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/wald/freizeit/wandern/wege/wanderweg6.html https://tramposaurus.com/wanderbares-wien-zugberg-maurer-wald/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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