Stadtwanderweg 1a - Leopoldsberg

Climb from the Danube waterfront to the best view over Vienna, then continue through forests and fields with opportunities for wine and food tasting.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
10 km
Ascent
321 m
Descent
323 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
160 m
High Point
455 m
Gradient
22˚
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Stadtwanderweg 1a - Leopoldsberg Map

Description

This is one of the most varied and scenic of Vienna’s city hiking paths, featuring views along the Danube, vistas atop two hills outside the city, and a mix of forest and fields in the countryside. Beginning at Nussdorfer Platz, the scenery is rather urban at first but becomes more natural as the path enters a park with trees and grass beside the water. At Kahlenberg Village, you’ll depart from the river and begin an aerobic climb of Leopoldsberg via the Nasenweg. The path snakes upward in a series of ramps and stairs, through leafy forest with intermittent views through gaps in the canopy.

At the top is the famous Leopoldsberg Church, a stately structure that grants a lofty view over Vienna and the river. Linger here as long as you like, then continue alongside Hohenstrasse to Josefinenhütte restaurant, passing a high-ropes adventure course along the way. Here the path merges briefly with Stadtwanderweg 1 to continue to the top of the Kahlenberg, where you’ll encounter another restaurant, historic church, and spectacular view.

The hike descends on Kahlenberger Strasse, then a forest path, and rejoins the road among hillside vineyards. You can relax at a cozy wine tavern to take in the spectacle and flavors of the fields, then follow a dirt path through rows of grapes and return to the forest at the foot of Leopoldsberg. Wandering through these quiet woods soon brings you back to Kahlenbergerdorf, where you should definitely enjoy a glass of seasonal wine and a bite to eat if you haven’t already.

Sources: https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/green-vienna/hiking-in-around https://www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/wald/freizeit/wandern/wege/wanderweg1a.html

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

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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