Stadtwanderweg 8 - Sophienalpe

Over hills and through valleys in the Vienna Woods, seemingly far from the city.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
9.1 km
Ascent
359 m
Descent
359 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
248 m
High Point
489 m
Gradient
10˚
Stadtwanderweg 8 - Sophienalpe Map

Stadtwanderweg 8 begins from the Postbus 450 Kasgraben station. It is some distance away from the city center, and while on the bus you’ll feel like you’re already in the countryside. From the road, the trail goes immediately into the forest. This is the Wienerwald, the Vienna Wood.

Description

It’s a moderate uphill climb from the start, but under a canopy of dense and varied trees. At the top of the hill, you’ll come to a broad lawn, and at the other end is a pleasantly quaint guesthouse. Stop in for cold drinks and typical Austrian cuisine.

From there, the route follows a dirt road and soon comes to the overlook called Franz-Karl Fernsicht. This is near the top of Sophienaple, and the view is quite rewarding. It’s a large field with brilliantly green, soft grass and wildflowers in spring. In winter, it is often snow-covered, and the clear air lets you see many miles. You’ll gaze over hills of the Vienna Woods, toward the city that lies below. A few simple wooden benches line the path at the edge of the field, so you can sit and enjoy the panorama.

At the far end of the field is the Hotel Restaurant Sophienalpe. It’s another place to stop for a drink, at the very least, but also a place to spend the night if you want more time in the Vienna Woods. There’s also a playground and more lawns on which to lounge in the fresh air.

The path then dives back into the forest and heads steeply downhill, entering a narrow valley with farm fields and another restaurant in the bottom. There’s only a small cluster of houses here, at the very edge of Penzing District. It’s still a long walk in the woods to get back to the starting point. Though roads and neighborhoods are not far away, you’ll forget that they’re close because noise is muffled by the leafy forest, and the sounds of nature take over.

Sources: https://www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/wald/freizeit/wandern/wege/wanderweg8.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

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
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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