Guidebook

Nature in the City: Vienna's Hiking Trails

The Wiener Stadtwanderwege are some of the best hiking routes near the city. All are reached by public transport, then venture into countryside and forest on the outskirts.

Description

Vienna’s city hiking trails (Wiener Stadtwanderwege in German) are loop routes on the peaceful outskirts of the city, where pavement gives way to vineyards and forest. They offer a mix of nature and urban amenities, so you can always find a meal and a drink, or even a place to spend the night, along your hike.

By hiking the trails, you’ll experience the city from many different angles: elevated viewpoints on surrounding hills, dense foliage of the Vienna Woods, open fields with rows of grapes, narrow lanes between centuries-old walls, the waterfront of the Danube, and more.

The Stadtwanderwege number more than ten, and are dispersed around the perimeter of the city, all accessible by public transportation. Each one offers a different experience and various attractions along the way. The best views over Vienna are from Trail 1 - Kahlenberg, 1a - Leopoldsberg, and 4 - Jubilaumswarte. Lovers of wine should not miss Trail 1 or 5 - Bisamberg. To walk deep in the woods, far from city streets, hike Trails 2 - Hermannskogel, 3 - Hameau, 6 - Zugberg-Maurer Wald, or 8 - Sophienalpe. For the best blend of urban and natural scenery, staying close to urban comforts, do Trails 1a - Leopoldsberg, 4a - Ottakring, 7 - Laaer Berg, or 9 - Prater.

You can hike all of the Stadtwanderwege and keep a record of each with the Wanderpass. This pass is not required for hiking, but lets you collect a stamp for each trail you’ve hiked as a souvenir. Get the pass online or in the information office inside City Hall.

Stadtwanderweg 1 - Kahlenberg
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Stadtwanderweg 1 - Kahlenberg

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
10.8 km
328 m
328 m
Walk through vineyards and forests, to the top of Kahlenberg and back down, with lofty views over Vienna.
Moderate
Private
Stadtwanderweg 1a - Leopoldsberg
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Stadtwanderweg 1a - Leopoldsberg

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
10.3 km
321 m
323 m
Climb from the Danube waterfront to the best view over Vienna, then continue through forests and fields with opportunities for wine and food tasting.
Moderate
Private
Stadtwanderweg 2 - Hermannskogel
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Stadtwanderweg 2 - Hermannskogel

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
9.4 km
365 m
363 m
Countryside stroll at the edge of Vienna’s Woods, with many possibilities for sightseeing, eating, and enjoyment of nature.
Moderate
Private
Stadtwanderweg 3 - Hameau
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Stadtwanderweg 3 - Hameau

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
9.8 km
282 m
282 m
Walk through one of Austria’s oldest garden parks, then up a tall hill in the Vienna Woods.
Moderate
Private
Stadtwanderweg 4 - Jubiläumswarte
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Stadtwanderweg 4 - Jubiläumswarte

Vienna
1 - 2 hrs
7.8 km
245 m
245 m
A peaceful woodland park and charming hillside suburbs lead to a lookout tower in the forest.
Easy
Private
Stadtwanderweg 4a - Ottakring
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Stadtwanderweg 4a - Ottakring

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
9.0 km
298 m
298 m
A balance of urban amenities and natural splendor in the diverse district of Ottakring.
Easy
Private
Stadtwanderweg 5 - Bisamberg
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Stadtwanderweg 5 - Bisamberg

10.5 km
206 m
206 m
A countryside walk for wine enthusiasts, between inviting heurige and through hillside vineyards overlooking Vienna.
Easy
Private
Stadtwanderweg 6 - Zugberg-Maurer Wald
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Stadtwanderweg 6 - Zugberg-Maurer Wald

Vienna
13.5 km
342 m
342 m
A diverse mix of nature, history, and cuisine at the edge of the Vienna Woods Biosphere Reserve.
Moderate
Private
Stadtwanderweg 7 - Laaer Berg
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Stadtwanderweg 7 - Laaer Berg

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
14.3 km
138 m
138 m
A nicely varied path that connects city streets, forest recreation areas, an amusement park, and countryside farms in the southern part of Vienna.
Easy
Private
Stadtwanderweg 8 - Sophienalpe
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Stadtwanderweg 8 - Sophienalpe

2 - 3 hrs
9.1 km
359 m
359 m
Over hills and through valleys in the Vienna Woods, seemingly far from the city.
Moderate
Private
Stadtwanderweg 9 - Prater
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Stadtwanderweg 9 - Prater

Vienna
2 - 3 hrs
13.0 km
34 m
34 m
A loop with numerous recreation opportunities and a dose of nature in The Prater, a large public park and green space near the city center.
Easy
Private
Stadtwanderweg 10

Stadtwanderweg 10

Vienna
1 - 2 hrs
7.0 km
18 m
18 m
A stroll on the edge of the city–at the nexus of nature, agriculture, and industry in Donaustadt.
Easy
Private