Vienna and wine go together like… ummm, cheese and wine. Can you believe we’ve been asked more than once if it’s a coincidence that Wine and Wien are so close in spelling? Moving on – the famous Viennese wine comes, of course, from the wine hills surrounding it, and you can hike through the glorious vines producing the wine grapes for miles and miles. The easiest to reach wine growing region, and maybe the spot sporting the most spectacular views, is in the wine hills of the 19th district.
With this nature escape, you can get out into the green, go for a hike, check out some awesome views over the city and sip at some very good wine when you’re ready to come back into civilisation.
Some of the best views in the city can be had at spots like Kahlenberg, Nussberg, or Am Himmel, which are located close to the forests around the city. And after you’ve experienced such great heights, you can choose to go back to town either through the woods, or by winding your way through the wine hills (preferably with a bottle of wine in hand).
Bike enthusiasts can also find some pretty adventurous tracks, and hikers can trick their boots on a Sunday into thinking they are actually doing some serious trekking. Check out some of the walking trails that will have you doing the wine walk, here.
Alternatively, you can also practice our other favourite sport in the woods: blanket wining. It’s when you lay on a blanket, with a bottle of wine, and… well, you get the rest. Freestyle versions of this sport can see the wine exchanged with beer, and the blanket with somebody’s lap.
Where: there are several wine growing regions surrounding the city, but we’d recommend you explore the 19th wine hills on the hiking trail Nr. 1. Find more details, here. Or we’d suggest you begin at the Buschenschank Mayer am Nussberg and follow the path heading over the hill from there until you’re lost and discovering another of the famous wine taverns the Viennese call, Heuriger.