Escape from Vienna: Baden bei Wien

A few weeks ago, we headed to close-by Baden bei Wien for a night away. By car, it’s about a 40-minute drive but there are also public transport options such as taking the train (20 minutes, train station Meidling) and the tram (about 1 hour, departing in front of the Vienna opera house).

Baden bei Wien is a small and cute town, easily walkable, and literally bordering the Vienna Woods. In fact, we ended up taking a nice hike through the hills since the weather was so unseasonably warm. There is also a big casino which draws a big crowd (just make sure to bring appropriate attire).

Casino at the bottom of the Vienna Woods

Casino at the bottom of the Vienna Woods

Hauptplatz downtown Baden bei Wien

Hauptplatz / main square – downtown Baden bei Wien

Other points of interest include the Beethoven Haus, one of the composer’s many residences that has been turned into a small but interesting museum, the famous Roman baths, and a modern art museum honoring the works by Arnulf Rainer (if you’re not into modern art, visit the museum for its Roman bathhouse architecture).

Beethoven at his house

Beethoven at his house

We enjoyed a great meal at the Italian restaurant “San Marco” right across the Beethoven Haus. There are a number of nice hotels to choose from – we enjoyed our stay and the great breakfast at Hotel Herzoghof, right across the casino and entrance to the park and Vienna Woods. During the warmer weather, there are also a bunch of Heurigers to visit (we sampled great wine at the one closest to the Roman Baths).

All in all, this is a great little get-away from Vienna!

Views from hiking around the Vienna Woods

Views from hiking around the Vienna Woods

Suggested by Nicole

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