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).
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).
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!
Suggested by Nicole