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BADEN and the Vienna Woods or just take a Bath


Taking the family out on a day hike in the Vienna Woods is a great way to get out of the house for a day.


The wide paths make it easy to avoid stares if you are pushing a stroller. Longer and steeper paths can also be found for those who like to hike.


Another attraction is to stroll around the quaint city.

For more information see:


Take a bath

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Day trip to Kahlenberg

One of the most visited day trip locations near Vienna is Kahlenberg. It has a vast view of the city and lots of easy hiking trails for the whole family.


The drive to the top is also easy or you can choose to hike.


For more information see: Heavenly views from the Kahlenberg


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Waldseil Park


Waldseil Park in Kahlenberg is a great place for a family day trip. It’s almost as adventurous as Zip Lining, but well organized, and quite safe.

They have a English language website for the latest information:




Bellevue Alm in Bad Gastein

Located at 1300m above Bad Gastein, the Bellevue Alm is a great place for dinner or Apre Ski.  In winter, the lodge is easily accessed on the ski piste on the way down into the valley.  There is a road you can hike to get up to the lodge for dinner, though snowshoes may be helpful depending on the time of year.  If you prefer the easy route up, you can take the Alm’s private single chairlift to dinner (6.50 Euro round trip / 4 Euro one way) for a spectacular view of the valley at night.  If you are feeling a bit more adventurous after dinner, you can take the rodelbahn down to the valley on the snow covered road.  We could not ride down due to lack of snow, but the lift ride was both beautiful and peaceful.

In the summer, the Bellevue Alm is an easy stop on the way up to or from the Stubnerkogel for both hikers and mountain bikers.

The four of us enjoyed cheese fondue in a very traditional environment.

Bellevue Alm
5640 Bad Gastein

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