On this first sunny Sunday of 2014, we hiked the Hagenbachklamm, a regional park located just north of Maria Gugging/Klosterneuberg, about half an hour from downtown Vienna. Parking is located at the Parkplatz Hagenbachklamm on the B14 near St. Andrä-Wördern.
The trail through the gorge.
From the Parkplatz, there is a well-kept walking trail that follows the path of a creek through the “klamm,” or gorge. It is listed as a family-friendly path, and it is, but I would not try to bring a stroller on it. Also, there are some places where the trail is narrow with a good drop on one side, where I would personally keep a good grip on a toddler or preschooler.
We did not follow the main park trail all the way. Instead we used this map from a hiking website which took us on a longer circuit with a more varied terrain. But it was still a pretty easy hike, and of course, there was a Gasthaus conveniently located along the way!
Gasthaus Strasshofer in Hintersdorf is a friendly, inexpensive little place with some wicked cevapcici on offer. Also, the first breaded and fried ham and cheese palatschinken we have every seen. Only in Austria.
Cevapcici with fries. Good thing we were hiking.
There is also a refuge for birds of prey located in the gorge. When we passed by, staffers were showing some great big falcons to a bunch of very interested kids. Pony rides are also available, and there is a playground nearby.
One of several “Indian” wood carvings in and around the bird refuge.
The whole circuit took us about three hours, including lunch. It was a great way to get out and enjoy the sun!
Another section of the trail, which leads through several farms.
Hagenbachklamm Nature Reserve
Park Website (German only)
Reviewed by Kelly