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BADEN and the Vienna Woods or just take a Bath

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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.

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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.

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Another attraction is to stroll around the quaint city.

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Wikipedia

Take a bath

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Visiting Mikulov, Czech Republic

We just got back from a short trip to Mikulov, Czech Republic – a trip that we’d highly recommend.

Mikulov is a wine town surrounded by beautiful hills just an hour north of Vienna. It is small enough to be relaxing but not so small that you have seen everything after an hour. It is popular with hikers and bikers, but since we had two small children, we spent most of our time exploring the chateau and walking around the town.

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By way of comparison, Mikulov isn’t as stunning a Cesky Krumlov, but it’s much more authentic and lacks Cesky’s so-perfect-you-feel-like-you’re-at- Epcot Center feel (i.e. Czechs actually live there).

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You can see Mikulov in one day, but we decided to spend the night so we’d have time to relax and explore the grounds of the Lednice Chateau , which is roughly 20 minutes away. We walked around one of the lakes, but we will take one of the boat or carriage rides if we ever go back. The grounds are huge. (Note: there’s an inexpensive parking lot across the street from the chateau and plenty of restaurants in the area.)

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While we did not visit,  there is also a chateau in Valtice and a lake just north of Mikulov.

If anyone is interested in spending the night in Mikulov, Czech Republic, I would recommend our hotel Lormuv Dvur. It is a beautiful 1-bedroom house that has a large kitchen, family room, and yard with a small pool and sandbox just for your use. The bedroom has a king and a twin bed and the family room has a pull out couch. The owner provided a crib… and left us homemade bread, apricots, and whole milk for the baby. It worked out well with kids (though we had to move many of the decorations of our one-year-old’s reach)… but I’d also recommend it for folks travelling without kids.

Submitted by Laura

Hiking the Hagenbachklamm

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.

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.

Crocuses!

Crocuses!

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!

Food that-a-way.

Food that-a-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.

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.

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.

Another section of the trail, which leads through several farms.

Hagenbachklamm Nature Reserve
Park Website (German only)

Reviewed by Kelly

Grüass Di a Gott Wirt

Grüass Di a Gott Wirt is a restaurant and guest garden located in the Wienerwald either in the 19th district, or just outside it. It’s open every day except Monday and serves food throughout the day. The menu is smaller than those typically found at Austrian guest gardens, but the food is great and the servers are very friendly. The restaurant is dog- and kid-friendly, which is good because it’s the perfect beginning or ending point for an afternoon in the woods.

Right next to the restaurant, separated by a small walking path, is a good size playground that has swings, see saws, a sand box, soccer nets, and the typical climbing structure that includes a bridge, slide, and pole. You cannot see the playground from the restaurant’s guest garden, though, so parents would not be able to relax with a beer while the kids play as they could at other restaurant/guest gardens.

The aforementioned walking path is a marked path that leads you through the woods. We have not taken this path yet so I cannot comment with certainty on its length or difficulty, but I can say that at least the beginning looks easy enough that we plan to try it with our three- and four-year old one afternoon this spring. After filling up with delicious Austrian fare from Grüass Di a Gott Wirt, that is!

for more information:

  • Visit the restaurant’s website.

Pumpkins in the Wienerwald

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a fall afternoon with the kids, Franzlbauer in Hintersdorf, right outside Vienna, is a great place to visit. Its main draw? Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins.

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The farm has a display of seemingly hundreds of varieties of pumpkins in its barn, and has bins upon bins of pumpkins and squashes for sale. Hungry? The farm also sells several pumpkin-flavored snacks, such as soup, cake, and beer. There are chickens running free around the farm’s property, which was the highlight of the visit for my children.

The parking lot for the farm’s visitors is across the street, and there is a path leading from the parking lot into the woods. You can make a day of it and take a hike through the woods after visiting the farm: it’s very easy terrain to navigate, even for young children.

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