excursions from Vienna, Vienna
The restaurant is behind gates, with chickens roaming free in the gardens.
We only had five minutes off the coach before we had to get back in. Basically enough time to take a picture and then go off to the next place.
Although I saw a lot of Vienna in the little time I had for which I am grateful, I did not like taking a guided tour. However, beggars can't be choosers.
Our first stop on our trip through the Vienna Woods was at a panoramic viewpoint in Cobenzl.
It is from here that you can see over the city of Vienna, however to capture a good picture you need a pretty strong lens and a good clear day. Which I did not.
At this point there is also a restaurant which looks pretty fancy (I did not have time to go in)
Edwin Lipburger, a rather eccentric artist founded this mini republic in 1984 in the Prater Park not far from Vienna's big wheel. When he first created the Kugel Mugel in Lower Austria, he ended up in prison. He even made his own stamps, refused to pay Austrian taxes and had an Embassy in Vienna. Take the U1 to Prater to learn more about this fascinating story.
Hermes Villa - on of the summer residences of Sisi, where she used to ride horses and live alone away from the whole royal family. It's in the outskirts of Vienna and now is a part of the Lainzer Zoo. Nice Zoo without cages for the animals and beautiful place to make a picknick in the summer.
The grave of Mary Vetsera (the lover of Crown Prince Rudolf and the son of Sissi)at Heiligenkreuz.
The Mayerling hunting lodge in the Vienna Woods was the scene of the double suicide of Crown Prince Rodolf and his 17 year old mistress Mary Vetsera. In 1889 Rodolf aged 30 was found dead with Mary. The princes suicide was a more than a social scandal - it was a blow to the Habsburg dynasty because he was known to be progressive and intelligent. It is thought that he found the protocol of the court limited his ideas.
The hunting lodge is now a chapel. After his son's death the desperately unhappy Emperor Franz Joesph gave the lodge to the Carmelite convent and it was completely rebuilt.
Nationalpark Donau Auen - if you can get someone with a car
or like long bike tours, try out the long, lonely paths in the
'djungle' -> http://www.donauauen.at/ (maps, accomodation, tips ...)
other national parks: http://www.donauauen.at/info/index_6_1.cfm
A fantastic place to visit if you haveyour own transport and some lovely restaurants situated in the woods.
vienna is sourrounded by a wonderful forest which is called the lung of vienna. there are many described ways so you can always find back. enjoy!
The River Danube is on the right, the Neue Donau canal on the left, and the thin stretch of land between them is the Donauinsel - 20 kilometers long, and just 200 meters wide.
A typically hazy day in June 2003 - the hottest summer in Vienna since the early 19th century. On days like this, Vienna felt more like Tucson than I would have ever imagined possible.
A day trip to Melk via boat is a scenic outing en route and once there you can enjoy the Baroque Abbey which is situated high on a cliff overlooking the Danube.