excursions from Vienna, Vienna
Melk is located only 85 kilometers from Vienna and is easy to make a day trip to enjoy the beauty of the place.
You can also take a look, for more pictures and information at my Melk travel page
These Roman ruins are about 40 kilometres east of the city, close to the Hungarian border.
Vienna was originally a Celtic settlement but under the Romans it became the garrison of Vimdobona and the town of Carnuntum was nearby.
Kahlenberg is a mountain on the north of Vienna. There are a couple of shops, restaurants and of course a great panoramic view of the city.
It is about 40 minutes by transport from the city center. The bus 38A from the U4 metro station Heiligenstadt will take you through 19th district (Grinzing, which looks like an old austrian city and is worth visiting too), through vineyards, to the top of the mountain.
Food in the restaurant is nothing special, so go there to admire the view, but eat somewhere in Grinzing. There is a great japanese restaurant Jade for example and many Austrian restaurants and Heurigen.
Or....how about to Bratislava ! I know many Viennese people who haven't beed to Bratislava although the distance is about 65 km east of Vienna !
Do go to Bratislava for the foods & do some shoppings there ! Almost everything is half the price in Vienna !
Bratislava also boasts some nice buildings & a castle....
On the left is one example of an architecture that we could see in Bratislava !
As there were limited stops on the coach tour, I found myself having to take pictures of the beautiful Vienna countryside from the coach window. I was lucky that they didn't come out to badly. But I hate having to do this.
If you have your own transports, then the excursions to the Wachau areas is a must ! This areas offers excellent sceneries; Castle ruins...& The Danube couldn't be more stunning & impressive in this area...My excursion around The Wachau Valley started in Winerwald ![Click on 'Wienerwald' to go straight to the photos that I took around the area]
It also covers these places :Klosterneuburg
You can enjoy the view from the hill Kahlenberg. Take bus 38A from U4 Heiligenstadt. The duration is about 30 min. I recommend you to go there in cloudly weather because I went there in a nice sunny day and...my pictures were very, very poor! Another thing- take binocullars with you!
I was there in winter, I could see locals with hiking sticks walking in the marked trails. unfortunately i was not well equipped, and simply chose to stay on the road, watching the snow covered wineyard.
In 1550, it was owned by Heiligenkreuz convent. In 1886 Rudolf, crownprince and Habsburg offspring, bought the residence and used it as personal hunting seat.
It was there, that Rudolf commited suicide after killing his lover Mary Vetsera. January 1st, 1889 was the date of this tragic event. It was a fatal blow to the Austrian monarchy. We will visit this historic setting and will be bewitched by many fascinating details illustrating a long gone era.
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.
Go to St Florian - not far from Vienna and visit the monastry there. The tour is really worth doing and if you need coffee and cake afterwards there is a lovely little coffee shop just across the road from the monastry. You can park your car just outside the monastry. Stop on your way into the town because you get wonderful views of Sankt Florian across the fields - great for photos.
If you take the tour around the monastry - which is worth doing - you can see the coffin of Anton Bruckner under the church organ. When the organ is played the music can be heard under the church. Anton Bruckner the composer was a choir boy in St Florian and when he died he asked to be buried under the church organ. The church is beautiful.
Look also at the bone collection in the cellars. If you choose not to take the guided tour - you cannot get into the area under the Sankt Florian.
The ceiling paintings from the monastry are wonderful. So while walking around do look up at the walls, there are some wonderful paintings. During the tour you hear more about the history and use of Sankt Florian.
A little way from Vienna so another early start, but worth the trip is Ansfelden. The town is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of the composer and organist Anton Bruckner. He was born on the 4 september 1824. He was a teacher (like his father) but when he was 24 he became an organist. First in Sankt Florian and then in Linz. The house where he was born is just around the corner from this statue. It is a museum but is only open a few days in the week.
Ansfelden has two museums, the Anton Bruckner Museum and a museum of musical instruments.
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
"Stift Heiligenkreuz", which means the "Abbey of Heiligenkreuz", is a beautiful and living Cistercian monastery, close to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Stift Heiligenkreuz is the second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and the oldest continuously active and inhabited one, now full of young vocations. In September 2007 it was blessed by an official visit by Pope Benedict XVI.
Stift Heiligenkreuz, peacefully situated in the middle of the "Wienerwald", the Vienna woods, is one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries in the world. It was founded in 1133 by St. Leopold III of the House of Babenberg. Leopold’s son, Otto, had been sent to Paris for an international education. Otto came in contact with Cistercian monks and soon decided to enter a Cistercian monastery. When Otto visited his father in Austria he asked him to build a similar monastery for Lower Austria. This was the reason St. Leopold built Heiligenkreuz as well as Klosterneuburg to the northwest of Vienna.
Currently the monastery has 77 members, 18 affiliated parishes and a Pontifical Theological Academy (founded 1802) with around 180 students.