Grinzing & Heurigen, Vienna
We took the tram 38 to Grinzing and went to sample the wines in the typical Heurigen (heurig means "this year's") A Heuriger has legal limitations compared to taverns or restaurants: only its own wine can be served.
The tram 38 goes from Schottentor U-bahn (line U2) station all the way Grinzing. When it gets to the village it does a sharp left, goes under a building and that's the last/first stop so getting there and back couldn't be simplier. If you want to carry on further up the hill, the bus 38A goes from the High Street just before the tram stop.
We went to Heurigens located down the hill (Sandgasse) i.e when we left the tram stop we turned right. In the corner of Sandgasse and Grinzinger Allee (where the tram comes from) there is a large Heurigen/Hotel "Grinzinger Hof". That was out first stop: we had a lovely meal and huge glass of weiss wein gespritzer (white wine spritzer). You can ask for it with soda or water.
We went there about 5 o'clock and had an early dinner, about 7 o'clock the whole village was overrun with bus loads of French tourists. Best time to go -early afternoon!
Grinzing is a neighbourhood in Vienna on the outermost northwestern edge. 45% of the neighbourhood are covered by forest and another 33% is used for agriculture (most being vinyards).
It is famous for the restaurants and wineries (Heuriger). It is worth a visit just for the Heurigen to sample the wine and food. However the other attractive thing about the area is fact that you are in a world capital, yet feel as though you are in a small village, surrounded by nature.
Of course you should visit a Heurigen - a typical wine restaurant - but do not go to Grinzing. It's full of Japanese tourists. Better go to Stammersdorf, Mauer or Neustift am Walde. Not sure how to know if it's a tourist trap? Does your "Heurigen" serve beer? Yes? - then you should definitely NOT go there...
It is a very pretty village although it is pretty much a tourist attraction, and is divided into two parts – the upper and lower towns. It was repeatedly damaged by Turkish troops during the sieges of Vienna and then later by napoleon’s forces in 1809. We went there to visit the Mahler grave. His (ex) wife is also buried there.
take a walk through Grinzing and see the bust of the composer Schubert. He spent a lot of time in Grinzing and who can blame him it is a lovely little place with lots of places to eat or drink.
Grinzing is an evening must visit. The ?Heuringen? of which there are plenty is where you can taste the new wines that originate from the innkeeper?s own vineyards. The music here is almost as well known as the grape juice and the Viennese are amongst the most avid visitors
I just moved to this area from Canada and the night life here is not at all what some think. The partying does not close down at 11:30. Although most bars in this area are Austrian, almost every one in the working industry speaks english and both adults and teenagers are out till late. I can still here the customers at the heurigers laughing away and singing to music at 2 in the morning. And I have left clubs at 2:30, and people are still partying. It's a great place to live. Lots of history, great food..great walks in the Vienna woods to Khalenberg or Leopolsberg and everything one needs from grocery stores to toy stores is all this area. At night ime the town is full of tour busses full of people to load up on the great heuriger wine.
Visit Vienna's cutest neighborhood. This is like a fairy tale village in the outskirts of the city, and filled with 'heurigen' - wine gardens where everyone brews his own wine. This is no nightlife-spot though, everything closes down at 11.30.
Just walk on the streets of Grinzing! You should like the atmosphere there! Houses in traditional style, churches, trees, kind people...And wine!
For cheapest way take the tram 38 from the "Schottentor"....the ticket costs 1,50 Euro
Just drive to the last station, takes about 25 minutes...