4 Winter hikes around Vienna with a Hütte at the end of them

4 Winter hikes around Vienna with a Hütte at the end of them

February 11, 2020

4 Winter hikes around
Vienna with a Hütte
at the end of them

February 11, 2020

Vienna Würstelstand's says

There’s nothing that recharges the soul and clears the head better than walking. Now, that may sound like something your grandpa would say, and you’d quickly ignore, but hear us out for a moment. Those that don’t let little things like cold weather and snow keep them from enjoying the bountiful beautiful nature surrounding Vienna know very well the kick you can get out of a winter hike.

Walking through the quiet of a forest that’s deep in a winter sleep, breathing in the crisp and cold fresh air, and warming up gradually as you go – it’s something so special, you won’t even bother to wipe away the snot slowly freezing under your nose. But then there’s the climax – when you arrive at a warm Gasthaus in which a fireplace is blazing and warm food is being served – the whole idea of walking out in freezing cold temperatures suddenly makes sense.

Here are 4 of the most pleasant Winter hikes you can do around Vienna that all end at a cosy Gasthaus, or Hütte:

 

The Neustift am Wald walk to the Häuserl am Stoan

How to get to the starting point of the hike?
Catch the bus 39A to the end station, ‘Sievering.’ From here, follow the Stadtwanderweg 2. 

The hike:
Slip into those hiking boots that make you feel like you’re a genuine adventurer and head out to the Neustift am Wald area. This is a beautiful forest-filled place on the fringes of the city, which has Gasthäuser located throughout. We’d recommend you begin with a 3-4 hour hike along the Stadtwanderweg 2 (the city hiking trail #2).  This trail will take you through thick forests and meadows (a few that are perfect for some tobogganing if you feel like carrying a sled along on with).

When you reach that point when you’ve got a hole in your stomach from all the walking and you’re craving a warm place to rest you’re weary feet, we’d suggest you end your hike at the glorious Häuserl am Stoan.

The Hütte/ Gasthaus to end your hike at:

 

 

Häuserl am Stoan is the real deal when it comes to genuine Austrian Gasthäuser, and it’s a favourite amongst many. Its first drawcard is its magnificent view over the city. Then there’s the warm hospitality, it’s warm and cosy interior and the delicious Austrian dishes it serves up for very reasonable prices. It truly is one of those places you’ll keep coming back to when seeking out a refuge from the city. Also, throughout Winter, they have a Punsch and Glühwein stand in their front garden that overlooks the city.

 

 

Kaltenleutgeben walk to the Wiener Hütte

How to get to the starting point of the hike?
You’ll need a car, or bike, to get to this one. If you’re taking a car, drive directly to the Wiener Hütte. If you’re on a bike, you can ride all the way there, or to shorten the ride, you can catch an S-Bahn from Wien Mitte to Perchtoldsdorf Bahnhof. You could also catch the train to Perchtoldsdorf Bahnhof and walk to the Hütte from there (it will take you about 1.5 hours).

 

The hike:
We recommend doing this hike as a loop, where you begin your walking trail at the actual Hütte, explore the many walking trails surrounding it, and then finish up back at the Hütte with a beer, or Spritzer in hand, and a big plate of some food that will make you feel so heavy, you’ll want to do another hike. From the Hütte, you’ll see a well-worn path heading over a neighbouring hill. You can head up there, then head right towards the forested area. Here you’ll find plenty of hiking trails to follow. You can also head towards the beautiful Föhrenberge Nature Park, which is not too far away.

The Hütte/ Gasthaus to end your hike at:

 

The Wiener Hütte is an old wooden cabin that has been given an impressive face lift in recent years. It’s terrace out front is a dream if sun’s out. Meanwhile, its interior is charming, mixing modern and design-y furniture and light fittings, with the remnants of the wooden walls of the cabin’s former life. And the windows looking out to the meadow out front, and the forests out back, definitely help in making this place truly pleasant to spend a couple of hours in, hiding away from the cold you’ve just endured on your hike.

Website: www.wienerhuette.wien

 

Hike over the wine hills to Mayer am Pfarrplatz

How to get to the starting point of the hike?
Catch the tram D to its final destination in Nussdorf. From there, follow the Stadtwanderweg 1

The hike:
Beginning at the final station of the tram D line, you’ll follow the Stadtwanderweg 1 (city hiking trail 1) along a beautiful trail up to Kahlenberg. From here, you can enjoy a break and the view for a while, before heading back down along an equally as scenic path through the vineyards. This 3-4 hour trail is a popular one during the warmer months, but it’s also worth doing in Winter. The path loops back and ends at the D tram station, but when you’re coming down the mountain again, do a short detour to Mayer am Pfarrplatz, the legendary Heuriger (wine tavern) that’s open all year. It’s about a 10 minute walk back from your final destination.

The Hütte/ Gasthaus to end your hike at:

Mayer am Pfarrplatz is probably one of the most well-known Viennese winemakers and Heuriger in the city. The place is packed throughout the warmer months with a mix of locals and tourists feasting on bites from the Heuriger buffet, or from their set menu. Meanwhile, in Winter, their vast hall-like restaurant inside is just as pleasant, with the typical booth like seating arrangement and big tables. The quality wine will warm you up, while their menu of warm dishes out of the Austrian kitchen will fill that hole in your stomach.

Website: www.pfarrplatz.at/en/

Walk the palace gardens of Pötzleinsdorf to the Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl

How to get to the starting point of the hike?
Catch the tram 41 from Schottentor to Pötzleinsdorf and walk towards the Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark

The hike:
Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl is another Gasthaus surrounded by brilliant walking trails. You can walk the length and breath of the picturesque Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark, which is rather wild for palace gardens, and includes a forested area. If you’re feeling up to it, you can extend your walk to the forested areas behind the Gasthaus of the Michaelerwald. OK, some of the diehard walkers and hikers (you know the type with their walking sticks and Jack Wolfskin jackets) wouldn’t say this is real hiking territory, but this hike is more for those who feel a hike is more about the destination, than the journey. Especially when the destination is one of the cosiest Gasthäuser in the city, Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl.

The Hütte/ Gasthaus to end your hike at:

Located at the edge of the Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark sits a wooden cabin known as the Wirtshaus Steirerstöckl. And we ain’t kidding when we say, this place is the stuff of fairytales. Like all of these hyper-Austrian places, a calm charm and homeyness belongs to its interior. It particularly looks idyllic at night when the warm lights from the inside can be seen through fogged up windows from the outside, and the cabin sits against a backdrop of the dark woods. This place is certainly one of those Austrian experiences that make you fall in love with this country and its stubborn clinging to traditions.

 

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