All around Vienna, various landscapes, culinary delicacies, and historical spots entice visitors on days out to the vast city’s surrounding area. For example, to the south of Schwechat and the airport, the wild alluvial forest oasis of the beautiful, blue Danube awaits. Numerous tributaries offer a healthy biotope for flora and fauna. In many areas, you can even go swimming – in completely natural spots.
The Roman Town and Prince Eugene
Carnuntum Archaelogical Park is considered the excursion destination for families. There, parts of the Roman town of Carnuntum have been successfully unearthed and restored. All year round, the famous location casts its spell over young and old – with constantly changing attractions and events.
The March – the border river with neighbouring Slovakia – offers an untouched wetlands landscape. Numerous animals and plants can be discovered here. It is no wonder that Prince Eugene had his hunting lodge build right here. Today, Schloss Hof is a particular highlight for children: for example, because of its well-nurtured collection of old domestic animals and great events with fabulous costume parties.
Around Vienna: Heurige & history, healing springs & bathing pleasure
Extensive vineyards stretch from the southern edge of Vienna, and with them, Heurige (wine taverns) invite locals and visitors alike in for a culinary break. The spa resort of Baden lies 20km south of Vienna: Here, you cannot only enjoy its former imperial flair in the spa, but also in the casino or at the horse-racing track.
And speaking of “imperial”: In the south of the Vienna Woods, visitors can pay a visit to the Mayerling Hunting Lodge. Its appearance is as simple as its history is tragic – there, the young Crown Prince Rudolf and his beloved met their death. How or why they died still remains unknown to this day…
Those who prefer pure bathing pleasure outside of Vienna can reach Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland in just an hour’s drive. Thanks to its shallow banks, this lake, which is the largest steppe lake in Central Europe, is not only perfect for trips with the kids, but much more. With its fascinating, wide reed belt, it is also home to many birds. Wine and song also attract visitors to the area around Lake Neusiedl – the latter as part of the famous open air operas in Rust and Mörbisch.