Discover our tips for the most beautiful places near Vienna. If you´d like to discover new places and explore Vienna more or near the city do not worry. We have prepared a list of the best day trips from Vienna, which are easily accessible either by bus or a car.
1. Trip to the Danube Island
Numerous beaches, hike trails, lounges, bars, pubs and cafés alongside the 21-kilometer-long area offer lots of opportunities for people to go out and enjoy a little bit of sunshine. If you are a fan of sports you won´t be disappointed either. There are lots of opportunities to cycle, skate, jog or just simply walk around the shore of the Danube. Or you can rent a boat and enjoy the sunshine and water at the same time.
2. Belvedere & Belvedere Gardens
For those who like architecture, a little bit of history and nature the Belvedere complex is certainly a must place to visit. The whole area is made up of two Baroque palaces – Upper & Lower Belvedere, greenhouse, and palace gardens. The garden has been built in the French style which has been very popular in the imperial Vienna. It includes cascades decorated with fountains and flower beds of various interesting and colourful plants. Some levels of the cascades have Baroque sculptures that decorate the path and the gardens where you can sit down and relax.
3. Schönbrunn Gardens and Gloriette trip
In the area of about 120 hectares, there are many beautiful places to see. Perhaps the most famous one is the majestic Neptune fountain located exactly opposite the palace, the Roman Ruin at the slope of the hill which leads to the Gloriette or the maze and its viewing platform from where you can look around and observe the landscape. You may even wander into the little Japanese garden located Near the Palm House or check out the animals which found their home in the adjoining Schönbrunn Zoo.
4. Klosterneuburg City & Monastery
You can visit its tower, Gothic chapel and Saint Leopold´s tomb where a skull of Saint Leopold can be seen – the founder of the monastery – which dates back to the middle ages. In the late 19th century a part of the monastery has been rebuilt to fit the neo-gothic style popular at that time. The crown jewels in the jewelry and 4 story tombs under the monastery together with the wine estate and orchard which are a part of the monastery are (in our opinion) a must places to visit.
5. Trip to Roman City of Carnuntum
The whole archaeological park extends in the area of approx. 10 square kilometers and holds the remnants of the city as well as the legionary headquarters. You´ll be able to visit reconstructed buildings of Roman legionaries, merchants as well as ordinary people. And if you´re interested you can check out the famous Roman bathhouse as well The city is easily accessible either by a car or the train and offers lots of activities not only for adults but also for children, such as “Carnuntum with kids“ event where children will have a chance to experience the authentic daily life of Roman citizens in a fun and interactive way.
6. Schönbrunn Zoo
The Schönbrunnn Zoo is located on the premises of Schönbrunn Gardens and is home to more than 700 animal species and lies on almost 17-hectare site. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list and has been awarded Europe´s Best Zoo Award five times in a row. You can come and have a look at various species of animals, some endangered and very rare, and find out more about how they live and why they have to be protected.
7. Botanical Garden University of Vienna
Nowadays, you´ll be able to enjoy more than 11, 000 species of plants which have been planted either in the outdoor area or in the greenhouses which were originally built in the early 1890s. You´ll be able to see more common species such as orchids, violets, and roses but also tropical plants native to subtropical areas such as cacti or even pineapples.
8. Dürnstein Village & Castle
For those who like history and architecture, there is a beautiful Abbey rebuilt in baroque style in the early 18th century. The ruins of the medieval castle, plenty of boat rides and delicious wine are definitely things that are worth seeing.
9. Lunz am See
An idyllic little village in the middle of the mountains adjacent to Lunzer Lake. You can explore the shores of the lake, have a dip in the water, go and have a look at the museum in the village or spend some time on the promenade eating delicious Austrian food….
10. Spitz an der Donau Day Trip
A beautiful and idyllic town in the wine-growing area. That is Spitz an der Donau. It is a perfect place for you to visit if you like spending time in nature, tasting some wine and exploring the vineyards and streets of this little town on the shore of Danube.
11. Aggstein Castle
Aggstein castle been built on the hill near the shore of Danube and is known to be home to the Pirates who have plundered the waters of Danube in the past. The castle has its own tavern and café where you can take a little break from exploring.
12. Podersdorf Day Trip
If you´d like to get out of Vienna and enjoy some time sunbathing and lounging on the beach of the lake you will definitely like this idea. Sun, beach, restaurants, red and white lighthouse and a good atmosphere. What more could you dream about?
13. Laxenburg Castle Park
The castle park is considered to be Austria’s largest landscaped gardens. A large variety of leisure activities are available on site. You can either have a look at the multitude of monuments and picturesque garden areas, take a boat ride on the lake or you can discover the majestic landmark of the park called “Little Treasure House of Austria”.
14. Krems Day Trip
Krems an der Donau. A beautiful city is known for its Danube Festival, wine, culture and of course – apricots. Hiking trails in nature, a remarkable art scene and, of course, a number of pleasant wine taverns offering the best vintages not only from Austria.
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