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A classic is the 11 kilometer-long City Hiking Trail 1. It begins at the terminus of tram line D in Vienna's heurige town of Nussdorf and leads you moderately steeply, but with a great view of the city, Vienna Woods and Danube, through vineyards and woods to the Stefaniewarte on the Kahlenberg (May-Oct.: Sa 12.00 noon - 6.00 pm, Su., hols. 9.00 am - 6.00 pm). After a detour to the cozily modern "Hütte am Weg" (formerly the Josefinenhütte), arrive comfortably back at the starting point along the gently sloping ridge of the Nussberg after about three and a half to four hours. What's more, you can ideally combine the hiking experience with culinary delights at Restaurant Kahlenberg as well as at the heurige on Wildgrubgasse, Kahlenberger Straße and in Nussdorf. A variant is offered by City Hiking Trail 1a, which starts right on Nussdorf Platz. Here, you hike along the Danube beach promenade, climb the Leopoldsberg and the Kahlenberg and can round off the tour, which is also 11 kilometers in length, in one of the delightful heurige in the romantic Kahlenbergerdorf.
Anyone who likes to take a walk along the water should head to the1st Vienna Waterway. This 17 kilometer long circular trail leads from the Lower Old Danube (U1 Alte Donau) to the National Park Donauauen and is well-marked with signs (water trails logo). Those who prefer the shorter distance of 7.5 kilometers can turn around at the Kaisermühlenspitz and finish their tour with a walk across the Kagran Bridge. Whichever option you choose, you'll be well rewarded, not only with a wonderful view of the Old Danube. Numerous information boards tell you about the history and significance of the Old Danube and the Donauauen National Park. Tip: The asphalted, level trail is also ideally suitable for cycling!
When you visit the Green Prater, you are walking on the former imperial hunting ground. The best way is to follow the signs on the 13 kilometer-long City Hiking Trail 9, which takes your directly from Praterstern (U1 Praterstern) away from the main avenue on the level to the little water meadow area at Freudenau.
Ways to the wine on the edge of the city are offered by the hiking routes on the Bisamberg. One of these routes is the famous City Hiking Trail 5. Walk through old cellar lanes, roam through vineyards and oak woods, and experience interesting and surprising things from the varied history of the region on "educational trails". You might even discover one of the rare orchids that grow here. You set the length of your excursion for yourself. Your "Hiking Companion" guide will help you with this. Hiking companions are available for free at the starting point of your tour in the heurige town of Stammersdorf (brochure stands at the bus stop).
The athletic amongst you can tackle the more than 120 kilometer-long Rundumadum Hiking Trail, which encircles the city in 24 easy to manage stages. The starting and end points of each stage can be reached by public transport. Inns and shelters along the way invite you to take a break. Collect confirmation at the five stamping points that you have really walked the "rundumadum" and be rewarded with a hiking pin!
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