Monastery Imperial Artist Tour

Mountainbike route from Laxenburg

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59,15 km length

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  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 59,15 km
  • Ascent: 599 egm
  • Descent: 599 egm
  • Duration: 5:30 h
  • Lowest point: 176 m
  • Highest point:433 m
  • Round tour
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Botanical highlights

Details for: Monastery Imperial Artist Tour

Brief description

A very special cycle route where you can ride an "all-round trekking bike" or "e-bike" describes on an almost 62 km long very varied route what made the Vienna Woods so special as the seat of monasteries, the imperial family and artists. 


Starting from Laxenburg, near the Laxenburg Castle Gardens, the journey south starts at EuroVelo 9, past the sun-drenched vineyards, numerous fields and acres. After the turnoff to the "Thallern-Strecke" (Thallern route) through the imperial city of Baden, where a detour to the Römertherme Baden would be ideal for tired calves, the route continues on the Helenental cycle path to the Krainerhütte and then on the "Wegerl durchs Helenental", on the "Helenental-Strecke", through the romantic Helenental. Partly through the cosy deciduous forest you continue directly to Karmel Mayerling and finally to Heiligenkreuz Abbey, each of which invites you to an impressive visit.  The route continues through a forest and meadow area typical of the Vienna Woods to Siegenfeld and then to Gaaden. From there the journey goes back on the "Thallern route" to Hinterbrühl, where important painters and composers met during the Biedermeier period. Along the splashing Mödlingbach stream the Mödlingbach cycle route leads back to the Thermenradweg cycle path, where the "Monastery Imperial Artist Tour" ends. Throughout typical Vienna Woods inns, bicycle-friendly hosts as well as numerous Heurigen ensure enjoyable stops. 


  •  along the Wiener Neustadt Canal, the Schwechat stream, the Mödlingbach stream
  • through the sun-drenched landscapes of Rieden
  • Spa and imperial city Baden 
  • romantic Helenental
  • TOP trip destinations: Laxenburg Castle Gardens, Römertherme Baden, Heiligenkreuz Abbey
  • Karmel Mayerling(Jagdschloss Mayerling) 
  • typical deciduous forest and wide meadows in the Biosphärenpark Wienerwald 
  • on the tracks of Beethoven and Schubert
  • enjoyable stops at numerous Heurigen
  • numerous bicycle-friendly hosts along the route
Starting point of the tour


Destination point of the tour


Route description Monastery Imperial Artist Tour


  • Alternative journey with the southern railway to Mödling or Baden
  • by car
  • by bicycle via the Triesting-Gölsental cycle path or the Danube cycle path (coming via Vienna and Schwechat) to EuroVelo 9A and EuroVelo 9
  • Alternative Anreise mit der Südbahn bis nach Mödling oder Baden
  • dem Auto
  • mit dem Fahrrad über den Triesting-Gölsental-Radweg oder dem Donauradweg (über Wien und Schwechat kommend) auf den EuroVelo 9A und den EuroVelo 9.
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Letzte Aktualisierung: 27.06.2022

Safety information

Die Strecke ist durchgehend beschildert!

Achtung: Im Gebiet Gaaden/ Autobahnzubringer --> Hinterbrühl ist die Beschilderung kurzfristig aufgrund bevorstehender Sanierungsarbeiten der Landstraße unterbrochen und wird nach Fertigstellung ergänzt. Die Strecke ist jedoch laut Route befahrbar!!

Map recommendations

Karte Wienerwald Tourismus - "Radfahren im Wienerwald"  oder MTB Karte Biosphärenpark Wienerwald

Author's tip

Start at Laxenburg Castle Gardens - ride through Laxenburg to the Thermenradweg cycle path (EuroVelo9) in southern direction - at Pfaffstätten: Attention turnoff EV9 onto Badnerstraße until you reach the main square in Pfaffstätten (municipal office) and turn right there - follow the Thallern route - continue on the Thallern route - through Baden, past the Roman thermal baths, change to the Helenental cycle path and follow the direction of Helenental - Attention: At the beginning ride on the Helenental cycle path, at Krainerhütte turn left up to the Helenental section (= "Wegerl im Helenental") - at Allander Höhe - turn left off the narrow path - after the road junction continue towards Heiligenkreuz - again on the Helenental section (pleasant gravel road) to Siegenfeld - in Siegenfeld follow the Reisetberg section briefly until you reach a "Martel" - from there continue on the "Thallern route" towards Gaaden. (Attention: the "Thallern route" is signposted in the opposite direction!)- Continue on the main road until shortly before the Höldrichsmühle. - Relaxation follows after Hinterbrühl slightly downhill on the Mödlingbach cycle path - turn-off to the Thermenradweg cycle path (EuroVelo9) towards Laxenburg.

Monastery Imperial Artist Tour