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Walks to wine

Between grapevines and wine cellar lanes – The most popular wine walking routes

Strolling through romantic wine cellar lanes, conquering the summit of pleasure and rewarding yourself with a stunning panoramic view over the vineyards, taking a break at the Heurige wine bar and getting to the bottom of the secrets of the grape, not only in your glass but also in the vineyard – that is wine walking in Lower Austria.

Lower Austria’s eight wine-producing regions are, alongside their wine, also particularly well-known as attractive holiday destinations. And what is the best way to experience a landscape? Of course, up close and one step at a time. For this reason, we have collected the most beautiful wine walking routes through wine cellar lanes and vineyards and to viewpoints and Heurige wine bars.

# Kamptal: Langenlois Wine Trailis

Along an ancient network of trails, you walk the region’s idyllic vineyards whilst learning exciting things about wine cultivation. In addition, the Wine Trail is bordered by spectacular objects and wine-tasting stations – the wine safes – which invite walkers to relax and taste the wine. Our tasting tip: Save your tasking set and key! For a safe trip home, it is only a short walk from the Langenlois train station.

# Carnuntum: VIA.CARNUNTUM

“All roads lead to Rome,” goes the saying. Three VIA.CARNUNTUM walking routes all lead along 70 km ( along old Roman trails through the Roman country, Carnuntum. In the region between Vienna and Bratislava, you can discover Roman finds, educational wine trails and stories from the past. For wine-lovers, we especially recommend the VIA.VINUM routes. Getting there by public transport also could not be easier. Our tip for getting there: From Vienna, take the train to Kittsee, where the Postbus will already be waiting for your one-and-only changeover.

# Weinviertel: Following the footsteps of falcons and felines

In the largest wine region there is, of course, a variety of wine-lover’s walking options. Our tip: Make the falcons your companion on the “Kleiner Falkenflug” (“The Short Falcon Flight”) and walk the 7 km stretch to Falkenstein near Poysdorf and its scenic locations, rest spots and rich history. Another animal protagonist awaits you in Hollabrunn. Visitors follow the Cellar Cat Trails to 24 deliciously exciting stations along the Sitzendorfer wine cellar lane. The varied circular trail leads through different cellars and allows you to immerse yourself in the region – and in delicious wine at the tasting stations. Our tip for getting there: Train connections run regularly from Hollabrunn station. After just a three-minute walk, you will reach the first stretch of the Cellar Cat Trails.

# Wagram: Walking in Fels am Wagram

Three walking routes lead through Fels am Wagram, which is the third-largest wine-growing village in Austria, with an area of around 800 ha. This is impressively reflected in a walk through the vineyard pastures and wine cellar lanes. At the highest point of the walking trail, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view over Tullnerfeld. Tip: In the local history museum of Fels am Wagram (Tel. +43 (0) 2738 200 10) and at the guided tours of the wine cellar lanes (Tel. +43 (0) 699 1000 6179), you can gain many further insights into the multifaceted wine-growing region.

# Traisental: The Corkscrew Theme Trail

Traisental is a wine-producing region with a far-reaching vision in terms of both scenery and the love of wine. The vintners of the Ahrenberger and Eichberger wine cellar lane, which is well worth a visit, have built a lookout point – the corkscrew, a symbol of wine, cosiness and enjoyment – at the highest point of the popular Hauersteig walking trail. Our excursion tip: If you would like to visit the Nussdorf-Traisental Prehistoric Museum, it is better to take the path “Vom Jakobsweg zum Wetterkreuz” (“from St. James’ Way to the Weather Cross”). This route runs over 8.5 km through idyllic forests, vineyards and orchards directly to the museum and of course, to the award-winning Heurige wine bar, where you can taste the Traisental DAC wine

# Thermenregion Wienerwald (Vienna Woods thermal region): From Baden to Thallern

An over ten kilometre long wine-themed walking trail, which is easily accessible from Vienna by train, runs along the First Vienna Water Pipeline Trail through the well-known wine-producing areas of the Vienna Woods. The route from Baden via Pfaffstätten to Gumpoldskirchen and Thallern is worth a visit year-round, but we particularly recommend visiting in early September, when the Genussmeile (‘Indulgence mile’) takes place in the thermal region.

# Wachau: Wachau World Heritage trail

On a 180 km swathe north and south of the Danube lies the Wachau World Heritage trail, like a ribbon between the 14 areas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau. Past the grapevines and through the vineyards, hikers get a feeling of effortlessness with luggage transport, a lookout bench and a view of the Danube. And getting here is also effortless, thanks to the dense public transport network in the Wachau region. Sit back and let the landscape roll past the window.

# Kremstal: Kremstal-Danube long-distance hiking trail

Stretching around the wine town of Krems, the Kremstal region runs adjacent to the Wachau wine-producing region on both banks of the Danube. A walker’s paradise, which is best reached by public transport and invites you to walk a little further for a change. Over the 100 km and 15 stages, the Kremstal-Danube long-distance hiking trail combines the enjoyment of walking with the enjoyment of wine and culture. Some of the highlights along the route include the splendid Göttweig Abbey, the ruins of Senftenberg, the wine experience worlds and Heurige wine bars, as well as the town of Krems, with its cultural heritage and culinary delights.