Here I would like to offer four different walking routes within Vienna. While different people have different preferences, the four suggested are all famous areas that many people pass by via tram/bus/or taxi. Even if your time in Vienna is limited, I still suggest you to try at least part of or one of these walks. There are many more that I would love to suggest walking in the city, but here are the top four that I would do over and over again and never get tired of it.
So here it goes!
Vienna Story PART III: Miss Kang’s Favorite Walks in Vienna
Walk 1: Get to know Vienna by enjoying its city center – 1st District
If you have never seen a map of Vienna before, note that most of the central touristy/must see/must visit areas are all within the 1st District. Yes, just like Paris, Vienna’s city is divided into different districts. The 1st District is the area within the hexagon you see below in the Vienna city map. There are many alleys that are beautiful due to its old building, churches, parks, shops, and cafe. I have some favorites, but there are too many to list here. Plus, every person has a different alley they may like – some may want to see where the crowd is, some may prefer where there is less crowd.
But basically if you are walking anywhere within this hexagon area, you are pretty much guaranteed to come upon something worthwhile. Walks within this area could be from 10 minutes to an hour depending on how you want it. I have done from Schwedenplatz to Schottentor OR Stephenplatz to Karlsplatz, and all are quite beautiful and nice. If you really don’t know where to start, get off Stephenplatz station and start wandering around. Any direction you take, the city won’t let you down.
Walk 2: Enjoy a nice stroll of Vienna at day or at night OR BOTH! -Walk around the District 1
This is one of my favorite walking paths in Vienna. One of the top reasons why is because no matter what time of the day I walk here I always discover something. I’ve walked this path in the morning when the city is waking up, in the afternoon when the sun is shining under the blue sky, and in the evening when the buildings night-light show a different aspect of the architects. And every time I come upon some view or building that I missed last time. You can feel Vienna here.
Basically the route goes like this: Schottentor – Rathaus platz – MuseumQuarter – Nashmarket – Karlsplatz – State Opera House – Stephenplatz / OR instead of Nashmarket one can walk pass the Volksgarden and Hogfburg Quarter to reach Stephenplatz. For those who are not familiar with these locations, there are famous hot spots in Vienna, Austria. But when you take a bus, tram, or taxi pass this area, you will lose a sense of where each building and monuments are geographically. Maybe that is something that you don’t care, but for someone who wants to appreciate the city fully, this is something worthwhile to do.
The walk, approximately 3.6km, can take you anywhere from 60 to 45 minutes, depending on your walking speed. Plus, if you pass through the Volksgarden you may want to take a spot and just sit and relax.
If you are already a little familiar of this route, but have not tried a night walk, I STRONGLY suggest you try one. Because the city buildings around this path has lighting on them and it presents itself in a completely new way that you would have not realized in the day time. In fact, you may see some joggers or late night strollers walking along the path too enjoying the scenery. For me, just walking this pathway while listening to my music is good enough to make me smile.
Perhaps the photo shots I took along this pathway will convince you to try this walk..!
3. Hike up Kahlenberg to enjoy some greenness, fresh breeze, and amazing city view of Vienna
Kahlenberg is the hill near Vienna city center. One can take the metro and get off at Heiligenstadt and start walking up the hill/mountain. The path is approximately 7.7km and it takes about 90 minutes. While there are buses that can take you there from the metro stop, if you have the time I suggest you try walking. The trail roads are easy to walk because it is made accessible for many people to hike/walk up there. I took some narrower pathways in which I discovered some amazing views of the vineyards and the city. It’s one thing to see a view from the top, but it’s another to see the view changing as you gradually walk up and up and up…By the time you reach there, and you had that coffee and ice cream, you just feel so relaxed and happy that you have accomplished this walk up here. After that 90 minute walk under the burning sun, I just couldn’t help myself but enjoy the cool mountain breeze at Kahlenberg.
4. Do you like parks and palaces? Then you should try Belvedere, Schonbrunn, or/and Stadtpark.
I have been to all three places and loved it for different reasons. If you have only little time to go to one place, I would suggest Schonbrunn. Even without the tour inside the Schonbrunn, the park and the palace view itself is beautiful. It’s open until 9pm and the last time I did a stroll there at 8pm there were still many joggers and people walking along the path. It’s quite big and there are many angles to enjoy it. One could easily bring some wine, cheese, and bread, find a spot in the park and enjoy one’s meal.
Belvedere is also beautiful too. It’s also free to enjoy the park. Depending on which entry you enter, you will see the park first or after. I entered through the area where you see the park later and that was amazing because suddenly you find yourself standing in this nicely decorated park. It was a surprise for me because I came upon this place by accident. Only later did I realize it was Belvedere, the famous palace where everyone visits to see Klimit’s The Kiss.
Stadtpark is smaller compared to both but cute and nice in a different way. It is more local feeling and calm. It feels also quite forestry considering that this is in the middle of the city. There are two or three cute cafes that are cute. There are streams that flow into a pond in the middle of the park.
Volksgarden is another good park to explore and enjoy. But if you are already trying out the Walk 1 or 2, you should have passed by this area.
I hope this is useful for those who visit here in the future. I would love to hear your feedback, feel free to message me below.
Before I continue talking of Vienna, now let me go back to my weekend trips..which I did to Slovenia!