History and Heurige

Last updated on October 22nd, 2021 at 12:20 pm

The 60 kilometre long Klöster-Kaiser-Künstler cycle tour offers a chance to sample the rich art and cultural history of the Vienna Woods in Lower Austria.

Vineyards, wooded valleys, river channels and parks stretch between the small towns in the countryside south of Vienna.

The Klöster-Kaiser-Künstler (‘Monastery, Emperor, Artist’) cycle tour, best with a trekking bike or e-bike, begins at Laxenburg Palace where Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth spent their honeymoon in 1854.

The next stops are the picturesquely situated wine village of Gumpoldskirchen, the Biedermeier town of Baden and the romantic Helenental, where Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert once wandered.

The Helenental in the Vienna Woods
© Österreich Werbung | Harald Eisenberger

The route continues via Mayerling, famous for the tragic death of Crown Prince Rudolf and Mary Vetsera, and leads in a loop to Heiligenkreuz Abbey and through Mödling back to the starting point in Laxenburg.

There are many Heurigen and Buschenschänken (wine taverns) in the area where cyclists can stop for light refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks.

More information: www.wienerwald.info