Late fall has arrived in Vienna. The days are already short and dark, and it’s been a while since we last had a sufficient dose of sunlight. With the dim light and the morning mist, the city is often covered in a magical twilight. As tempting as it might be to just stay in your warm and cozy home, we decided to explore some places in Vienna you might not have visited to entice you outside.
As the options for outdoor activities are unfortunately rather limited at the moment, we thought we’d give you some inspiration for beautiful walks to not only get some fresh air, but also soak in the enchanting atmosphere and relax. Let find out These Enchanted Fall Walks in Vienna To Visit below.
These Enchanted Fall Walks in Vienna To Visit
The next place we want to show you is closer to the Vienna city center, in the 9th district. Located in the scenic Servitenviertel which impresses with its gorgeous architecture, you can find the most beautiful staircase in Vienna, the Strudlhofstiege. It consists of several flights of stairs, fountains, and a lot of green plants such as ivy. The he symmetrical lower part of the staircase houses two fountains, whereas in the upper, asymmetrical section, you can enjoy the view of historic Palais Auersperg from the platform like pathway which is also equipped with some benches.
The staircase got its name from the painter Peter Strudel, who opened his Strudlhof painting school in this area in 1688, which was one of the first art colleges in Central Europe. The staircase was actually built in 1910 and represents one of Vienna’s Art Nouveau masterpieces. It reached special fame and consideration, as it was one of the key locations and the name of the novel Die Strudlhofstiege by Heimito von Doderer. Published in 1951, the novel tells the story of life in Vienna at around the time of World War I, and the staircase functions as a central meeting point for the protagonists, whose lives are connected through intrigues and love affairs.
Konstantinhügel in the Prater
The last location we want to show you today is a place you surely must have heard of if you live in or have already visited Vienna, but it’s still an evergreen for lovely walks. Its Vienna’s largest park, the Prater. The area was bought by Emperor Maximilian II in 1560 to become a hunting ground and was later opened to the public. It still amazes with its spaciousness and wild nature, you feel like you are truly in a forest, right in the middle of the city.
The green lung of Vienna is a popular recreational area nowadays, and one of its special features is definitely the Prater Hauptallee, which is a straight, 4,4km long, pedestrian and bike only lane running through almost the full length of the Prater. Not a lot of people know that there used to be a café on top of Konstantinhügel, which was originally opened by Eduard Sacher. After the world wars, the building remained empty and kept decaying until it was devastated in a fire set by unknown perpetrators in 1977, resulting in the demolition of the building’s remains. Nature regained its habitat, and today there are no more traces of the former building.
Lebensbaumkreis am Himmel
In the Vienna Woods on scenic Cobenzl hill, you will find a true gem. Get off bus 38a at the stop Cobenzl Parkplatz and walk towards Himmelstraße and you will eventually reach am Himmel, which translates literally to in the sky. You do actually feel like you are in the sky, as the Vienna city center and the Danube River lie beneath your feet. Take some time to enjoy this breathtaking view and marvel at the brightly colored leaves of the surrounding hills and the vineyards in front of you.
When you are lucky weather wise, take a seat on the wooden benches to enjoy the sun and nature to the fullest during this break from your daily routine. The Tree of Life circle in the sky consists of 40 trees that symbolize a whole year. Each tree similar to our zodiac signs is attributed to a certain period or month of the year. This means that you can find your personal Tree of Life, depending on in which month your birthday is, and listen to its story or learn about its characteristics, as the trees are all equipped with a loudspeaker.