The Kahlenberg with a beautiful view of Vienna

Kahlenberg blick auf wien

Where is the Kahlenberg and how do you get there? How high is it and what was its name before? What all can you discover at the Kahlenberg?

The Kahlenberg in the Vienna Woods is one of the local mountains and offers a fantastic view of Vienna. The metropolis on the Danube River lies at your feet. At sunset it is especially beautiful here.

At the end of the 19th century, with the rise of the bourgeoisie and also of the working class, the number of employees increased. a certain leisure culture its upswing. The Viennese went for an excursion on Sundays, preferably to the local mountains on the doorstep . At that time, one got to the Kahlenberg with the Kahlenbergbahn. The opening of the Kahlenbergbahn took place on March 7, 1874. It was the first rack railroad in Austria at that time.

The start was in Nußdorf and it went quite winding via Grinzing and Krapfenwaldl on the Kahlenberg, where there is already the Kahlenberg Hotel gave, from where you also beautiful view can still enjoy today. The rack railroad no longer exists, but the Wiener Linien buses will take you much more comfortably up the Kahlenberg. Of course you can also walk up to the top of the 425m high local mountain the Viennese.

By the way, the Kahlenberg used to be called Sauberg or Schweinsberg, after the wild boars that lived there. No worries, you are more likely to meet them today in the Lainzer Tiergarten.

What else can you discover on the Kahlenberg at the lookout point?

The Stephaniearte, named after Princess Stephanie, wife of Crown Prince Rudolph. In 1887 the 22m high lookout was built and is in operation from May to October.

A few steps further, on the Villenweg, is the Empress Elisabeth Rest. Elisabeth already loved the view of the city from the Kahlenberg and liked to come here. Here she had hopefully her peace

The Church of St. Joseph – also called Kahlenberg Church , was rebuilt in 1734 after the previous church was destroyed by the Ottomans during the 2nd siege in 1683. It is a pilgrimage destination especially for Polish citizens, because Jan Sobieski from Kahlenberg, victoriously led the relief army against the Turkish besiegers.

At the end of your visit to Vienna, you will go to the Heuriger in Grinzing, an old wine village and starting point for the onward journey to the vineyards on the Kahlenberg and Cobenzl.

Time Travel Tip: With the public transport (Wiener Linien) you can quickly get to the Kahlenberg. Simply take the U4 to the Heiligenstadt terminus and then change to the 38A and ride to the Kahlenberg terminus. On the way down you get off in Grinzing next to the church and here one Heuriger follows the other. How about an organic wine tavern? Zum Berger is a good choice! Organic Winery & Heurigenschank “Zum Berger” | Viennese Wine

More info. Kahlenberg – Wikipedia,






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