Vienna woods and Mayerling

The Green Lungs of Vienna

VIENNA WOODS and MAYERLING

  • Baden town founded by ancient Romans
  • Mayerling former hunting lodge and Carmelite church
  • Heiligenkreuz Abbey
  • Take a boat ride on the Seegrotte (underground lake)

VIENNA WOODS and MAYERLING – “The Green Lungs of Vienna“

The Vienna Woods are forested highlands on the foothills of the Alps and part of a protected green area listed by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The woods are home to 2, 000 plant species, 150 bird species, and endangered animals such as the European Green Lizard.

The Vienna Woods contain a network of marked walking and hiking paths for discovering the diverse wildlife and a unique natural landscape of meadows, pastures, fields and vineyards. The area is perfect for leisurely walks, and you don’t need to be a seasoned hiker to navigate this terrain: the highest mountain in the Vienna Woods is Schopfl, only 893 metres above sea level. 

On the southern boundary of the Vienna Woods, you will find the tiny village of Mayerling. Though composed of hardly fifty houses, the village is tightly woven into the history of the whole of Europe and beyond. In 1889, at the imperial hunting lodge in Mayerling, the Crown Prince Rudolph of the Hasburg dynasty and his paramour Baroness Mary Vesera committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, influencing events throughout Europe and culminating in the outbreak of the First World War. 

The woods are home to 2, 000 plant species, 150 bird species, and endangered animals such as the European Green Lizard.

The former lodge, now a Carmelite church, makes an interesting visit with exhibition rooms displaying original furnishings from the Crown Prince’s lodge and an impressive chapel containing the sarcophagus of Mary Vesera.