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4 delightful day trips from Vienna

© by Arnold Weisz

Have you been to Vienna before, and are you looking for new experiences? Here are 4 travel tips for delightful day trips from Vienna by public transport.

Going on a day trip from Vienna by public transport is easy. Whether you are in Vienna by plane or have driven here by car, you can quickly go on a journey of discovery just outside the city. We have been on 4 fantastic day trips with entirely different experiences, which you can do in one day without stress.

With the tram to Baden bei Wien

The 27-kilometre-long tram ride with the Badner Bahn, from the Oper (Opra) in Vienna to the small town of Baden south of Vienna, is scenic (See the route on Google Maps). After you have passed the suburbs of Vienna, the last part goes past the vineyards between Mödling, Gumpoldskirchen and Baden. Along the way, there are 22 stations if you fancy a stop. The historic tram line was fully operational in 1907 and offered slow scenic travel. See the stops and timetables here.

Baden bei Wien was once an imperial summer residence and has a great historic town centre. The small town of Baden offers a wide selection of cultural and culinary delights and modern wellness oases. Whether you try your luck in the casino, take a walk in the park or enjoy yourself in one of the thermal baths, the day will go by quickly in Baden.

Carnuntum – in the footsteps of the Romans

On this day trip from Vienna, you can travel 2,000 years back to Roman times. The Carnuntum Archaeological Park is no ordinary museum but a reconstruction of the ruins of a Roman village. From the 1st to the 4th century AD, Carnuntum was a significant Roman metropolis on the border of the Roman Empire. The archaeological park offers much fun for both young and old and is about 43 km east of Vienna. Read our complete article about Carnuntum.

You can take the local train (S-Bahn) S7 from Wien Mitte station to Petronell-Carnuntum. The train takes about 53 minutes and runs every hour.


Hiking among the vineyards in Gumpoldskirchen

The small, cosy village is located on the eastern slope of Anningerhill, 20 kilometres south of Vienna. You come here to enjoy simple walking or cycling tours through the vineyards. Afterwards, you should enjoy some of the region’s good wines and delicious Austrian food. Stroll through the pleasant streets and admire the historic houses while you choose a place to eat or drink some wine.

Take local train S2 toward Wiener Neustadt from Wien Hauptbahnhof, and you will be in Gumpoldskirchen in 39 minutes. There is one train per hour.

Boat trip on the Danube to Bratislava

Combine a fantastic boat trip on the Danube with sightseeing in Slovakia’s capital Bratislava, which is only about 70 kilometres from each other, right on the border with Austria. Bratislava is smaller than Vienna, and primarily the old town is of interest to visitors. Bratislava’s picturesque Old Town may remind you of the historic centre of Vienna. This is unsurprising as it was part of the Habsburg Empire and the Hungarian coronation city for almost 300 years.

The best is to leave the car in Vienna and take the fast-moving catamaran Twin City Liner, which takes 1 hour and 15 minutes for the trip. The boat departs from the centre of Vienna, from Schwedenplatz by the Danube Canal.


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Written by Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.