Best area for heurigens

May 10th, 2016, 05:43 AM
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Best area for heurigens


I will be in Vienna in mid-September for three days (arrive Friday and leave Monday morning). I'm looking for suggestions on the best area to visit for heurigens. I'm looking to get away from the crowds a little bit and would like to an area where you can see vineyards. Is Neustift am Walde a good option? Is there a good time of day to visit to avoid the bigger crowds? Or will a weekend in September always be crowded?

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May 10th, 2016, 07:57 AM
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Vineyards sans crowds are fine but Heurigen taverns are blah without lots of folks enjoying the revelry of the place.
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May 11th, 2016, 03:56 AM
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Just a few thoughts from one who has been living in Vienna's vineyard and heuriger district for the last four years...

Most heuriger along Neustift am Walde (from Agnesgasse to Salmannsdorf) are busy with tourists; you'll find a fair amount of English spoken, but a little less "authenticity." Heuriger Wolff, for example, is a stop for many, many tour and HOHO buses. Heuriger Friseurmüller near the terminus of the 35A bus, though is popular with locals; English is spoken, but its location is out of range of most tourists.

The vineyards are just lovely in September. One of our favorite activities outside of the annual Wien Weinwandertag (Vienna Vineyards Wander) at the end of September is to take the 38A bus from the terminus of the U4 to either Cobenzl or Kahlenberger, and wander down through the eastern edge of the Alps and through vineyards into Grinzing or Nußdorf, finishing with lunch at a heuriger. Grinzing is rather touristy, though.

The heuriger schedule in the vineyards is inconsistent; you may come upon an open heuriger (also called Buschenshank) or you may not, but you will be guaranteed to find open heuriger in the weekend afternoons in Grinzing in the village and in Nußdorf along Kahlenbergerstraße or Probusgasse. Just choose one that offers a pleasing garten setting; order the house wine and a dish of your choice, and your experience will be a good one. From Grinzing take the 38 tram back into the Inner Stadt; from Nußdorf, the D tram.

I can't speak to "crowded" vineyards, as there are more than 700 hectares to explore. Even on the Weinwandertag weekend there is plenty of space for everyone. As for "revelry," at most you'll find friends and families enjoying good food and good wine; and while Kirtag weekends are pretty lively, head to Oktoberfest if you want "revelry."

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May 11th, 2016, 11:03 AM
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Thank you @fourfortravel. I was hoping to avoid the tourist crowds of Grinzing by visiting Neustift am Walde. So much for that Do you have any other recommendations for places off the tourist path in Neustift am Walde?

Your recommendation to wander from Cobenzi or Kahlenberger to Grinzing or Nußdorf also sounds lovely. Is there a path or trail you take? Do you have any recommendations for places in either that locals like?

How much time would you recommend setting aside for either a walk from Cobenzi or Kahlenberger or just a visit to Neustift am Walde? Half a day?
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May 12th, 2016, 01:11 AM
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Weinhof Zimmerman is not easily spotted by tourists, as it sits in the middle of the Neustift vineyards. In Nußdorf, Kierlinger has a lovely garden and immediately adjacent is Schübel Auer; we prefer Kierlinger, though both are nice. In Grinzing there are a half dozen or more heuriger along Cobenzlgasse; on a busy weekend they'll all be crowded with locals who have been out hiking and walking. Wiengut Brandl and Zum Martin Sepp have particularly pretty gardens. If worse comes to worse in Grinzing, the pizzas at Ninos are delicious, and the garden is also lovely.

From the Cobenzlparkplatz stop on the 35A, hikers/walkers head past the restaurant and petting farm and onto the trail. After about a kilometer or so the first set of signs (with distances) will appear and you can decide which trail to take. At Kahlenberg, the trail signs are at the bus stop. Cobenzl to Grinzing has more wooded areas; Kahlenberg to Nußdorf has both wooded areas and vineyards. For the Cobenzl to Grinzing walk, and wandering Neustift, a half day would be fine; a little more time would be needed for a Cobenzl or Kahlenberg to Nußdorf walk.
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