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City Escape: Baden near Vienna beckons your visit

Hot, hotter, the hottest. Once again, the heatwave hits us at almost 40°C! If like me you are about to boil over, consider taking a cool break. Many are the options – I suggest Baden near Vienna. Why? Because you can combine culture, “Kaiserschmarren” & cool summer activities all in one visit.

The city of Baden, just a stone’s throw away from the capital city of Vienna, breathes the cool air of the nearby Vienna Forests. The emperor himself already knew to appreciate this: Now, it is our turn.

The city of Baden is alive with the spirit of its imperial heyday. Mighty estates and villas are dotted around town, and we feel no less impressed by the historic atmosphere of our own accommodation, Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf. The former castle offers a view of the local rose garden, called “Badener Rosarium” counting more than 30.000 (!) individual roses! Fortunately for us, the mighty stone walls of the castle keep the air nice and cool, while all rooms and spa areas have been kept deliberately modern – a perfect combination if you ask me. Check this out.

Willkommen im Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf in Baden bei Wien ..

Welcome to Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf in Baden near Vienna ..

 

... ein Ambiente, dessen Anblick alleine schon für Abkühlung sorgt.

… a welcoming, and above all, “cool” atmosphere.

 

Von unserem Zimmer aus eröffnet sich der Blick auf das Rosarium von Baden mit über 30.000 (!) Rosen ...

From our room, we catch a glimpse of the many thousand roses in the “Rosarium” rose garden of Baden …

 

... ein Charme, den wir schon beim Frühstück serviert bekommen.

… as well as during breakfast out on the historic stone terrace.

 

Weitere Abkühlung bietet der moderne Spa-Bereich mit Pool ...

The modern spa pool is all ours and has us start the day in (cool) style …

 

... doch am meisten beeindruckt mich der gewaltige Innenhof des Schlosses, zentraler Angelpunkt und Veranstaltungsort für viele Festivitäten.

… however what definitely impresses me most is this mighty inner courtyard, the centre piece of the former Weikersdorf Palace now turned hotel & event location.

 

Ein großer Wohlfühlbonus ist sicher auch dem Schlossgeist, sprich der Schlossherrin Monika Baumann geschuldet, welche uns hier so freudvoll und ganz in ihrem Element empfängt!

Feeling good here is largely due to the welcoming nature and “castle spirit” Monika Baumann, who loves to show us around her palace!

 

Right from Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf, we are led on a refreshing hike of a kind: Local guide Günther knows the way to stay in the shade!

The large expanse of the Vienna Forests truly succeeds in working as a natural air con, lowering the temperature a pleasant few degrees. Our guide Günther has deliberately chosen a shady forest path, still offering us perfect views of the surrounding palace landscape of Baden as well as Vienna and Hungary. If after an hour or two, you feel the urgent need for a beer or light summer wine, check out the local “Hauswiese” tavern for a true example of Lower Austrian countryside charm.

Los geht die kleine Wanderrunde am Vormittag direkt vom Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf aus ...

Off on our hike right from our accommodation at Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf …

 

... das erfrischend kühle Strandbad lassen wir - echte Wanderer! - dabei links liegen ...!

… we bypass the local beach pools “Strandbad” Baden …!

 

... und betrachten dabei lieber einzigartige Ausblicke auf die Burgruinen des Wienerwaldes ...

… for a view of the mighty castle ruins across the local Vienna Forests …

 

... deren Erklimmung dank Günther's Spürnase ...

… whose climbing …

 

... ein Leichtes ist: Einzigartige Ausblicke weit über Baden und bis Wien belohnen den Aufstieg in der Affenhitze des Hochsommers.

… rewards us with perfect views across the land surrounding Baden and all the way to Vienna.

 

Beim Abstieg tauchen uns die altehrwürdigen Villen Badens in eine ganz besondere Stimmung ...

Coming back down to Baden is meeting the charm of old, as expressed by impressive estate buildings …

 

... und weisen uns den Weg zum Einkehrschwung, der "Hauswiese" hier nämlich ...

… leading the way to our refreshments …

 

... Mahlzeit mit Wandersfreuden!

… at the “Hauswiese” local pub & restaurant!

 

Baden itself has a lot to offer, of course. Listen for the traces of Mozart & Beethoven, who loved to compose world-class music in Baden; or even the old tales about the Romans & emperors taking you back many centuries. Traces of its eventful history spanning several millennia are what make Baden unique. You can easily call it one of the most beautiful cities of Austria (and that’s me saying, living in one of the most beautiful cities myself – Krems by the Danube river! 😉 ).

And did you know that the “Imperial Baking Shop” of Baden loves to host visitors to an open-air “Kaiserschmarren” cooking demo? Despite the heat, watching the Kaiserschmarren master do his foodie thing is clearly worth you while …

Bummel in Baden bei Wien ...

Taking a walk around Baden near Vienna …

 

... auf den Spuren von Mozart ...

… we follow the traces of the famous composers Mozart …

 

... und Beethoven, zu denen wir viele klassische Anekdoten und Geschichten hören.

… as well as Beethoven: “I never thought in my whole life that I could be as lazy as I was here”, he is quoted to have said about his time in Baden.

 

Der Duft des frischen Kaiserschmarren hält uns wenig später in seinem Bann ...

Only a little later, history comes alive listening to the famous story of the Austrian “Kaiserschmarren” …

 

... so einen kulinarischen Zwischenstopp als Teil einer Stadtführung durch Baden kann ich nur wärmstens empfehlen!

… a dish served best with roasted plum chutney and forever famous due to its name and (sweet) nature!

 

Last but not least, do not miss a visit to Baden Casino: “Cuisino”, clubbings & more are waiting for you!

In my last blog post, I have already shared with you the magic of the annual white party taking place in the city of Baden, called #BadenInWeiss. The Baden Casino is always worth your visit, especially where a combination called “Dinner & Casino” including the light summer cuisine of the restaurant Cuisino is concerned.

Abkühlung bei der Sommerhitze setzt sich mit erfrischend leichten Sommerkreationen wie diesen hier fort ...

Cooling down from the summer heat at the “Cuisino Baden” …

 

... frisch gestärkt vor dem Spieleabend ...

… we feel ready to take on the world (of Casino games) …

 

... verwöhnt bis zum Dessert ...

… spoiled all the way to locally-inspired summer desserts …

 

... versuchen wir unser Glück: Tourismusdirektor Klaus Lorenz hat gut lachen ...

… we check out the casino: Local tourism director Klaus Lorenz is definitely luckier than I am …

 

... seine Frohnatur begleitet uns bis zum darauffolgenden Vormittag, beim Picknick im Rosarium von Baden: Prost! ...

… and loves to spend a toast on us during the following morning picnic in the rose garden!

 

Bei diesen regionalen Schätzen kommen wir allesamt auf unsere Kosten ...

Love the local specialities of our picnic arrangement …

 

... Mahlzeit mit Hochgenuss aus Baden!

… enjoy your meal with local delights from in and around Baden!

 

Check out more colourful travel tips & inspiring photography or videos about Baden here:

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited by Casino Urlaub as well as the city of Baden for an experience of #BadenInWeiss. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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