Wine, food & the “longest bar in the world”.
That’s how the so-called “Genussmeile” in the Vienna forest district likes to be known, itself both a #winelover & foodie stretch of about ten miles between the local towns of Baden & Gumpoldskirchen. Essentially, it is made up of all different kinds of stalls, selling local wines, beers, burgers, cold meats and more along a vineyard hiking trail. More than 50.000 visitors mingle among the stands on both weekends in early September, and wouldn’t you, too, rather take a seat (or a walk) here now ..?
Check out the official hashtag #Genussmeile17 for even more updates about your next trip out of Vienna, towards Baden & Gumpoldskirchen. Klaus Lorenz, our local host of the Baden Tourism Board, smiles by saying: “Well, you know, some people walk the entire 16 kilometres, while others only make it about a 100 metres – depending on where people strand.” And stranding is what you wish for, among all those lovely foodie options coupled with great local wine bars right inside the vineyards ..!
The town of Baden, however, offers a lot more beyond the “Genussmeile” festival. Healing spa, Yoga inside a rose garden, or many opportunities for outings into the Vienna woods …
… there’s even another festival I can recommend, the “Fête Blanche” of Baden which I absolutely loved. If you are still looking for accommodation options, including some more ideas for a foodie trip, then my second post about planning a city escape from Vienna to Baden, including famous Hotel Schloss Weikersdorf, will fill you in with more details.
This time, however, and partly because of the weather, we spent more time inside the Roman Spa of Baden (the Romans being the first to discover the healing, hot source waters around here), went to check out the local monks at the Abbey Heiligenkreuz as well as the hunting lodge Mayerling, where the former Austrian crown prince Rudolph is said to have shot himself and his lover during a tragic course of event in the late 19th century.
Now back to the town of Baden, do not miss Beethoven’s house, nice little city walks, or a visit to the Casino, Austria’s oldest (and largest).
Oh, and by the way, did I tell you about the handmade (and hand-wrapped!) little Badener Kaffeebonbons (Baden coffee sweets)?! You can get them from the Café Konditorei Ullmann, and I daresay they easily compare with other sweets found in prestigious patisseries & chocolate factories around Belgium, Switzerland or France.
Last but not least: Schloss Hotel Weikersdorf & Yoga at the (rose) gardens. Any time. All the time, please.
Imagine your naked feet touching the cool grass. The rising sun in the east, hinting at a new day and its many opportunities for adventure. Stretching and waking up your body during a morning yoga session, then enjoying a wonderful breakfast on the sunny estate terrace of your hotel, from where you’d simply never want to get up. Ever. Again. Asking for a second round of coffee, spending your time talking to your friends, smiles and giggles shared over what you’ve experienced during the weekend. The magic of a short holiday in Baden.
Check out more images about the town of Baden, as well as our local foodie event #Genussmeile17 here:
- Wolfgang & Jessica, of Reiseblitz.com: “Baden bei Wien: Genuss und Kultur im Wienerwald“
- Jeanette Fuchs, of Follow-Your-Trolley.com: “8 Dinge, die man in Baden bei Wien getan haben muss“
- Claudia Höller, of Freets.at: “Unterwegs auf der Genussmeile im Wienerwald“, “Ein Besuch in Baden voller Genüsse und Gemütlichkeit” & “Beethoven verstehen im Beethoven-Haus von Baden“
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the city of Baden to join the #Genussmeile17 event, as well as all further activities. All opinions are my own.