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commentOffered in: English and 2 more


Discover the Vienna Woods on a half-day guided tour. Led by an expert guide, visit the Mayerling hunting lodge, where scandal once rocked the royal family, as well as the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, constructed in 1133. Soak up a scenic boat ride on the Seegrotte, the largest subterranean lake in Europe. Then, journey back to your original departure point, spotting Liechtenstein Castle on the way.
  • Half-day trip from Vienna to Vienna Woods and Mayerling
  • Pass through the Roman city of Baden
  • See a former Mayerling hunting lodge
  • Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, built in 1133
  • Take a boat ride on the Seegrotte, the largest subterranean lake in Europe

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Seegrotte and a guided tour of the memorial chapel at Mayerling.
From a meeting point in Central Vienna, you’ll meet your expert guide and take off for the Vienna Woods in your coach.

Pass the Roman city of Baden, made popular by its thermal springs, as you venture through the scenic valley of Helenental. Stop at the commemorative chapel that was formerly Mayerling, the Imperial hunting lodge. Learn from your guide how scandal rocked the royal family in 1889 when the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph, Crown Prince Rudolph, made a suicide pact with his mistress Baronesse Vetsera and both were found dead inside the lodge.

Continue to the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, dating back to 1133, and the oldest continuously occupied Cistercian monastery in the world. Explore the medieval cloister that houses the remains of the last member of the noble Babenberger family. Then, arrive at the Seegrotte for a picturesque boat cruise across the largest subterranean lake in Europe.

Your half-day tour will conclude with transportation back to Vienna, passing the Liechtenstein Castle on the way.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Oct 2018

Trip particularly well organised. Pick up from central Vienna managed without fuss. Excellent guide who provided useful commentary in both English and Spanish. I enjoyed the mix of sites we visited from the monastery to the underground gypsum mine. I found the Mayerling story of the Crown Prince somewhat macabre but the setting was well worth the visit

, Aug 2018

The caves are really interesting, also the abbey...but this tour is too short too much on a rush for me as a tourist interested in art and history.

I would expand this tour as a full day tour to make it better: dedicating more time in Mayerling to be able to read the staff that is there and it is really interesting and I would add a stop-a real STOP- at some point where you can really see and take pictures of the
Liechtenstein castle...even paying a visit to that place or the surroundings of it.

This is a tour with a massive historical potential that at the moment is not fully explored.

, Jul 2018

The drive through the woods was gorgeous, and the guide did a good job of explaining what we were seeing. Mayerling was well worth the visit; wish we'd had a little more time there.

, Jun 2018

It is a good way to get out of the city for awhile but disappointing. At Mayerling you saw two small chapels and maybe four rooms with information cards and pictures. At the Abbey you only walked around the outside courtyard.

, Apr 2018

This tour is probably quite pleasant in the summertime. Not so in early spring. Our guide was competent but the tour itself was boring. We had hoped to see the Vienna Woods that inspired a beautiful piece of classical music.

, Apr 2018

Excellent and informative tour of the Vienna Woods. Guide was knowledgeable and presented information well. Very much enjoyed Mayerling and the Cistercian Monastery...the underground cave and lake not as much....but likely for others it might have been the reverse.

, Apr 2018

Heiligenkreuz was stunning! Mayerling and the Seegtotto were interesting from a historical perspective. The setting of Mayerling in early spring n a warm sunny day was beautiful and, although it had a lovely outdoor cafe, Seegrotto inside was an overhyped tourist trap.. People in our group were actually taking photos of the plastic horse displays and Disney movie posters. Reminded me of Rock City in Chattanooga, TN. The cave itself was cool, but what theyve done to the place? Not so much. Guide and bus driver were excellent.

, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

, Jan 2018

Nice experience and wonderful tour. The guide was polite, well informed and did everything to please us during the tour. Highly recommended.

, Jan 2018

It was a lovely tour but it felt a bit rush as there was a lot to see.
We had a nice time though.

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