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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Hotel pickup is included; tour ends at the Vienna Opera House

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get to tour the fascinating Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, the oldest continuously occupied Cistercian monastery in the world, and take an awesome boat ride on the Seegrotte, the largest subterranean lake in Europe. Seeing the storybook Liechtenstein Castle on the way back to Vienna is a lovely bonus!

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What You Can Expect

Vienna Woods and Mayerling Half Day Trip

Vienna Woods and Mayerling Tour

Your half-day trip will begin with pickup from your hotel in central Vienna, where 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.   

Customer Reviews

cedarhouse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The three places was worth the trip.

logar7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous tour guide who explained with great detail, sites were quite lovely and at no time did we feel rushed.

Frank B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We enjoyed our trip to the Vienna Woods and Mayerling very much. The ride in the double decker bus allowed for absolutely beautiful views along the way. Our trip to the chapel very interesting story and the monastery were quite enjoyable and beautiful also. I do regret not getting a picture from above the monastery though. The underground lake was awesome, our first glimpse was so picturesque that we thought that it wasn't real. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well. It was nice having an English only tour, rather than having to listen to multiple languages.

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Well planned tour - we saw a lot in 4 hours and it was well explained by a tri-lingual guide. There was information suitable for those with some prior knowledge of the locations.

Memo United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful experience. Thomas the tour guide was excelente.

Lidija D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was short but very well organised.No waste of time.First we visited an Abbey.It is a beautiful abbey.All information given by our guide was interesting.After that we went to a hunting lodge.A small museum worth a visit so don't miss.And the third place- underground lake is such a wonderful attraction.This tour is a nice way to spend first half of the day.

Salvatore G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Good tour.

Marilyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really excellent trip. Great to have hotel pick-up and not too early. Unfortunately Mayerling was closed so disappointing but somewhat compensated by free apple strudel and drink. Otherwise trip was as advertised and well worth doing. Lovely to see outside the city.

Nathaniel O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour, couldn't have been happier. Can't say which part was my favorite as the entire trip was a great little half day getaway.

Lazar D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fabulous.

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