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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

Terri A V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A fabulous tour away from the city rush.

IronHorse

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fascinating travel through the Austrian countryside via weaving roads through deep forests and open country. Guided tour of the Abbey was both very informative and remarkable, the visit to the royal's hunting lodge made you think of the dramas of the past are no different from today's, and capping the tour with the Seegrotte's subterranean boat ride was both intriguing and exciting. Very happy to have taken this tour!!!!

Carolyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

was a very good trip. we loved it and enjoyed very much

Shona N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a lovely trip and the guide was excellent . Well worth doing and lots of interesting sights to see .

JimKreutzer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Even though this was a 4 hour tour, we had 3 stops and they were all quite good. The subterranean boat ride in particular was very enjoyable and the guide we had for this stop was quite humorous. Our own tour guide was very good and everything was on time.

eurekaclr

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was very enjoyable.

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.

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