Samstag, 10. Mai 2008

Vienna Woods/03

Sunday, 27 April 2008

This is the third day trip on our 625 miles hiking tour through Austria from East to West.

We take the bus to Gasthaus Rieger, Heinratsberg,
where our second trip had ended.

Here we go!

An elderly couple sitting under a tree
welcomes us on a wonderful day in Spring.

Our path leads us through endless woods
and vast meadows with isolated farms.

The apple trees are in full blossom. What a delight!

There seem to be organic farmers,
this farmer keeps his pigs in the open.

Lucky pigs!

Our next destination is the hill "Jochgrabenberg" (645 m above sea level) , and on our way we will pass hills with funny names like "Hinterer Steinberg" and "Großer Stiefelberg".

Again lonely farm houses

and romantic woods

and the woods suddenly opening into meadows.

Here we meet a lady who tells us that she is retired now and so she has enough time to enjoy long and relaxing rides through the countryside.

We take a little rest, have a picknick and study the map....

The next three pictures are the panorama view we enjoy here:

Then we walk on

When I see this farmhouse, I think of the retired lady.
I sigh and dream of living in the country, raising poultry, and hares and chickens and....

and having two horses, one for me and one for my darling husband.... ;-)

We find a natural pond full of water lilies.

In a week or so, the lilies will have yellow blossoms!

We leave the woods and come to the small village Rekawinkel with its villas built around 1900 as retreat for Vienna's wealthy inhabitants.

We cross the railway running from Vienna to the West of Austria,

Then we enter the woods again and walk along a little creek coming down a hill.

We cross the motorway A1 Westautobahn,
disturbing the stillness of the woods.

Soon we reach the hill Jochgrabenberg.

The top of the hill is rather smooth.
That's the sandstone of the Vienna Woods...

On top we have a beautiful view over the little villages nearby.

We step down the hill to the village Schwabendörfl and try to find a path leading to the railway station Eichgraben-Altlengbach.

On our way, spring flowers display their cheerful colours.

And also the trees!

Here we take a last rest (the dog is really tired!) and walk the last miles to the railway station where good old Westbahn takes us home to Vienna.

Ah - what a beautiful Sunday!

If you are interested in the first parts of our trip, please click here!

Freitag, 2. Mai 2008

Vienna Woods/02

Sunday, 13 April 2008

A bus takes us to the end of our first tour in March, to St. Andrä Wördern.
Here, Weitwanderweg 04 follows the romantic path along a streamlet, "Hagenbachklamm".

Many Viennese take their families there for a Sunday afternoon walk.

But early in the morning, we are all alone!

Wild garlic grows abundantly in the shade of trees.

We leave the streamlet behind and pass by a riding place.

We come to Unterkirchbach, a small village in the midst of the woods.

There are splendid old villas built around 1900, but also romantic little houses.

Many Viennese restore them and spend their weekends there.

And there are also local farms, this one with an old dovecote.

We are on the right way. The trail is well labelled.

My husband loses the dog' s leach. We walk back a mile but we can't find it.

After a walk of 9 km we reach Tulbinger Kogel, a hill of 494 m, with a lookout on its top, Leopold Figl Warte.

It is too misty to see Vienna today, but the view over the Tullnerfeld, a great plain formed by the river Danube, is good.

We step down Tulbinger Kogel in the direction of Riederberg.

Here we see the first blooming apple trees.

In the woods we find a memorial reminding of a massacre in 1529 when the inhabitants of the surrounding villages were killed by Turkish hords. Since then the region is called "Jammertal", valley of misery.

We take a rest in a local tavern with a sunny garden.

Really good!

Our next destination is the hill "Troppberg", but we lose the trail.

Maybe a labelled tree had been cut down.

We go a long way round, but our dog won't mind...
In the end we find the trail again.

The evening comes and we look over rolling hills with the first signs of spring.

We pass by a hidden farmhouse, inviting travellers to take a "Jause", a little snack between meals.

We do not stop because we have to reach Gasthaus Rieger in Strohzogl, Heinratsberg, from where a bus takes us to Vienna at 18:27, the only possibility to get back home.

Our second day trip was 23 km long and our feet are rather tired.... But we are full of sunshine, the green of the forest and of spring!