Best Weekend Destinations Near Vienna

Gasthof Schafberg Alpe, Sankt Gilgen, Austria

Weekends are great for spending quality time with loved ones and friends. While Vienna has so many great spots to offer, an out-of-town trip would be worth taking once in a while.

We share here some places not far from Vienna worth exploring on your free time. A visit to these places would give you and your companions a truly enriching and fun experience whether indoor or outdoor.


More wine estates await visitors outside of Vienna and one of them is the Klostenburg Monastery. At 900 years old, this place is the oldest wine estate in Austria and features vaulted wine cellars as well as modern production facilities.

At this wine estate, one can learn about the traditional way of wine making and even see the rare wines at the extensive archive of old wine.


During summer, visitors eager to listen to Viennese classical music should find it worth their time visiting the Grafenegg castle. Dating back to the 19th century, the place is open from mid June until early September and features an orchestra that plays the music of Strauss, Vivaldi, Debussy and Meldelssohn-Bartholdy among others which can be heard throughout the castle and even outside up to the green hills of Wachau Valley.

Wachau Valley

Wachau Valley may be more known for its vineyards and the wine tours being offered but it has other activities worth experiencing. One is harvesting apricots.

Apricots are also grown in the valley and every summer, the growers there celebrate their harvest. A hiking tour would be best and it will take you from the 4.5 kilometers apricot trail (Wachauer Marillenweg) in Krems-Angern. By mid July this year, you can try harvesting apricots at Obsthof Reisinger in Spitz an der Donau and celebrate the good harvest at Spitzer Marillenkirtag from July 17th to 19th.

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