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Enjoy the country side south of Vienna!

 

The first stop will be a second half of the 19th century copy of an old fortress - Liechtenstein, next you will have the chance to visit a former gypsum mine that has been abondoned approximately 90 years ago on account of flooding and was used by the Nazis towards the end of World War II as a production site for the first Jet fighter planes ever built. It is now a show mine and offers a tour including a boat ride on an underground lake.

 

On from there we pass a former residence of Schubert, where he composed a great number of beautiful pieces of music.After a pretty drive through the woods we will get to Heiligenkreuz, a Cistercian monastery (still active) which is almost 1000 years old and has some beautiful aspects worth while touring through.

 

The next village - Mayerling - was the site of a hunting lodge where Crowne Prince Rudolph with his mistress of 18 supposedly committed suicide in 1889 - a lot of films on that topic were produced. Through the absolutely gorgeous countryside of the southern Vienna Woods we will reach the Spa of Baden with its hot springs and very interesting early 19th century architecture (they have one of the largest gambling casinos in Europe).

 

On from there through the "Wine Road" to the unpronouceable but very quaint village of Gumpoldskirchen (good stop for a glass of wine and / or apple studel) we finally head back to Vienna.