Being a girl raised in the South, the fall season means crisp, fresh air, sunshine, lots of plaid scarves and pumpkin flavoured everything. It's not too hot and not too cold, so all you need is a light jacket (who got this reference?!) It's one of the most magical times of the year for me, but this fall season in Vienna has been slightly rude and a slap to my frost bitten face with it's straight- to- winter- temperatures. I'm definitely unprepared mentally and physically with my lacklustre winter wardrobe, but that's a whole other blog post. Anywho, on occassional days when the weather actually feels like fall, you go out and get all the sun.
On this particuliar gorgeous fall day Jesse, my mother-in-law and I went to the beautiful wildlife preserve, Lainzer Tiergarten (Lainzer animal garden). A serious gem full of hiking trails, historical buildings from the Habsburg monarchy, deer, rams and wild hogs, oh my! And it's only a 30-minute trip from the city-center of Vienna.
If you're the outdoorsy type or just need to breathe some fresh air, then it's definitely a must-see if you visit Vienna. I'm not exactly a hiking lover due to a very unfortunate hiking experience in Tennessee (but that's a whole other blog post as well) but even I enjoyed and appreciated this beautiful park.
The animals that you can feed, the wild boar (and their cute little babies) that you can watch from a distance, the beautiful rolling hills and the gorgeous views when you reach your final destination (or to the top of the tree, as Jesse would say) all make the trip to Lainzer Tiergarten very much worth it. Plus there are guest houses sprinkled throughout the park for a drink or bite to eat if you get too exhausted from your journey. That's definitely a plus in my book cause as stated before hiking is not so much my thing. Refer to the "after hike" picture below for proof.
So if the weather decides to behave and you're in need of a break from the city, then head over to the Lainzer Tiergarten for a quick, refreshing day trip. I guarantee you'll be able to breathe a bit better in the wide, open spaces.
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