You can visit the expansive and pastoral Vienna Woods by car or by public transportation. We recommend renting a car so you can stop and explore some of the villages and vineyards along the way. Public transportation will get you around, but it will take much more time. Either way, you can easily reach all of the destinations listed below within a day's trip from Vienna. If you have more time, spend the night in one or more of the quintessential Austrian towns along the way.
Before you go, visit the tourist office for Klosterneuburg at Niedermarkt 4, A-3400 (tel. 02243/32038; www.klosterneuburg.com). It's the best source of information for the Vienna Woods, and is open daily 10am to 7pm.
Vienna Sightseeing Tours, Starhemberggasse 25 (tel. 01/712-468-30; fax 01/714-11-41; www.viennasightseeingtours.com), runs a popular 4-hour tour called "Vienna Woods-Mayerling." It goes through the Vienna Woods, past the Castle of Liechtenstein and the old Roman city of Baden. There's an excursion to Mayerling. You'll also go to the Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz-Höldrichsmühle-Seegrotte and take a boat ride on Seegrotte, the largest subterranean lake in Europe. The office is open for tours April to October daily 6:30am to 7:30pm, and November to March daily 6:30am to 5pm. It costs 43€ ($69) for adults and 15€ ($24) for children, including admission fees and a guide.