City Hiking Path #8 – Sophienalpe

My hubby and I are making progress in hiking all city hiking trails. This time we decided to hike #8 which starts in an area that looks more like being somewhere in Lower Austria than in a city of 1,9 million inhabitants. The trail starts in Kasgraben and can easily be found once you step of the bus. The path starts pretty steep, so we were trotting along slowly but surely. As soon as we reached the Franz-Karl-Viewpoint however, all effort was quickly forgotten as the view is amazing. The trail between the viewpoint and Sophienalpe was pretty frequented especially with a lot of bikers and people with kids – quite difficult to keep safe distance in the current troubled times. It was a little bit cloudy and starting to rain, so we decided to take a little break at Sophienalpe.

This decision proved to be the right one as right after Sophienalpe the trail steeply goes down a gravel slope that can be quite tricky when wet. Afterwards it was an easy hike through the woods where we were mostly alone – seems everyone else took a different way down again then we did. We also came across a nature playground of the nature kids kindergarden which reminded me a little bit of my youth playing outside in the woods next to my home. We really should have more of those.

Close to the end of the trail we stumbled over two historic sites where we took some time to check them out. First was the “Türkensteine” which have been transferred here by field marshal Gideon Ernst von Loudon after the taking of Belgrad in 1789. It’s quite an interesting read! Next was the tomb of Gideon Ernst von Loudon himself which is pretty amazing with it’s carved details and the statue of a warrior in mourning. It’s fascinating that you are actually hiking through the garden of his palace!

After that it was just a short path next to the Mauerbach until we were back at the bus station again. We were lucky that we had only a couple minutes to wait – the intervals are pretty terrible out there.

Overall it was a nice and easy hike which had interesting and historically fascinating spots that have not been known by me until then.

Want to hike it too? The tour and GPX data can be found here at my komoot account: https://www.komoot.de/tour/248839389

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