The Vienna Woods offer a wealth of different habitats – meadows,
pastures, fields and vineyards – and are home to a wide range of animal
and plant species. In 2006 they were included in the 531 sites in
105 countries on the planet that are recognised by UNESCO as Biosphere
Reserves. The Perchtoldsdorf forest, the heath, the vineyards and
Hochberg hill are part of this Biosphere Reserve.
Nature’s welcome starts right behind the church. A stroll through gently
rolling vineyards leads walkers right to the Föhrenberge nature
reserve. On the highest peak (576 m), an observation tower (Josefswarte)
offers a wonderful panoramic view. Walkers wending their way to one of
the inns may well come across a ground squirrel or two.
Well marked hiking trails (such as Fernwanderweg E 4 and
Nordalpenweg) link Perchtoldsdorf with Europe at large. Walking in
silence is not only enjoyed by pilgrims on the Jacob’s Trail in Spain
but is also a long-cherished tradition in Lower Austria. Perchtoldsdorf
even has its own “via sacra” starting from the parish church St. Augustinus and leading to Mariazell, Austria’s most important pilgrimage destination..
Swimming in summer and winter, climbing and bouldering, plus curling,
skating and going to the sauna in the cold seasons – for the
sports-minded there’s a wide range of activities at the leisure centre
at Siegfried-Ludwig-Platz 4.