Day Trip to Retz in the Weinviertel

A day trip from Vienna to Retz

There are indeed many tourist attractions in Vienna. However, many are also curious to explore the area surrounding the Austrian capital. We highly recommend that you plan a day trip to the surrounding countryside when you visit Vienna. There are unbelievably beautiful places to travel to and discover in all directions, be it north, south, east or west.

 

From Vienna to Retz

 

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Retz in the famous Lower Austrian “Weinviertel” (literally, the Wine Quarter) is exactly such a place. After a one-hour drive from Vienna, you will arrive in this beautiful town. But direct trains also travel to Retz every hour, for example from Florisdorf in Vienna’s 21st district. A relaxing train journey is the perfect start to a day out. The comfortable journey alone – which takes you through the northern “Weinviertel“– is well worth seeing and experiencing.

 

Main square and “Erlebniskeller”

 

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On arriving in the wine town of Retz, you will soon discover the many possibilities open to you. It is best to start on the main square of the town, which is one of the most beautiful and largest market squares in all of Austria. The buildings around the main square were built during various architectural eras, such as the Renaissance, as well as the Baroque and the Biedermeier eras. A highlight here is the tunnel beneath the square. The “Retzer Erlebniskeller” (literally, the Retz experience cellar) is not only 30 metres deep but also 21 kilometres long!

 

The windmill in Retz

 

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This is the true star of Retz: its windmill. It overlooks the town and offers a wonderful view of both Retz and the Wine Quarter as well as of the Czech Republic, which is close by. It will only take you around 20 minutes to walk from the main square to this windmill. Further, you can go on one of the many tours during which you will discover more about the history and function of this authentic mill from times gone by. Near to this tourist attraction, you also have the possibility to take a break at one of two restaurants. One is a vinotheque while the other is a Heuriger (taverns at which local winemakers serve their new wine as well as some locally produced food) typical for this region – both with a view of the Wine Quarter. What more could one want?

 

Retz and wine

 

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If you are looking for authentic and regional Austrian wine of a high quality, look no further than Retz. There is a large number of vinotheques offering a wide variety of wines for sale. And if you would like to have an “Achterl” (a 125ml glass of wine) or a “G‘spritzen” (Austrian for wine with mineral water), make a stop at one of the many Heuriger in and around Retz. Definitely an experience!

 

You will find everything you wish to know about Retz on the official website: https://www.retz.gv.at

 

Above all in spring and in autumn, it is certainly worth visiting Retz. In autumn because of the wine and in spring due to the mild climate.

 

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