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Small town 11 miles (18 km) west-northwest of Vienna, in the Vienna Woods.

The Western Railroad line to Sankt Pölten ran from the Westbahnhof alongside the Wien River through Hadersdorf, Purkersdorf, Pressbaum, Rekarwinkel, and Eichgraben, with popular walks and spectacular countryside to the north and south of the route. Grieben's travel guide has the following description: Purkersdorf, the next station on the Western Railroad after [Hadersdorf-]Weidlingau, is an important place situated on the Wien River (restaurants Sennfelder, Riesling, Dorflinger, and Roscher). In the immediate neighborhood are walks into the "Baunzen" or into the "Wurzen." Following further in a southerly direction through the high-romantic Wolfsgraben leads to Hochrotherd, Laab, and Breitenfurt, the latter situated in delightful wooded valleys, from where the valley of the dried-up Liesing and Kaltenleutgeben can easily be reached, arriving into the area served by the Southern Railroad. The postroad curving northward at Purkersdorf leads to Gablitz , a pretty village with an important brewery, from which in one-and-a-half hours westward the peak of the Troppberg (540 meters) can be reached, with its look-out point and beautiful panorama.

Purkersdorf and Schenker

In the 1900s, Schenker frequently took the train to Purkersdorf ‒ then still in the countryside ‒ and hiked from there to nearby villages and features, following waymarked paths.


  • Griebens Reiseführer: vol. 68, Wien und Umgebung 1923 (Berlin: Verlag von Griebens Reiseführern, 25th edn, 1923), p. 76


  • Ian Bent

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