Darüber-Blick

Viewing platform with showcase bee hives

A beautiful view over the Wien valley and a good place to learn about native trees.

A few years ago, as part of our "Generation Forest" project we have built a viewing platform at a beautiful spot along the Salamanderweg trail, from which the ever-changing natural regeneration on a slope can be observed.

A view from the "Waldkindergarten" to the "Waldpension".

The "Darüber-Blick" is a good place to learn about native trees, which are planted in large wooden troughs, with their characteristics explained and labeled.

The wooden platform allows a view of the regenerating forest and the Purkersdorf center.

On a second platform next to it, our beekeeper looks after several beehives. Our visitors can closely observe the busy bees.

Our tip

Do not go too close to the hives. While the bees are not dangerous or aggressive, they can sting quickly and painfully if they feel threatened.

On some days, our beekeeper "Bieno" (servus@bieno.at) offers adventure tours, on which he vividly explains the life of bees and their products. You can taste honey fresh from the honeycombs.

The life of a bee

A bee colony (with about 40,000 to 60,000 bees) lives in a hive, which is usually a wooden box. In the hive hang the honeycombs, which the queen needs to lay her eggs and which the bees use to store honey. A honeybee takes 21 days to hatch and it dies after only about 40 days of life. On a good "harvest day" (a day on which there is a good supply of nectar, pollen and honeydew), a collecting bee will fly out of its hive up to 30 times. During one flight it visits about 200 to 300 plants and pollinates 6,000 to 9,000 flowers. For 1 kg of honey, about 150,000 trips from the hive with about 150,000 "flight kilometers" are necessary.

In winter our beehives are relocated to a warmer place since the location at the "Darüber-Blick" location has not receive sufficient solar radiation to prevent hypothermia of the colonies.

Since 2016, the honey produced and harvested in our nature park carries the official "Nature Park Specialty" quality label. You can buy it from beekeeper Bieno or in the nature park office.

More information about other "Nature Park Specialty" products is available from the Association of Nature Parks of Austria (VNÖ).

Note: There are other locations of our bees on the Schöffelsteinwiese and on the Feihlerhöhe.

Access

The Kellerwiese is accessible from the train station Purkersdorf-Zentrum via the P&R parking lot and the nature park bridge over the B44 in a few minutes.

From there, the first part of the nature trail leads to the small rest area near the Sängerbrunnen, from where the Salamanderweg trail leads on a forest path to the "Darüber-Blick" platform. Walking time is about 15 min with about 50 meters of elevation gain.