Hiking in the Leiser Berge near Vienna


It was my friend Sigrid who suggested to hike in the Leiser Berge (could be translated as silent mountains), an area just 45 minutes north of Vienna. Normally, I am not drawn to hike there, as the mountains are basically low hills and very undramatic. However, this hike was a pure delight.



Sigrid untangling the Tibetan prayer flags


The top of the Buschberg is marked by a cross. The hill is not even 1 500 feet high. The name Buschberg, literally translated as bush mountain, comes actually from the old German word bump. The mountain is a “bump” in the landscape. However, it is the highest “mountain” of the region called Weinviertel. In the background you see a Radar station for eastern Austria civil aviation.


140 Million years ago, the whole area was covered by a tropical ocean not deeper than 6 feet.

A strong, warm wind blew over the rolling hills this day and with the blue sky above and the short, dry grass underneath our feet, we seemed to be at the Croatian coast.





Artists connected their art to this ancient landscape and created a unity between nature and culture. It was pure magic. The first taste of this unity was a piece not intended to be art – a rusted iron bucket without a bottom. The beauty of deterioration was intriguing.







Blue bucket with a yarrow blooming in the center.




A block of granite seemed to float on the top of a hill.




The late afternoon sun made the top of one corner shimmer like a piece of gold





The rock had such a presence that we both felt the urge to hug it. The surface felt silky and warm and pulsated life back to us.


Later, we saw that one corner was the home of wasps. We were lucky that we did not step on them.



Home of the wasps



Two rocks gently subdued to the surroundings with the vertical rock in the background




Happy me on the warm rock. We went barefoot for a while.



Fall became already visible through shrubs and flowers


Sea buckthorn





Once yellow flowers became like little silver stars shining up to the sky.





Nature in a picture frame





Observatory with a movable roof. There was a star gazing party this night, but unfortunately, it was too late for us.





Walking back to the car in the warm evening sun beside fields of pumpkins

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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    Meri Friedman


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