parks & gardens, Vienna
Vienna's botanical garden, which belongs to the university, is the next-door neighbour of Belvedere palace gardens. It is a pleasant addition if you want to go for a walk through the gardens as a change from city sightseeing.
The garden is surely a lot more impressive in the warmer half of the year when trees and shrubs have their leaves and flowers are in bloom. However, I found it a pleasant place to go for a walk. There are beautiful old trees and unusual plants to admire even in early winter. A couple of greenhouses near the main entrance can also be visited, these host tropical plants.
This garden is however easily missed. There is no entrance neither from Jacquingasse which runs parallel to the garden but several metres lower, nor from Landstraßer Gürtel. The main entrance is located at the upper end of Praetoriusgasse, a side street of Rennweg. A hidden gate through the wall connects the botanical gardens with the upper entrance to the Belvedere gardens (look for the tiny signpost).
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The city park is a lovely, quietly place, and in English landscape style.
It was designed in the year 1862, during the construction of the Ring, and based on the plans of Josef Selleny and Rudolf Siebeck.
The park has a dimension of 65.303 square metres.
The entrance of the park is placed exactly in front of the hotel Meriot, on the Parkring.
The Vienna River flows through this lovely place, into a magical landscape.
Numerous monuments remind of celebrities of the Viennese music history.
The lovely flower pads are in summers, a real attraction, for the Viennese.
The miraculous avenues, the pond in the middle of the park, the flower clock, the pavilion, the small tower, but in the first point, the statue of the "King of the waltz", Johann Strauss, are some of the peculiarities of this garden.
Address: 1, Parkring, Vienna
Metro: U3, U4
Tramway: 1, 2
The monument in marble and gold for Johann Strauss Son, is for thousands visitors and probably Vienna's most-photographed sight.
There is a marble arch, in relief, and a golden statue of the King of the waltz, in the middle.
The monument is the artwork of the sculptor E.Helmer, and it was realized in the year 1921.
If you visit the cemetary of St. Marx in the third district of Vienna in April or sometimes early May, when the lilac is in bloom, you will have an awesome olfactory experience beside the old graves of a past aera (Biedermeier) and the Mozart gravestone . Unfortunately the highway is not far away , so you can hear traffic noise in parts of the cemetary (which is in any case somekind of a garden and can be indeed romantic)
Around Karlplatz, just at the exit of the underground system and in the area of Karlskirche, are some are several small green areas. These gardens offer fantastic shade from the heat with their large trees, and grass around. What I liked, too, is that in such a small area can be found a good number of interesting sculptures and statues.
Most prominent of all is what is called Hill Arches by Henry Moore who gifted it to the city in 1978. These are big structures in a pond, right in front of the church. Close to the Karlsplatz station is a touching sculpture which i liked very much, it's not a big one so might easily be missed -- it's of a mother and her baby. Then just close by, near a building, are two sculptures that are also quite interesting -- one is of a naked man standing, which reminded me a bit of Giacommeti with its leanness and pose, while the other is of one half kneeling. (I have posted photos of all these.)
Prater amusement park,is where you will find the most amazing rides,exciting crowds and a carnival like atmosphere.so much to do,see and eat as well!go and let the child in you surface!it is a must go if you are travelling with kids.
If you want to escape from the city crowd go to Stadtpark - the Viennese City Park. It is located on 65.000 m2 area. On the southern shore of the Wienfluss, the so called Kinderpark was created in 1863 and today is used as playground and for sports. There is a little lake full of drakes and pigeons. On the water was built a spa pavilion with mineral water. This park is the park with the largest number of monuments and sculptures in Vienna. (Franz Schubert, Franz Lehar, Robert Stilz, Johan Straus.....
I think Auer-Welsback park is particularly interesting for family with small children, because of the nice playing grounds. We walked through the park while looking for the Technical Museum. We saw a lot of people playing sports or walking their doggies. There are some tables and benches close to the one playing ground, so if you bring your own food and drinks you could picnic here. You bring a book to read, play with your children a little, enjoy the surroundings and the children let loose a lot of energy and socialize with other children: win-win situation!
Access: U4: Schönbrunn, right by the exit Grünbergstrasse.
We found this park when we were going to Votivkirche. It has a very interesting collection of marble chairs and a marble table with a red map of Austria. Every chair has a country that seems to have meant something important for Austria at one time or another. The names of the countries are:
- Czech Republic
Address: Universitätsstrasse, in front of Votivkirche.
Access: U: Rathaus or Schottentor-univ.
A good tourist dont go on city tours with the tour companies,he walks and walks.
His companion is a good map,a bottle of water,and a comfy pair of shoes.
I did just that when I decided to look around Vienna.
This Park is a really paradise also in summer.
The colourfully flowers, the bushes and the trees, the many statues, and the quietly avenues, make here a magical ambience.
The statue of Johan Strauss shines under the Sun and the other monuments in the park too.
Many know about the Vienna Zoo that is situated in the gardens of Schönbrunn palace. This Zoo is extra special, as it can be considered the oldest Zoo in the world. In the early days of this Zoo, it was actually a private collection of animals of the Habsburgian family. The family received from other royal families tropical (exotic) animals as a gift, to bound the two nations closer to one another.
However, in the city centre another special place can be visited and is surely worth your attention. This is the butterfly house that is inside the greenhouses (orangerie) of Hofburg complex. Here some outstanding species of butterflies can be seen alive in all pahses of their amazing life. Of course, the last part of that life is for many the most beautiful, when they spread their colourful wings and fly around.
Along the ring are many parks and green places. One of them is the City Park, which was for many centuries the green zone for the common people of Vienna. It is a pleasant park that - in springtime - is extra beautiful because of the purple blossoming trees. In the park one finds the statues of the famous Vienna composers. In the middle of the park a restaurant invites to drink a tea and enjoy the green nature in the centre of a big city.
I found a very interesting itenerary on my Vienna guide and I decided to follow it on a fantastic sunny day. It was very good to keep fit too!
I started the itinerary at Heiligenstadt U-bahn station, in front of Karl Marx Hof , a famous residence complex which was built by Karl Ehn in 1927-1930, which is 1,2 km long and has 1.265 flats! From there, I followed Heiligenstadter Strasse till I reached Heiligenstadter Park , which is a beautiful, lush garden. I enjoyed walking there and realxing a little bit, it was like being in the middle of nowhere, not in such a big city. After crossing the park, I visited St. Michael Church, in Wollergasse and I passed by Einstein's and Behetoven's houses. Soon after the Church, I took Grinzinger Strasse which brought me directly to Grinzing. There I found a lot of small and typical restaurants, and I took some pictures.
The whole itinerary is 3,5 km long, and it takes about two hours, if you want to enjoy your promenade and take a look around!
In the 19th District, there is a lovely Japanese garden called the Setagaya Park, which was designed by a landscape gardener named Ken Nakajima from Japan in 1992.
The Setagaya Park is 4000 sq. metres and it copies a Japanese landscape with a few ponds and streams, stone structures, and densely-planted vegetations that are typical of Japanese gardens. The large central pond even has live Japanese goldfishes and water lilies.
There is also a Japanese tea house, a "Yukimi style" stone lantern, several stone sculptures and a fountain, as well as a poem set in stone at the entrance to the garden. The garden is planted with Japanese maples, ornamental cherry trees and moor bedding plants such as azaleas and other beautiful flowers.
The Setagaya Park is not so large but it is beautiful, peaceful and quiet. The regular visitors are the retirees, whose retirement complex is located just next to this beautiful japanese garden.
The Japanese garden is located in 19th district, Hohe Warte/Gallmeyer-gasse. You can take the underground train U4 to Heilegenstadt (end-station), then bus 10A, until 2nd stop. Or you can take Tram 37.
How to get there