parks & gardens, Vienna
If you want a good view of Vienna and don?t want to go up the Donauturm in the Donaupark, then Kahlenberg (just about Vienna's highest natural point) is the place to come. Take the 38a bus from U4 Heligenstadt (make sure you get on the right one as not all of them go further than Grinzing or Wagenwiese) and stay on right till the end. You will travel through the pleasant village of Grinzing, then out into the countryside. The road curves around the tree covered hills stopping at pretty Cobenzl before finishing in a massive empty carpark at top of Kahlenberg. There is a white church (St. Joseph?s) and if you continue past and then to the left of it you eventually come to an area from where you can see the Danube, Vienna and on a very clear day the distant Schneeberg mountain. To the right again, there is also a restaurant and caf? where you can get good views and icecream if you go on the terrace in the summer. From the top footpaths lead to the Stefaniewarte tower and to various great country walks through the vineyards to Heuriger or down to Nussdorf or Grinzing. You can also take the 38a to Leopoldsberg (check the front of the bus, this only goes in Summer and not very frequently) through a trip through more hill into Lower Austria. There?s not much to do at Leopoldsberg except look at St. Leopolds church (he is the patron saint of the province of Lower Austria) or go on walks in the woods. Don?t turn down the chance to get up Kahlenberg in the winter, it can get pretty cold here but I have fond memories of a shared bottle of champagne and caviar in the snow!
Kahlenberg is a hill norht-west of Vienna (actually, within the city limits now), where in the 17th century the Islamic invasion into Europe was stopped in a severe battle. Great view on Vienna from the hill. In the picture you see a view from Kahlenberg of the western suburbs of Vienna (it must be Klosterneuburg), Vienna is to the left.
on kahlenberg, one of the best viewpoints to see vienna at the danube, you can find a celtic circle of life trees, they are still young and you can watch them grow if you come back from time to time. on weekends there is music but not live :-( and sometimes there are feasts like the pumpkinfeast. around in the woods there are beautiful very old trees. the whole area is a field of energy.
Go to the Prater. If you still have some infantilism somewhere deep inside, you will enjoy the amusement park. If not, at least have a ride on the great ferris wheel and enjoy the panoramic view. But afterwards it is worth just having a walk in the park itself, especially on a hot summer day. You can sit down (or lie down) in the grass, somewhere in the shadow, or have a seat on a terrace of a pub, have a cold beer, and just enjoy life.
Zentralfriedhof - Vienna´s not only biggest, but also most famous cemetery. Many famous people rest here in peace: Strauß, Nestroy, Gluck, Brahms, Lanner, Wildgans, Ziehrer,Hans Moser, even the late Falco (Amadeus, Amadeus, remember?),... 1110 Wien, Simmeringer Hauptstraße
This isn't off the path at all, but I figured I had too many MUST SEE ACTIVITIES for Vienna. This is the site you'll encounter when you go through the Hofburg and out into the huge central complex that branches off to other parts of the city. It's a big square.
Not really off the beaten path, it was sort of right in the middle of the hofburg complex, but there were a bunch of locals, and tourists laying in the lucious grass the covered these lovely parks. Take a nap, or just lay down in the sun for an hour and relax!
The central cemetary--Okay, it may not be for everyone, therefore it really is off the beaten path--has a special area for the famous composers, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, Schubert, etc. -- except Mozart & Mahler. Mahler's grave is located in Grinzing and Mozart's grave is located at St. Marx Friedhof.
If you come to Vienna in spring time (March) maybe you can steal some hours
to visit the Lainzer Tiergarten. It's beautiful in the summer season, too, but the
'Baerlauch', a garlic-flavoured plant, grows there everywhere (collect, eat with
butter and bread or cook over little water)(take a private local guide with you to
identify the green stuff).
Visit the 'Prater'. This is an old amusement park from the beginning of this century. Although it's very old and not well reserved it's nice to visit. Because of this, it's very nostalgic and you can make great pictures there.
This is the city park, on s sunshine day it is a nice place for a picnic or just to relax and give some rest to your feet if you were walking non stop the whole day as I did.
Address: 01, Dr. Karl-Renner Ring
Tramway: 1, 2, D, J
This old hospital now belongs to the university and inside there are lots of restaurants, cafes and a children's play area. Great for sitting and reading or having coffee whilst the kids play.
Take Bus 38A ( heading for Kahlenberg ) for a paranomic view over the Danube River and Vienna .
Pity that the day that I go was quite misty
Wiener Zentralfriedhof - very scenic in autumn with all these multicoloured trees.
Simmeringer Hauptstr. 234
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