parks & gardens, Vienna
The park in front of the town hall is busy all year round with various festivals, ranging from a Christmas market and an ice rink in winter to a summer film and music festival.
Many monuments and fountains complement the layout of the park.
Another attraction is the large number of centuries-old trees.
Address: 01, Rathausplatz, Vienna
The green area stretching from Vienna University to the Votivkirche is usually to the Votivkirche is usually packed with students and picnickers on warm summer days.
Fifteen different trees planted in a circle stand for the member states of the European Union.
Address: 01, Universitätsstrasse, Vienna
This large green area just outside the city centre was used as royal hunting ground until 1766.
It is dotted with chestnut trees and is certainly the most popular city park among the Viennese.
The lawns and the long avenue are frequented by sunbathers and sports enthusiasts alike.
Metro: U1. Station: Praterstern
S-Bahn. Station Wien Nord
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.
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.
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
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.
You can see here Wolfang Amadeus Mozart’s Denkmal.
The famous composer was born in Salzburg in 1756, and died in Vienna in 1791.
In Vienna you can also visit the Mozart Memorial, a house where he lived from 1784 to 1787 and where he composed his opera "The Marriage of Figaro".
If you’ve seen the movie "Mozart", I am sure you’ll remember how he died: composing the "Requiem". Although he died young, he’s still considered one of the best composers of all times.
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.
When you are heading to the Rathaus it is on the way and if weather is fine it really will help your body to recover for a next walking. There is a little fountain and benches where you can observe the ordinary life such as in other place. Children playing, moms talking and pigeons searching for the little seeds...
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 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!
As I already mentioned, the day was sunny and warm. In the park near the City hall people enjoyed sitting on the grass, resting, chating. Everybodi wanted to take the advantage of passing summer days,
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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