parks & gardens, Vienna
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.)
Burggarten (Palace Gardens) became public in 1919 (imperial gardens before). Here you'll find many memorials, such as to Mozart, Emperor Francis I (Maria Theresia's husband) and Emperor Francis Joseph, and the greenhouse (in the picture) with exotic plants.
The Sternwartepark was opened to the public only in May 2013. In the middle stands the University Observatory (under renovation at the moment) built by Fellner & Helmer (famous for the construction of for theatre and concert halls) 1874 to 1879. The park is considered as a natural monuments and was left alone for a long time, most of the ways and all the buildings are closed, only a circular way around the Observatory is open. When i was there, i was the only one exept the workers at the Observatory.
Get there by tram 40 and 41 to Aumannplatz, walk from there one block to the entrance in Türkenschanzstrasse.
Also known as Vienna Woods: West of Vienna, is a place to get off the beaten track & enjoy nature.
It can also give an impressive view over Vienna...Most people want to come here for some walkings & jogging.Refer To The Link In The Tip At The Top !
On the northern side of the various Danube channels is the Alte Donau, a horseshoe lake that was once the original river but which has been long cut off from the flow. Walking around the suburban villas and the modest boat docks of the Alte Donau, you might think you were thousands of miles away from the Ringstrasse. (This kind of landscape - and the skyscape as well - reminds me of parts of the American Midwest.)
This is something like a park where you have some domestic animals running free, but in order to see one you have to choose a day when not so many tourists go. The picture was made in the winter of 2003...
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.
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!
The Lainzer Tiergarten is in the suburbs.
What is it?: Great place to get away from the city, a nature park on the outskirts of Vienna with lots of green grass and no huge buildings. Play area for kids.
What to do there: walk/enjoy the sunshine take the 1.5 kilometer route to the Hermes Villa for a leisurely stroll or there are longer routes for joggers/very healthy people, walk through the tree area where all the types of trees are signposted, look at the deer, wild boar, feed the ducks and massive carp, visit the Hermes Villa museum and of course stop at the cafý for a coffee or icecream.
When to go: Not when the Japanese Emperor is visiting as I did one weekend or you will find too many policemen keeping an eye on your tourist activities! Best time is in the summer to enjoy the flower filled meadows and sunshine! It closes around dusk check with the visitors'centre at the entrance for details.
How to get there: Take the 62 tram from the Opera, Meidling Schnellbahn or Hetzendorf Schnellbahn to the stop where it connects with the 60a. Take the 60a to the end(every 20 mins in summer,every 30 in winter)
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The most stunning feature of the Burggarten is the graceful presence of a master. This enormous statue of a native Wienne (someone from Vienna??? - let me know if I'm wrong - its just a guess) - WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART!!!
The great composer is certainyl worth a visit whilst in this amazing garden, don't miss it!!
Stadtpark (the City Park) is another pleasant oasis in Vienna. It's similar to English estates. The park was opened to the public in 1862.
Here you can see the memorials to Johann Strauss, 'the King of Waltz', Franz Schubert and a few steps away, to Beethoven.
There's also a very interesting Clocktower (Taktgeberturm).
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.
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
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.
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.