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,
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.
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.
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