Stadtpark, Vienna

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    THE STADTPARK

    by balhannah Updated May 26, 2014

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    When the medieval walls encircling Vienna were demolished in the 19th century, not all of the empty areas went into new buildings, some areas were set aside for the creation of city parks. This is how the Stadt park came into being.
    There are quite a few entry points into the park, I'm not sure where I entered.
    The park is really large, so have a look at the information board map to work out what you want to see.

    The garden was laid out in English landscape style between 1858 and 1862. Ornamental shrubs were selected to provide a flowering vista almost all year round, along with statues and other creations. In early May, lots of the flower beds were in bloom, making the park look extra pretty.
    I found a lovely lake with ducks, where people were sitting and enjoying the serenity. One of my more interesting sights, was what looked to be an old weather station.

    The best sight of all for me, was the beautiful flower clock, which is just what it says, a clock made from planted annual flowers - It looked fantastic!

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    JUGENDSTIL IN STADT PARK

    by balhannah Updated May 26, 2014

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    What a surprise I had when I walked out of the shrubbery in Stadt Park and to an area known as the Promenade. Before me was a canal with a little water, which surpisingly was the River Wien, It flows for 15kms through Vienna, most of the time through a concrete canal which was made to stop devastating floods.

    DON'T EVEN THINKK OF CYCLING OR WALKING ON THE CONCRETE BED - PROHIBITED.

    Along here is a river gate that was built between 1903 to 1906 .
    Only a dribble of water was flowing through and past the beautiful terraces and some of the best Jugendstil [Art Nouveau] in Vienna. Gorgeous Jugendstil style pavilions designed in 1905 by Friedrich Ohmann and Josef Hackhofer lined the sides.
    If the water had really been flowing, what a picture this would have been! As it was, it is worth coming to this part of the park to see this and the unique entrance gates to the park.

    It is a pity after the city has spent millions of dollars restoring this area, that some people with too much time on their hands, have graffited this beautiful area.

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    JOHANN STRAUSS & OTHERS IN THE STADTPARK

    by balhannah Written May 25, 2014

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    I came across many monuments as I walked through the Stadtpark, probably the most famous was the Johann Strauss Monument, said to be the most photographed monument in Vienna . The gold plated bronze statue of Johann Strauss (1825 to 1899) was unveiled in 1921. It was a lovely monument, complete with a pretty garden in-front, making for a great photo!
    The park is filled with statues and monuments, in particular Muscians. Throughout the park, I found statues of Franz Schubert, Anton Brückner, Franz Lehar, Robert Stolz and Hans Makart .
    The Stadtpark is the park with the largest number of monuments and sculptures in Vienna.

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    THE KURSALON

    by balhannah Updated May 25, 2014

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    The Kursalon was an elegant building with beautiful gardens that I came across in the Stadtpark. At the time, I didn't know this 1867 neo-renaissance style structure was a Spa Pavilion.

    It was Emperor Franz Joseph I, who in 1862, ordered the construction of the Kursalon.
    When it opened, it was where visitors could drink mineral waters - social events were prohibited. This fell by the wayside as the aristocracy would meet and mingle and have fun, at the same time ignoring the rules. Concerts and public dances were held here, making the Kursalon one of Viennas most fashionable and trendy places!

    In recent years, it has been refurbished and is now a popular venue for balls, receptions and corporate parties. There are four halls on two floors and a large terrace and nightly concerts that are popular.

    More info is on the listed website.

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    The Stadtpark is devoted to music.

    by breughel Updated Nov 2, 2013

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    Several 5 star hotels of Vienna have view on the Stadtpark; the Hilton at the north-east corner, Marriot, Radisson and others at the Parkring. It is not a large park, about 600 m in length, built around 1860 after razing the city walls and it is Vienna's first public park.
    The river Wien that gave his name to the city is passing through and joins the Donaukanal to the north. That river Wien "Wienfluss" looked more like a creek between walls but is subject to huge variations in flow and can be dangerous. The river starts in the Wienerwald. Much of the river is covered over in the city.

    The interesting parts of the city park are the monuments and sculptures. Most popular is the gilded statue of Johann Strauss II, the king of the Wiener Waltzes and son of Johann Strauss I composer of the "Radetzky-Marsch" (I like to wake up on the sound of that march!).
    Other composers have also a monument like Anton Bruckner, Franz Lehar and my favoured Franz Schubert.
    On the southern part of the park stands the Kursalon in Italian Renaissance style where there are nearly every evening performances of Viennese music.
    A bit further stands the Konzerthaus. One can say that a large part of the Stadtpark is devoted to music.

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    Wiener Stadtpark

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 13, 2013
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    The Viennese City Park is a huge (65,000 square meters) park in the centre of Vienna. It is designed in the style of English gardens, and opened in 1862 as the first public park in Vienna.

    My first impressions of the park were not the best; every bench at the entrance (at the Weiskirchnerstrasse) was occupied by homeless people, either sleeping or sipping on a bottle... not a happy sight... But the park turned out to be a nice place, and well visited by tourists and locals. Children playing on the lawns, the Vienna River, pavilions, the Italian Renaissance styled Kursalon, ponds, fountains, flowers and trees, and many statues and monuments.

    The golden plated bronze monument of Johann Strauss II (from 1921) is the most famous (and most photographed) of the monuments.

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    Stad Park

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 6, 2011

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    The Stad Park is a pleasant green space just off the ring. It is famous for its statue of Strauss which has a constant flow of tourists posing for photos with it. At the moment the Strauss statue is being repaired but they have placed a temporary one there for tourists. The park also has a lake and several other statues such as Schubert and Schindler. The beautiful Kur Salon overlooks the park. The park has some cafes and restaurants.

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    Stadtpark - go, sit, lie down, sip coffee

    by Penelope4 Written May 22, 2011

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    There are many parks in Vienna and this one, although right in the middle, is not really frequented by tourists but by locals. Young ones like to lie down and sunbathe, some bring their books and study under the trees, moms bring their babies in strollers, pensioners sit down quietly then go to the famous coffee shop in the area, and I - do most of these in one go.

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    Stadt park

    by Raimix Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    Stadt park - very green area with great variety of trees, plants, sculptures of famous Austrian people. This park is near the Danube and metro station.

    One of the famous sights here is clock made from flowers and Strauss sculpture.

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    Stadtpark (City Park)

    by gubbi1 Written Jun 20, 2010

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    In the Stadtpark you can have a break of the busy city holiday. It is a place for recreation where you can hang around and kids find a place to play and have fun. During my stay the weather was not always perfect, but I think I remember that you can sit outside there aswell to have a drink.

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    Stadtpark/City Park

    by Redang Updated Apr 8, 2010

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    Very nice park all the tourists visit, I think, for the monument dedicated to Johann Strauss.

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    - Second: Monument to Anton Bruckner
    - Third: Monument to Franz Schubert

    All three, famous musicians.

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    Stadtpark

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 7, 2008

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    As much as I enjoy seeing the wonderful historic architecture of Vienna , I really appreciated our short stop in Stadtpark. The park is beautifully manicured with flowers, trees and shady paths for walking or jogging—it's also a nice place just to sit and rest.

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    Stadtpark, floral clock and gardens and Strauss

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 2, 2008

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    There are some interesting works in Stadtpark, like the statues made of wood on the first picture. It looks like a child trying to catch a balloon, and his mom hugging the tree (why I don't know). Even the flower and bushes have beautiful forms and there's also a beautiful floral clock.

    In here you will find a statue of Strauss playing the violin and sometimes a guy selling concert tickets. And if you want, bring some bread and feed the ducks at the lake inside.

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    Stadpark

    by Varinia Written Feb 24, 2008

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    The City Park is regarded as a link between the city centre and the third district.

    Those coming from the "Stadtbahn" railway pavilions will see Viennese Art Nouveau, those entering the park from the third district cross a hilly part of the park and will find a contemporary steel sculpture by Donald Judd. Those approaching from Ringstrasse follow shady paths to come suddenly upon the airy park meadows and the popular Johann Strauss monument.

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  • Stadtpark

    by Fra.da. Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    I really enjoyed Stadt Park!
    The "City Park" in Vienna is said to be an "artificial landscape in the city". Court painter Joseph Selleny and garden director Rudolf Siebeck designed a municipal park where alternating small copses and grassy areas created a unique and varied setting.
    Pedestrians approaching the park from any side will find a different environment. Those emerging from the "Stadtbahn" railway pavilions will see Viennese Art Nouveau in its purest form, those entering the park from the third district cross a hilly section of the park to find a contemporary steel sculpture by Donald Judd, while those approaching from Ringstrasse must penetrate shady paths to come suddenly upon the airy park meadows.
    Of course don't miss a picture with the Johan Strauss golden monument, which is a must!
    Stadtpark is ideal for relaxing, jogging or walking.
    The park has also a live web cam, from where your friends home can see you! The web cam looks directly Strauss's monument. You can find the internet address directly in the park.

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