Unless you have been living on another planet, I doubt whether you've lived this long without hearing at least a few bars of a Strauss waltz. However, spotting your Strauss is a slightly trickier business because musical talent seemed to run in the family and they did proliferate. To make things even more confusing, that Richard Strauss chap (of 'Der Rosenkavalier' fame) isn't even related!
Anyway, back to business and back to the Stadtpark, for it is here - and you really can't miss it - that you'll find the gilded statue of Johann Strauss II, (1825-1899) playing his violin and doubtless wondering whether it'd be better to launch into an excerpt from 'Die Fledermaus' or one of his 400 plus waltzes. My photo is, I think, rather rare? Why I hear you ask? Well, simply because there's hardly anyone to be seen (frankly going on a freezing cold Christmas Day morning helps!) and normally the memorial is surrounded by eager tourists. Curiously, many of these often seem to be Japanese - perhaps due to the popularity of the waltz and ballroom dancing in that part of the world? In fact, if you tune in during daylight hours to the internet webcam pointing at the memorial, you will, I assure you, think it's been relocated to Tokyo. Strange but true!
If you stay at the Hotel Intercontinental, you will be just across the street from Stadtpark (the State Park). It's a nice place to walk about in the morning and is easy to find as there is a "stadtpark" U-Bahn Station.
At night, you may encounter people (though fairly harmless) attempt to sell you drugs. In the day, it's a nice place to walk. Here is a picture of me next to a statue of a great composer: Anton Bruckner.
If you still walking by the ring,soon you'll reach this beautiful park: Stadtpark,here there is also a monument to Mozart and ,as you can see in my picture.This is the perfect place to have a rest after been walking for a long time and see the gardens,and take some photos.
Vienna offers beautiful gardens, but no large park in the center.
The Stadtpark park was opened in 1862 and is embellished by water courses and a small lake.
Among the numerous monuments the golden statue of Johann Strauss is the most photographed.
This is a great place where it appears the locals go to get away from the city even though it is right in the middle of it. It has ponds, music bandstands, memorials and statues, peacocks and the lovely botanical clock in the picture. It is a great place to take a picnic lunch or just go for a stroll.
Stadtpark - or the City Park, when translated into English - is just the very thing on a hot summer day because it offers much needed greenery and shade. Itýs also the location of Johan Straussý Denkmal - the monument that has become one of the symbols not only of Vienna, but of Austria in general. There are more monuments dedicated to other Austrians: to Schubert, to Anton Bruckner, to Lehar and to Robert Stolz.
This attractive neo-Renaissance pavilion has an elegant cafe and terrace overlooking the rest of the park. There are occasionally concerts here, with dancing under the stars. Ah, to be young, in Vienna, with a good waltzing partner!
The city park is nice place to stroll amongst the gardens as well as people watch...plus you can view the Johann Strauss statue.
This picture was taken on our way out of the park. Behind the Kursalon this garden has been landscaped to look like a clock.