Looking over my reviews I realised that the last time I wrote a review of the Stadtpark the famous Strauss Monument was being restored. It has been back in place for quite some time and is looking good. The Johann Strauss Monument was created in 1921 by Austrian sculptor Edmund Hellmer.
The Stadtpark was created between 1858 and 1862 on some of the land made available when Vienna's medieval walls were finally demolished. It is a great place for a walk, a seat in the sun or a sausage snack bought from a van. It has flowers, ponds, statues and a restaurant. The Wienfluss or Vienna River cuts through the park.
The largest building in the Stadtpark is the Kursalon. This was built in 1867. It was meant to be a spa pavilion, but was soon used as a concert hall.
One of my favourite monuments in the park is the Vogeltränkebrunnen - Birdbath fountain - a small fountain with penguins created in 1953 by Mario Petrucci.
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.
On the edge of the inner city, Stadtpark is a great place to relax, to walk around, to enjoy a picnic.
It has a lovely lake, plenty of open grassy areas, walking paths, statues, restaurants...everything you need for a relaxing few hours.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Don’t miss a walk at the park Stadpark. It is located at the center but because of the extreme cold we were alone, us and some frozen birds! :)
There is a nice lake with ducks and many many statues of famous composers. Among them the most famous is the “golden” one, the statue of Straus. Some melodies by him at your mp3 player will make the moment precious, I did that before we continue our way to a near by cafe for a hot chocolate…
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.
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.
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.
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.