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Parks in Vienna

Vienna is one of the greenest cities in Europe and there a great number of parks, where you can enjoy your free time or just get from the history or the park theme be inspired. But do you know where to go? Here you can find the most liked green zones in the city. Have fun by discovering.

Schönbrunner Schlosspark

Schönbrunn Palace, in its current form, was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for Empress Maria Theresa. It is the queen of parks in the Austrian capital and belongs to the World Heritage Sites. Here you can find the oldest Zoo of the world, and the garden itself offers a lot to discover. Not only the beautiful decorated and furnished rooms will fascinate you, but the wide range of attractions in the Palace gardens as well.

Tip:  Try our Palace & Garden tour, and you will have a closer look at the imperial times. After your tour, you can also enjoy an apple strudel in the cafeteria of Schönbrunn Palace

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Prater

The Vienna Prater is one of the biggest green area in the capital and besides of the huge green meadow and the Prater Allee, a big amusement park is also located here. The Vienna Giant Ferry Wheel and Co. promise you a lot of fun.

Tip: If you are hungry enough, you can take an appetiser from the Austrian Cuisine in one of the pubs or just relax during a carriage riding.

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Stadtpark

The city park was Vienna's first public park and was opened on August 21, 1862.  There are picturesque meadows, large water areas and ornamental shrubs here. The famous Strauss monument could also be admired here. This bronze statue of Johann Strauss' son with marble relief by Edmund Hellmer was unveiled in 1921. There was a spa pavilion, now called as Kursalon, at the water glacier, in which medicinal water was poured for drinking cures. The building is nowadays available for events.

Tip: Since 2008, a culinary festival has taken place annually in the Stadtpark on Mother's Day weekend in early May. In more than 170 tents, manufacturers from the nine federal states present regional products that can be bought and tasted at many stands.

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Volksgarten

The Volksgarten, which was opened in 1823, was commissioned by Emperor Franz I. It was the first garden in Austria to be built explicitly for the public by the imperial family. Here can be found the Empress Elisabeth monument which is an extensive secessionist complex by Friedrich Ohmann.

Tip: Between the entrance to the Burgtheater and the Grillparzerdenkmal there is a rose garden with over 3000 rose bushes of more than 200 varieties of roses.

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Burggarten

In 1919, the complex was opened to the public and briefly renamed the Garden of the Republic and finally the Burggarten. 1988–1992 underground storage was created for the Austrian National Library under the terrace in front of the Neue Burg.

Tip: Today the Butterfly house with tropical plants and butterflies is in the left wing, the middle part is used by a café-restaurant.

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Rathauspark

The origin of the park dates back to 1873 on the initiative of the Mayor Cajetan Felder.

Here you can find the City Hall, where also guided tours can be taken part in. You can enjoy lots of activities during the whole year. In winter the Christmas market and an amazing ice-skating rink are organised, and in summer a great number of festivals and open-air programs are at your disposal to have really great days in Vienna.

Tip: Either in winter, or in summer you will definitely find your wished program at Rathauspark. And if you are ready for a coffee, the Café Landtmann opposite to the park is the best place with the perfect view to the park ever.

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Schlossgarten Belvedere

As one of the nicest Baroque gardens in Vienna, it represents the imperial time proudly.

On May 15, 1955, the Austrian State Treaty was signed in the Upper Belvedere and it belongs to the World Heritage Sites. Since 1700 it is also open for the public.

Tip: After you have visited the actual exhibition in Belvedere Museum, you can have a wonderful walk among the historical statues and paths

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Augarten

It is the oldest Baroque garden in Vienna. In this French style-built park there are a lot to see, e.g. the Augarten Palace, seat of the Vienna Boys' Choir, the historic Augarten Castle with the Augarten porcelain factory, and many more. In the past 100 years, the Augarten has given place to many concerts and classical events. Even Mozart and Strauss had conducted here several times.

Tip: Let you be inspired by one of the events in the Augarten or enjoy a guided tour in the Porcelain manufactory.

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Donaupark

The large open space near the Reichsbrücke served as a target practice area for the military until the 20th century. It was not until the 1960s that the area was redeveloped and built as a recreational area for the Viennese. The park is only 4 km as the crow flies from the center and is very easy to reach by public transport. In April 1964, the Danube Park was opened together with the Danube Tower on the occasion of the Vienna International Garden Show. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. With the Donauparkbahn you can enjoy a 3.3 km long train ride through the park.

Tip: With the blue Hop on Hop off bus lines you can comfortably come directly from the center of Vienna to the Danube Tower.

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Türkenschanz Park

The name is probably derived from the fact that in 1683, in the course of the Second Turkish Siege of Vienna, there was a Turks' entrenchment at this location. After the site remained undeveloped for a long time, a park in the style of an English landscape garden began in 1885. Emperor Franz Josef I opened the park in 1888. In addition to ponds, streams, and fountains, there are a number of monuments in the park. For example for the poet Adalbert Stifter or for the composers Franz Marschner and Emmerich Kálmán.

Tip: Go through the Türkenschanz Park with open eyes and discover all kinds of botanical rarities that were planted in the course of a collaboration with the neighboring University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

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Wien ist eine der grünsten Städte Europas und es gibt eine Vielzahl von Parks, in denen du deine Freizeit verbringen kannst.  Du kannst dich von der Geschichte und den verschiedenen Stilen der Landschaftsparks inspirieren lassen. Hier findest du die beliebtesten Grünzonen der Stadt.  Viel Spaß beim Entdecken!