Especially during spring and summer nature in the city is flourishing. That’s one reason more to go out and to explore the green sides of Vienna. After the first part of our series about recreational areas in the middle of the city, we would like to introduce you to further urban oases:
In the northeast of Vienna lies the Lobau, an area north of the Danube which marks the beginning of the Donauauen National Park – an area of wetlands and forest right next to the famous river. This extends from the entrance at Dechantweg in the 22nd district of Vienna on an area of over 9,600 hectares as a green belt along the Danube almost as far as Bratislava. 65% of the area consists of alluvial forest, 15% of meadows and about 20% of water areas. There is a lot to discover here - a natural paradise at the gates or to some parts within the city. Attention: make sure to take a mosquito spray with you!
Whether it is Bisamberg, Cobenzl, Kahlenberg or Leopoldsberg. The view from the Viennese “house mountains” over the vineyards to the city is definitely worth a visit. This can be best combined with walks through the local “Kellergassen” – the local wine alleys - and the one or other visit of a wine tavern. For hikes in these vineyards of Vienna, we recommend starting points such as Neustift am Walde, Stammersdorf or Strebersdorf. Located in the area of the last two places is also the Marchfeld Canal, a small river surrounded by many fields - perfect for a walk along the water. Here in the area can sometimes be observed by ground squirrels. Known for the small rodents are, among other things, the flower gardens Hirschstetten, which, however, are a bit further away.
Wienerwald - the forest of Vienna is located in the west of the city. Ideal for relaxing on various walks and enjoy the nature. If you also want to see animals, you should visit the Lainzer Tiergarten - possibly an alternative for families. Also always worth a visit is the Schönbrunn Palace Park. Extensive avenues and green spaces invite you to take a stroll, while imperial buildings such as Schönbrunn Palace or the Gloriette will be the center of your focus.
The south of Austrias captial is where “Zentralfriedhof” (central cemetery) is located - probably the most famous cemetery in Vienna. It was opened in 1874, covers an area of 2.5 km² and contains about 330,000 graves. Here, many heads of state, athletes but also artists and stars have found their final resting place - including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig von Beethoven, Falco, Peter Alexander or Arthur Schnitzler. But the extensive area is not only used as a cemetery. Hobby photographers, walkers and nature fans have long since discovered the area for themselves. If you keep your eyes open you can also discover all sorts of wild animals - whether it is a common hamster, deer or pheasant. Whilst the hamsters are found all over the cemetery, it is more likely to encounter the other animals in the old Jewish part, as this region of the cemetery is more silent and untouched. Also due to the various Art Nouveau buildings, such as the cemetery church of St. Borromeo, the central cemetery is one of the attractions of the city of Vienna.
As always, we advise you to inform yourself in advance about the places. Our team at the reception is also happy to assist you and inform you. Of course this also covers arrival possibilities with the public means of transport. Your team at the Austria Classic Hotel Vienna wishes you a wonderful stay in green Vienna.