There are around 1,000 parks in Vienna with an area of 13 square kilometers. Today I invite you to get to know my personal favorite parks and I will write in a few words what makes them so special.
Due to its proximity to the hotel, the Augarten is simply perfect for a walk. It is a beautiful baroque complex and in mid-March the small coffee houses open again and you can enjoy the first rays of sunshine in the countryside.
Sorry, the photo takes up a lot of space, but at least the 2 giant sequoia trees are over 30 meters high! Getting to the Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark by public transport takes around 40 minutes from the hotel. You're really amazed when you see such big trees in Vienna. There is a children's playground and a small animal enclosure. For us, a stop at the Steirerstöckl restaurant is always something nice and you can relax with good food and great drinks.
A visit to the Burggarten can of course be perfectly combined with a walk through the city. Pass the Albertina and then go through the gate into the park. You can stop off at the Palmenhaus brasserie and then take a look at the butterfly house next door. With a bit of luck, you can see the riders with their Lipizzaners there as they ride out of the Spanish Riding School and the horses graze peacefully in the garden. Paddocks have also been built where you can see the beautiful stallions (between April and October!)
My absolute favorite park in spring! It's even noted on my calender to visit Setagaya Park in spring and I check almost every day to see whether the trees are already starting to bloom. Sometimes I go there even a few times in spring to see the cherry trees and the magnolias blooming. The story behind this park, which is designed in Japanese style: There is a friendship and cultural agreement between the Döbling district of Vienna and the Setagaya district of Tokyo. This gave rise to the idea of building a Japanese garden in Döbling. Setagaya Park was planned by Japanese garden designer Ken Nakajima in the early 1990s.
- Prater: 6 million square meters in size and just around the corner from the hotel, it invites you to run, ride and walk.
- Schönbrunn Palace Park: of course you have to see it! A climb up to the Gloriette makes up for it with a fantastic view over Vienna! The facility is 160 hectares in size and the zoo can also be found there. And of course the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. My tip: wear sturdy shoes. The paths are mostly gravel and it's not much fun with flip-flops and sandals.
- Stadtpark: an oasis in the middle of the city. You can also find the famous Johann Strauss monument there and the Gourmet Festival takes place in May. Here you can buy and enjoy delicacies from all over Austria while sitting on a park bench and watching the swans and ducks in the large pond.
- Volksgarten: Offers a side view of the Natural History Museum and also of the town hall. In the middle of the garden you will find the Temple of Theseus and a particularly beautiful photo opportunity are the lush blooming roses in summer and the beautiful fountains.
I hope you enjoy exploring the many parks in Vienna. Take a seat on one of the many park benches, take time to take a break and enjoy our beautiful city.