The Best Parks To Visit In Vienna

Ricarda Reininger

Because of its location, right in the middle of Europe, Austria has the ideal weather for beautiful juicy green nature. Vienna’s parks are perfect for day excursions or just having a relaxing break from the city. With this guide, we show you the best and most interesting green areas in the Austrian capital.

1. City Park

Memorial, Park

City Park

Vienna’s first public park

The Vienna City Park was built in the years between 1860 and 1862, and opened in August 1862 as the city’s first public park. It is constructed in the style of an English landscape garden and was designed by Josef Selleny and Rudolf Siebeck. Originally, the park was just a part of the city’s first district, and therefore on the left side of the River Wien. But one year later the park was extended, and another part was built the other side of the river. Today, this park is the one with the most memorials and sculptures in Vienna. Certainly, the most photographed memorial is the one of the Viennese musician and composer Johann Strauss.

Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria

Johann Strauss Memorial © Terence Faircloth/FlickrJohann Strauss Memorial © Terence Faircloth/Flickr

2. Danube Park

Park

Danube Park
© weisserstier/Flickr
Park with a lot of attractions

For about 70 years this park was a pistol shooting center, and then it became derelict. In the 1960s this area was renovated and transformed into a local recreation area. Along with its architectural landmark, the 252 meter-high Danube Tower, it was opened at the Vienna International Gardening Show in 1964. Today, there are a lot of playgrounds, skateparks and public tennis courts. It is the perfect place for seeing sculptures by international popular artists, making sports and relaxing in the meadow.

3. Lainzer Tiergarten

Park, Zoo

Lainzer Tiergarten

Local recreation area and zoo

As long ago as Roman times this area was inhabited, and during Austria’s imperial era it was transformed into a hunting ground. Today, the Lainzer Tiergarten is a public nature reserve and part of the Vienna Woods. In this park there is a big wildlife stock, and animals like deers roe deers and wild boars live there. Besides, it is a popular attraction for hikers, runners families and day-trippers. And people interested in culture can visit the Hermesvilla, which is a culture and exhibition center.

Lainzer Tiergarten, Vienna, Austria

Lainzer Tiergarten © Ulrich Latzenhofer/FlickrLainzer Tiergarten © Ulrich Latzenhofer/Flickr

Nationalpark Donau Auen

A huge national park

Until the 19th century the Danube was an unregulated river. Today, it is kept under control, and part of this was the establishment of a national park, which is about 9,300 hectares and reaches from Vienna to the neighboring province Lower Austria and the boarder of Slovakia. It is a popular place for wanderers and day-trippers, who start their excursion at the Schloss Orth. There will be some boat trips with the canoe or zodiac offered. But also guided tours with the national park rangers are possible.

Nationalpark Donau Auen, Orth an der Donau, Austria

Danube Floodplains

5. Schönbrunn Palace Garden

Park

Impressive Palace with adjacent garden

The palace garden in Schönbrunn is inseparable connected with the Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriette. The Gloriette is up on the hill, directly opposite the palace. Initially, this area was a hunting lodge. Under the reign of Empress Maria Theresia in the 18th century, the castle and its park were renovated into the form we know them today. These days, the Schönbrunn Palace Garden serves as a local holiday area for natives and is a tourist attraction too. Schönbrunn Palace Garden © Loizeau/Flickr

Burggarten

Central park perfect to start a day sightseeing

The Burggarten is a park which is the perfect starting point to visit some of the most important attractions in Vienna. This park is located at the Ringstrasse, at the back of the National Library, very close to the Vienna State Opera. In the park itself, visitors will find the Palmenhaus, with its restaurant and butterfly house. It is a small and relaxed place, with a small pond and some sculptures of famous Austrians.

Burggarten, Vienna, Austria

Burggarten
landscape with balloons floating in the air

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