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    Vienna – the world’s greenest city

    You can’t get much greener than Vienna: Among more than 100 major cities, Vienna took first place in the ranking of “The World’s 10 Greenest Cities 2020”.

    Outstanding quality of life for connoisseurs

    “Vienna, Vienna, you alone / will always be the city of my dreams.” The famous Viennese song puts into poetic words what has been officially confirmed by a Canadian-American consulting agency: Vienna is a wonderful city with an exceptionally high quality of life – Vienna is the world’s greenest city! And this is the second superlative: in one international survey, Vienna was voted the world’s "most liveable city” for the tenth year running.

    Over 100 cities were evaluated, with parks, public green spaces, the utilisation of renewable energy, air quality, public transport, and markets offering regional products as the most important criteria for the ranking.

    On this page you can get to know Vienna’s colourful potpourri of nature.

    Vienna’s six most beautiful parks

    The magnificent flowerbeds, rose gardens, lawns, and tree-lined paths are the heart of Vienna’s parks, which the city’s inhabitants so love. The capital city boasts no fewer than 990 municipal parks! Clearing your head, meeting friends, taking a stroll, jogging, or simply sitting on a bench in the sun – these green islands in the middle of the hustle and bustle of urban life are the ideal place to relax and breathe in the city’s pure air.

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    • Upper Belvedere in summer
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    • Monument of Johann Strauss / Stadtpark Vienna
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    • Botanical Garden at Universtity of Vienna
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    • The Porcelain Manufactory Augarten
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    • Schönbrunn Palm House
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    “It greens so green”: sustainability in Vienna

    • The trees

      The Municipal Department of Parks and Gardens has its hands full. After all, it oversees nearly a half million trees: 95,000 trees lining public streets and paths, 188,400 trees on private property, 1,900 on commercial property, and an estimated 200,000 forest trees in public green spaces such as Vienna’s Prater.

    • Surrounded by green

      Lawns, parks, vineyards, woods, fields, and gardens: thanks to the Vienna Woods and the Danube wetlands, green spaces cover nearly half of Vienna’s total area. The district of Hietzing, by the way, is the greenest, with green spaces accounting for some 70% of the total area.

    • Soft mobility

      The city has 162 public transport lines that are used by more than 966 million passengers per year. The Viennese are particularly environmentally conscious when it comes to mobility: 73% take public transport to work, 44% walk, 13% ride their bike, and only 33% drive.

    • Farms in the big city

      Surprising but true: Vienna has some 800 farms within its city limits, where more cucumbers, for example, are harvested than in the rest of Austria’s provinces combined. The same is true of aubergines, parsley, tomatoes, and chilli peppers.

    Five reasons why Vienna is so liveable

    Green Prater
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    Vienna in the bike lane

    Biking in the city

    Cycling in Vienna is a wonderful experience, thanks to the 1,400 kilometres of bike paths, bike lanes, and cycling routes through low-traffic zones. “Citybikes” can be hired at 121 bike stations located all over town, allowing visitors to explore the city at a leisurely pace.

     

    Vienna’s “green lung”

    Danube meadows near Stopfenreuth / Donau-Auen National Park
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    Donau-Auen National Park

    Climate regulator for the big city and Central Europe’s largest ecologically intact and natural wetland environment.

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    The loveliest picnic spots

    The rustle of the leaves, the chirping of the birds, and the deep blue of the sky – a day made to order for a picnic. It is only the question of where: in the city centre or on the water, out in the woods or up in the hills with a stupendous view? The good news is that the picnic season in Vienna is long enough that one can try all of them.

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      The Burggarten The Burggarten

      Situated right on the Ring, it is one of the city’s most pleasant green oases.

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      The Danube Island The Danube Island

      A recreational paradise and the ideal destination for all picnic enthusiasts who love the island life.

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      The green Prater The green Prater

      Green as far as the eye can see: still today, the pristine, undeveloped part of the Prater is characterised by the picturesque Danube wetlands.

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    Vienna and the woods

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      Vienna Woods

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      Kahlenberg

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      Lainzer Tiergarten

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      Viennese Coffeehouse Culture

      The Viennese say they looted sacks of coffee beans after the Turks withdrew following a failed siege in 1683. But it was a spy on the payroll of the Royal Court who gave the city its real taste for coffee. Born in Istanbul, he founded Vienna’s first Kaffeehaus in 1685.
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      Vienna

      Imperial Vienna

      A stroll around Vienna can be like a journey back in time to the days of the empire: it comes as no surprise that the historic city center is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site.
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    Vienna Tourist Board

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