Tram to nature
Every year, it’s the same old question: should you plan a city break or a holiday in the countryside? The good news: In Vienna and many other cities in Austria, you can have both.
Author: Michaela Schwarz, Yasmin Taga
More than half the metropolitan area of Vienna is made up of green space and with some 280 parks and gardens, Vienna is actually one of the greenest big cities in the world. As a guest you’ll very quickly see this for yourself. One moment you are standing on Stephansplatz admiring the cathedral, and just a few minutes later you’re enjoying the Stadtpark in full bloom. No sooner have you left the state apartments of Schönbrunn Palace than you’re marvelling at the extensive Baroque park with its artfully trimmed hedges and shady avenues, the stone fountains and splendid flower beds. But increasingly, greenery can be found where you really wouldn’t expect it. Urban gardening has become one of the hottest trends in town and amateur gardening enthusiasts are turning public spaces into productive green patches. To say nothing of the roughly 60 subsidised community gardens.