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Vienna: a Green Cultural Oasis

Johann Strauss Jr. immortalised just how blue the Danube is with his world-famous waltz. But just how green the city around it is can still surprise.

Vienna is somewhere you can simply experience it all. Stroll through the pulsating downtown Vienna, marvel at the splendid imperial buildings or the modern architecture – and relax under ancient shady trees listening to melodic bird song.

In addition to Vienna’s well-known parks there are still a number of hidden treasures to be discovered. If you can't get enough of Gustav Klimt's landscape paintings in the Palace's permenent exhibition, you can experience your own very real green wonder only a few steps away at the Botanical Gardens next to Belvedere Palace, where over 11,000 plant species from six continents are tended and cultivated.

Travel Time from City to Nature: 10 minutes.

If you're hungry for even more nature, just hop on the underground and ride it for a mere ten minutes to the city’s biggest green space. The Prater boasts some extensive fields and woods. The 4.5-kilometre-long Hauptallee is lined with some 2,500 trees, and if you simply turn off the main boulevard and wander into the narrow, wooded paths you'll be surrounded by authentic nature, amidst a number of small clearnings and ponds.

  • View to Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner View to Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner
  • City Hike in Vienna © Österreich Werbung City Hike in Vienna © Österreich Werbung
  • Vineyards on City Hike in Vienna © Österreich Werbung Vineyards on City Hike in Vienna © Österreich Werbung
  • Spring at the Volksgarten in Vienna © Christian Stemper Spring at the Volksgarten in Vienna © Christian Stemper
  • Giant Ferris Wheel © Bernhard Luck Giant Ferris Wheel © Bernhard Luck
  • Green Prater © Österreich Werbung Green Prater © Österreich Werbung
  • Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at Beautiful sunset in Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Filmspektakel.at
  • Botanical garden at the University of Vienna © HBV- Rudolf Hromniak Botanical garden at the University of Vienna © HBV- Rudolf Hromniak
  • Crocus at the botanical garden © HBV- Rudolf Hromniak Crocus at the botanical garden © HBV- Rudolf Hromniak
  • Summer day on the Alte Donau © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper Summer day on the Alte Donau © Wien Tourismus / Christian Stemper

Summer on the Water: the Alte Donau

Carry on for just two more underground stops to encounter yet another natural paradise in the city. The Alte Donau ("Old Danube") is a popular destination for everyone who wants to enjoy a snack or a cool drink right on the water while watching the sailboats execute their tacks and jibes – and all in front of the futuristic backdrop of the Donau City.

Take the Tram to the Vineyards

We've not even mentioned the 11 City Hiking Paths that thread through the green belt around Vienna, or the vineyards that can be reached by bus or tram. One of them is the Nussberg (City Hiking Path 1), which offers a tremendous panoramic view of the city. If you don't have time to fit absolutely everything in on your visit, fear not. Vienna is guaranteed to be just as beautiful and green on your next visit.
City Hike in Vienna © MA 42 City Hike in Vienna © MA 42

Hiking Around Vienna

There are eleven city hiking trails in and around Vienna. Well signposted, they offer a very varied hiking experience and stretch out over more than 240 kilometers in total length.

You can try hiking in the Vienna Woods, on the outskirts of the city, or take in Vienna's many recreational areas on foot.

Whatever you'd like to discover or wherever you choose to go, you'll be spoilt for choice with gorgeous routes to uncover nature at its very best in the city and surrounds.


Hiking in and around Vienna

8 Ways to Experience Green Vienna

8 ways to experience green Vienna
Grüner Prater © Österreich Werbung Grüner Prater © Österreich Werbung

Did you know, that...?

  • It's hard to believe, but more than half of Vienna's urban areas are composed of green space, and Vienna has 2,000 green spaces in total.
  • For the eighth consecutive year, the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Vienna number one out of the world's most liveable cities. 280 Imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape.     
  • The green Prater is one of the most beautiful city parks in the world. It covers a total of six million square meters and is only three kilometres away from St. Stephen's Cathedral.     
  • Vienna's oldest public park is Vienna Stadtpark. The demolition of the Vienna city wall led to the construction of the Vienna Ring Road, which also houses the city park. In 1860 this areas of ​​94,000 m² became a recreational area for all Viennese.
Theseustempel, Volksgarten © Österreich Werbung / Karl Thomas Theseustempel, Volksgarten © Österreich Werbung / Karl Thomas

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  • As well as being the oldest park, Vienna Stadtpark is also incredibly special, boasting the highest number of monuments and sculptures in Vienna.
  • Vienna Volksgarten is very rich in roses. During the spring over 400 varieties of rose bloom here!  The Volksgarten and Burggarten have been awarded World Heritage status.
  • Around 11,000 plant species grow in the Botanical Garden of Vienna. This garden was created under Maria Theresia 1754 following the advice of her personal physician Gerard van Swieten as a "Hortus Medicus" (medicinal plant garden). Today, it attracts students from the University of Vienna who are carrying out research to protect endangered plant species.
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