Originally the imperial hunting grounds, the meadow and woods along the Danube are now an enormous public park and a popular attraction. The park is divided into two sections. The first is the Wurstelprater, or funfair section, and features rides, booths and restaurants. Enjoy a ride on one of Vienna's most famous landmarks, which is a giant Ferris wheel called Riesenrad. It moves slowly (about one revolution every 20 minutes) so riders can enjoy views of the park and the city. The other part of the park is devoted to trade fairs and sports activities.
Originally called the Votivpark and laid out in the 1870s as part of the building project of the Votivkirche, this park was renamed Sigmund Freud Park in 1961. It features a ring of trees planted in March 1997 by the European Union to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Each tree is a different genus and represents a member country. In May 2004 a granite table surrounded by 10 seats was erected in the middle of the ring to represent the EU's 10 new member states. The park also features a sculpture composed of 3 types of marble by the secession sculptor Rudolf Moratti.
This city hall park features a line of statues on either side of the avenue that divides it in two. An array of fountains and benches are scattered throughout the leafy grounds. Open-air concerts are held here in the summer; the opening of the Vienna Festival and the Life Ball are annually staged here in May; and during Advent, the central avenue is transformed into a Christmas market with lots of lights and holiday ambience.
Stroll though the Baroque gardens and walkways and see the fountains, the faux Roman ruins, and the obelisk fountain. The gardens were originally established by French designer Jean Trehet in the late 17th century and greatly extended under the reign of Maria Theresa and Josef II. Arbors, greenery and formal flowerbeds form a backdrop for the elegant statuary and fountains. Throughout July and August the park plays host to the Wiener Kammeroper, who perform Mozart operas in the evenings.
This 19th century municipal park is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy a leisurely afternoon. It is laid out along the Vienna River with two bridges crossing over. It features meandering walkways and a central lake with fountains that are lit up in the evening. It is the site of many statues dedicated to the city's famous painters and musicians, including a memorial to Johann Strauss. Waltz concerts are held daily in the late afternoon and early evening from Easter to October.
Stroll from the Lower Belvedere to the Upper Belvedere; take the gravel pathways; pass the neatly trimmed hedges, the fountains, the statues, flower beds and lawns. Now, turn around and enjoy the magnificent view across the city and try to tell anyone it wasn't worth the climb.
This park was laid out for the imperial family in the early 19th century and, as one might expect, it is the site of many monuments dedicated to Austria's various emperors. It is lush and informal with large expanses of lawn. A memorial to Mozart is composed of relief sculptures showing a scene from "Don Giovanni" and "Mozart with his Family." Overlooking the park is a Jugendstil conservatory with a butterfly house in one wing, and a café in its central section.