Vienna parks and gardens give you unmatched opportunities for exercise, exploration, and enjoyment in the very heart of the Austrian capital. Here are some of the more popular parks and gardens in the city:
Wiener Prater Park
This world-famous park features a wide range of attractions for all fun-seekers. A public park since 1766, it houses Wusterprater, an exciting theme park. Perhaps its most popular attraction is the 61-meter Ferris wheel Riesenrad. Interestingly, admission is free.
Established in 1752, Schönbrunn is the world’s oldest zoo. Today, it is one of the very few zoos in the world that houses giant pandas. Its Amazon Rainforest House has an aquarium that allows you to witness a recreation of an Amazon flood. Schönbrunn is also a nice place to appreciate Baroque architecture, which was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I.
It is considered as one of the most charming Vienna parks and gardens. It offers a great variety of facilities such as a colossal chessboard, a skateboarding area, and a petting zoo. The 252-meter-high Danube Tower is its most popular landmark. The tower has two revolving restaurants that offer a unique outlook of the entire Vienna.
The Botanical garden is one of the greenest Vienna parks and gardens. It is home to more than 9,000 rare and tropical plant species. Botanical research open lectures are organized on weekends.