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Parks and Gardens in Austria

Alois-Drasche park
Town: Vienna
Address: Kolschitzkygasse
Phone: +43 01 796 36 13
e-mail: post@m42.magwien.gv.at
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Located in a busy central part of Vienna – the 4th district and huddled on its 16 000 square metres amongst the surrounding buildings, Alois-Drasche Park provides a pleasant retreat from the inner city. Alois-Drasche Park was established in 1899, partly following the architecture plans of August Czullik. Quite cosy atmosphere is inspired by the front yards of the houses that border immediately with the park’s area. An amazing feature of this park is the collection of plate trees. The existence of this small park is very convenient for the mothers that take their children to the nearby kindergarten. Moreover, children going there, can have fun on the swings and other playground facilities.


Augarten
Town: Vienna
Address: Obere Augartenstrasse 1
Phone: +43 01 21 44 757
e-mail: office@kultur.park.augarten.org
Website: http://www.kultur.park.augarten.org/
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Situated in the 2nd Vienna district, Augarten is one of Vienna’s most interesting green spaces. Being quite a large park with an area of more than 52 hectares, Augarten provides its visitors with various things to do, ranging from sports activities to learning about the history of the park, music and art as well. There are more curiosities to the Augarten than one might suppose, including the Augarten Palace and the Porzellanmanufaktur (Porcelain Manufacture). In addition to all the entertainment facilities, there’s the surrounding well-tended nature, which offers great possibilities for relaxation, with the city still just outside the park’s gates. Like most of Vienna’s parks, Augarten is closed and completely inaccessible at night.
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Belvedere Garten
Town: Vienna
Address: Prinz Eugen Strasse 27
Phone: +43 01 79 55 70
e-mail: info@belvedere.at
Price: 0 - 13 EUR
Website: http://www.belvedere.at
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Unlike many other gardens that consist of a garden with plants and maybe scarce sculptures, Belvedere features an entire complex of structures, including two palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere) and a garden that links them. Belvedere was constructed for the renowned general Prince Eugene of Savoy starting from the Lower Belvedere Palace in the early 18th Century that housed the Prince’s quarters as well as a greenhouse and staples. The first plant deliveries for the Orangery were started in 1719, but today it is refurbished into an exhibition room.
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Burggarten
Town: Vienna
Address: Burgring, Goethegasse
Phone: +43 01 533 90 83
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Like most of the park facilities situated along Viennese Ringstrasse (a street that came into existence after the destruction of the old glacis that once encircled the city), Burggarten (Town Garden) was previously a part of these fortifications. However, at the beginning of the 18th Century these areas were transformed into green spaces. The architects of Burggarten were the same who planned Volksgarten - Ludwig von Remy and Franz Antoine. Although this time, Emperor Franz took part in the designing process because he was an educated gardener himself, and prime attention was given to foreign plants.
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Donau-Auen National Park - Lobau
Town: Vienna
Address: Dr Anton Krabichler-Platz 3
Phone: +43 2249 2353
e-mail: pe-lob@m49.magwien.gv.at
Website: http://www.donauauen.at/
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The Danube is a great river, home not only to various species of fish but also giving life to the large territories around it. So for the sake of preserving its natural beauty, Austria’s government designated an area of more than 9,000 hectares thus far. As the River Danube passes through the city of Vienna, the Viennese municipality governs part of the national park, called Lobau (Water Forest). The part that lies within the boundaries of Vienna is the perfect place to enjoy nature in its purest form, not far from civilization. Lobau takes up about 24 percent of the total area of the Donau-Auen, and was originally an island in the Danube River.
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Donaupark (Danube Park)
Town: Vienna
Address: Arbeiterstrandbadstrasse
Phone: +43 01 269 79 21
e-mail: post@m42.magwien.gv.at
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One of the vastest Viennese parks covering an area of 800,000 square metres, Donaupark (Danube Park) is certainly not to be missed by curious tourists visiting the capital of Austria. This park is easy to access, as it not only has numerous entrances but also borders many main roads, including Wagramerstrasse and Arbeiterstrandbadstrasse. Its location on the northern bank of the Danube River in the 22nd district of Vienna determines its neighbouring sights, some very state-of-the-art constructions. For example, there‘s the United Nations’ headquarters in Austria. In the so-called 'UNO-City‘ rises the largest conference building in the country, the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). A whole 'city within the city' called Donau City was also constructed upon this Danube island. The banks of the Danube close to Donaupark even offer beaches for all to enjoy.
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Draschepark
Town: Vienna
Address: Sterngasse
Phone: +43 01 815 68 59
e-mail: post@m42.magwien.gv.at
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If one decides to visit the Draschepark one must not confuse it with the Alois-Drasche-Park that is at a totally different place. Our Drashepark is located in the most south-western part of Vienna – the so-called 23rd Viennese district Liesing, more specifically in Inzersdorf. As Inzersdorf occupies the foot of Vienna Mountain, the visitors will definitely have something to see from Draschepark. The park itself stretches over an area of 13 hectares and is named after the Drasche von Wartinberg family that owned the land with the two castles (Wasserschloss and the newer 18th-Century castle) since 1857. These castles were torn down during the bombings of World War II but the ruins were reconstructed later. Nowadays, Draschepark’s late-Baroque layout is still recognisable mostly by the tree species forming its alleys. Visitors can enjoy the wild bushes as well take advantage of the grilling facilities on the park’s premises. Sports amenities and an open air cinema in the summer are


Esterhazypark
Town: Vienna
Address: Gumpendorferstrasse
Phone: +43 01 796 36 13
e-mail: post@m42.magwien.gv.at
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Being a small city park that covers an area of a little more than 10,000 square metres, Esterhazypark carries the name of a whole noble Hungarian family – the Esterhazys. The park was created in the 18th Century to make the city surroundings better looking and cosier for the residents. The Esterhazypark features a convenient location within Vienna’s 6th district as well as green areas and an imposing tower that houses a couple of interesting museums.
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