The City of a Thousand Blossoms


Blog, Seasons in Vienna, Vienna in Spring /

No, that’s an ambitious claim. I’m sure Holland, Umbria, Ashikaga (and the whole of Tokyo), Cotswold, Ottawa, Lake Tekapo, Provence, Amalfi Coast, Washington, Versailles, Vancouver, and Baguio city among others would top the list of places with the most flowers in a season. Considering that these cities have hectares of flower fields to display millions of the same type in different colors, Vienna’s floral display would pale in comparison. Thanks though to the Unsere Gärten team, we are able to see a lot of colors, and smell fragrant flowers whenever we stop to enjoy them.

Here are some of the spots in Vienna where the flowers are in full bloom come spring.

   

Volksgarten (People’s garden)

One of the most picturesque among Vienna’s many gardens and landscaped areas is the Volksgarten, it is also a favourite hangout of locals and tourists.  The Volksgarten has over 3,000 rose bushes – a beautiful burst of colors with wonderful rosy smell all throughout the day – it remains to be one of my favourite spot for photo sessions. 🙂

There are benches and chairs scattered in the park, for when you want to waste time away. Most of the rose bushes have name tags, these are the sponsors who have contributed to the maintenance of the garden. It’s 350€ a year or 650€ for 10 years in case you would like to sponsor. 🙂

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Rose wall with a view of the Rathaus tower.
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yellow roses

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Theseus Temple
The City of a Thousand Blossoms
Photo shoot by the rosebushes.

 

The Volksgarten is located at the courtyard of the Hofburg and is opposite the Parliament building.

Ticket price: Free

Opening Hours: The park is open on April until October from 6:00 A.M. to 22:00 P.M. and on the months of November until March from 7:00 A.M. to 17:30 P.M.

Nearest Train Station: Volkstheater (U3 Line) walk, also accessible via trams D, 2, and 1 that circle the Ringstrasse.

Alternative Route: Trams 1,2,D,71 – get off at Dr. Karl Renner-Ring or Parlament

Setagaya Park

If you can’t visit Japan for Hanami, Vienna’s Setagaya Park is a good substitute. The park has a pond, home to mandarin ducks, carps, and turtles. The park is very Japanese in characteristic, with a wooden bridge, a mini-waterfall, a wooden house where Ikebana is thought. In April, the cherry trees, pear trees, magnolias will be in full bloom…but as these trees’ purpose is only to be beautiful, the flowers will wither away in just a few days. Which from the point of view of those who enjoy nature as much as I, is the perfect chance to take photos as well: petals cover the ground, and it’s pink all around, what’s not to love?

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Magnolias and the Japanese house at the background.
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Smaller bridge further up the garden.

 

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Elderly couple admiring the pond…
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Magnolia upclose
If you can't visit Japan for Hanami, Vienna's Setagaya Park is a good substitute. The park has a pond, home to mandarin ducks, carps, and turtles.
Ducks at the pond…

 

Address: Hohe Warte 8, 1190 Wien

Ticket price: Free

Opening Hours: Closed from November  1 until  March 31.

Park opens every first day of April and closes at these times on following months:

  • October: 7 pm
  • April and September: 8 pm
  • May to August: 9 pm

Nearest Train Station: Heiligenstadt (Sbahn and U4 Line) and take bus 39A (going to Sievering) or 10A (going to Niederhofstraße) and get off after two stations (Barawitzkagasse)

Alternative Route: Nussdorferstraße (U6 Line) or at Schottentor (U4 Line) and take tram 37 going to Hohe Warte and get off at Barawitkzkagasse.

Schönbrunn

Vienna’s most visited palace is a vast landscape of different trees, plants, and flowers along with the buildings that represent baroque, rococo, roman, and other architectural styles. The palace front doesn’t display any flowers, just trees and fountains. But if go to the right wing, you’d be delighted to see the blossoms already thriving. Rose bushes line up the wall and two arc trellis are set up, one with wisterias and the other with roses. In between there will be a landscape that sometimes have tulips, sometimes smaller flowering plants. Heading to the greater garden at the back, there’s a landscape that stretches until almost the Neptune fountain. The whole landscape is often shown in an aerial view on TV shows.

There are four plant houses in Schönbrunn. These are the palm house, the rainforest house, the desert house, and the Orangerie.

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Great Parterrre, Schönbrunn.
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Wisteria rails.
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Palm house

Palm House/Palmenhaus

The palm house cares for many tropical plants.  It is a glass house with more than 40,000 sheets of glass measured at 4.900m². After being destroyed by three bombing hits on February 7, 1945, the house reopened on January 14, 1953.

Ticket prices: Adults € 6, –
(Group from 10 persons € 5, -)
Pupils, apprentices up to 18 years,
Minimum pensioners,
People with disabilities from 50% € 4.50
(Group from 10 persons € 3.50)

Opening hours: The Palm House is open all year round. Notice that from 01. May until 30th September, it is open from 09:30 until 18:00 (last admission 17:30). From October 1st until April 30th, the Palm House is open from 09:30A.M. to 17:00P.M. (last admission 16:30).

Nearest Train Station: Hietzing (U4 Line – Hietzinger Haupstraße entrance to Schönbrunn)

#Flower wall at the side of the #Schönbrunn palace.
Roses on rail at the side of the Schönbrunn palace.



 

 

Stadtpark (City Park)

This is Vienna’s biggest park in the middle of the city, it’s like a sanctuary inside a very busy city for those seeking quite and calm from everyday hustle and bustle. There are various plants in the park, that even when winter, flowers can still be seen. There’s a long line of wooden benches to relax on, simply bring a book and a sandwich and you can have a relaxing lunch even for a few minutes. In summer, the grasses turn into picnic tables for most visitors.

There are events that are sometimes held at the park, food trucks are at times there, but there’s a lone mobile coffee shop you can find if you need some energy boost. Although the Kursalon is just at the entrance if you feel a bit more fancy.

Flower clock at the Stadpark., city park
Flower clock at the Stadpark.
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Taken during a rainy day in March…

Johann Strauss II’s golden monument

Johann Strauss monument at the City park.
Johann Strauss monument at the City park.

 

This is perhaps one of the most photographed statues in Vienna. It has become a representation of Vienna as well, along with the waltz the second Strauss’ composed; The Beautiful Blue Danube. Perhaps the location of Strauss’ statue is much easier to see than that of Mozart’s, the latter being at the back of the Hofburg Palace that we see it more often on prints than the other.

In spring and summer, the front area is always decorated with plants and flowers.

Other busts of famous Austrians, fountains, and other installations are scattered around the park.  There’s also a pond frequented by birds and ducks, and gladly many kids and even adults watch them to pass time. To this writer, it’s a spot to find inspiration from stillness and winged creatures.

Ticket price: Free

Opening Hours: The park is open 24/7.

Nearest Train Station: Stadtpark (U4 Line), Stubentor (U3 Line) also accessible via tram 2 that circles the Ringstrasse.

 

Flower Corners All Around Vienna

It is thanks to the Unsere Gärten team that Vienna’s corners, building front lawns are beautified with flowers. They maintain the landscaping and do the garden planning throughout the city. Vienna’s streets are a lot more enjoyable to walk on because of them.

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tulips

 


Vienna's floral display may pale in comparison to other bigger cities. Here are some of the spots in Vienna where the flowers are in full bloom come spring.

Despite being a busy hub, Vienna is a city that is not without greens and beautiful colors. I’m sure you will find a bunch of bulb flowers in any corner, a flowering tree in front of a store, even buildings with thriving and climbing vines or balconies with pelargonia hanging down.

Here is where you literally can “stop and smell the flowers.”

Address: all-around Vienna

Ticket price: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

Nearest Train Station: all train stations

Tip: Vienna is a small city but the convenient transportation system can make you forget that…Spot A can be easily reached from Spot B by foot, and that’s how you get to see all the flowers around. (Well, that’s how this writer do it at times. ^_^ )

Donauinsel (Danube Island)

This man-made island is one of the local favourite summer spot. There’s so much space to run around in, so many activities to do, sports to engage in, even swimming in pools and the danube itself.  The island being a family park is also house to many bees, insects, and birds. It is also home to the Donauturm (Danube Tower) where a rotating restaurant is located, thus a tourist magnet as well.

Iris flower, danube island
Iris

 

 

Address: Donauturmstraße and Am Donaupark, Danube Island, 1220 Vienna

Ticket price: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

Nearest Train Station: Alte Donau (U1 Line), take bus 20B or just walk from the station.

 

Tip: Take a ride around the island through the Liliputbahn…it’s like a kids’ train that can effectively make you see a lot of things at the Donauinsel quickly.

Wasserpark Floridsdorf (Water park at Floridsdorf)

There are a handful of water parks in Vienna, but the one at Floridsdorf seems the biggest. There are also water park playgrounds in different districts that kids can enjoy when summer gets too warm.

There are a lot of play areas here both kids and adult can enjoy. There’s also a basketball court, table tennis tables, and workout machines (yes, out in the open) to use for free. The lake is home to many birds, and you might see some fish at times too.

White plum blossoms.
White plum blossoms.
Here are some of the spots in #Vienna where the flowers are in full bloom come #spring.
Kids admiring the daffodils, too.
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Weeping cherry tree flowers…

 

 

Address: Am Nordbahndamm, 1210 Wien

Ticket price: Free

Opening Hours: Open 24/7

Nearest Train Station: Floridsdorf (U6 Line), take tram 31 that goes to Schottenring and get off just 1 station after you got in.

 

Tip: Do not bring bread to feed the ducks and swans swimming by the lake. Bring grapes, spinach, or any other green leafy vegetables to keep them healthy, also keeping the rats away.

Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly house)

Aside from the Palm house at Schönbrunn, there’s another home to tropical plants in Vienna, the Burggarten Palmenhaus and an extended house, the Schmetterlinghaus. It is also home to beautiful butterflies, called a “butterfly zoo” in the 1st district of Vienna.

There are approximately 400 butterflies from the tropics, flying freely. There can be 150 different species, none of which fall under the protection of species.

butterfly on a camara lantana
Feasting on a camara lantana
Hanging on a hanging hibiscus (chinese lantern )
Hanging on a hanging hibiscus (chinese lantern )
Butterfly on banana
Feasting on a banana

 

Address:  Hofburg, 1010 Wien

Ticket price: 6,50€

Opening Hours:

April until October : Mondays – Fridays at 10:00AM- 16:45PM
April until October : Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00AM – 18:15PM
April until October (holidays) at 10:00AM – 18:15PM
November until March : open daily, 10:00AM – 15:45PM

Nearest Train Station: Volkstheater (U3 Line), walk to the back of the Hofburg palace.

Alternative Route: Trams 1,2,71 and D get off at the station Burgring or Bus 2A, station: Albertinaplatz

Belvedere

The Belvedere Palace in Vienna is a palace complex built by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere form a baroque ensemble with the connecting garden.

When you enter at the front gates to the Belvedere palace, the below photo is what you’ll see. On particular seasons, there’ll be little huts selling trinkets and food in front of this yard. This is the Upper Belvedere where works of Gustav Klimt among other Austrian artists are displayed. Going behind the palace, one will be welcomed into a vast garden that goes down to the Lower Belvedere, a smaller palace that also holds exhibits of different artists at a time.

The Belvedere has an extended garden, the Alpine botanical garden situated to the side of both palaces. It serves as a conservation for some of the world’s alpine plants with  large stones and gravel beds all around the area to help them thrive. Further, the Botanical gardens of the University of Vienna can also be accessed. This garden is part of the University as a conservation and research area and occupies 8 hectares of land. Like all botanical gardens, the plants are name-labelled.

Front yard of the Upper Belvedere
Front yard of the Upper Belvedere
View of the Lower Belvedere and Garden between the two palaces…
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Tulips at a corner.
Tulips at the Alpine Garden. Tulpen
Tulips at the Alpine Garden.


Address
: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien /
Rennweg 14, 1030 Wien
Landstraßer Gürtel 1, 1030 Wien

Ticket price: Courtyard walk is free
Alpine Garden: 4€

Opening Hours:

Palace garden:
1st Jan. to 28th Feb. 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
March 1 to March 31 from 7:30 to 19:00 pm
Apr. 1 to Apr. 30, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
May 1 to July 31, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Aug. 1 to Sep. 30 6:30 to 20:00
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 6:30 to 7:00 pm
1. Nov. to 31. Dec. 7.30 to 17.30 pm

The Alpine garden is open every year from late March to early August. It only closes when the weather isn’t so favorable.

Nearest Train Station: Schloß Belvedere (Sbahn) walk across

Alternative Route: Tram D get off at Schloß Belvedere stop (side of the palace), can be accessed from both directions

Probably every park in Vienna blooms a handful thousand each spring. And each neighborhood has a park residents can walk into.  Although there might be allergies caused by the blooming come spring, the beautiful colors of the flowers and surrounding give more life to Vienna’s awesome sky and the the overall vibrance when mother nature dons green clothing.

#Vienna's #floral display may pale in comparison to other bigger cities. Here are some of the spots in Vienna where the flowers are in full bloom come #spring.
Daffodils

Vienna's floral display may pale in comparison to other bigger cities. Here are some of the spots in #Vienna where the flowers are in full bloom come spring.
Walking past a blooming cherry tree.

Next time we will feature Blumengärten Hirschstetten, Schlachthausgasse, and other streets/places in Vienna where cherry trees are lined up.

Vienna's floral display may pale in comparison to other bigger cities. Here are some of the spots in Vienna where the flowers are in full bloom come spring.
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