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Vienna’s parks & gardens are inviting – to relax and admire the imperial magnificence.
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Austrians love to go hiking. And going for a walk is just as popular. Vienna is particularly pleasant to explore on foot. It is a good way to notice special details that could otherwise easily be missed: romantic courtyards, cozy places to linger, attractive cross-country paths, creative green spaces and nature experiences in the middle of the city.
Colorful contrasts can be seen along the Wien River. Sandals are entirely sufficient here. One of the highlights is definitely the Naschmarkt, which invites visitors to stop for special culinary treats during the week and a flea market on Saturdays. Aside from the Wien River and urban wilderness, this hike also features impressive architecture: It passes by the former Karlsplatz city rail station, for example, one of the many art nouveau structures by Otto Wagner. Equally impressive is the St. Charles Church, one of the most significant sacred Baroque structures in Europe.
A stroll past the Danube Canal, which can easily be tackled even in high heels, offers a nice combination of nature and urban art. A good starting point is the trash incinerator Spittelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, which has colorful architecture that is a feast for the eyes. Next on the trail are the three-kilometer long "Vienna Walls" where everyone can find artistic expression. The DDSG excursion ships on the Danube Canal are constant companions on this walk.
Those who would like even more green experiences will be delighted by the Lainz Game Preserve. A hike through this nature preserve does require a little more athleticism and solid shoes. But these efforts are rewarded with pure nature. A step through the Nikolai Gate already transports the visitor right into a forest. During the afternoons there is an especially good chance to encounter wild boars or deer. Vast meadows are ideal for picnics or games.
You can find additional suggestions for more unusual walks through Vienna at www.wildurb.at