Vienna’s parks & gardens are inviting – to relax and admire the imperial magnificence.
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The Wilhelminenberg is named after Wilhelmine Montléart-Sachsen-Curland, an aristocratic benefactress in Vienna at the end of the 19th century. Today, the mountain is popular excursion destination, which can be easily reached by bus and car. However, it is best enjoyed on foot: the well signposted Vienna City Hiking Trail 4a leads past the prettiest places in Ottakring and presents Vienna's 16th district away from the Brunnenmarkt and trendy meeting places.
The hike beings at the terminus of the U3 underground line, leads past Ottakring Cemetery, which is worth seeing, and finally passes the historic Kuffner Observatory. This 19th jewel invites you to gaze at the stars with faithfully restored astronomical instruments. Those who would like to enjoy another delightful panorama of Vienna should hike on to the Jubiläumswarte on the summit of the Wilhelminenberg. A wooden tower was originally erected here in 1898 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I.; since the 1950s, a 31 meter-high concrete columns has stood here, with spiral staircase and viewing platform.
One of the highlights of the loop hike is Wilhelminenberg Palace. It was built in 1908 in the neo-Empire style and today houses a hotel and a restaurant. A wonderful view over Vienna as well as culinary delicacies can be enjoyed on the viewing terrace. Everything required for a romantic picnic with a panoramic view is available on the large neighboring meadow.
Excellent picnics can also be had in the wild and romantic garden of the nearby Villa Aurora, a fantastic restaurant offering Viennese cuisine. A well-stocked picnic basket can also be ordered here by making a reservation over the telephone and then heading to the cozy viewing garden with its view over Vienna.
The Villa Aurora is especially cozy and snug and winter: it is heated by wrought-iron stoves and mostly lit with candles. A small but fine Advent market is held each year in front of Wilhelminenberg Palace! In addition, the highest ice rink in Vienna is to be found here, offering sporty turns and tasty mulled wine.
Main and side entrance: steps, single swinging doors, auditorium: 15 steps and 6 steps.