It's time – time for ice
Have you ever wondered what happens to the many roses in the Rose Garden in winter? To protect them against frost and bad weather, the long-stem roses are packed in jute sacks for the cold season. A sustainable solution, because the jute sacks previously contained coffee beans. As you can see, Vienna's Baroque parks and gardens make for a welcome change, not only in summer. The imperial parks and Baroque boulevards also have something to offer in winter and invite you to go for a walk. The only thing to note are the revised opening hours. Mostly, the gardens open a little later and close earlier. What about, say, a walk through the wonderful palace park in Schönbrunn up to the Gloriette, to the snow-covered Johann Strauss memorial or around St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna city center?
With sufficient snowfall, several centrally located meadows of Vienna's parks transform into toboggan runs (in German).
Skating like in a fairytale
Vienna's only rooftop ice rink is the Engelmann Artificial Ice Rink. It was established over 100 years ago as the first open-air artificial ice rink in the world and has been located on the roof of a building in the 17th district since the 1970s – rounds on the ice are made directly under the open sky. Skating under the open sky is also possible at the Vienna Ice Skating Club near the Stadtpark – the Vienna Ice Skating Club was established in 1867 and is over 150 years old!
Fancy a Viennese winter fairytale? From January, you can glide in front of the magnificent backdrop of City Hall and on the romantic paths through the fairytale decorations of City Hall Park at the Vienna Ice World.
Due to the current situation, changes may be made at short notice. Please inform yourself additionally on the website of the respective provider.