Strolling around in the Old City, couple eating ice cream
© WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Vienna's in bloom

The city is waking up. After a compulsory break, life in Vienna is gradually taking shape again. The good thing about this is that everything feels special. Going to eat an ice cream will become a big experience. We’ll see everything with new eyes, know how to appreciate the little things more again. We Viennese are also experiencing our city from a whole new perspective.

Out into the open air!

Vienna has just been voted the world's greenest city. And Vienna's parks are at their most beautiful right now. The trees are sprouting, the flowers are starting to bloom, everything is draped in lush green. Sitting for an hour on a bench in the Volksgarten, surrounded by rose bushes, is like a whole vacation in itself. Topping up with sun and keeping your distance is no problem in the spaciously laid out parks and gardens. And parks away from the city center are also waiting to be discovered. Whether Türkenschanzpark, Kurpark Oberlaa or Donaupark – each park has its special features and a story to tell. In the Prater, we recommend you leave the main avenue to explore the extensive area of meadows, woods and formers arms of the Danube.

Who hasn't yet come up with the idea of hiking in Vienna? Yes, that's also possible. The many city hiking trails, Vienna's home mountains like the Kahlenberg or Leopoldsberg offer a wide range of routes for every fitness level and there's a wonderful view of the city as a reward. And wine hiking is also possible: one of the most beautiful cellar lanes with numerous heuriger awaits visitors in Stammersdorf. That, too, is Vienna.

The whole world in Vienna

When a trip to the jungle isn’t possible, we get that jungle feeling in the Lobau, the Viennese section of the Donau-Auen National Park. We enjoy Parisian flair in the 9th district on a walk through the Servitenviertel, also called Little Paris. The Alpine Garden at the Belvedere spirits us away to the Austrian mountains. A visit to Setagaya Park in the 19th district or to the Takasaki Garden in the Kurpark Oberlaa is almost like going on a trip to Japan. And the Hirschstetten Botanical Gardens virtually promise a trip around the entire world: the various gardens are inspired by Provence, England, Mexico, Greece, India,...

We've also missed the animals at Schönbrunn Zoo. And they've missed us a bit, too, says director Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck in an interview. Schönbrunn Zoo opens again on May 15. The little polar bear girl Finja has really grown in the meantime, but she's as sweet as ever. There are lots of fluffy babies to marvel at, including the ring-tailed lemurs and pink

Looking at art

Not even the best virtual experience can replace standing in front of an artwork for real. Or strolling in the footsteps of Sisi in Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna's museums and sights are allowed to open their doors again from May 15; some are taking the time to complete renovation works and will only open again at the beginning of July (details on the opening dates).

May 15 is also another big date. Vienna's restaurants, coffee houses and bars will re-open on this day. We can finally sit in a sidewalk café and drink a glass of Viennese Gemischter Satz again. We can finally enjoy a Wiener Schnitzel in the beisl around the corner again. We can finally drink a cocktail that has been professionally prepared, rather than making one at home to instructions found on YouTube. Only until 11.00 pm to begin with, but it's a start! However, it will take a while before we can go dancing in clubs again.

Time out from everyday life – in a hotel

Vienna's hotels are allowed to re-open on May 29 and can then at least welcome guests from across Austria – and soon from the rest of the world again, too. And even the Viennese can treat themselves to some time out from their everyday lives and take a vacation in their own city. Many of Vienna's hotels offer a total experience – from the in-house restaurant to smart bars and a relaxing spa.

And we're waiting until the Giant Ferris Wheel, the symbol of Vienna, finally starts turning again. Then (almost) everything will be back to normal again, at least in Vienna.

Türkenschanz Park

Türkenschanzpark, 1180 Wien
  • Comments

    • between Peter-Jordan-Straße, Gregor-Mendel-Straße, Hasenauerstraße and Max-Emanuel-Straße

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Green Prater between Praterstern and Winterhafen

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) and Schweizerhaus (1.-Mai-Strasse)
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms: Messegelände / Parkplatz, 1.-Mai-Strasse (in the middle), Calafattiplatz.

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Leopoldsberg

Leopoldsberg, 1190 Wien
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Hirschstetten Botanical Gardens (Blumengärten Hirschstetten)

Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Wien
  • Opening times

    • 19 March to 13 October
    • Th - Su, 09:00 - 18:00
    • In the winter months, only the Palm House is open (Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm).
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Schönbrunn Zoo Entrance via Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße

Schönbrunner Schlosspark, 1130 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • daily, 09:00 - 17:30
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at Elisabethallee, entrance Tirolerhof
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours for visitors with disabilities and special needs on request.

    • Comments

      Access to buildings and enclosures without steps or via ramp.

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Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • daily, 08:00 - 17:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at main entrance portal (Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 3 parking spaces), Meidlinger Tor (2 parking spaces), close to Kavalierstrakt as well as Valerietrakt (2 parking spaces) and Fürstenstöckl (1 parking space)
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 139 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Free wheelchair rental – contact attendant at main portal (3 wheelchairs) or at Hietzinger Tor and at Meidlinger Tor (1 wheelchair each).
      Supplemental devices available for the visually impaired. Tours for visitors with with disabilities or special needs on request.
      Museum Sign Language Guide available in ÖGS and IS for the Imperial or Grand Tour, prior reservation recommended, further information:
      https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/visitor-information/barrier-free-access/

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms: no steps. Freight elevator for extra wide wheelchairs: door width: 160 cm, cabin depth: 220 cm, cabin width: 156 cm.

      Visitors' center in the Gardetrakt by the main gate, stepless access, door width: approx. 144 cm, wheelchair-accessible restroom can be reached by wheelchair platform lift – platform 110/140 cm, door width: 90 cm in the corridor area and 94 cm to the outdoors, accessible from outside with a Euro-Key.

       

       

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Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)

Prater, 1020 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 22:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors   200  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        at parking garage Ausstellungsstraße
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and to the restaurant / café: no steps.
      Ramp for wheelchair, all special wagons of the Ferris Wheel are suitable for extra wide wheelchairs.

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