Baroque Parks and Gardens in Vienna
Park at Schönbrunn Palace
Stroll down long avenues between artfully trimmed hedges, passing statues, fountains and splendid flower beds - maybe towards the Palm House from 1882, the largest in Europe, to the Maze, the Japanese Garden, or up the hill to the Gloriette, where you can enjoy a wonderful view in a Viennese café. A splendid baroque garden awaits you in the formerly private imperial gardens next to the palace, along with a unique collection of cacti in the Desert Pavilion from 1904. Visitors to the world's oldest zoological garden can enjoy the colorful activities of exotic and regional animals. Be amazed by the variety of species and their habitats at Schönbrunn Zoo.
Tip: If you prefer not to explore the 160-hectare World Heritage site at Schönbrunn on foot, then the best way to see the area is to board the diesel-powered panoramic railway. A full tour of the palace park passes nine stops and takes about fifty minutes at a speed of around 10 km/h. The Palm House and Gloriette are just two of the sights to see. The two trains run from mid-March to the end of October, daily between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm, and stop at the Gloriette and Schönbrunn Palace on the hour and half hour.
Belvedere Palace Park, Alpine Gardens and Botanical Garden
Prince Eugene of Savoy had this Baroque garden, which is presently one of the most important of its kind in Europe (open all year, free admission), laid out around the year 1700. From the beginning of March to the end of August, you can experience the blossoms of 4,000 alpine plant species - in one of the oldest alpine gardens in the world, established 200 years ago in the Upper Belvedere by Archduke John of Austria. In the nearby Botanical Garden - established by Maria Theresa in 1754 - you’ll find indigenous and exotic plants. 11,000 plant species from six continents are cultivated and presented here on ten hectares for scientific research, species protection and recreational purposes. The garden is also an inner-city habitat for indigenous species (e.g. 130 types of bee) and a green oasis in the heart of Vienna, with its stock of old trees as well as meadows. Admission to the Botanical Garden is free! Guided tours are also offered on weekends from March to October – click on this link for full information.
Did you know that the Park at Schönbrunn Palace and the Palace Gardens of Belverdere are designated World Heritage sites?
The Augarten is a public park with a size of 52.2 hectares that has the oldest baroque garden in Vienna. It is located in the second Viennese municipal district. Arranged in the French style, the garden offers not only a ground-floor area with elaborate flower landscapes but also an extensive network of shady avenues lined with chestnut trees, elms, lime trees, ash trees and maple trees. However, as is the case in nearly all of Vienna's state gardens, night-time visits are not possible since the five park gates are closed (from dusk to early morning - the seasonal hours are displayed on metal signs at the gates). The Augarten is also home to a wide range of operations, such as the Vienna Boys' Choir in the Augartenpalais, the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory, the Porcelain Museum, and the Austrian Film Archive.
Park at Schönbrunn Palace Entrance at Hietzinger TorMaxingstraße
- daily, 06:30 - 17:30
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
Special offers for people with disabilities
Sightseeing-train through the palace park with hydraulic auto-lift for wheelchairs. Daily between 10 am and 6 pm from mid March until the end of October. Reduced price for wheelchair-users.
Daily until dusk, some sights only accessible through gentle climbs and over gravel paths.
- Further information
Park at Belvedere PalaceOberes Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27
- daily, 07:30 - 19:00
Alpine Gardens (Alpengarten) in the Belvedere GardenLandstraßer Gürtel 1
Botanical garden of the University of ViennaMechelgasse / Prätoriusgasse