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Viennese bees and honey

Put simply, bees love Vienna. The countless meadows, trees, parks, gardens, roadside verges, balconies and green rooftops provide a constant, yet ever-changing palette of blossoming flowers for the insects to feed on. Temperatures also remain higher for longer in the city than in rural areas. Over 5,000 bee colonies live in the city on the Danube and are managed by around 600 beekeepers. There is even a special association, the Stadt-Imker (urban beekeepers), which is dedicated to monitoring and managing the various hives in the capital.

Vienna's city bees have settled in the most amazing and often highly prominent places. Beehives can be found on the roof of the Vienna State Opera, the Secession, the Natural History Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. There are also a few beehives on the roof of City Hall. City bees also live on the Badeschiff, where the organic Badeschiff honey is also for sale. The bees are also busy at some of Vienna's hotels: Bees live on the roofs of the Hotel InterContinental, Hotel Daniel, 25hours Hotel Wien and Hotel Wimberger. The hotels rely on sustainable, in-house honey production.

The Gardening Museum in the 22nd district has a beehive and produces its own honey, while over at the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna in the 3rd district, almost 130 species of wild bee have been documented. Tens of thousands of bees also live on the roof of the Technology Center aspern IQ and delight the tenants with Seestadt honey.

And in Schönbrunn Zoo there is a unique apiary. Visitors can watch around 100,000 bees close up in outsized, accessible honeycombs. Glass windows and spyholes provide and insight into the bustling goings-on inside the beehive. The bees of the Honigstadt Organic Beekeeping Center (Bio-Imkerei Hongistadt) collect their nectar throughout the idyllic Schwarzenbergpark in Neuwaldegg. The famous boulevard lined with horse chestnuts and linden trees and the protected Vienna Woods offer a diverse habitat: a bee paradise that can be tasted.

Honey lovers will find the product of these hard-working creatures’ labors in specialized shops in Vienna. Wald und Wiese runs three shops and, in addition to honey, sells a wide variety of propolis lozenges, honey bears and beeswax candles. The honey harvest of the Vienna State Opera is available through the buffets of the Opera, which are run by the Vienna Royal Court Confectioner Gerstner, and in the souvenir shop Arcadia. Also worth recommending are the products of the beekeeping company "Wiener Honig": in the heart of the 19th district, the sustainable small-scale business produces delicious creamy and spicy honey, Propolis and hand-made soaps.

Beehives on the roof of the Hotel Daniel
Hotel Daniel
Vienna Stadtpark honey
Wiener Stadtpark Honig by InterContinental

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2, 1010 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide )
        Side entrance on right under the arcades on Herbert-von-Karajan-Platz. From side entrance, access to elevator via inclined elevator (stairlift) in lobby.
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Operngasse, Opernring intersection
    • Elevator available
      • 95 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 22 Wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.

    • Comments

      Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
      To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)

Secession

Friedrichstraße 12 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 13 Steps
    • Side entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors 120 cm wide )
        reachable via exterior elevator
    • Elevator available
      • 80 cm wide and 105 cm low , Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Main exhibition rooms accessible by elevator. Access to all exhibition rooms: elevator. Elevator: door width: 80 cm, cabin depth: 105 cm, cabin width: 80 cm. Beethoven Frieze: 15 steps (escort required). Drawing Room: 24 steps.

       

Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna (Natural History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Visitors under 19: Free admission
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 20% off
  • Opening times

    • Th - Mo, 09:00 - 18:30
    • We, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Roof tour We, 18:30
    • Roof tour (English) Su, 15:00
    • Roof tour Su, 16:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Swinging doors )
        "two-lane" ramp, each lane 35 cm wide
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        Side-entrance Burgring, direct access to elevator
    • Elevator available
      • 78 cm wide and 132 cm low , Door 78 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for the blind are possible.

    • Comments

      Access to restaurant/café: no steps. Seeing-eye dogs permitted in exhibition area.

       

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance).
      Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. Free admission for blind and visually impaired visitors with one escort.

Vienna City Hall (Wiener Rathaus)

Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Free guided tours
  • Opening times

    • Guided tour Mo, 13:00
    • Guided tour We, 13:00
    • Guided tour Fr, 13:00
    • except on session days, events and holidays; groups with appointments one month in advance
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Swinging doors   92  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 545  cm  long , 47  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Lichtenfelsgasse, Felderstrasse, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Multimedia guides in Austrian and English sign language are available free of charge upon presentation of an official photographic form of ID (passport, identity card, driver’s license).

    • Comments

      Elevator near stair no. 7: door width: 92 cm, cabin depth: 240 cm, cabin width: 130 cm, passage to elevator: 110 cm.
      Elevator near stair no. 8: door width: 92 cm, passage to elevator: 88 cm, cabin width: 110 cm, cabin depth 210 cm.
      Wheelchair-accessible restroom / changing room (near stair no. 8).

Badeschiff

Donaukanal (Schwedenplatz - Urania), 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Bar on the deck daily, 10:00
    • Pool in summer daily, 08:00 - 22:00

Austrian Horticultural Museum (Österreichisches Gartenbaumuseum)

Siebeckstraße 14, 1220 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 08:00 - 14:00
    • or by telephone appointment

Botanical garden of the University of Vienna (Botanischer Garten) in the Belvedere Palace Garden

Mechelgasse / Prätoriusgasse, 1030 Wien

Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunner Schlosspark; Eingang über Hietzinger Tor/Hietzinger Hauptstraße, 1130 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • January
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • February
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • March
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • April to September
      Daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • October to the end of October
      Daily 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • November to December
      Daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 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.

Wald & Wiese

Neubaugasse 26, 1070 Wien

Wald & Wiese

Kaiserstrasse 33, 1070 Wien

 

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