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There is something new to be discovered everywhere: Art Nouveau houses, statues of Mozart, Beethoven and Co, street art, some of Empress Sisi’s favourite places …. The list is long. If your feet slowly need to have a rest and you are desperately in need of a break, then it isn’t far to the next pleasant spot.
Cabaret performers, singers and writers all talk about “Gemütlichkeit” – the German word for a congenial, comfortable and relaxing way of life. Therefore it is not surprising that Vienna's city centre has many beautiful oases of peace. Just a walk around the Ring can be relaxing. A small aside: an alley of 2,000 trees lines the Ring and make it the green lung of the city centre. If you are tired of walking, just sit in one of the two pavilions in the City Park.
The Danube Canal has an impressive modern and urban ambience. In summer there are many pop-up venues and Danube Canal branches of well-established restaurants along the canal. Here you will surely find a bench - just enjoy and relax for the next day in Vienna.
Emperor Franz I was a trained gardener and his personal interest in the designing of the Volks- and Burggarten cannot be overlooked. In addition to the tastefully laid out gardens and the many statues, there is a further highlight: the Lipizzan horses from the Spanish Riding School are ridden for three hours a day in the Burggarten! That is a contradiction if you think you can’t experience anything exciting and relax at the same time!
The magnificent boulevard is definitely not just an open-air museum, but also a recreational area. Relics of the golden era of the coffee houses or the newer cafés invite you to linger. There is certainly time for a visit to a Schanigarten - Vienna’s pavement cafés - in the sunshine. Especially since they just sprout out of the ground from 1 May 1 onwards! :)
Which was your favourite spot along the Ring for relaxation? Tell us in the comments!
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