Local Tour of Vienna - Part 2

In the second part the beautiful Volksgarten amongst other things will invite you to linger. It is worth taking time to enjoy the splendour of the roses and the historical monuments.


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    It is quite likely that during your tour of the “Grätzl” you will not really experience the Rathauspark as a park - because the park is the location for various events throughout nearly the whole year. If you do find a quiet spot, then it is worth taking a moment to relax and enjoy this peaceful green oasis in the middle of the city.

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    From the outside it is difficult to imagine the floral splendour which lies hidden behind the huge railings. That is why you definitely have to go inside for a short stop. The many beautiful roses have all been individually dedicated – it is therefore worth reading the signs!

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    University of Vienna

    The arcaded inner courtyard of Vienna University is only accessible to the students, which is why you should also take a look here. The university was established in 1365 by Rudolph the Founder. Under the arcades you can find the busts of many prominent graduates, including for example that of Sigmund Freud.

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