Zoos and parks in Vienna

The green side of the city

Whether zoo or park, there are many green spots outside of the city centre.



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    Schönbrunn Zoo

    Schönbrunn Zoo is one of the oldest still existing zoos in the world! The menagerie in the palace grounds was opened in 1752. Like much in Vienna, the beautiful complex was created by the Habsburgs. That is why you will find not just animals such as elephants, giraffes and polar bears but also historical buildings, like the pavilion in the centre of the zoo. 

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    The gardens of Schönbrunn Palace

    The extensive baroque park lies behind Schönbrunn Palace. Here there are plenty of fountains, leafy alleys and impressive statues to discover. The highlight in the footsteps of Sisi and Franz however is certainly the Gloriette with a breathtaking view over Vienna. Young ones and the young at heart should definitely also visit Schönbrunn Zoo and the labyrinth. 


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    Lainzer Tiergarten

    In the green recreation area of the Lainzer Tiergarten, culture and nature are combined.  In addition to a walk through the woods (where wild boars roam!), there is also an opportunity for refreshment. The Café-Restaurant Hermesvilla does not only serve a few Habsburg dishes, but also traditional cakes and Viennese coffee.  So get the 62 tram from the opera and the journey can begin. 

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    Hetzendorf is a quiet area in Meidling (Vienna's 12th district) and one of the oldest places in the south of Vienna. Hetzendorf Castle and the parish church are located directly behind the park of Schönbrunn Palace and attract not only lovers of architecture but also those who are romantically inclined.  You can take the 62 tram directly to Hetzendorf.

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    Café Gloriette

    Café Gloriette is certainly one of the most attractive coffee houses in Vienna, but also the one with the most beautiful view! The Gloriette was already used as a breakfast room or dining room in imperial times. Although there is a special “Sisi breakfast”, I prefer to visit the café during the day as there is a huge cake buffet. This includes my favourite cake – the “Sisi Guglhupf” (a kind of ring cake) with candied violets!

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