YOU CAN’T GET MUCH GREENER THAN THIS
Vienna is one of the greenest cities in the world: almost half of the city consists of parks, meadows, forests, vineyards and...
Vienna has its own jungle! Yes, really – the Lobau! In eastern Vienna (approx. 20 min. by car/40 min. by public transport), you’ll find the ‘Wasserwald’, which measures 2,300 hectares and makes up almost a quarter of the Danube-Auen National Park. Go for a hike or a cycle in this area and, with a bit of luck, you might spot a sea eagle, a beaver or a kingfisher... Or you can explore the area by water: the National Park boat travels directly along the Vienna Danube canal and into the jungle (advance booking required).
The 21 km long Donauinsel is not just Vienna’s most popular recreational area, it’s also an oasis for tourists to cool off or do some exercise. You can travel to the island from the city centre in just a few minutes via the U1 or U6 underground lines. Its extensive network of trails are great for hiking, jogging, cycling or skating. The swimming bays are perfect spots to relax, with all sorts of fun activities on offer, such as a trampoline site, a climbing park, a white water route and boats for hire – needless to say, you’re spoilt for choice!
The Prater public park covers 6 million m2 – and there are so many different ways to explore it! On foot, by rickshaw, on the Liliputbahn, by bicycle… And to round off your trip, why not have a ride on the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel?
Grinzing, located in Vienna’s 19th district, has retained all its original charm of a traditional wine village to this day and, with its stunning landscape and historical buildings from the 12th to 18th centuries, it’s a popular destination for both locals and tourists. A walk in the vineyards followed by a drink in one of the many ‘Heuriger’ wine taverns – that’s classic Vienna (approx. 20 min. by car/approx. 40 min. by public transport)!
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON
Stopping at a coffee house for a ‘Melange’ coffee, served with a generous helping of pure ‘Schmäh’, the sarcastic Viennese sense of humour, is an absolute must. But this summer, there’s even more to discover:
Donauinselfest – On the third weekend in September, the Danube Island will once again be the venue for music and culture for all generations and all tastes with free admission. In addition, the Danube Island Festival will once again offer a summer tour starting in August, which will bring the colourful programme directly to the Viennese people in their neighbourhoods.
Kultursommer ‘Wien dreht auf’– until mid-August: 2,000 artists, over 40 venues and locations. With a diverse programme - from cabaret to concert - the whole city becomes a stage at the Kultursommer. Admission is free. Click here to view the programme.
Summerstage – until the end of September: Come on down to this hub of cultural and culinary delights (Roßauer Lände/U4) and round off a balmy summer’s evening with a glass of wine and some great music, right by the water – and yet in the heart of the city.
Filmfestival #soWIENie – until the beginning of September: Every summer for 30 years now, the city of Vienna has hosted a programme of free cultural events on the Rathausplatz square. For 65 days, visitors can enjoy a wide range of musical performances, from opera to modern dance, along with some delicious food – all under an open sky. Click here to view the programme.