Volksgarten Vienna – relax in a beautiful haven of tranquillity

It all seems ever so peaceful now. But 200 years or so ago Napoleon was throwing everything he’d got at this very spot. His canons destroyed the Burgbastei, a bastion near the imperial palace. After the fighting died down the space was converted into two gardens. One for the imperial family, and one for the public. These days the Volksgarten is one big feast for the senses. So make sure it’s on your Vienna Bus Tour to-do list.

The scents and sights of the Volksgarten’s roses are particularly special. With the rose a traditional symbol of romance, it’s no surprise that plenty of couples choose to have their wedding photos taken here. If you stand around long enough you might find yourself in the frame!

Listen to the fountains

The gardens really took shape during the nineteenth century, with various statues and monuments being added over the years. One popular addition was the fountain - or should we say fountains. There are plenty to marvel at and enjoy here, including the Triton, the Nymphenbrunnen and the Volksgarten Fountain.

Waltz time

Vienna is famous as the capital of the waltz. And the Volksgarten has hosted quite a few. The waltzing pioneers Johann Strauss and Josef Lanner both arranged musical events in a coffee house in the park. Speaking of coffee houses, don’t miss the Café Meierei, which was originally built as a water reservoir.

Other interesting facts about the Volksgarten

  • This was Vienna’s first public park
  • The Theseus Temple in the park is a replica of a Greek temple
  • Look out for the famous monument for Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary
  • You can also find statues of the poets Franz Grillparzer and Karl von Hasenauer