People on the Jesuit Meadow in Vienna’s Prater
© Karl Thomas

Vienna is a Standard of Living

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The reason for this outstanding quality of life? Vienna has more green space than virtually any other. It is a place where you can relax – there are even parks in the heart of the city – or enjoy sport. The Austrian capital also has excellent infrastructure and is one of the safest major cities on earth.

Form decorative flowerbeds to unspoiled nature – there is plenty to discover in green Vienna. It comes as no surprise that the Vienna Woods on the city’s western fringes are referred to as the lungs of the city. This 1,350 square kilometer UNESCO biosphere reserve provides a unique habitat for countless plant and animal species. When taking a stroll in the Lainz Game Reserve you shouldn‘t be surprised if a wild boar crosses your path. At Schönbrunn Zoo you will also encounter more exotic animals, and a treetop trail gives excellent views of the enclosures. A forest adventure trail here also make the many facets of the forest an exciting and varied experience. There are countless vantage points elsewhere in the city including the Danube Tower, Kahlenberg and Cobenzl, all of which can be easily reached using public transportation.

Mountain bikers, cyclists, ramblers and cross country skiers love the range of signposted routes. The paths take in all kinds of terrain including steep hills and flat stretches along the Danube. For anyone with more time and energy there is the Rundumadum footpath (120km) which circles the city. You can also get a different perspective from the water. The “beautiful, blue” Danube is complemented by the New Danube with its outdoor recreation areas and skaters’ paradise on Danube Island. The Old Danube is the ideal place to swim and sail in summer and ice skate in winter. The Danube Canal cuts through the center of the city and is transformed into a stretch of bars and restaurants each summer. If you continue along the banks of the canal you will come to the Prater, a green space covering six million square meters, which was given to the Viennese by Emperor Joseph II. and is one of the most beautiful city parks in the world. Highlights include the 4.5km long Hauptallee and the famous Wurstelprater amusement park. Vienna’s trademark Giant Ferris Wheel is also impossible to miss. Farther east is the Lobau, a wetland wilderness in the Donau-Auen National Park.

Vienna’s green cityscape is shaped by around 650 agricultural businesses with an area under agricultural use of approx. 5,700 hectares, of which 27% are organically managed, as well as numerous vineyards. These can best be discovered on the hiking trails. Vienna’s vineyards are prized for their internationally acclaimed wine. No trip to the capital would be complete without a trip to a wine tavern where you can sit and leave your cares behind you while enjoying a drop of fine wine. Viennese drinking water has a particularly crisp and refreshing taste. This healthy spring water is yet another reason why Vienna is the world’s true number one when it comes to quality of life. The Watertower water playground – the biggest in Europe – offers fun and interesting information on Viennese water!

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Facts and figures „Green Vienna“

  • Almost half of the urban area is green
  • 850 parks and green spaces
  • 19,000 park benches
  • 400 varieties of rose in the Volksgarten
  • Prater: 6 million m² in area; almost twice the size of Central Park in New York
  • Prater Hauptallee: 4.5 km long; 2,500 trees
  • A total of 600,000 trees in parks
  • Alpine Garden: 4,000 alpine species of plant; oldest alpine garden in the world
  • Botanical Garden: 11,500 species of plants from six continents
  • Vienna Woods Biosphere Park: 1,350 km² of habitat for 2,000 plant species, 150 species of breeding birds and many endangered animals
  • Vienna is the only city in Europe with a national park (Donau-Auen) within its city limits
  • Danube Island: 42 kilometers of beach
  • 135 protected species of butterfly
  • 1,716 bridges (four times as many as Venice)
  • Agricultural area: 14% of the entire area, around 5,700 hectares
  • 27% of the agricultural land in Vienna is organically managed, ranking Vienna among the country’s leading provinces
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