Even in the middle of Vienna, visitors can still experience a quiet stroll amid a lush green environment with lots of trees, shrubs and a wide expanse of well manicured lawn.
For those who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life can head to the Lainzer Tiergarten. A large part of this wild preserve (80 percent) situated in the city’s 13th district is covered with woodland. As such, long walks can be very much enjoyed here.
Tiergarten literally means animal garden. What can be found hee are wild boars that number between 800 and a thousand, hundreds of fallow deer, mouflon and red deer.
In the past specifically in the year 1561, this area was a hunting ground for Ferdinand I of Austria and his family. It was first opened to the public in 1919 when it became a nature preserve. There’s no entrance fee to enter the area.
A trip to Lainzer Tiergarten won’t be complete without a stop at the Hermesvilla Museum. The museum is housed in the chalet given to Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sissi, by his husband Emperor Franz Josef I. The emperor was very much aware of his wife’s love for nature the reason why he commissioned the construction of Hermesvilla which was completed in 1886. Today, Hermesvilla also houses a restaurant and cafe where visitors can relax before or after touring the Tiergarten grounds.
To reach the Lainzer Tiergarten, you need to take the tram line 60 up to HermesstraBe. Another option is to take bus number 60B up to Lainzer Tor.