Sunday, January 31, 2010

Urban Nature

Vienna is one of the few cities where you can easily trade in city life for pristine nature. Relax, recharge and leave the crowds and urban traffic behind, and find tranquility just outside the city limits.

Lainzer Tiergarten

In Vienna's 13th district 2500 hectares (ca. 6000 acres) of pristine nature extend along the southwestern part of the city. The former imperial hunting grounds date back to the 16th century and have been open to the public since 1919. Today this vast woodland is a nature reserve and home to many animal species, including wild boar and game, which can often be spotted roaming the forest. There are a large number of walking paths, as well as picnic areas and playgrounds for children, and the Hermesvilla - the former imperial hunting lodge - can be visited in summer.
Take tram 60 or 62 to Hermesstraße and transfer to bus 60B, which takes you to Lainzer Tor (main gate to the grounds).

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