This little green oasis in the second district indeed offers a weird mixture. As you pass the old walls surrounding the pretty baroque park, you’ll soon notice one of the two so called “Flaktürme” – huge towering bunkers.
These towers were military defense towers in the 40s and as they can’t be destroyed, they are still some bleak (but important) reminders of the Second World War. Nowadays the park is used by joggers, couples, families and dog owners in need of a walk.
Everybody who wants to relax, do some exercise or get some fresh air, will be happy here. And this has been possible since 1775!! The garden is baroque, so there are plenty of cut bushes, trees and hedges which come along with carefully decorated flower beds. That’s the reason why there were times when neither men nor animals were allowed to step on the lawn. But as you will notice: the need for green space and relaxation is stronger, so on sunny days you can see football players and kids playing on the lawn. But also on winter days, it has a special, slightly gloomy atmosphere for a walk! Very suitable to morbid Vienna.
There is even more to be found in the park: the boarding school of the famous Wiener Sängerknaben, the Porzellanmanufaktur, the art gallery Augarten Contemporary and also a nice cafe/restaurant called Augarten Atelier which closes earlier in the evening once winter has started. Check the Belvedere website for more info.