Here’s where you can get away from the snow slush in the streets & have some fun or slow things down with a walk in peacefully covered white parks, take a deep breath, enjoy the fresh winter air!
Türkenschanzpark is what many call the most beautiful park in the city. It has it all: ponds, rolling hills for tobogganing (above picture) and rare botanical plants.
The two biggest recreational facilities in Vienna are Donauinsel and Prater. Danube Island is perfect for endless walks (with your dog) or BBQ sessions – yes also in winter! Now it’s actually possible to reserve a spot, which is almost impossible in summer.
Prater, more centrally located, is to Viennese what Central Park is to New Yorkers. Here you may want to find Jesuitenwiese, where you can go tobogganing even in the night. You can rent toboggans for free. Find the collected list of where to slide down snowy hills in Vienna here.
You can even ski in Vienna! Hohe Wand Wiese is a small yet easy to reach – located only 35minutes from the city center – outdoor skiing facility. There you can ski and snowboard on weekends and daily during the school holiday: February 4-12 (Attention: beginners only!).
Note: when wandering Vienna’s cemeteries in winter you might find devastated graves. You must not think bad of the Viennese! Those gravesites have probably been ravaged by Russians – every year about 200,000 Russian crows winter down here in Vienna. And, believe it or not, those clever birds eat candles – and flowers.