If you have yet to visit the pond on Karlsplatz, it definitely deserves to be far up on your Viennese bucket list. The oval pond was built in the 1970s and seems to fit in just perfectly with the adjacent urban jungle. Its border is made out of concrete, slightly elevated off the ground, with a few steps on either side leading up to the edge and into the water, respectively.
I’ll be honest, the pond itself is not extraordinarily spectacular, but there is absolute beauty and a magical feeling on the surrounding square. Karlsplatz is always busy, vibrant and full of life. You will experience it quite differently depending on the season you are visiting. With spring right around the corner, people start to reappear in public and discover their former favorite lunch break spot at the pond. In summer, students and locals gather around the pond drinking beers or cocktails, enjoying the mild and warm evenings, tipping their toes into the water while gazing at the reflection of the Karlskirche, which is lit in rainbow colors.
If you are lucky you might just hit the time of the Popfest, a multi-day music festival with a stage amidst the pond, hosting mostly national musicians on the uprise. The festival is really cool, free of charge and packed with locals. From the 29th of June until the 21st of July, the Karlsplatz is hosting Kino unter Sternen, an open-air cinema, which is free of charge.