It is around this time of year when a place like Türkenschanzpark really comes into its own. A sensory treat, not only providing lush greenery and scenic walks but also the shrill sound of birdsong, and many perfumed flowers. This place is really a treat.
Although Vienna is an exceptionally green city with plenty of water and lots of different parks, the central areas can at times represent a concrete monolith; an unyielding expanse of stuccoed walls and tarmac streets. Being in the 18th district allows you to get away from the bewilderment of the concrete jungle and appreciate where you are.
On a hot afternoon, there are many things to do here: sitting on the lawn, for example, with an ice-cream; walking under the shade; enjoying a cool can of beer or simply just spending some time reading outside. Türkenschanz is also home to a range of rare botanical species, which means that there’s always something new to be seen or smelled.
The architecture is also worthy of mention. There is a lovely nineteenth-century water tower, and plenty of other fin de siècle touches – more of those ubiquitous Wagner railings and small, Victorian-era huts. It is surrounded by the affluent suburb of Währing, Vienna’s 18th district, which has a nice atmosphere in itself. There is also a walled section of park nearby that is home to a weather station and a university building, which sadly is rarely open – keep your eyes peeled to see if you can go inside!