Parks in Vienna – Volksgarten

The Volksgarten is a beautiful park in the heart of the city

Vienna has some beautiful parks one should visit when exploring our city. One of those parks is the Volksgarten (people’s garden), located next to the Burgtheater.

Before leaving Vienna, the French blew up the massive Burgbastion in 1809. Since a reconstruction was considered pointless, the area in front of the Hofburg was redesigned, a large square was laid out, later called Heldenplatz. It was flanked by two gardens, the Burggarten and the Volksgarten. The Volksgarten was laid out between 1821 and 1823 and was opened on March 1, 1823. It was not planted as a landscape garden, but in regular forms. In the center of the garden, Peter Nobile built the Temple of Theseus from 1820 to 1823. This building, designed especially for Antonio Canova’s Theseus group, had the character of a victory monument over Napoleon I.

Today you can take in the beautiful roses that grace the garden, statues and even a Sisi memorial. If you want to learn more about the history of this spot, make sure to check out our private tours. Click here for more information. Make sure to also follow our Instagram, for upcoming events, tours and many more.

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