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Augarten, Vienna

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The Augarten is a public park of 52.2 hectares (129 acres) situated in the Leopoldstadt, the second district of Vienna, Austria. It contains the city's oldest Baroque park.In the north-west and north-east it borders (since 1900) on the 20th district, Brigittenau, in the north-east also on the former Nordwestbahnhof, from where the North Western Railway made its way to Bohemia, while to the south it faces the so-called Karmeliterviertel ("Carmelite quarter"), the historical Jewish quarter, followed by the Leopoldstadt. Until 1870 (Vienna Danube regulation), the areas north and east of the Augarten were floodlands mostly uninhabited.The park is designed in the French Baroque style with elaborate flower gardens and impressive shady avenues of chestnut, lime, ash, and maple. Like most fenced public parks and gardens in Vienna it is open only in the daytime: the park's five gates close at sunset (signalled by a siren).The Augarten hosts a variety of facilities such as the Wiener Sängerknaben (the Vienna Boys' Choir) in the Palais Augarten, the Augarten Porzellanmanufaktur (Augarten porcelain factory), the Augarten Contemporary (part of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, the Austrian Gallery housed in the Belvedere), the Filmarchiv Austria, a retirement home, a Jewish academic campus (called Lauder Chabad Campus), a paddling pool for children and sports fields. Significant testimonials to the Third Reich are two high anti-aircraft bunkers (flak towers).
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  • To the Augarten you sure don't go as a tourist. Then as following a visit of the manufacture Augarten porcelain or after a visit to the choir. The park itself is typical of a city garden where you can relax. The Park is characterised by the FLAK Tower from World War 2, which was to protect the population from the bombers or where the guns were installed. This construction will expire slowly (too slowly for some). Is constantly thinking about use or demolition of buildings, but until now, there was still no solution.
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  • If you like history and are interested in WW2 it is worth visiting, else it is just two blocks of concrete. I am not sure if you can big a tour to go inside, but the towers are fenced off  more »
  • If you are in Vienna and want to find one of the few examples of Nazi war architecture left, it's well worth a No. 31 tram out to Augarten. The contrast between the modern tranquility of this huge par...  more »
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  • EN/CZ review/recenze EN: Very beautiful park with two good or bad. There are two flaktrurms (concrete anti-aircraft buildings). For someone interesting piece of history, for someone huge gray monsters. 5/5 CZ: Krásný park se dvěmi dobrými/špatnými místy. Jsou tam dva flakturmy(protiletadlové beronové věže). Pro někoho zajímavý kus historie, pro někoho ohyzdná šedá monstra. 5/5
  • Nice break from the city in one of the most beautiful parks in Vienna.
  • The greens looked inviting but not on a cold grey day.
  • Great spacious park, that is close enough to the city center and offers WWII history along with plenty of options for ball sport, working out or simply relaxing in the lush, green grass.
  • It's a perfect place for a lazy Sunday. I'm not so happy about the toilet facilities there though.