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Augarten, Vienna
(4.3/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A lovely large park on a lovely evening - popular and readily used by groups of all ages. Benches by the dozen available to have a rest and/or a read. A real excellent area to chill. The huge concrete...  more »
  • Have read about the Flak Towers in Germany and Austria but actually seeing them up close is mind numbing. Recently visited Vienna and went to Augarten. Very easy to get to by subway. There are two her...  more »
  • The Augarten Park perhaps loses visibility for the benefit of the nearby Prater, but believe me is worth a visit if you're in Vienna. Aside from the meadows and beautifully kept gardens, houses a school of China and a couple of locals to linger until after dark. The visit, however, deserves only if complemented by a walk under the impressive flak Tower, the two huge WWII flak towers (a circular and rectangular) that still are impressive in the Park. Views in the dark, then (not lit), transmit something disturbing and mysterious. Really fascinating!
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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.