So far, I’ve shared recipes, diet progress, workout stuff, travel journals, and all sorts of random thoughts with you guys, but I have yet to share anything about where I live. I’m surprised it took me so long to write about Vienna because I absolutely love living here. And I especially love the neighborhood where we’ve made our home since 2013. I’ve decided to kick-off a series of posts focused on our hood, and all the amazing things you can do and see here. To start, I’m taking you to my favorite park.
But first, a little info about Vienna and it’s neighborhoods. Vienna has 23 neighborhoods called districts, all with different names. This is similar to the boroughs of New York City (but much, much smaller). The 1st district is the Innere Stadt which translates exactly to the city center. This is the oldest part of the city and where a lot of the main historical sites are located. It’s covered with tourists, fancy restaurants, high-end boutiques, chic locals, and stunning architecture. Though people do live here, I would not consider this a very ‘residential’ district.
My husband and I live in the 9th district called Alsergrund. It touches the 1st and is bordered on one side by the Danube Canal. While the 9th is much quieter and more residential than the 1st, it still has a grand, imperial aura about it. The main hospital is in this district, as well as many university buildings and grade schools, so a lot of students and families live in the 9th. I will share more with you on the district itself in later posts, but for now I want to tell you about my favorite park!
Liechtenstein Park is located almost in the middle of the 9th district, with Alserbachstraße to the north and Fürstengasse to the south. The park grounds are home to the Liechtenstein Garden Palace, which consists of two separate buildings. The building to the north serves as office space for several business and organizations. The southern building has space for super fancy, exclusive events, and contains a selection of the private art collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein (which can be viewed by booking a tour).
This park is always beautifully landscaped, with lots of benches so you can sit and soak in the summer sun. People will jog or stroll through, pushing strollers or taking pictures. It’s surprisingly quiet, unless the playground is full, which it often is because it’s an epic playground.
There’s a cafe tucked around the side of the southern building if you want to grab a coffee or a glass of wine. Often people are hiding out there, reading, chatting, or playing chess. As you walk around, you’ll notice all of the trees are marked with their name, which I just love.
The park is less than a kilometer away from our flat, so if my husband and I feel like going on a stroll together, we almost always go here. We enter the park from the northern entrance on Alserbachstraße and usually try to find a bench to sit for a bit before heading to the main gated entrance on Fürstengasse.
If we we’re not ready to go home yet, we’ll make our way to the Servitenviertel, which is a neighborhood within the 9th district. This little area is especially beautiful and very tidy. Always quiet with lovely little shops and cafes along cobblestone streets, it really makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. It’s worth checking out if, once you finish taking in the nature at Liechtenstein Park, you’re ready for a little more city life.
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