It was another one of those Sunday mornings that I love so much. My fiance and I enjoyed a delicious home-made breakfast without any rush. We hadn’t made any plans for the day yet. Looking out of the window there was clear blue sky and the sun was shining. Perfect conditions for an outdoor activity in Vienna.
After a short research he told me: “Look what I’ve found, how about visiting the botanical gardens of Hirschstetten?”. Little did he know that I had this place on my personal Vienna bucket list for so long. Somehow I always postponed visiting until I almost forgot about it.
So I grabbed my straw hat and we set out for a day in the sun among millions of flowers.
The botanical garden of Hirschstetten is home to Vienna’s flowers. All the flowers that you see throughout the year at the parks and around the city are cultivated here.
The park is off the city center but worth the journey. Upon arriving I was surprised about how big it is. Within an area of 60,000 square meters, you’ll find a palm house, several thematic gardens with typical plants and decorations, a children’s play park, a historic farm house, a mini zoo and more.
Throughout the year several events and markets – like a Christmas market – take palace here. Parts of the gardens can be booked for private events and you can even get married here in a sea of flowers. It’s definitely one of the most romantic places in Vienna for a wedding.
Everybody who knows me personally, knows I’m a huge Mexico fan. Apart of the Mexican culture, food and people, I also love the landscapes full of cacti and succulents. It was interesting to learn that at the botanical gardens of Hirschstetten they used plants that can survive Austrian winters as they come from regions of Mexico where frost and snow is common. Who would have thought?
At the prehistoric garden you only find plants and trees that already existed before dinosaurs inhabited the Earth like ferns and ginkgos.
Find your inner zen at the Chinese Garden.
Hightlights are a pretty pavillion, a small pond and a statue of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy.
Eye catching purple lavender blooms on soft hill – for a moment you’ll feel like you’re in the South of France.
Furthermore in this theme garden you’ll find Mediterranean herbs like oregano and thyme that smell just as wonderful as the lavender blooms.
A paradise for rose lovers! I’ve never seen that many different type of roses and I probably don’t have to tell you how heavenly it smelt.
Inside the palm house you’ll find a small waterfall, exotic animals, plants and tropical temperatures.
You can easily spend half a day or a full day at the Botanical Gardens at Hirschstetten. Bring some money with you as there are cafés inside the park where you can get some refreshments and food.
Location: Quadenstraße 15, 1220 Vienna
Entrance fee: Free
Opening Times: The Botanical Gardens Hirschstetten are open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 18pm during summer season (mid of March to mid of October). Closing times vary by month. During winter season the park is closed but you can visit the palm house.
Please refer to the website of the City of Vienna before your visit for detailed and updated information.
Perfect for: Flower lovers & families