About Dushan J
Since Nov 2014
25-34 year old male
Belgrade and Vienna are the places I currently call home, but I love exploring new locations through great food, unique experiences and locals.
Gardens, Architectural Buildings
Historic Sites, Art Museums, Architectural Buildings
Monuments & Statues, Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Theme Parks, Parks, Jogging Paths & Tracks
Gardens, Historic Sites
Other Outdoor Activities
Bodies of Water, Parks, Historic Walking Areas
One of Vienna’s must-sees, the former imperial summer residence offers visitors an amazing park, the Crown Prince garden, a maze, a Labyrinth and walking paths to explore, all accompanied by stunning views of this Baroque masterpiece. Feel free to wander around the park unaccompanied, read a book in the gardens, and enjoy a cup of coffee and the view at Gloriette. Otherwise, you can join one of the guided tours of the palace and have a walk-through experience instead.
Another former Baroque summer residence located in the 3rd District, Belvedere is home to amazing gardens and fountains, nestled within the grounds of its Upper and Lower palaces. This complex, originally built for Prince Eugene of Savoy, is a fantastic place to go for a walk, read undisturbed, and enjoy beautiful views. Make sure to savor the two most spectacular views on offer here - both of the Upper Belvedere - one from across the pond, and another from below the fountains and the staircase.
Located in the heart of the city center, Volksgarten offers walking trails lined with rose beds, all of which come with impressive historic Vienna views. The best way to enjoy the park, since it’s both tiny and beautiful, is to find a bench and simply sit and appreciate the environment for a while. And if you’re looking for an outdoor place in the city center to read a book while enjoying a cup of coffee, look no further!
Rathausplatz is the square in front of the 'Rathaus' (Vienna's City Hall), and divides the two halves of Rathauspark - a grassy city center park opened in 1873. Since it’s located close to some of the hottest tourist spots in town, when showing friends around I often combine a visit here with the historic inside-the-ring Vienna tour, which you might want to consider doing. Although the Rathauspark is not very big, there’s always something interesting going on in the square at its center - from concerts and festivals to wine fairs and a Christmas market.
Stadtpark was the first public park in Vienna, and covers 30-acres of land between the 1st and 3rd districts. The park consists of diverse landscapes - from meadows and flowerbeds to fountains and ponds - as well as being home to several interesting monuments. The best option here is to simply wander around and explore its grounds, keeping a look out for the Johann Strauss statue and the Karolinen bridge that crosses the River Wien as you go.
Prater is a famous public park, with the Wurstelprater Theme Park and its giant historic Ferris Wheel (a symbol of Vienna) at its heart. Walk along the main avenue, populated with characteristic horse chestnut (Hauptalle) trees, and past the theme park to reach the green zone - here you'll find plenty of trees, grassy spaces and walking/running trails.
Augarten is a 130-acre public park located in the 2nd District, and features the oldest Baroque garden in the capital. Wander along its avenues, or plan for a more active time and use one of the many sports fields located within the park area. Be sure to check out the Palais Augarten, the Baroque palace dating back to the 17th century, which is currently the home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir (one of the most famous boys' choirs in the world).
Although smallish in size, this very beautiful spot in Vienna's city center is a great place to hang out in spring, while reading a book and enjoying the sun.
Located on the Danube, Donauinsel (Danube Island) separates the river from excavated channel, New Danube. At 21km long, the island mass offers plenty of recreation opportunities, from paths for walking, running, cycling and skating, to restaurants, cafes and BBQ areas. A common getaway place for locals, Donauinsel is the go-to place for Viennese looking to spend some quality time outdoors.
The Donaukanal is the 17km-long water channel that winds through Vienna; its banks lined with jogging, walking and cycling trails, along with outdoor gyms and basketball fields. While other outdoor spaces in the city are more picturesque, the canal area is worth checking out for urban activities during the summer, and the popular cafes, restaurants and nightclubs that have sprung up here in recent decades.
Kahlenberg is a hill located in the 19th District, to the north of the city. It’s a great place to go for a walk, hike or cycle, but also to enjoy great views of the city. If you fancy hanging out by the swimming pool and enjoying the panorama at the same time, Krapfenwaldlbad is the place for you; or if coffee or lunch is on the agenda, spend some time savoring your surroundings at Stefaniewarte, where there’s a cafe, a restaurant and the Kahlenberg church to explore.