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Augarten, Vienna

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#14 of 50 in Parks in Vienna
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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  • if you want to see 2 of the 6 WW2 flack towers in Vienna, this is the place to go. The park itself is large, but rather ordinary. We didn't see any food vendors either.  more »
  • The flak towers from the Second World War make the park a little worn out, but you can't break them without causing massive damage in the area. On the edge of the park is a training facility of the Vienna Boys ' Choir and in the park the remarkable Augarten porcelain factory
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  • Of all of the lovely places in Vienna, Augarten is one of my favourites. The whole place is packed full of things to explore. If you have children this is a great place to take them as the parks and playgrounds are huge and if you're just living the tourist life there are plenty of things to see and do or just relax in the park if it's a beautiful day. I suggest bringing a hammock.
  • Augarten Park is a necessary stop for tourists in Vienna. Seeing the anti-aircraft towers up close is very surreal, and it is hard to tell from the pictures just how massive they really are. It is really crazy that between the trees of this beautiful park stand two massive towers left over from WWII.
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