The Burggarten, located at Josefplatz 1 in the 1st district, is part of the Hofburg palace complex. There are two entrances: one on the Ring Road (accessible by trams 1, 2, and D: “Burgring” stop), and one behind the Albertina off Hanuschgasse. This is a park vice playground, but my children (and many others as well) were entertained by the ducks in the pond, fountain, staircase, and trees with branches low enough to climb. There are also several memorial statues that my children found exciting, most notably the one to Mozart.
The park has a very clean indoor WC, and the aforementioned staircase leads to a terrace where the Palmenhaus restaurant and café is located. For horse lovers, the Spanish Riding School offers a program called “Piber Meets Vienna” while the Lipizzaners are summering. Some of the Piber foals and their mothers come to Vienna and are introduced via a show where they frolic around the ring while the audience is told about how Lipizzaners are raised, chosen for training, etc. There are also some carriage demonstrations. The program is in both German and English and very interesting. If you want to see the horses frolicking but don’t want to pay for a ticket, they are set loose in the Burggarten every day at 5:00 p.m. for some fresh air. You can just show up in the park and watch them play.
To the left of the Palmenhaus Restaurant is the Schmetterling Haus (“Butterfly House”). It is open daily: 10:00-4:00 November-March, 10:00-5:00 April-October. For a somewhat steep admission fee (our family of four paid EUR 18) you can wander around a hot house and watch hundreds of butterflies fly around. I know this does not sound overly exciting, but it provided an additional half hour of entertainment and everyone in my family enjoyed our time there.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- Visit the Ministry of Life’s web page about the park (German only)
- Visit the Schmetterling Haus’s website
- “Like” the Spanische Hofreitschule on Facebook to get updates on when the Lipizzaner foals will be visiting Vienna