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Encounters on the path through the Hietzing mountains and valleys, come in all shapes and sizes.
- Plant life
- Children's play areas
- Space for togetherness
Difficulty: 1 (sandal)
Path: Hietzing via Marillenalm, Gloriette,
Küniglberg and Roter Berg
Start point: U4 Center, 1120 Vienna,
Schönbrunner Straße 222-228
Coordinates: 48°10'59.86"N, 16°19'42.95"E
Public transport: U4 > Meidling Hauptstraße
On a day heavy with thunder, two urbs seem to be moving aimlessly through the streets as they look all around. Aimless? No, they want encounters, to meet people in different situations – pausing at the hot dog stand, enjoying the sights, tending graves, doing business and enjoying their time off. Along this route, the urbs went from one scene to scene – which were all simultaneously completely spontaneous and very constructed – and met the extras and stars of these real stages. It's not just Schönbrunn that's a perfect ensemble of structures, designed to make those within feel like in they are in the movies, but smaller places too. Scene one: Marillenalm – the garden of a former turn-of-the-century brothel – now a bleak park. More scenes: old Vienesse hotdog stand, Freitodbrücke Tivoli, the majestic Gloriette, an original Tirol mountain cabin, ORF-Zentrum maximum security prison, suburban greenery...
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Cross Schönbrunner Straße, and turn into Theresienbadgasse (Bücherzentrum). Urb on past the baths on the right. Then walk through Ruckergasse into Rosasgasse as far as Bischoffgasse, and turn left. At the other end you reach Tivoligasse – turn right here and keep on going to the Marillenalm entrance gate. Head uphill through this park till the bridge over Hohenbergstraße, which leads directly to the ‘Maria Theresia Tor’ gate to Scönbrunner Schloßpark. After reaching this, go straight on, past the Gloriette, to Tiroler Hof. Shortly before reaching it, go left into Schotterweg, which leads to ‘Tiroler Tor’. This enters onto Maxingpark and Hietzing Cemetery. After perhaps a short visit, go along Elisabethallee away from town, directly to Küniglberg. Then go through the small wood, down to Lainzer Straße. Go along this street a bit to the left, then cross and go into Veitingergasse. Keep going to Josef-Gangl-Gasse, which leads up to the top of Roter Berg. Take one of the tracks through the fields here, down to Hietzinger Hauptstraße and then through Testarellogasse to the Ober Sankt Veit underground station.
It's not easy to find something that isn't already known to say about Schönbrunn. But even this structure has its secrets. The zoo, the oldest in the world, contains a building at its core, the eight cornered Kaiserpavillion, where the plans were influenced by Kaiser Franz Stephan von Lothringen's interest in Kabbalah and numerology. The painting on the ceiling, for example, illustrates the alchemical theory that everything in the world is subject to transformation. Twelve animal houses surround the pavilion in a circle – the same number as the zodiac [circle of animals]. When you take a detailed look, it becomes clear that the entire menagerie is a magical ‘circuit diagram’ and the whole concept extends to the palace gardens. The book, ‘Tiergarten Schönbrunn’ by Gerhard Kunze is a favourite with all the local mystics.
SQUIRRELS – REAL OMNIVORES
This route includes a guaranteed encounter with the local squirrels. They are a fixture of Schönbrunn – where they are especially bold – as well as at the cemetery and on Roter Berg. Taxonomically, the squirrels are omnivores, but when one of the little creatures disappears back into the bushes with one of the local speciality rum chocolates, it makes me wonder about the intelligence of the person who fed them. The squirrels seem to like white bread, biscuits and chocolate, although their teeth might not be quite so happy. For a rodent in the wild this means death of course. And there's nothing wrong with giving them quite a bit of food because, unlike other animals, they don't overeat, and they hide what they don't immediately need. Their favourite treats are hazelnuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, grapes, raisins, apple and carrot pieces.
Opening times: Daily from 6:30 till sundown
Opening times: Daily from 7:00 till sundown
Gustav Klimt, Franz Grillparzer, Otto Wagner, Karl Böhm, Gerhard Fritsch,...
Tiergarten Schönbrunn –
Von der Menagerie des Kaisers zu Helmut Pechlaners Zoo der glücklichen Tiere.
Gerhard Kunze ISBN: 3950117903, Publisher: LW Verlag
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