Vienna/Hietzing

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Gloriette at Schloss Schönbrunn

Hietzing is the 13th district of Vienna.

Understand[edit]

Hietzing (13th district) a residential area which used to be a village once, but gained importance as the Schönbrunn Palace, was erected nearby. A very beautiful area for a stroll among old villas. From the center of Vienna it is located to the West along the Wien River. Hietzing has around 3/4 of its surface classified as greenspace including the Lainzer Tiergarten. During the Second World War, the district sufered smaller bomb damage since it has no major industries or railway stops. The public Austrian TV and radio station ORF has it's headquarters on the Küniglberg.

Get in[edit]

From the center the underground line U4 runs to Hietzing. The district is also deserved by the trams 10, 58 and 60, plus the suburban trains S3 and S15. Most of Hietzing is walkable, but might be hilly too.

See[edit]

Otto Wagner Hofpavillon Hietzing
Schönbrunn palace
Schönbrunn Palace Backside
Roman Ruin by Hetzendorf von Hohenberg, at Schönbrunn Park

Museums[edit]

Neptune Fountain
  •    Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn), Hietzing (U4 get off at Schönbrunn, tram, take 10, 58 detrain at Schönbrunn, 10A bus and alight at Schönbrunn). Apr—Jun 08:30–17:30, Jul—Aug 08:30-18:30, Sep—Oct 08:30-17:30, Nov—Mar 08:30–17:00. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. It is the ultimate palace experience in Vienna, because the Habsburg summer palace can be found here. It is comparable in grandeur to Versailles and is definitely a must-see in Vienna. The palace has seen its fair share of excitement over the years, including a meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschchev at the height of the cold war. There are two possible tours available, the Imperial Tour showing 22 rooms and the Grand Tour showing 40 rooms. The shorter tour takes you into the west wing including the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (Sisi), as well as the imposing state rooms in the central wing. With the Grand Tour you can also visit the 18th-century rooms from the time of Maria Theresa. No photos, video taping, or backpacks allowed inside. The palace is wheelchair-accessible. Grand Tour: €14.50 (adults), €9.50 (children); Imperial Tour: €11.50 (adults), €8,50 (children); entrance includes audio/written guide.
    •    Carriage Museum (Kaiserliche Wagunburg),  +43 1 525 24-4702, e-mail: . Daily Nov-Apr 10:00-16:00, May-Oct 09:00-18:00. A collection of royal carriages for viewing. €6 (adults), €5 (Vienna Card), €4 (concessions), free (children/youth under 19).
    •    Schönbrunn Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn), Maxingstraße 13b +43 1 877 92 94-0fax: +43 1 877 96 41, e-mail: . Daily Nov-Jan 09:00-16:30, Feb 09:00-17:00, Mar 09:00-17:30, Apr-Sep 09:00-18:30, Oct 09:00-17:30. The oldest zoo in the world, built for Maria Theresa's husband in 1752. A map of the zoo is available here. €15 (adults), €7 (children/youth/disabled), free (children under 6).
    •    Schönbrunn Park (Schlosspark). Daily, gates open Apr-Oct 06:00, Nov-Mar 06:30; gates close at sundown (varies by month). A Baroque garden which has remained fundamentally unaltered since it first opened to the public in 1779, and popular for locals. Highlights include the Gloriette, offering grand views over the gardens, a children's Maze (Irrgarten) and Labyrinth, and the Crown Prince Garden (Privy Garden or Kronprinzengarten). Free, except for the Gloriette, Maze/Labyrinth, and Crown Prince Garden (€2.20-€4.50).
  •    HermesvillaLainzer Tiergarten, Hietzing +43 1 804 13 24, e-mail: . Mar-Oct T-Su and holidays 10:00-18:00. A late 19th-century palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten, a wooded area formerly used for hunting by the Habsburg family. The imperial apartments with their furnishings have been preserved, and feature murals by prominent Viennese artists of the day, including Franz Matsch, Hugo Charlemont, Georg und Gustav Klimt. The palace is now also used as a venue for special exhibits. €6 (adults), €4 (seniors, students, Vienna Card), free (children and youth under 19), free the first Sunday of every month.

Architecture[edit]

  •    Otto Wagner Hofpavillon HietzingSchönbrunner Schloßstraße, Hietzing +43 1 877 15 71fax: +43 1 505 87 47 7201, e-mail: . Currently closed for renovation. A special rail station built in 1899 for the exclusive use of the Emperor and members of his court, now atop the U4 subway stop. €4 (adults), €3 (seniors, students, Vienna Card), free (children and youth under 19), free the first Sunday of every month.
  •    Werkbundsiedlung WienWoinovichgasse, Hietzing (Ober Sankt Veith U4, bus 54B direction Stock im Weg, get off at Veitingergasse, between Jagdschlossgasse and Veitingergasse). Inspired by the Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart and initiated by architect Josef Frank, the Werkbundsiedlung public estate housing project in the Lainz Municipality of Hietzing was built from 1930 to 1932 by numerous national and international architects of the time (amongst those famous names like Adolf Loos and Gerrit Rietvelt) and has fine examples of Bauhaus style architecture. This public estate housing complex consisted of 76 buildings of which 32 still exist.

Historic sites[edit]

Gustav Klimt's gravesite at Hietzing Cemetery
Klimt Villa
  •    Hietzinger Cemetery (Hietzinger Friedhof), Hietzing (near the Schönbrunn Schlosspark). Many prominent Viennese from the 18th to the 20th centuries are buried here, including the playwright Franz Grillparzer, painter Gustav Klimt, architect Otto Wagner, and modern composer Alban Berg. Free.
  •    Klimt VillaFeldmühlgasse 11 +43 1 236 3667, e-mail: . 01 Feb - 14 Jul and 16 Aug - 31 Oct: Th-Sa 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:30); closed on public holidays. The painter Gustav Klimt used this villa as a studio from 1911 until his death in 1918. The studio has been carefully reconstructed using old photographs, and other rooms in the villa have displays about Klimt's models and clients. €10 (adults), €8 (concessions).

Religious building[edit]

Hietzinger Pfarrkirche
  •    Hietzinger PfarrkircheAm Platz. Dating back to the 15th century, the church was destroyed in the Turkish war of 1685 and was rebuilt in the Baroque style.

Do[edit]

Sports and outdoor activities[edit]

  •    Lainzer TiergartenVisitor Centre: 13 Hermesstrasse, Hietzing (Lainzner Tor: tram 60, bus 60B; Gütenbachtor: bus 253/354; Laaber Tor: bus 253; Pulverstampftor: bus 50B; Nikolaitor: U4, S-Bahn 35B/53B; Sankt Veiter Tor: bus 55B),  +43 1 4000-49200. Various, but usually mid Feb-mid Nov 08:00-17:00. A beautiful nature reserve which was once the Emperor's private hunting wood; on the grounds is the Hermesvilla, the favorite mansion of Empress Elisabeth. It has several 2-10 km hiking trails. Nowadays the major part of the park is closed in the winter time, but in summer you can see wild pigs, deer, and many Viennese families. You can see the animals get fed at 14:00 every day. Ask any park attendant where the location is.
  •    Hietzinger BadAtzgersdorfer Straße 14 +43 1 804 53 19. There is both an indoor and outdoor pool.
  •    Bikepath Vienna river (Wienfluss Radweg) (U4 Hietzing). on day light. A short ride of 7km is available without any traffic crossings.

Buy[edit]

  • Hietzinger Hauptstrasse (U4 Kennedy Brücke). Some shops and a post office are found along the Hietzinger Hauptstrasse.
  •    1130 Wein (Hietzinger Vinothek), Lainzer Straße 1 +43 699 18 000 002, e-mail: . M–F 10:00–19:00, Sa 10:00–15:00. It sells many different Austrian white and also red wines.
  •    Teenorissimo (Kleines Teehaus), Wittegasse 2 (U4 Unter St. Veit). Tu-F 9:00-12:00, 14:00-18:30, Sa 09:00-16:00. Former Ballet dancer sells a refined variety of teas, which can all be tasted in the shop.
  •    AmmersinoSpeisingerstrasse 31 +43 1 804 4200, e-mail: . M-F 08:00–18:00, Sa 8;00–12:30. The small hidden shop sells 80 different Vodka's, 200 different beers, 300 wiskeys, many different liqueurs and some interesting soda drinks.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

Cafe[edit]

  •    Cafe GlorietteSchlosspark Schönbrunn, Hietzing (Schönbrunn U4),  +43 1 8791311, e-mail: . 09:00-18:00. Inside the Gloriette with good view over to the Schönbrunn palace serves early breakfast, café and cakes. One has to climb up the hill of the Schönbrunn parc to reach it.
  •    Café am PlatzAm Platz 6, Hietzing +43 1 8779338. M–F 07:00–20:00, Sa, Su 8:00–21:00. It serves all day breakfast
  •    Landtmann’s Jausen StationSchloss Schönbrunn Kronprinzengarten, Hietzing +43 1 24 100-380, e-mail: . March–October 09:00-. The renovated Meierei serves good breakfast between 09:00-14:00 in this beautiful location.

Heurigen[edit]

Around the western part near Ober St. Veit one can find several Heurigen amongst them:

Sleep[edit]

Parkhotel Schönbrunn

Budget[edit]

  •    Hostel HütteldorfSchlossberggasse 8 (Hütteldorf U4 + walk),  +43 1 877 15 01, e-mail: . This Youth Hostel is preferred by students.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  •    Parkhotel SchönbrunnHietzinger Hauptstraße 10-16 (U4 Hietzing),  +43 1 87804. The hotel is in front of the Schönbrunn park. Guests of Emperor Franz Joseph used to reside here when they had to wait for an audience.

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