When Napoleon’s troops withdrew from Vienna in 1809, clutching the Treaty of Schönbrunn and their souvenir fridge magnets, the mess they left behind demanded a redesign of the area around the Hofburg palace.
Part of this redesign was the creation of a private garden or park for the Imperial family, long known as the Kaisergarten. The area was extended in 1863, then reduced again a few decades later to create space for the Neue Burg palace extension.
It was renamed the Burggarten in 1919, given the change from monarchy to republic after WWI. It’s surrounded by the Ring boulevard, the Neue Burg, the butterfly house and palm house, and Goethegasse (a street named after the famous German
The park offers pleasant views of its historical surrounds, a shortcut to the Albertina museum (out the main gate to the northeast), a little respite from sightseeing crowds, and four monuments and statues, which you can see in the slideshow below:
- The Mozart monument (completed in 1896 and moved to the Burggarten in 1953)
- Hercules and the Nemean lion (created around the turn of the 19th century and incorporated into a small fountain feature in the Burggarten pond in 1948)
- Emperor Franz Joseph (from 1903 and moved here in 1957)
- Franz I – husband of Empress Maria Theresia – on his horse (from 1781 and moved here in 1819)
How to get to the Burggarten
If you’re visiting the Hofburg area, you’re more or less already there:
- Subway: Station Herrengasse (U3) or Museumsquartier (U2), then a short walk
- Tram: 1, 2, D or 71 to Burgring (which runs along the edge of the park)
- Bus: 2A to Albertinaplatz
Address: Burggarten, 1010 Wien
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