Hietzing, the 13th district of Vienna, Austria, is one of the city’s wealthiest and most aristocratic, thanks to the proximity of the palatial Schloss Schönbrunn. Hundreds of years ago, the region was mostly vineyards and farmlands, which were largely destroyed in the two Turkish sieges in the 16th and 17th centuries. Construction of Schönbrunn revitalised the area and led to an influx of court officials and nobility. Now, tree-lined streets wind up the hills towards stately homes from the old village centre and its local shops, restaurants, and pubs. Most of Hietzing is comprised of parks and the forested Lanzer Tiergarten.
- Explore the grounds of one of Vienna’s most visited attractions, Schloss Schönbrunn, the royal summer residence for the Habsburgs, which is surrounded by sculpted gardens with statues, fountains, an orangerie, and botanical garden.
- Visit the oldest zoo in Vienna and perhaps the world, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which is located on the palace grounds and retains Baroque elements and features modern facilities such as an aquarium with a walk-through tunnel.
- Stop by the Hietzinger Friedhof cemetery to see the magnificent resting places for Austrian aristocrats and notable figures such as include Gustav Klimt and Otto Wagner.
Hietzing is located roughly 10.5 kilometres south-west of Vienna’s city centre. Like the city’s other districts, Hietzing is well-served by trams and trains. U-Bahn Line U4 makes several stops in the district, with two stations close to the palace: Schonbrunn and Hietzing. The Hietzing stop is particularly interesting, as its ornate designs reflect its history as an imperial subway station for Otto Wagner. The Wien Hütteldorf railway station is located towards the west of the district and is close to the nature preserve and forested areas. The old village centre is served by trams.
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