Schwarzenberg Park in February 2014.
It is located in the western end of Hernals, the 17th district of Vienna, and is easily accessible either by car of by public transport (Tram No 43) brings you directly to the gate of the park and palace (Schloss Neuwaldegg) of the-once-powerful Schwarzenberg family.
The palace is currently privately owned and rented out for a variety of private and public events.
"If the visitor comes through the neighboring woods he might not immediately get this impression. But if he enters via the grand obelisk gateway along the chestnut-lined Schwarzenbergallee and pays attention to the little details as he walks around, he might discover that this is no ordinary park. This was once Europe’s largest landscape garden."
A while ago park was left in public neglect but in late 1950s the municipal authorities redeveloped it as a recreational area. However, there still are few traces of the once idyllic garden, at some point called Garden of Eden, left. Besides the relics of the once highly maintained park - forest pathways and occasional ponds, there still stands one lonely white marble statue depicting a Greek god that once decorated the original garden. At the peak of its development, the park was dotted with such statues, but owners of the park in 1800s relocated most of them to their other estate in Chesky Krumlov, Bohemia.
Nowadays, most of the natural landscape of the park has been reclaimed by the forest of the Wienerwald and barely resembles the glory past.
Nevertheless, it is a rather popular place among Viennese people for relaxation on weekends (especially in summer) as it wields vast lawns perfect for lying down and enjoying sun. It is also liked by local residents who enjoy outdoor activities, such as jogging, walks in forests and etc.
Definitely a place worth visiting.