Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark - A great place to relax in Vienna

The Pötzleinsdorf park is a great place to spend a few hours in Vienna. It's clean, green and absolutely a pleasure to walk in. There are no bicycles and no dogs allowed (by the way I love dogs). That's why it's very quiet. There are a lot of benches where you can sit and read a good book or just enjoy the surroundings.

There are still some wild animals in the park, such as deer, rabbits, and squirrels (Oachkatzl for Austrians). If you're lucky, you will spot one, just like I did this weekend.

oachkatzl in Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark

The first time I was there, I met a deer :).

Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark Deer

A short history of the Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark 

The Pötzleinsdorf castle dates back to the beginning of the 13th century.

Johann Heinrich Geymüller, the founder of a short-lived but influential Viennese bank, acquired the castle in 1797 and completely renovated it. 

In 1801, he commissioned Konrad Rosenthal, a famous art gardener of Prince Rasumofsky, to redesign the park. Rosenthal placed ponds, planted trees, and exotic plants and turned the park into a landscaped English garden.

The Pötzleinsdorfer castle was then a meeting place for the illustrious Viennese society. In 1841, however, the Geymüller bank went bankrupt and the castle was offered for auction.

The park decayed, the building's structural condition worsened. The last private owner was the big industrialist Max Schmidt, who bought the property in 1920. In his testament, Schmidt left the castle and park to the municipality of Vienna.

In the Second World War, the area was hit by bombs. In the middle of the 20th century, the city of Vienna made the park publicly accessible. The castle was renovated and transformed into a youth hostel in accordance with the plans of the architect Roland Rainer.

Today the castle is separated from the park. The park itself was reopened in 1949. On the main route to the castle, four Attikastatuen of the 1881 burnt out Ringtheater have found a new site. In the vicinity of the castle is the modern sculpture "Junge Menschen" by Hilde Uray (1962).