Stadtpark, the largest of the Ringstrasse parks, lies between the small, canalized River Wien and Ringstrasse. Opened in 1862 as the city council's first public park, it is best known for Edmund Hellmer's eye-catching monument, depicting the King of Waltz, Johann Strauss Junior, violin in hand. Erected in 1925, golden from head to toe and dramatically floodlit at night, the composer stands framed by a stone arch of naked, swirling naiads. Tour groups regularly visit the monument and the park's series of wonderful art nouveau pavilions and quaysides, constructed in 1905. These nicely complement Otto Wagner's nearby Stadtbahn station, today an underground stop. Another notable architectural landmark is the Kursalon, built in neo-Renaissance style at the same time as the park, painted in soft kaisergelb (imperial yellow) and still a prime venue for dancing the waltz.
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries