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Japanese Cherry Blossoms in Vienna – Setagaya Park

21. April 2018

With the spring season at its peak, thousands of tourists are on their pilgrimage to Japan to see the cherry blossoms. If you are based in Austria or plan to visit soon, you do not even need to go to Japan anymore. At a small park in the Northern district of Doebling, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom as well. And it actually feels a bit like being in a garden in Tokyo…

Setagaya Park Bridge Cherry Blossoms Tree

The Setagaya Park at the corner of Doeblinger Hauptstrasse / Hohe Warte and Barawitzkagasse is easily being overlooked if you do not know about it. A small door next to a retirement home is the entrance to a beautiful Japanese garden. When I lived in Vienna, I used to study there or just go for a walk to unwind.

Setagaya Park Sculpture Cherry Blossoms

In spring, the park turns pink with magnolias and, of course, cherry blossoms.

Setagaya Park Waterfall

Setagaya is a district of Tokyo which has been a partner district of the Viennese Doebling district since 1984.

Setagaya Park House

Setagaya Park Pagoda Creek

Setagaya Park Sculpture View Magnolia

The tea house, pagoda, stone lantern and the entrance area were gifts of the city of Setagaya.

Setagaya Park Sculpture Cherry Blossoms Duck

The pond is home to koi fish and duck couples.

Setagaya Park Sculpture Cherry Blossoms Creek

Setagaya Park White Cherry Blossoms

There are the pink Japanese cherry blossoms but also white ones, which are equally beautiful.

Setagaya Park Cherry Blossoms

Even when the cherry blossom season is over, the park is a beautiful green oasis and one of my favourite places in Vienna.

Setagaya Park Bridge Magnolia

What Else is There to Do?

After you visit the park, I recommend walking up Hohe Warte and have a look at the beautiful neighbourhood. Already over 100 years ago, Doebling was home to artists such as Gustav Mahler, Carl Moll or Kolo Moser. You will arrive in Grinzing, an area famous for its “Heurigen”-restaurants. These Heurigen are usually owned by wine producers and you can have a nice glass of wine and enjoy local food.

Setagaya Park Magnolia Sculpture

How to Get There

Tram line 37 from Schottentor in the city centre takes you directly to the entrance of Setagaya Park. It takes about 20-25 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take the subway U4 until Heiligenstadt and then take the bus lines 10A (direction: Niederhofstrasse) or 39A (direction: Sievering) until the stop Barawitzkagasse.

Setagaya Park Pagoda

If you come by car, the best chance for a parking spot is in Ruthgasse.

Setagaya Park Well

Setagaya Park Me

Setagaya Park Bridge and Sculpture

Setagaya Park Magnolia

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2 Comments

  • Reply Delphine 22. April 2018 at 5:45

    Those colours are so pretty and romantic! I didn’t know there were japanese blossoms in Austria but it makes for a lovely walk in the park! Thank you for sharing and enjoy the European spring!

    • Reply Liz 23. April 2018 at 10:35

      Spring in Austria is such a beautiful time. Apart from the cherry blossoms, there are so many other colourful things going on. At the moment, also the lilacs are in full bloom.

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