picknick in the park

It seemed like a revelation for any trained Viennese: getting into the grass in parks and recreational areas will not longer be prohibited. But be careful, because nothing is as simple or straightforward as it might seem.


For any young kid from Vienna coming to London for the first time it was strange: people getting onto the lawns and grass of parks to rest, have a picknick or take a nap. And no grown up in a shabby uniform chasing them off the green. Now the city of Vienna will discard the “Liegeverbot” (prohibition of lying down) for their parks. Cool.

But – and this wouldn’t be Vienna if there were no “but” – this is only meant for the parks under the control of the city of Vienna, eg. Türkenschanzpark, Kurpark Oberlaa or Stadtpark. A lot of other parks are under the control of the “Bundesgärten” (federal gardens administration), like the Burggarten, Volksgarten or Heldenplatz and they have no inclination of letting people onto the green and they will even increase the number of shabby uniforms on grey old men to control the lawns are leaft untouched. There will also be private security companies helping to control these awful crimes.

Summing up that means that in those places, where there was no control in the last year so accordingly people are already using the green lawns there to rest, bathe in the sun or whatever, the status quo will become a legal foundation. Not much else, but better than nothing. I’ll tag it as a small step of the city towards more liberty.

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