Stadtwildnis Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel
The word Stadtwildnis – translated as urban wilderness – seems like a euphemistic term for a green space that nobody knows what to do with. Or in a more positive way: It is one of the few open spaces in town that haven’t been modelled by urban planning. Surrounded by the busy lanes of Gürtel road, tramway and underground tracks and the concrete riverbed of Wienfluss, the unimproved grassland in Vienna’s 12th district spreads the dismal charm of a film scenery showing the middle of nowhere. The place was used as a sports ground until the 1980s. Nowadays, the only attractions are a fast food restaurant, a gas station and some billboards. In summer, though, everything gets a bit livelier when people walk their dogs or stroll through the blooming meadow.