A somewhat eerie scene of a lonely path leading deeper into the beech woods of the Lainzer Tiergarten (the former imperial hunting grounds) towards the setting winter sun. At any moment, a wild boar can cross your path here. Stand still, don’t move, if that happens. And then hurry back quickly, the gates close at sunset, leaving the nature preserve to the wild beasts for the night.
The Lainzer Tiergarten is a 24.50 km2 (6,054-acre) wildlife preserve in the southwest corner of Vienna, Austria, most of which is covered by woodland. It dates back to 1561, when Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria created it as a fenced-in hunting ground for his family to use. It has been open to the public since 1919. Today the Lainzer Tiergarten is home to ca. 800 and 1,000 wild boars, 200 to 250 fallow deer, approximately 700 mouflons, and 80 to 100 red deer. It is a wonderful area for hiking or even just short walks.
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