1. The name Schrebergarten originates from the German physician Daniel Moritz Gottlieb Schreber
Good ol’ Gottlieb Schreber strongly advocated that children should be doing more physical activity in outside green spaces for their health. Teachers applied his teachings, and founded play and sport areas which were named in his honour.
After a while, they added vegetable patches to the play areas so the kids would have a closer connection to nature. And so the first Schrebergärten were created.
2. There are around 36.000 Schrebergärten in Vienna
And it’s still very hard to get your hands on one. They are hot property in this city.
3. The gardens are segmented into clubs called Kleingartenvereine. There are 247 of these all over town
Each of them has a unique name. Our favourites are: Sonnenschein, Jupiter, Blumenfreunde, Neu Brasilien and Neu Florida.
4. The first Kleingartenverein was founded in 1911 in what is the 14th district today
5. All together they take up 14.000.000 square meters in the city
That’s 3.37% of the total area of Vienna.
6. Every district in Vienna has at least one Kleingartenverein, except for the following districts: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Imagine having a garden house near Kärntnerstraße or MaHü! That would be quite something!
7. In terms of surface area, the 22nd district has the largest amount of Schrebergärten
Now, you probably wanna know which district has the least, right? Tough luck, you’ll have to find that out for yourself! Just kidding, it’s the 20th.