Discover Vienna with all your Senses

8. July 2024
This summer has Rudolphina pack its rucksack. Join us as we roam Vienna together with our researchers and experience the essence of the city with open eyes and ears.

What is the smell of Ottakring? Why does the Neubau district feel cooler than Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus? Where is linguistic diversity (in)visible? What is the point of urban art? From July to September 2024, researchers of the University of Vienna will be leading us 
on various routes through the city as they share exciting research stories and their personal "Vienna in summer" tips. Walk and research with us – this summer, we will certainly master the 10,000 steps a day!

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More about the Summer-Citytrip

In June, we cycled into the Danube floodplains and discovered human traces (in German).

In July, we will explore Vienna's (in)visible linguistic diversity and will join a Climate Walk to find out how our city and its people deal with heat islands.

In August, we will find out how oases in our neighbourhoods affect our well-being and hear the latest from space research while stargazing. Finally, we will immerse ourselves in the world of odours and find out what we can smell on our city trip.

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Summer highlights in the events calendar

Numerous events and formats will let you experience the science summer in Vienna. From 8-19 July, the University of Vienna opens its doors to young researchers. The programme of this year’s Children's University of Vienna is available online. The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna offers many shady spots to cool off in the hot summer season as well as special tours allowing you to explore the plant world in the green oasis in the third district. Native plants and their exotic relatives, species protection, fungi and more are part of the programme at the Botanical Garden. You can find an overview of the events here.

Summer might be the best time to lend research a hand. In citizen science projects, citizens and researchers investigate exciting research topics together, for example to study the wildlife on the Vienna Central Cemetery. Find out more about the citizen science projects at the University of Vienna – and participate now (in German).

Road trip through science: tips for excursions in Austria

Rudolphina also has tips for excursions to the world of science for all those who prefer to leave the city in the warm summer months: Last summer, we went on a road trip across Austria. First stop: Lake Lunzer See. Here, you can visit the third-oldest ecological research station in the world. At Lake Neusiedl, you can also breathe in the scent of the lake, go swimming and gain an insight into ecosystem research (in German). We continue our journey to the picturesque Almtal valley: At the Konrad Lorenz Research Center, researchers study the behaviour of a famous flock of greylag geese and other bird species. Fascinating animal research also awaits you at the Haidlhof research station (in German). Animal lovers can travel on straight away: to the Landskron Monkey Mountain, where researchers work with AI to study Japanese macaques. And to round things off, we recommend a trip to the Western parts of the Vienna Woods – to gaze at the stars at the Leopold Figl Observatory (in German).


Overseas calling: the University of Vienna around the globe

If wanderlust still takes you over this summer, a trip to Costa Rica might be the solution: Here, near the Pacific coast in the Puntarenas Province, the tropical field station in La Gamba of the University of Vienna awaits you. In the Regenwald der Österreicher (rainforest of the Austrians), the conditions are perfect for combining nature conservation and species preservation: This lowland rainforest is one of the most species-rich rainforests of Central America. We will explore more overseas branches of the University when the motto is again: Rudolphina on tour.