Sweet Vienna

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It's hardly a secret that Vienna is an unusually green capital city. But most people won't be aware of the fact that somewhere in the region of 200 million bees can be found buzzing about the capital in the summer - a consequence of the ideal natural habitat that the Austrian capital can offer these creatures.

 

Put simply, bees love Vienna. The countless meadows, trees, parks, gardens, roadside verges, balconies and green rooftops provide a constant, yet ever-changing palette of blossoming flowers for the insects to feed on. Temperatures also remain higher for longer in the city than in rural areas. Vienna is home to more than 5,300 different bee populations, which are tended to by a total of some 600 beekeepers. There is even a special association, the Stadt-Imker (urban beekeepers), which is dedicated to monitoring and managing the various hives in the capital.

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Vienna's bees have taken up residence at some unusual locations in the city, many of them well-known landmarks. The State Opera House, the Burgtheater and the Museum of Natural History all have bee populations on their roofs, and there are hives on the terraces of the Vienna General Hospital (AKH). The Austrian Horticultural Museum in the 22nd district has an apiary and produces its own honey, while around 130 different species of bees have been counted at the University of Vienna's botanical gardens in the third district. More info...

 

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