There's no passing up the capital of the Hapsburgs. In fact, with its deep love of culture, famous devotion to coffee shops, and amazing options for running, you should save some extra time for this city. Vienna has more than enough of historical, cultural, and architectural interest to keep your mind fully occupied on an extended sejour, and you can spend several days here without running the same run twice. When you first arrive, try a morning jog along the Ringstrasse for an unforgettable journey past many of the city's main sites. If you're looking to head further afield, you can go for extensive jaunts at Prater Park, the Hapsburgs' old hunting grounds, or on the grounds surrounding Schönbrunn Palace. Those looking to get in a (really) long run should check out the Donauinsel, a 21.1-kilometer-long island in the middle of the Danube.
Vienna is a city built on rings, with the Ringstrasse forming a circumference around the city's beloved center. This area is devoted to pedestrian streets and intricate alleyways that you can wander for hours. Make sure you save some time to check out the cathedral, St. Stephens, which is the religious center of the country. Some of the best museums in the world are nearby in the MuseumsQuartier. Many of the royal palaces are also in this area. Once you're done exploring these wonders, make sure you swing by the colorful and international Naschmarkt for some delicious and affordable treats.
- Coffeeshops: These Viennese institutions are everywhere in the city. If you're not careful, you might find yourself spending hours reading, writing, or just watching people in one of them. Remember there's a lot to do in this city, so keep moving!
- Beauty: This is particularly a problem on Run #1, but you'll face it almost anywhere you go. Each curve you round seems to reveal another phenomenal architectural structure. Remember it's okay to gawk, but try not to do it while you're running.
In the mood to rent a bike?
There are numerous places to do so. Give one of the following locations a try:
Bicycle Rental Pedal Power
19th district Donaupromenade (on the bike path)
Bicycle Rental Prater
Prater Hauptallee Parzelle 94 (by the Ferris Wheel)
Schönbrunner Straße 63
01 544 75 34
Danube Island / Flöridsdorfer Brücke
01 278 86 98
Bicycle and Skate Rental Copa Cagrana
Reichsbrücke / Donauinsel, Am Damm 1