About Adventure in Vienna
One reason Vienna tops international rankings in quality of live is its many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors – even in the city center and even more so in suburban areas.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, there are also some “Urban Hikes” you could do on your own through the suburban slopes of the Vienna Woods or through the old imperial hunting reserve at Lainz.
Set out with a local guide and follow "Beethoven's Footsteps" - you will find the best views, the heartiest snacks and perhaps a nice glass of wine amidst the vineyards.
Map out your personal “Hiking the Parks Tour” by starting at city hall (Rathaus) – Volksgarten – Burggarten – Karlsplatz (Naschmarkt) – Schwarzenbergplatz – Stadtpark and end there at the little beer-garden.
The historic Inner City is best done on a walk – either self-guided or with a local guide, if you prefer to hear history and uncover some of the Inner City’s hidden treasures, be they visible, edible or shoppable. If so, hire a local guide or join one of the regular evening or morning walking tours. Unless you’re feeling up to a challenge, it will be more fun if you make sure you’ve signed up for an “English only” tour!
Jogging the Prater, the gardens of Belvedere and Schoenbrunn or even the parks on the Ring will easily rank among the best jogs you’ve ever had. Just pay attention to your hotel choice.
Do Vienna by bicycle (afternoon tour) or Segway. - For guided tours look for “English Only” again.
Rent bikes near the Ferris wheel and get ideas for your private day or half day out along the Danube to Greifenstein and Klosterneuburg – you even can cross the Danube on an old cable Ferry “Rollfähre.”
For the trip out of Vienna rated “Best Day Excursion,” look for the bicycle tour to “Wachau/Danube Valley” and pedal away.
In the Prater or on the 20km (12mi) long Danube Island, you can also rent inline skates and blend in with the locals in their fitness endeavors.
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