Good Jogging areas in western Vienna
In Vienna it is not easy to find an area, where one can walk or jog good, average distances.
You may go for the "Danube Island", but if you are staying in western Vienna, the Vienna Woods and surroundings are excellent, but not easy to reach without car or bike.
Equipment: I prefer 2 areas, close to my neighbourhood and would like to recommend them as an "Insider Tip"!
a.) the "Steinhofgruende" close to Hotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg" (see my hotel tip for directions etc), and
b.) The "Schwarzenberg-Allee" in NEUWALDEGG (tram 43 )
the green areas show the jogging- and walking areas !
- Hiking and Walking
Ice-skating in front of the Vienna's City hall
The place, in front of the Viennese town hall, is also in this winter, as every year, a real ice dream.
Viennese ice dream, is called this important event that begins at the 20th January, and lasts until at the 5th March.
The numerous visitors, can ice-skating here, and enjoy the beauty of the winter sport, on an ice surface of 4200 square meters.
The children have the possibility to spend wonderful hours on several ice surfaces.
Around the ice, there are also numerous barrack rooms that spoil the guests with their culinary exquisiteness from the whole world.
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Vienna on Ice
Yes it gets cold - really cold during winter, and at times all of Vienna is one big ice-rink - when it freezes after the rain and the city doesn't clear off the roads in time... However, if you were thinking more along the lines of putting on a pair of ice-skates there are plenty of ice-rinks you can visit. Most of them are outdoors and open only during the cold months of the year (usually around October through March). Tickets range from 2 - 10 Euros, depending on what kind of ticket you buy and what day and time you go.
Following is a list of some of Vienna's most famous ice-rinks, but there are plenty others all over town - just ask at the hotel you're staying in, or your native friends. If you are on the outskirts of the city, you might even go to one of the lakes - just make sure the ice is thick enough - it's usually safe to go if you see others on the ice first...
3, Lothringerstrasse 22
Tel. 713 63 53-0
Sports Complex Windtenstrasse
10, Windtenstrasse 2
Tel. 604 44 43-0
15, Vogelweidplatz 14
Tel. 98 100-0
Albert Schultz Ice Skating Hall
22, Attemsgasse 1
Tel. 204 85 80
Rathausplatz Information: Tel: 40 900 40
Equipment: all you need is warm clothing and ice skates. The ice-skates can usually be rented for a small fee - call ahead and check.
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Dive into Lazyness
It's winter time in Vienna-Austria. The temperature is freezing. What do you do??? Go for an outdoors swim of course!!! Well, that's what we did - and it was great!
The thermal waters in Oberlaa are not only healthy, but the place offers a great variety of activites for all sorts of people ranging from the very active (Eve) to the extremely lazy (Ash). [ASH: HUH! THAT WAS DEFINATELY THE OTHER WAY AROUND] [Eve: he's lazy AND a liar]. Take a pick from a host of activities ... laze, laze OR ... LAZE! And thats what we did .. besides taking a knock at water aerobics. Classes are every 30 mins. and its fun and energy all the way.. it's even more fun to watch Ash being catapulted out of the water by the floating dumbells and watch him struggle through the class, which is mostly attended by seniors who have it down to a science.
The indoor and outdoor pools are connected and one can swim and loiter around with leisure. There is also a cooler (26 - 28 deg) outdoor sports-pool for the the more athletically inclined. A separate children's area offers slides (which we used as training ground for the Jumeirah Sceirah) and waterfun for kids. The water used in Oberlaa stems from a natural well which produces 30 L per second at 54 deg. C.
The fun doesnt stop when the sun goes down: neon lighting on the ceiling and the softly lit outdoor pools give the place a cozy feel. Aaah - and the weightlessness in water - my chance to ride piggy-back on Ash for an hour or so. (Yes, he mumbled and grumbled something about having to carry me around, but got his revenge during a wrestling match when I wasn't quite as successfull at dunking him as I thought I'd be!) If you are getting too cozy: there's nothing like a run through the Kneipp-corner to wake you up. (Ash got stuck behind an - uhm - elderly and somewhat slower couple and his run through the ice-cold water got a bit prolonged. hehehehehe - that was fuuuunnniiiieeee!)
Equipment: Bring your swimtrunks/bathingsuit and a towel - the rest is there:
- lockers (rental)
- water-dumb-bells and all you need for aqua-aerobics
Oberlaa offers 4 huge indoor + outdoor pools, with water temperatures from 32 - 36 deg. C. There are 8 geysers bringing in the thermal water, and 50 underwater massage jets to relax your muscles. There are several walls of jets at different heights, which you move along on and get massaged from head to toe.
- Thermal water massages
- herbal aromatherapy rooms
- hair studio
- restaurants + snack bars
- Water Sports
The Donauturm (Danube Tower) was built for tourists and natives to have a nice meal in the rotating restaurant while enjoying the astonishing view. Until some crazy people decided to jump off the tower.....
Jochen Schweizer organizes a 152m (500 feet) jump off a ramp on the Donauturm. This is one of Europe's 10 highest jumps, usually offered during the summer months. Cost is about 150.-- to 200.-- Euros, depending on whether you want to get the video and the T-shirt of the experience.
Ashley was insane enough to do it, and he says it was one of the most thrilling experiences of his life. I was courageous enough to go up with him (via elevator) and take some pictures....fear of heights ...Argggghhh!!!! I'd highly recommend for any adventure-seeker to do this - just watching it was a thrill. Plus Donauturm might be a practise-run for the 192m jump off the Europa-bruecke (also in Austria). ;-)
Ash: Eva's mom actually scared me on the way up, absent mindedly saying in German 'Come here, come here, Let me hug and kiss you, in case you don't make it back alive!' ... I was like .. 'HUHHHH??!!!'. And as usual Lil Miss Giggles was upto her neck in laughter!
But the rush was tremendous! Hurtling towards the ground in freefall, I guess all I could think about was ... 'So this is what flying feels like..' and then again .. 'Argh SH*T, What MADE ME DO THIS??????'. Well a once in a lifetime experience anyways.
Equipment: Just wear regular loose clothing - they will put overalls and a harness over your clothes. You can take a choice of leg or mid harnesses, but here because of the height, its a standard mid-harness here.
The day I decided to do the jump it was freezing. It has been raining all night long, the ropes were soaked, and the machines weren't working, so assistants manually hauled me back onto the ground, once the jump was over and the rope finished tossing me all over the tower. I was given precise instructions to keep my arms spread wide, and back arched so as not to sprain it, and as far as possible to try and stay horizontal! Yeah right, like I was gonna remember all of that on the way down.
- Bungy Jumping
Rapid Trip 2003
Football - The Beautiful Game.
My mate and I travelled from London to Vienna to watch the Rapid Vienna Vs Salzburg game in October 2003.
Good game Rapid winning 1-0. We went to the ground that is by Huttledorf station the evenign before the game and we were able to get our tickets in advance.
Match day came and we watched the fans file in The Rapid Ultras (regular fans) are in the West Tribune (stand) we sat in the North Stand and were entertained wit htheir singing, banners, and flags. A Great experience.
Equipment: Your eyes and a small pocket camera .
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EXTREME READING - AN INTELLECTUAL PURSUIT FOR ALL!
Frankly I have two problems with the phrase 'Extreme Sports' - one is the word 'extreme' and the other is the word 'sports'. I have great difficulty with any activity that produces as a by-product, copious amounts of a) sweating and b) fear. Frankly neither are gentlemanly and both can lead to huge bills from one's drycleaner. Instead I should like to propose the sport of 'Extreme Reading'...less physically taxing than darts, kinder to the environment than 'Monster truck racing' and an excellent way to build up your brain. All you have to do is read faster than normal and do so for slightly longer. ..'er..that's it! Sadly, you will almost certainly have to walk to a library at some point in the exercise but I really can't help that!
Equipment: Book (compulsory...broadsheets also acceptable),
Spectacles/ monocles/ contact lenses (only when eye strain demands)
Sunglasses (only if reading in desert competitions, ottherwise manly squinting preferred!)
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- Arts and Culture
(TEN PIN) BOWLING (Cumberland Sports Centre)
I just discovered how terrible I really am at 10 pin bowling but its still great fun! There are a few places to go in Vienna but I have only been to one at Sportcenter Cumberland. Its in the suburbs but easy to reach by underground. A game costs around 3.50 Euros and shoe hire is 1.50 Euros. There is a bar and pizza.
There are also badminton and tennis courts as well as saunas and massage.
Ernst Happel Stadium / 2
The Ernst Happel Stadium is not far from the Prater amusement park. After having some fun at the park, you can follow the fans and walk up to the near-by stadium. (The wide camera lens used here puts the stadium more in the distance than it actually is. The picture was taken from inside a gondola of the Prater Giant Ferris Wheel on Aug 18, 2004.)
Ernst Happel Stadium / 1
The Austrian National Soccer Team play their home matches at Vienna's "Ernst Happel Stadium" (named after a former player and coach of Austria).
I was there on Aug 18, 2004 to watch Austria play Germany in a friendly (which GER won 3-1), which was held in to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Austrian Soccer Federation(see http://www.oefb.at). It's a nice stadium with a capacity of about 50,000 spectators.
For this match, about 37,000 showed up and provided for a nice and in part very enthusiastic atmosphere. I liked it a lot and I do hope to return for one of their qualifying matches for the World Cup 2006.
The stadium will host matches during the European Soccer Championship 2008, which will be co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.
National football stadium
Another football related tip, but the Ernst Happel stadium resides in Vienna. It usually hosts the Austrian national teams' home games and probably cup finals??? It's not too far from the fair. England will be playing here in September, on the way to the World Cup in Germany.......???
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Besides the culture, Vienna is home to the two most successful football clubs in Austria. Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna are big rivals and both play in the capital.
This picture is of Rapid's stadium, the Gerhard Hanappi stadium. The easiest way to get there is via Metro (U-Bahn)
Line U4 (to 'Hütteldorf')
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Prater Stadium hosts all important international soccer matches. In summer it is also used as open-air arena.
The stadium is located on the edge of Prater park, midway between the swimming pool and Krieau trotting course.
Capacity: seats 49,000 people and stands 19,000.
Looking for a swimming hole in Vienna? On a hot summer's day, you might want to find a place to take a dip. Many Viennese head to the Neue Donau canal, not far from the UNO City, where there are many easy access points to the water. This part of the Neue Donau is also a popular place for boating.
Especially great in warmer weather, there are so many outdoor swimming pools to choose from and you will find them packed out with sun-hungry viennese at weekends.
In fact there are more than 30 swimming pools and saunas in Vienna (for their names and links to their pages see www.wien.gv.at/baeder/baeder) some of which are only open in the summer.
For more general information including opening hours and prices also see www.wien.gv.at/baeder/. These also detail water aerobics and other activities. Most pools have an afternoon price which is a lot cheaper than a day ticket for example the Theresienbad only costs 2.50 Euro for an adult after around 3pm.
My recommendations are:
Amalienbad (10, Reumannplatz U1)
Theresienbad (12, Meidlinger Hauptstrasse U4)
Schafbergbad (18, Josef-Redlgasse 42B bus)
Kongressbad (17, Julius Meindlgasse S45 Hernals or 43 tram)
And last but not least my local indoor pool Margaretenbad (5, near Margaretenplatz, 13a bus, U4 Pilgramgasse) has tropical evenings and a great slide.
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