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 .
The Park of Schönbrunn is more than 2 Km² and offers long flat ways for jogging and you may even run the uphill-passages to the Gloriette and to the Maze.
Equipment: The park will be open to the public from 06.30 a.m. till 07.00 p.m. - dogs and bikers are not allowed inside that park at all - another good reason to go jogging there instead of other places in that area !!
Located in Vienna’s fifth district, the Margaretenbad has always been a popular meeting place for old and young.
With its varied offers for fun and relaxation, such as a big dragon slide, a water fall, a counter stream swim unit, sauna, solarium and a restaurant, it has become one of the city’s jewels.
Take a closer look at this wonderful "winter-sport-sled" - especially made for the family of Austria's emperor for hunting - did you see that this sled was made of various horns of deer ?
This sled can be seen in Schönbrunn - castle in the seperate museum for royal carriages togeather with lots of interesting royal carriages and the last car of the austrian emperors.
People who are planning on an extended stay in Vienna very often want to know about good gyms. Well, this is not difficult to find. More difficult it is to discover a gym where you are not obliged to sign a contract for at least several months. I know 2 gyms where you can buy a ticket valid for one day. The first, and the one I reccomend is the Elixia gym. They have 2 branches in Vienna and 1 in Linz in upper Austria. You can easily reach for example the Elixia gym on the top floor of the shopping centre "Milleniumscity" if you take the subway U6 and get out at station "Handelskai". They are super-clean, have a big area with all the fitness machines and extra rooms for spinning and gymnastics. Furthermore there is a big swimming pool and a smaller one to do some aqua gymnastics. They have a nice wellness area with saunas (an extra one for ladies only too) , steam bath and a room where you can just relax. While doing sports you can enjoy a nice view over Vienna`s 20th district. The ticket for 1 day costs EUR 25.
The alternative would be the "Club Danube", which many students frequent because they are really cheap. They have 9 fitness clubs in Vienna. There you can do the usual work out, but they offer a lot of gymnastic courses, Tennis, badminton and squash as well. A 2 hours fitness ticket there costs EUR 14 and they have very cheap offers for a 1-month membership. I went to the Club in Erdberg twice and didn`t like it too much, because it didn`t seem to be that clean. The Capoeira lessons I attended there were great though.
During summer time, when the mountains have no snow and the city's ice-skating rinks are closed, the sport-loving viennese will put on their roller blades/skates and start roller skating around Vienna's many parks and skater-friendly lanes and pavements.
Roller blading is very popular in Vienna. They even have a weekly night marathon for roller bladers, and it's held every friday night. There are many people joining this night marathon, that the police even got involved to control the traffic.
Equipment: A pair of roller blades, safety gears such as kneecap and shin covers and skating helmets, comfortable cotton clothing, water bottle and nano iPod (for music lovers!).
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.
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.
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')
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.)
I am always fascinated when I watch the climbers at the climbing wall on the Flakturm in the 6th district Esterhazypark. There are several climbing areas in Vienna, this particular one is open April to October during good weather from 14:00 onwards. To have a go contact the Alpenverein, Vienna section
585 47 48 or look at www.oeav-events.at/
The so-called "Bade-Schiff" is a ship permanentely docked next to Schwedenplatz and it has a swimming-pool in that ship - just take a look at my pictures here.
It is a heated outdoor-pool and there is also a cafe and restaurant and some changing-rooms on the other ship, that also has a "beach" on its top, where you can take a sunbath !
Equipment: bring your VT-thong or Bikini, that should be enough !
If you want to work out while you are on holiday and there is no gym in your hotel then check out one of the many city fitness centres. See the following website for links:
Also try club danube sports centres which offer many different sports activites, (www.clubdanube.at ) there are several around Vienna.
Biking is a part of the every day life of many people who live in Vienna. There are special lanes on the streets for the bikers and a lot of people prefer to use them instead of the public transportation.
It's the same for roller blading. During the summer, spring and autumn months every friday you can join many young people on their ride through downtown Vienna. Actually they are they are skateing arround the first district and the police stops the cars...
If you don't want to wait till Friday you can go to the Donauinsel (Danube Island) where you can enjoy the sites of the Donau City and the green sites of the island.
Equipment: During the summer months you can also play some beach volleyball on the Danube Island (it's close to the U6 Station called Handelskai).
I hate to admit it, but my favourite fun sport is crazy golf. To play in Vienna head to the Prater (U1/tram 5/S1/S2/S3 Praterstern). There are two golf courses, my favourite is the one behind the Riesenrad (big wheel).