Wiener Eistraum - a paradise for scaters
Wiener Eistraum is an annual event - all of the square between the Burgtheater and Rathaus / Town Hall will be dedicated as a large place for scating. Long slopes will lead you also through the park, there is music playing outside and also inside various restaurant-tents.
Wiener Eistraum will start end of January
09.00a.m.-04.00p.m. you pay 3,50 / children 2,50 / families 8,50
04.00p.m.-11.00p.m. the prices are : 5,00 / 4,00 / 13,- Euros
Equipment: Bring your own equipment or simply rent it there against a small fee. Even the toilets may be reached with your scates on !!
The fee for renting a pair of scating-shoes was 6 Euros in 2006 (3,80 Euros for children)
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Jogging in the Kaiser's park in Schönbrunn
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 !!
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The public bath “Margaretenbad“
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.
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.
Sports-travel Anno 1789...
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.
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Roller Blading in Vienna's Many Parks
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!).
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Fishing on Donaukanal
Fishing on Donaukanal was one of surprises for me. Next to the Urania I saw a fisherman. I didn't see others and I don't know it is legal. In that case I assume that it would be a many others here or not it is not so peaceful place.
Equipment: Fisherman gear.
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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.
(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.
Relaxation in city park
There is a many parks trough big Vienna but one sure is a one of attraction in city center area. It is a Burggarten, of course. It is a one stop of city organized tour but for Viennese is a place of relaxation.
It is nice to see a such a great place surrounding with many historical monuments. I visit several garden: Burggarten, Volksgarden, Schonbrunn park and Sigmund Freud park.
In the Burggarten there is huge Neue Burg building and greenhouse - houses of butterfly today. You can hear a word "jugendstil" and it has to do with architecture. If you in to you can bring your camera or crayons and sketchbook.
Even you want to relax after your walking tour or you "hide" from expensive city cafe bars also try to rest or you try to practice some of outdoor activity this is a good place for you. It is Ideal place for picnic and relax, to spend day with your family or with your pets. There is plenty of green grass where many people sit on. There is also many benches mostly with shadow under huge threes.
Equipment: Depend what is a reason your visit, there no especial dress code even you on probably on royal ground.
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During my strolling trough Vienna's center I saw a several young people with sketchbook and crayons. It was on small back street next to the St. Rupert church. I don't know it is part of some lessons or just fun and even what is their main motif: church or St. Rupert sculpture. Still, it is fantastic way to spend some time in city.
Equipment: sketchbook and crayons
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Outdoor Swimming Pool
Outdoor Swimming Pool is a great way to spend a time in city during hot summer days. I found a pool that is actually part of some boat on Danube. So, water on water. It is a great place for whole family.
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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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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.)
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/
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