Vienna has a large number of extensive parks within about 10 km from the city. Many of them present wonderful opportunities for running. Below are our top picks. Thanks to Savoteur Vienna for their help with this selection.
Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark. 18th district, 10km northwest of the city. Tramline 41. Wonderful gardens, and giant sequoias lining the avenue that used to be the main entrance to the palace. About 3 km of paths. Particularly pretty in spring, when azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom. Good to combine with Pötzleinsdorfer Castle-park, 1 km away, with several km of paths, or with 300 meter Hackenberg Hill, from Sieveringer cemetery and ending at Sieveringer Straße.
Schwarzenbergpark. Next to Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark. Accessible by Tram 43. Wonderful opportunities for trail running and hills. Also enjoy the Schwarzenbergallee, lined with trees. To cover a full 7-kilometer distance, you’ll have to run up to the Jagdhütte at the Grünbergwiese.
Lainzer Tiergarten. 6,000 acre wildlife preserve, dating back to 1561, in the 13th district, about 13 km southwest of the city. Great mix of paved and gravel paths and trails. 22 km wall around the park. 7 gates. Parts only open March-November.
Steinhofgründe. Park 12 km west of Vienna, and near Tiergarten. Park with church and about 3 km around the perimeter paths. Gentle hills, fruit trees, meadows, and for hill lovers, a staircase on the east side of the wall.
Wienerberg Park. Pleasant park and recreation area 10 km southwest of the city. Wooded trails, fields, and a lake. About 3.2 km (2 miles) around the perimeter paths. Predefined running-checkpoints Reachable by Light Rail 67, 65A, 261 and 265 bus lines.
Wienerwald (Vienna Woods). Forested highlands that form the northeastern foothills of the Northern Limestone Alps in the states of Lower Austria and Vienna. Huge area, comprising 30,000 acres and seven Viennese districts, some 45 km (28 mi) long and 20–30 km (12–19 mi) wide. Designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. and range from heavily wooded trails to more popular recreation areas. Extensive walking and hiking trails, including meadows, pastures, fields and vineyards.