Vienna, Austria

Europe’s 7th largest city, Vienna, Austria is an architectural and cultural wonder. Regarded as the ‘City of Music’, Vienna has a fascinating mix of medieval and baroque architecture, more than 100 museums, and a city center designed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s also one of world’s top convention destinations. The geography is defined by the Danube River, which runs through the city, and the Ringstraße (Ring Road), which surrounds Vienna’s historic center, and is lined with grand buildings, monuments, and parks. Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Vienna, we highly recommend partner Go! Running Tours

There is wonderful running in Vienna, with a great variety, easily accessible. The centerpiece are three separate routes along the Danube: the main river paths, the 21 km path along the adjoining Donauinsel (Danube Island), and the canal. There are several city parks with beautiful gardens and tree-lined paths, notably the Prater and the paths inside Schönbrunner Schlosspark. One can also put together a great ‘runseeing’ tour involving the Ringstraße and several parks and paths running off it.  Several larger parks within 10 km of the city offer longer pastoral paths and more involved woods and trail running opportunities. The central part of the Vienna is fairly flat but just on the outskirts there are some great opportunities to do some hills.

Vienna’s public transport is extensive. There are 5 subway lines, trams/light rail, buses, and trains. Nearly all of our routes are accessible by public transport, which also facilitates one way runs.

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Vienna, Austria

Baroque style park, with palace, playing fields, and elaborate flower gardens. Gravel paths and impressive shady avenues of chestnut, lime, ash, and maple crisscross the park. 130 acres, 3km perimeter.

Vienna is located in northeastern Austria, at the easternmost extension of the Alps in the Vienna Basin. The city’s climate is a  transition of oceanic and humid subtropical climate. Summers are warm, with average highs of 25C (79F), and occasionally hot days. Winters are cold but not frigid, with temperatures hovering around freezing. Even though rainfall, at 20-25 inches per year is relatively spread out, there are frequent stretches of overcast.  Vienna averages about 25 inches of snow annually.  For winter running, bring layers and be aware of potential ice and snow.

With its relatively northern latitude, winter days are shorter and summer days are deliciously long.

Vienna is an important business city and popular tourist destination. There’s a large number of centrally located hotels. Most of them are on the western side of the river, and near or inside the Ring Road. You will want to stay inside of the outer loop road, Rt. 221, and the A23 to the south. Nearly all of our routes, except the outer parks, are accessible from these main hotels, especially using the extensive and effective transport.


There are several independent running stores in Vienna, centrally located (see our map).

Tony’s Laufshop. Near Leopoldstadt and the canal path.

WEMOVE Running Store. Near the Hilton and Stadtpark. There are some group runs.

wmns running store. Store focused on women’s running.

OL-Shop. Outdoor goods store, with running gear.

Laufsport Blutsch. A bit further afield.

Puma Store. In shopping area near Neubaugasse subway.

Group Runs (paid, guided running tours)

These two companies offer wonderful guided running tours of Vienna.

Vienna SightRunning

Four different routes through the city on its running tours. Participants can choose between a run through the Old City (classic and extended route), a route from the Wien River to Danube Island, and the final option: a run along the Danube to Kahlenbergerdorf. Individual tours are also put together for groups.


There are currently ten different routes, such as the classic “The Ring”, as well as more unusual ones, such as the Melange route – on the trails of Vienna’s coffee house culture – or a “hip and trendy” ShopRun.

Vienna Running Calendar
Austria Road Race Calendar

Vienna City Marathon April. More than 40,000 participants come to Vienna for the mega-event every year.

New Year’s Eve Run  (in German)

Wien Energie Halbmarathon Half Marathon in March/April. Along the water.

Laufen hilft – Österreichs Laufopening  “Running helps” in March, Website only in German

Austrian Women’s Run  May

X-Cross Run (obstacle course in June at Krieau & Prater – Website only in German)

wienathlon – run.climb.jump Obstacle course in the Kurpark Oberlaa in June.

Vienna Night Run (Sept./Oct.)

DM Women’s Run. May. 5 & 10 km routes.  Visit website

International High Road Running. International Viennese High-Altitude Run and International Run of the Bald. September/October.