Vienna, Austria

Prater Park

Parks und Garten

Prater Park is a classic European park, dating back to 1766. There are lots of facilities in the park, including restaurants, cafes, a tower, an amusement park, and an iconic giant Ferris Wheel.

The running highlight is the 4.5 km long, tree-lined Hauptallee, a tree-lined, grand path which is unique for its length and straighness — so much so that Eliud Kipchoge successfully ran a sub-2 hour marathon there in 2018. We’ve mapped a there and back, with a slight detour onto the waterside path at the southeastern end. For variety, enjoy additional paths running off the Hauptallee, some of the remote trails, or the fields of the Arenawiese area.

Another running highlight is the 11 km Prater Trail (Wanderweg 9), a ‘hiking route’ (quite easy surface) that circles around the park. Look for the Stadtwanderweg 9 signs. (Detailed description).

Add-Ons: for more mileage or variety, head north of Prater for 1 km to Augarten, a Baroque-style park with a royal palace. There are several km of paths in here, about 1.5 km end-to-end or nearly 4 km around the perimeter. Also additional nearby paths on the Danube Canal.

Essentials
  • Hauptallee is 9 km (5.6 miles) out and backl; Prater Trail is 11 km (6.8 miles)
  • Flat
  • Any point in park, but Praterstern traffic (Leopoldstadt) circle is a good spot
  • Subway: Praterstern U1 & U2.