The Prater is the green oasis in the center of Vienna, and an Eldorado for athletic types and leisure seekers.
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On the Jesuit Meadow in Vienna's Prater, not far from the amusement park of the same name, there are two courts, which you can use free of charge and without registration. There are usually sufficient players on site, who have brought a net along and have already set it up.
It is exactly the same situation on the Danube Island, where one of the oldest and most traditional beaches in Austria is situated, between the Floridsdorfer and Brigittenauer bridge, - a centre court with banks of earth as natural tribunes on three sides. In addition to this, there are two courts without tribunes directly behind these.
In the summer, the grounds of the Vienna Ice Skating Club, adjacent to the Vienna Konzerthaus, becomes the Sand in the City beach club. Beneath palm trees and on the finest sand (2 floodlit courts, reservation and prices at www.sandinthecity.at), people come to play beach volleyball, pump iron at the fitness facilities and refresh themselves afterwards at the food stalls. DJs provide the right atmosphere during the evenings.
Another summer oasis, the Summer Stage at the Danube Canal, has - in addition to an extremely cosy chill-out gastro area - a fenced-in beach volleyball court with floodlighting, which can be rented for a fee, if available (enquiries: Tel. +43 1 319 66 44-10).
The Vienna City Beach Club offers two very nice courts and an ambiance for a nice chill out, just aside the Danube river. Get a drink at the Barefoot Bar and take a seat in one of the deck chairs.