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The Prater is the green oasis in the center of Vienna, and an Eldorado for athletic types and leisure seekers.
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Start at Marienbrücke near Schwedenplatz (U1, U4, tram 1, 2) and continue along Franz-Josefs-Kai to Urania. There, turn onto the Sightseeing Bicycle Path Ringstrasse, which will take you along this splendid avenue around the old city - passing many of Vienna's best attractions.
Take a look at the splendor of art nouveau at Otto Wagner's Postsparkasse (Post Office Savings Bank), stop to take a picture of the golden Johann Strauss monument in Vienna's City Park, and ride past the Vienna State Opera - one of the most renowned opera houses in the world, with a constantly changing schedule on 300 days per year.
The Imperial Palace greets you with imperial magnificence, the Museum of Fine Arts across the street boasts the largest collection of Bruegels in the world, and the new MuseumsQuartier behind it is among the ten largest museum districts in the world. And of course, the dinosaur skeletons at Vienna's Museum of Natural History are a highlight for young and old alike.
The Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater and University offer a representative sample of late nineteenth century architecture. At the place where you can see the neo-gothic Votivkirche, the Ring slopes slightly downward. This means that you might move a little faster on your way down to the Danube Canal - please pay special attention to crossing traffic (there is also a tram crossing).
At the Danube Canal you have the choice to either bike along the promenade at the canal itself (exit ramp on the left, near Augartenbrücke), or continue along the old city - in both cases, you will return to your starting point after 4.5 kilometers of pedalling, with a wealth of new impressions.
... such as the Danube Canal bicycle path, the Wiental bicycle path or the adventure bicycle path "Dampfross & Drahtesel" (along an old railway route) can be found on the website of the City of Vienna:
If you pedal west of the city center on the Danube Bicycle Path, the attractive route will take you along the Danube into the idyllic Kahlenbergerdorf. This quaint village at the foot of the Leopoldsberg has maintained its original appearance as a wine-growing center and is famous for its Heurige. Particularly athletic bicyclists will continue along the route to Klosterneuburg and visit its 900-year-old abbey.
We advise that you plan your bicycle trip with the help of a city map - for example the City Map of the Vienna Tourist Board, which is available free of charge at your hotel or at Tourist Information (1st district, Albertinaplatz, daily from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.) or with a Bicycle Map of Vienna. Your hotel will also provide tips.