Cyclists on the Ringstrasse boulevard
© WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

The best bike tours through Vienna

Once you've explored the city by bike, you'll want to do so again and again. It offers you speed, mobility and independence. With so many bike paths and opportunities for discovering Vienna's best spots, choosing the best tour is difficult. Here's a selection of the best bike tours through Vienna:

Tip: If you don't have your own bike, you're sure to find a suitable bike for your city trip at a bike rental outlet.

The classic: Right around the Ringstrasse boulevard

  • Start: Stadtpark
  • Length: approx. 5.5 km
  • Tip: Only here will you find so many magnificent buildings all at once.

The name says it all: The Ringstrasse encircles Vienna's old city. The tour starts and ends wherever you like – for example, at the golden Johann Strauss monument in the Stadtpark. Along the Ringstrasse, you'll ride past magnificent symbols of Vienna: State Opera, Imperial Palace, Volksgarten, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Naturhistorisches Museum, Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater and University.

Caution: Things can get fast here! Because where you see the Votive Church a little way off the bike path, the Ringstrasse makes a slight bend and you soon reach the Danube Canal. At the Danube Canal, you can either continue along to the Old City until you bend to the right at the Urania and close the loop of the Ringstrasse, or cycle along the promenade down by the canal.

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The Ringstrasse tour to download.

Cyclists on the bike path along Ringstrasse boulevard

The bike path leads right around the Ring.

© WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud
View of the Ringstrasse boulevard
© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Danube-Canale Grande for cyclists

  • Start: Spittelau
  • Length: approx. 7 km
  • Tip: Vienna's biggest graffiti scene on the banks of the Danube Canal will make the kilometers fly by

There's something relaxing about cycling by the water. A car-free ride is often possible on the promenades. On the Danube Canal bike path, you'll ride right through Vienna. Start at the artistically designed waste incineration facility in Spittelau and, in summer, be seduced by refreshments and a snack in one of the beach bars half-way along the Danube Canal promenade.

Caution: Due to construction work, the section at Erdberg is closed until the end of March 2020. However, the short diversion is well signed and leads via Erdbergstrasse. Or cycle left over the Stadionbrücke bridge straight into the green Prater, along the main avenue, past the Lusthaus, from where you go straight on to Danube Island.

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Danube Canal tour to download.

Danube Cycle Path

  • Start: Klosterneuburg
  • Length: approx. 50 km
  • Tip: Take binoculars with you and keep an eye open for wild animals in the Lobau.

All cycle paths lead to Vienna — at least the Danube Cycle Path does, one of the most beautiful bicycle routes in Europe. It begins in Passau and, on its journey to the mouth of the Danube at the Black Sea, passes Linz, the Wachau, Klosterneuburg and, of course, through Vienna. From the west of the city, it's off to the east, into the Donau-Auen National Park. The Lobau is a unique habitat for beavers, kingfishers and even sea eagles. It numbers amongst the biggest intact wetland landscapes in Central Europe.

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Danube Cycle Path to download.

Free ride through the Wiental

  • Start: The Wien river/Hofjägerstrasse
  • End: Ringstrasse
  • Length: approx. 13 km
  • Tip: Remember your bicycle lock! The Klimt Villa isn't far off this route and a detour is definitely worthwhile.

The Wiental bike path is perfectly suited for an almost traffic-free bike tour. The entrance to the Lainz Game Reserve, a unique conservation area, is located right on the bike path. Apart from cycling past Schönbrunn Palace, you can also marvel at Otto Wagner’s city rail architecture, the Hofpavillon Hietzing and the Otto Wagner bridge. The bike path leads you to the Ringstrasse.

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The Wiental Bike Path map to download.

Cooling off in the Lobau

The Lobau provides shade in summer and enables cozy cycling

© Forst- und Landwirtschaftsbetrieb der Stadt Wien
Klimt Villa, north façade

The Klimt Villa is always worth a detour

© Baris Alakus 2014
Schönbrunn Palace with pond

The bike path leads right past Schönbrunn Palace

© WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud
Wagner's Court Pavilion in Hietzing

The buildings of Otto Wagner are a special feast for the eyes

© WienTourismus/Gregor Hofbauer

Tip: Cycling safely through Vienna

Read here to find out what you have to watch out for when cycling in Vienna.

With the free bicycle app for Vienna, you can navigate your way along the tour and also download the navigation pack for the whole of Vienna. Download additional GPX and KML files at www.bikemap.net.

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