Vienna Ice Skating Club
© Wiener Eislauf-Verein

Winter sports

From now until March is ice time in Vienna, which means that ice skating, curling, and walks in snowy parks are now part of the leisure program. Of course, there's no shortage of warm alternatives, such as bathing in hot thermal sprints or a strenuous indoor workout.

Skating like in a fairytale

Vienna's only rooftop ice rink is the Engelmann Artificial Ice Rink. It was established over 100 years ago as the first open-air artificial ice rink in the world and has been located on the roof of a building in the 17th district since the 1970s – rounds on the ice are made directly under the open sky. Fancy a Viennese winter fairytale? From the middle of January to the beginning of March, you can glide in front of the magnificent backdrop of City Hall and on the romantic paths through the fairytale setting of City Hall Park at the Vienna Ice World.

Artistic turns under the open sky can also be made at the Vienna Ice Skating Club near the Stadtpark - the Vienna Ice Skating Club was established in 1867 and is over 150 years old! Fun making big loops is also offered by the Erste Bank Arena and the Wiener Stadthalle, where skating is also possible in the summer months in the "EisStadthalle".

Thermal spas and wellness

A snowy or rainy afternoon also belongs to winter in Vienna. What luck then that you can be almost right in front of the entrance to Therme Wien, Vienna's thermal baths in 16 minutes with subway line 1. Hot baths are also waiting to be visited in the oriental hammam Aux Gazelles


With sufficient snowfall, several centrally located meadows of Vienna's parks transform into toboggan runs. When temperatures drop below freezing, snow machines help with artificial snow in the Prater, on the hill of the Jesuitenwiese meadow, or on the Kaffeehausberg in the Donaupark.


You can go curling in Vienna at the Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz from November. At the Vienna Ice World, there are another eight lanes from the middle of January on which curling players can put their skills to the test. At Winter Awakening in MQ, you can let the stones glide on two curling lanes. Around the Badeschiff (Pool Boat), the "ParadEIS" on the Danube Canal promises a successful winter's evening with four curling lanes. A couple of meters further along the Danube Canal, you can play particularly well on two artificial lanes in the Feuerdorf.

ParadEis Badeschiff Vienna

Curling on the Badeschiff (Pool Boat)

Winter in the MuseumsQuartier

Curling at the Winter Awakening in MQ

© Alexander Eugen Koller

Winter walks

Baroque Viennese parks and gardens are a feast for the eyes, not only in summer. The imperial parks and Baroque boulevards also have something to offer in winter. The only thing to note are the revised opening hours. Mostly, the gardens open a little later and close earlier. What about, for example, a nice walk through the Augarten in the 2nd district? The neatly trimmed walkways and hedges are eye-catching, even without leaves.

Into the warm

When it's ice cold outside, things get hot in Vienna's sports and fun halls with a broad range of indoor sports such as climbing, tennis, and badminton. You can get sweating in many Viennese fitness studios. In winter, swimmers complete their laps in an indoor pool of their choice – the Amalienbad is a hot tip for all fans of Art Nouveau. Or what about a relaxing yoga session?

Engelmann artificial ice rink

Syringgasse 6-14, 1170 Wien
  • Opening times

    • 26 October to 08 March
    • Mo, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 21:30
    • We, 09:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 21:30
    • Fr, 09:00 - 21:30
    • Sa, 09:00 - 19:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 19:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 19:00
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Vienna Ice World

Rathausplatz, 1010 Wien
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Wiener Eislaufverein

Lothringerstraße 22, 1030 Wien
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Erste Bank Arena

Attemsgasse 1, 1220 Wien
  • Opening times

    • 05 October to 28 March
    • Sa, 13:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays - Su, 09:00 - 17:00
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Therme Wien - Vienna's thermal baths

Kurbadstraße 14 , 1100 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 09:00 - 22:00
    • Tu, 09:00 - 22:00
    • We, 09:00 - 22:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 22:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 22:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 08:00 - 22:00
    • Closed: Dec 24; Dec 31 8–14, last admission: 11
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Aux Gazelles

Rahlgasse 5, 1060 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Restaurant Tu - Sa, 11:30 - 00:00
    • Hammam & Salon de Beauté We - Sa, 12:00 - 20:00
    • Hammam & Brunch Su, 11:00 - 18:00
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Playground on the Jesuitenwiese meadow

Prater, 1020 Wien
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MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        6 parking spaces within the MuseumsQuartier complex
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair service in the MQ-Point by the main entrance: daily 10 am – 7 pm free rental (form of ID left as a deposit). Inductive audio systems in the auditoriums (Hall E + G).
      Seeing-eye dogs by prior arrangement with the respective cultural institutions.

    • Comments

      Access to all MuseumsQuartier institutions: no steps. All public elevators are suitable for wheelchairs.


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Donaukanal (Schwedenplatz/Urania), 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Pool in summer daily, 08:00 - 22:00
    • Bar (Summer) daily, 10:00 - 01:00
    • Kitchen (Summer) daily, 12:00 - 22:00
    • Bar (Winter) Mo, 16:00 - 23:00
    • Bar (Winter) Tu - Su, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Kitchen (Winter) Tu - Fr, 12:00 - 15:00
    • Kitchen (Winter) Tu - Fr, 18:00 - 22:00
    • Kitchen (Winter) Sa, 16:00 - 22:00
    • Kitchen (Winter) Su, 11:00 - 16:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  240  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 300  cm  long ,   240  cm  wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      From mid-November-4 real ice-tracks, of which ice rink #3 accessible.

    • Comments

      Inclusive business

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Danube canal promenade

Donaukanal, 1010 Wien
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Amalienbad Pool

Reumannplatz 23, 1100 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 09:00 - 18:00
    • We, 09:00 - 21:30
    • Th, 07:00 - 21:30
    • Fr, 09:00 - 21:30
    • Sa, 07:00 - 20:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 18:00
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