Stadtwanderweg 9 - Prater

A loop with numerous recreation opportunities and a dose of nature in The Prater, a large public park and green space near the city center.

Hiking Easy

Distance
13 km
Ascent
34 m
Descent
34 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
153 m
High Point
162 m
Gradient
Stadtwanderweg 9 - Prater Map

This city hiking path explores The Prater, Vienna’s huge public park in Leopoldstadt. The path begins along the Hauptallee and near the amusement park, but soon finds peace and quiet in the “Green Prater,” which is the larger and more natural portion of the park. It’s a mosaic of forests, fields, and waters interlaced with pathways–a getaway to nature in the middle of the city.

Description

The Prater boasts a diversity of recreation opportunities. If you don’t care for roller coasters and ferris wheels, you can surely find something else to enjoy. Take, for instance, the arrow-straight roadway called Hauptallee, which is lined with chestnut trees that light up in fall. It’s closed to motor vehicles, reserved for foot and bicycle travel only, and famously makes part of the course for the Vienna Marathon.

The Prater also has public sports fields, playgrounds, a disc golf course, skatepark, and slackline park. There are opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, dining, and numerous other forms of leisure. You can also learn a bit of Viennese history in signs and monuments throughout the park.

Natural attractions include: tracts of forest and the creatures that live in them, landscaped gardens, and water features. A section of the city hiking path goes along Heustadelwasser, an old channel of the Danube that’s now a calm, elongate pond surrounded by trees.

For food and drink, you may want to stop at Lusthaus, a former hunting lodge turned classy restaurant. Additional food options can be found along the bounds of The Prater, especially in the vicinity of the amusement park.

Stadtwanderweg 9 explores all of this, on a mix of dirt and paved paths that encircle most of The Prater. There are, of course, many other paths in the park as well, so there’s no reason not to venture off route to find more.

Sources: https://www.wien.gv.at/umwelt/wald/freizeit/wandern/wege/wanderweg9.html https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/prater/green-prater

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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