Why Sit On A Tour Bus Or Train When You Can Explore Vienna By Bicycle?
Vienna is a fantastic place to discover. You can explore Vienna on two wheels as the city boasts over 1.300 kilometers of bicycle paths. Some of the paths allow you to avoid the city traffic while other paths require more caution. You can explore Vienna by bicycle easily! See the city sights and enjoy Vienna’s scenery.
Lots of stores have bicycles available for purchase, however, if you are on holiday, there are numerous options for places to rent bikes.
What Will It Cost You To Explore Vienna By Bicycle
Around 120 stations have been strategically placed near subway stations or other public transportation, making it easy to explore Vienna and its surroundings.
Renting a bike is both easy and cheap. If you use the services offered by Citybike, the first hour is free.
After that you are charged:
One Euro for a newly started hour (2nd hour)
Two Euros for the next started hour (3rd hour)
Four Euros for each started hour from the 4th to up to the 120th hour (5 days!).
CAUTION: Bike rentals are for a maximum of five days. Bikes not returned or lost will cost you 600 Euros!
Can I Take By Bicycle Everywhere In Vienna?
Vienna’s public transportation also allows you to take your bike with you on the underground. Not sure where to begin? Guided city tours are also available for either half or full-day trips.
You can also use this great app which is mainly for walking tours but will help you explore Vienna on two wheels just as well. Hotels and bed & breakfasts offer great accommodation for cyclists. Upon request, your hotel will offer you free maps and information.
Anything from packed lunches to guides you might need to enjoy your two – wheeled tour of Austria.
Biking Along The Danube & In The Vienna Woods
The best way to explore Vienna by bicycle is to follow the path which takes you along the Danube.
The path begins in Passau, Germany and will lead you all the way to Vienna. Continue along the Danube and the path will take you to Hungary! The “Wienerwald”, or Vienna Woods is a great place for mountain bikers. If that is your thing you will love this bike path!
All routes to explore Vienna are clearly marked, with bike paths for beginners, family trails, or experienced mountain bikers who are up for an adrenaline challenge. You won’t find me there. Never. Ever.
An Unexpected Fun Day Out On Our Bicycles
Let me tell you a little story about a day I got to explore Vienna by bike as well as one of its suburbs.
Now, I am not the fittest person and I have to confess that I have not been on a bike in a little while.
It was not a planned day out for bike-riding. Our intention was to go out and grab a coffee. A sunny day with clear blue skies, to sit outside and relax.
I started talking about how much fun it would be to go for a bike ride along the Danube, not to explore Vienna as I live here, but to enjoy a little scenery. Next thing you know we are on a train heading to Krems, a small town an hour away from Vienna.
We were spending the weekend in Tulln so we were even closer to Krems at this point. The rental spot was closed as the owner had to take care of an emergency. Oh drat! What now?
A nice couple who lived two doors down who had seen us at the entrance of the rental store came out to offer us their bikes! Is this for real? Are you kidding me? You would do that?
And So The Adventure Begins….
Nowadays you do not come across people who are so trusting. Well, they us made the offer and we gladly accepted.
That being said – their bikes were old. Old bikes with only three gears. Hadn’t been on one of these in years! How does the saying go? Beggars can’t be choosers.
Yes, we could have gone back home to switch bikes, put on some trainers, gotten my camera, packed some water and sandwiches into a rucksack – but what’s the fun in all that when you can be spontaneous?
Besides, it would have taken way too long and the entire day would have been over by the time we got back out there.
So here I am biking along the Danube from Krems to Traismauer.
The path is completely flat (no uphill for me this time) – the path is about 19km/12 miles.
If you ride at a comfortable speed, you can complete the path in about 1 hour. So not only can you explore Vienna by bicy cle, you can visit other great places in Austria and see a lot of Austria’s beauty and nature.
We needed 1 hour 20 minutes because I stopped for Ice-Cream (I know, I know!)
Took a moment to enjoy the scenery here. It was beautiful and very quiet for a Sunday.
Being out of shape meant riding back the 19km was tough battle! My butt hurt, my legs hurt.
We returned the bikes and expressed our Thank You’s to the elderly couple.
They invited us in for Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), which we politely declined.
It was time to head back home. We were able to enjoy a nice day out with a bit of an adventure.
Bike Tour and Wine Tasting In The Wachau Valley
Another great way to see one if Vienna’s surroundings is to take the bike tour to the Wachau Valley.
Wine lovers enjoy this tour! Included in the price of a guided tour you visit two wineries for wine tastings, schnapps and liqueur in Austria’s most famous wine region.
Accompanied with amazing scenery you are guaranteed a wonderful cultural experience in the valley voted the Best Historic Destination in the World in 2008.
What do you think of the great ways to explore Vienna by bicycle? Have you been on a bike tour? If so when and where? Share your experiences with me in the comments section below. Would love to hear about your adventures!
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