If you never thought trail running and a big city can go hand in hand - you will be surprised! In Austria’s capital city Vienna, at any rate, you will find many options if you prefer to take narrow, winding trails or panoramic rock paths rather than concrete pavements. With excellent infrastructure and the Vienna Woods a stone’s throw from the city center, you can turn your back on the urban hustle and bustle in no time at all and find yourself on secluded trails where you can let your energy run wild.
In this Collection, we show you seven different ways to pursue your trail running passion without having to travel far. Even better still, all of our routes can be reached quickly and easily with Vienna's public transport. All you have to do is tie your shoes, get on a bus or S-Bahn and you're ready to go. It's up to you whether you decide to go for a short after-work run in Vienna’s green countryside or whether you prefer to go for a long run on the outskirts of the city where you can enjoy breathtaking views and breath that holiday feeling.
On the edge of the Vienna Basin, in the very south of Vienna, is Mödling with its Kalenderberg, a popular recreational area about 15 kilometers from the city center of Vienna. This short run is ideal for getting out into the green with little effort, walking on beautiful trails and enjoying fantastic views with alpine character.At the Kalenderberg, the sights line up like a string of pearls: the Lichtenstein Castle, the black tower, the eye glasses, various caves and striking rocks - all this not only attracts runners, of course. Over the mountain, however, many small and sometimes quite demanding trails are far away from the main roads, so you can turn your round (s) undisturbed: If you do not like the 4.3 kilometers of this tour, just hang out or try one few trail variants off.If you come by car, you can park it in the parking lot below Lichtenstein Castle. If you prefer public transport, take the S2 or S3 from the center of Vienna to Mödling. From the train station to the Kalenderberg it is then on foot about 1.5 kilometers.
North of Vienna on the edge of the Vienna Woods lie the Kahlenberg, the Hermannskogel and the Cobenzl. Here is one of the most popular destinations in Vienna, the 484 meter high vantage point on the Kahlenberg. No wonder, as it is quick and easy to reach from the city, yet offers a beautiful nature experience with a perfect view. Just off the beaten tourist track, runners also get their money's worth: in the hilly terrain, many steep and demanding trails await your discovery.This route largely follows the route of the Vienna Trail Run, a running event that takes place for the fourth time in August 2019. In principle, this route even combines two circuits, because it is laid out as eight. So you have the choice: If you decide for the little lap, wait a little over six kilometers and just under 300 meters in altitude. The big round, however, is almost 18 kilometers long and you master 690 vertical meters on mainly asphalt-free gravel roads and trails.If you wish to travel by public transport, it is best to take the 38A bus from Heiligenstadt. The stop Sulzwiese is located directly on the route, so you can start here. If you come by car, you can park it in the parking lot on the Danube right at the start of this tour. The timetable of the bus connection can be found here: wienerlinien.at/media/download/2016/Linie_38A_200361.pdf
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The Lainzer Tiergarten is located west of Vienna and does not have much to do with a normal zoo. The vast, 2,450 hectare site is a nature reserve with extensive forest areas populated by wild game. Around the site runs a wall, which is mostly accompanied by paths and trails. And exactly these invite you to a round about 22 kilometers long run, which indeed demands a lot from you with its 560 meters, but for experienced runners is easy to master.The route is varied and runs through forest, meadows and fields. Sometimes you walk on wide gravel paths, sometimes on wonderfully narrow forest trails and trails. At the beginning of the lap and at the end you can expect longer paved sections, which you can use as a warmup and cooldown program. One thing is quite consistent throughout the round: the wall around the zoo almost always accompanies you.The Nikolaitor des Tierparks, where the route starts, can be reached from Vienna's Westbahnhof in just five minutes by regional express. But even with the car, the zoo is quickly reached - this round is perfect if you have little time and still want to run a long round.
This round about 14 kilometers long is ideal especially for trail running beginners. You run mostly on quiet forest roads and sometimes turn on narrow forest roads and singletrack - asphalt, however, you are looking for mostly in vain. Perfect for enjoying the tranquility and nature of the Vienna Woods. At the same time, you can get a taste of the trail running sport without overstraining yourself - even if the distance and the difference in height naturally require a certain level of fitness.If you've got the taste, you can easily extend the round and increase the claim: There are many beautiful trails and trails that can be combined into long runs.Start of the run is in Purkersdorf, a small town in the Vienna Woods west of Vienna. With the S50 or the regional express you reach the starting point of our route from Vienna in few minutes.
Rodaun is a small district of Vienna far out in the southwest of the city. It lies at the entrance of the short Liesing river, which leaves here from the eastern Wienerwald and flows through Vienna to its mouth at Schwechat. Along the banks of the Liesing starts this challenging run, which leads you up and down on varied trails of the Föhrenberge Nature Park.From Liesing train station, it does not take long to walk on a beautiful trail along the Liesing to the actual venue of this tour: the Föhrenberge Nature Park, which welcomes you with wonderful trails and a demanding ups and downs. Lush meadows, extensive dry grassland and naturally extensive forest areas with the eponymous black pines (also called black pines) are a wonderful backdrop for a great trail running experience at the gates of Vienna. No wonder that mountain bikers feel extremely well on the beautiful trails.From Vienna you can take the S-Bahn fast to the start of the tour at the station Liesing. You can save around five kilometers by taking the tram line 60 from Vienna's Westbahnhof to the final stop in Rodaun (and thus very close to the route), but the journey takes a bit longer. Of course, the journey by car is possible, which you can park in a parking lot on the outskirts of Rodaun. You find your suitable connection here: wienerlinien.at.
North of Vienna lies the Bisamberg, a Viennese local mountain with a turbulent history. Once completely wooded, cleared in the 18th century for viticulture, plowed in the First World War to the military training area and today? Today you will find here an extremely varied nature area due to the versatile use, which provides a home to many rare plants and animals and is protected as a "Natura 2000" area.And you will find two distinctive features on the Bisamberg: On the one hand the fantastic view, which offers itself again and again. On the other hand, the many, sometimes challenging trails and trails that meander through the entire area. Particularly striking are the hollow paths that have dug into the soft loess soil over the centuries. The sunny vineyards, however, provide a southern flair and if you want to end the day after your run the day quite relaxed, you can do this to regional wine in a cozy tavern in the village Bisamberg.This 15-kilometer long running track is quite demanding. It goes steeply uphill and downhill and you run partly on loose, stony trails. And all this right outside the city: the S-Bahn line S4 will take you comfortably in about half an hour directly to the start of the run at the S-Bahn station Bisamberg.
This round is perfect when the time is short, but it still itches in your legs. Because you start in the middle of Vienna, you walk through the green landscape of the Prater and you are also spontaneous, because the many small paths and paths can be combined arbitrarily.The Prater is much more than the world famous entertainment mile. The Prater is a public green area of about six square kilometers directly on the Danube. Once upon a time, the terrain here was a pasture landscape and even if it is now a large park, you can spend a pleasurable time in the countryside here. Of course you are not the only person looking for relaxation in the middle of the city and you do not run on alpine mountain paths. But the further you move away from the main avenue, the quieter it becomes and the narrower the paths and paths become. In this way, you can put together a simple, but quite varied run. Although he occasionally crosses an asphalt road, on the whole you use unpaved roads.If you do not start directly from the center of Vienna, this route is still easily accessible. Around the Prater there are several subway stations, just pick the right one out - because our route is a circuit, you can start where you want. The right connection can be found here: wienerlinien.at.