Vienna may not be the obvious winter sports destination. For a break from sightseeing, however, a few excellent places in and around Austria’s capital invite for ice skating, ice curling, tobogganing, cross country skiing and even Alpine skiing.
Since Vienna hosts several excellent ice skating places this is the easiest winter sport to integrate into a city break. Most prominently, you can ice skate directly in front of Vienna’s City Hall during the festive Christmas market. After that, the ice rink will be extended to cover the full square, with several paths meandering across the park. Secondly, Vienna’s Ice Skating Association (Wiener Eislaufverein) runs a more than 6,000 square meter large rink between Wiener Konzerthaus and Stadtpark next to the city center. At both locations you can rent ice skates.
During a period of icy cold days well below 0 degrees Celsius, lovers of natural ice skating