A relative newcomer on the marathon stage, Vienna has been hosting runners on the world marathon route since 1984. Last year’s marathon saw around 12,000 athletes complete the course which runs through some of the Austrian capital’s most stunning sights.
The route passes the grand Vienna State Opera, the expansive Schönbrunn Palace and the absolutely spectacular Vienna City Hall (aka Rathaus). If you want to witness all of Vienna’s must-see attractions in one go this is certainly the way to do it!
Not only does the marathon weekend host those mad enough to complete the 26.2-mile course, but it also gives everyone else a chance to get involved too. Whether you choose the full or half marathon or one of the shorter 10km, 4km or 2km routes, you’ll be sure to enjoy the friendly support of the Austrian locals and tourists alike.
Of course, a marathon wouldn’t be a marathon without a Carb Loading Party the night before and Vienna doesn’t disappoint! Dine on hearty pasta dishes and delicious Viennese pancakes in the City Hall. Such a stunning location for a pre-marathon meal!
Where else in the world will you run across the River Danube while listening to the melody of the Danube Waltz by Johann Strauß?!
Vienna’s marathon route is fairly flat and with supportive crowds, extraordinary architecture and the vision of an Austrian beer at the end you’ll find it easy to reach the finish line!
The Vienna Marathon begins at the Vienna International Centre (known locally as UNO City) which can be accessed by taking line U1 of the Vienna U-Bahn to Kaisermühlen/VIC station.
The route then progresses over the Imperial Bridge and runs along the Donaukanal all the way down to the Opera. Runners continue past the Schönbrunn Palace, Heldenplatz and onto Alsergrund. The Praterstern square or the left side of the Danube are great places to stand as you will have the chance to spot marathon runners twice during the course.
Vienna is a great city to explore on foot as there are so many tourist attractions you can spot while walking from one park or square to another. However, if you’d rather not walk, the city transport links are good too. At weekends, Vienna’s underground system remains open to the public all night so you’ll be able to catch a metro back to your hotel or apartment at any time. Single journeys on the metro cost €2.20 or you can purchase a 24h or 72h ticket.
The CAT train takes you from the airport to the city in just 16 minutes so you can settle into your accommodation before discovering the city.
Vienna is a well-connected city so you really have the whole capital at your disposal when deciding where to stay. If you’re looking for top quality chain hotels Vienna features Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental hotels so you’ll know what you are getting. Alternatively, you could choose a guest house or Airbnb for a more personalised visit.
Innere Stadt is the historic tourist centre of the city so you’ll be close to plenty of attractions, Wieden has a laid-back vibe with Art Nouveau buildings and Mariahilf is great for shopping!
The only place we wouldn’t recommend particularly is Gürtel as the area doesn’t have the best reputation.
Take a look at the map below which shows a number of hotels and Airbnb’s which are convenient for the Vienna Marathon.
Whilst the marathon is actually taking place you may be too enthralled in the race to actually take in any sights. But if you do fancy exploring, take a look at the course map to see which attractions may be en route. Even simply standing by some of Vienna’s buildings while waiting for your loved ones to pass by during the race can be fascinating in itself. The City Hall is stunning as are the palaces, platzes and green spaces as well as the buildings of the Ringstrasse boulevard.
The next Vienna Marathon will take place on 19th April 2020.
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