The Prater comprises 6 million square meters. Expansive meadows and forests as well as a great deal of water offer the ideal surrounding for relaxed walks, spirited hikes, extensive jogging, skating and bicycle tours, and much more. Indulge youself...
The "main artery" of the Green Prater is the 4,5 kilometer-long Hauptallee, a straight and wide avenue between Praterstern (Underground, Suburban railroad, streetcar and bus) and the Lusthaus, a former hunting pavilion turned into a restaurant.
Many runners know the avenue, which is marked by distance signs and running checkpoints, from the Vienna Marathon, where it is known as a notoriously long and hard haul. Inline skaters find more enjoyment on this tree-lined avenue, which is also frequented by pedestrians, bicyclists and sometimes by old-fashioned Viennese horse-drawn carriages (Fiaker).
If you want to get to know this splendid promenade in a leisurely way, rent a bicycle, or even a "Pedi cab" (a bicycle rickshaw) - or step onto the "Liliputbahn" miniature railroad, which leaves near the Riesenrad and takes you to the Ernst Happel statium in the Prater.
You will pass not only the BMX rink for cool bikers and boarders, but also the public swimming pool Stadionbad, which offers cool and modern relaxation from May to September.
Off the Main Avenue
If you take a few steps from the main artey of the Prater, the Hauptallee, you will find yourself in a vast area of meadows, forests, and former side branches of the Danube. In addition to solitary walks and hikes, you can take a boat (rental at Heustadelwasser) as well as discover the area high atop a horse.
Golfers may want to play a round at the Freudenau Golf Club right behind the Lusthaus, but if your heart rate spikes during horse races, you may want to attend one of the events of the Vienna trotting race society behind the Vienna trade fair grounds.