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The "main artery" of the green Prater is the 4.5 kilometer-long Hauptallee. Straight as a ribbon, this broad boulevard between Praterstern and Lusthaus, a restaurant that was once an imperial hunting pavilion, is lined by 2,500 trees.
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 much 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 Happen stadium 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.
Take a few steps away from the main avenue of the Prater and you will find an expansive area of meadows, woods and former Danube channels. The best way is to follow the signs on the 13 kilometer-long City Hiking Trail 9, which takes your directly from Praterstern (U1 Praterstern) away from the main avenue on the level to the little water meadow area at Freudenau. In addition to quiet walks and hikes, you can also go for boat rides on the Heustadlwasser and explore the area from the saddle along attractive bridle paths.
Golf players are welcome at the Golfclub Freudenau, right behind the Lusthaus. And if you have ever wanted to experience a true horse race from up close, you will not be disappointed by the events of the Vienna Harness Racing Club located just behind the Vienna Congress Center. The harness racing track was completed in 1878 and features the oldest reinforced concrete stands in Europe, which now enjoy protection as a historic monument. In July and August, the "Tribüne Krieau" offers summer cinema and delicious breakfast and brunch options.
disabled parking spaces available.
at Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) and Schweizerhaus (1.-Mai-Strasse)
Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms: Messegelände / Parkplatz, 1.-Mai-Strasse (in the middle), Calafattiplatz.