The Austrian capital Vienna (Wien) is probably one of the best cities for bicycles. There are bike routes everywhere and you can go around the city without having to worry about cars.
Great news for tourists then, because you can rent a bike for FREE (if you don’t count the 1 euro one-time registration fee). Citybike Vienna has over 120 stations that are often located near subway stations or other public transportation. You easily rent the bike on a machine at every bike station.
If you rent a bike and return it to a station within an hour, you don’t have to pay for it. You then have to wait 15 minutes to be able to rent another one. But since you are in Vienna, you can take those 15 minutes to look at the beautiful city.
If you don’t feel like returning the bike every hour, the fees are not that horrible for 60 minutes+. 2nd hour: 1 euro per started hour. 3rd hour: 2 euros per started hour. 4th – 120th hour: 4 euros for each started hour.
This was our 11 km trip in 2014.
We were lucky enough to have rental bikes just outside the entrance to our hotel. There were just 6-8 bikes at that “station”, but obviously enough for the two of us.
The first 2,5 km went to the fountain Hochstrahlbrunnen and the Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper).
This is where we returned the bike the first time. The bike station is just outside the Opera. Then we took a slow walk around the building and down a nearby shopping street.
The trip then continued around something that looks like a ring road. We passed Heldenplatz, where they had some kind of farmer’s fair, the city hall and down to the river flowing through the city. We ended up at the huge park Prater (6 km long), where we left the bikes for the second time.
There are many different parts of this park. You have the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, where the Austrian national football team play their home matches. You do, of course, also have a park part with a lot of trees. But the northern part of the park is dedicated to entertainment with Madame Tussauds and some rides, like bumper cars and rollercoasters. It is a great place to spend a few hours.
Our last stop, 11 km after the start, was then back to the hotel again. A bike trip I really recommend. It’s a very good way to see the city for free.