Sport Facilities in Vienna
The Viennese aren’t what you’d call sports-mad, but the city does have its fair share of
fanatical supporters, particularly when it comes to football and skiing, and plenty of locals
enjoy walking, swimming, cycling, inline skating and racket sports.
Summer is pretty much a dead time for spectator sports. However, with the arrival of
autumn and winter, things heat up, so to speak. The national football league, the Austrian
Bundesliga, kicks off at the end of autumn and runs until the beginning of spring, with a
break during the severe winter months; two of the country’s better teams, Austria Memphis
and Rapid, are based in Vienna. A local derby is quite an affair, and while the actual football
isn’t the most scintillating, the match certainly brings out the best and worst in fans.
With much of the country given over to mountainous splendour, snow sports are
hugely popular in Austria. Almost every Austrian has skied since they could be pushed
down beginner slopes, and the average child will literally ski circles around most tourists.
The best skiing is in the western reaches of the country, where most competitions are held. Vienna has a couple of tiny slopes and a handful of mountains within a couple
of hours’ drive.
Vienna sport facilities