Eco-conscious Vienna has more than 750 miles (1,200 km) of bike networks with several sightseeing routes signposted through the heart of the city. There are plenty of free bike stands for secure parking and dedicated cycle lanes provide passage through traffic, making cycling in the city safe for all the family. Bikes are allowed on all trains but only in carriages marked with a bicycle symbol on the U-Bahn metro.
Citybike Vienna rents out bikes from 100 stations across the city, usually near metro stations and bus or tram stops. Tourists can rent several bikes at one time backed by a credit-card deposit and e-bikes are sometimes also available, which take the strain out of pedaling.
Way-marked cycling paths pass the major attractions in the city, including a circular route around the Ringstrasse that takes in Vienna State Opera, the Imperial Palace, a clutch of churches, grand parks and the exciting new MuseumsQuartier. This route in turn connects up with the Danube Canal Cycle Path, which runs into the Danube Bicycle Path at Nussdorf in Vienna’s northern suburbs.
The Danube Bicycle Path stretches down the length of the mighty river and passes through Germany, Slovakia and Hungary as well as Austria; its most popular stage between Passau and Vienna. At around 200 miles (320 km) long, this section of the cycle path traces the course of the Danube as it wends past glorious Melk Abbey and through the scenic Wachau wine region.
To the west of Vienna, the Danube Bicycle Path leads out to the vineyards of Kahlenbergerdorf, where weary cyclists can catch their breath over a glass or two of dry white wine in the local heurigers.
There are plenty of options for guided cycling tours of Vienna, from taking in the sights within the Ringstrasse to heading further afield along the Danube to admire the madcap architecture of the Gaudí-like Hundertwasserhaus apartment block and the giant Ferris wheel at the Weiner Prater amusement park.