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Get off the beaten path in Europe with the travel tips listed below. The main cities featured are Berlin, Budapest, Munich, and Vienna, with more cities coming soon!

Walking in Vienna: Spring Is Waiting for You!

Walking in Vienna

A few weeks ago, we introduced WildUrb, a Vienna based online community that encourages urban people to discover urban space by walking. As spring is pampering us with sun and warmth these days, it’s time to head outside and discover Vienna’s outdoor secrets! So we asked Doris from Wildurb to give us her personal recommendations for some really cool walking tracks in the Austrian capital. Here we go:

Flashy Expressions – street art at the Danube Canal
Chill out trail (8km) in the center of Vienna. Start at the U4 and the U6 metro stration “Spitellau” and walk along the Danube Canal to find good mood, good people and good graffiti.

Colourful Contrasts – from urban subculture to decadence
Walk along the Wien river to find various kinds of architecture and urban space – from the wild side of the Wiener Gürtel all the way to the Naschmarkt and the Karlskirche. Easy 4,29 kilometers and highly recommended!

Urban Moods – A tour round Vienna’s unofficial “Central Park”
Central park, ey? Yes! The recreation area of the “Wienerberg” gives you a feeling of nature while  offering views of the “skyline” of the Vienna Business Park with its twin towers – a little bit of New York feeling!

Ancient History – Straight across the heart of Vienna
Start at the U3 metro station “Herrengasse” in Vienna’s first district and discover the old town off the beaten track. Find a good mood of mysticism flowing through the forecourts and courtyards of historic buildings – especially in foggy nights.

Full Commitment – climbing up the walls
For all of you that want to go higher than just walking on the ground, here’s your deal: get some climbing equipement and enjoy on of the city’s centre outdoor climbing experiences – we highly reccomend the Flakturm Esterházypark!

Vienna is waitin’ for ya – don’t hesitate and get outside!

Walking in Vienna: Sightseeing off the Beaten Track

Vienna now has it’s first urban walking community: WildUrb encourages urban people to walk and to discover urban space by foot, to create sustainable, funny and interesting perspectives of enjoying urban space.

When I first saw WildUrb I thought “wow, that exactly the spirit we stand for, that’s perfect for travellers to get into a new city, perfect for our guests to get the most authentic experience of travelling.”

Fair enough, now the wombats CITY HOSTELS are cooperating with WildUrb. Today, Doris from WildUrb shows you three fist class walking tours for Vienna. These show you interesting sights and sides of Vienna. Something other travellers are most likely to miss – curtains up for some sightseeing tips off the beaten track:


1. Secret Rivers
Walk the diversion channel of the river Wien in the west of the city. You will discover a curious world of motorways combined with natural habitats. And many examples of how nature can overcome concrete and take back its habitats. More info on


2. Enjoyable Encounters
Discover the paths through the Hietzing mountains and valleys and meet people in different situations – pausing at the hot dog stand, enjoying the sights, tending graves, doing business and enjoying their time off. More info on



3. Lively Worlds
Discover the 15th district of Vienna with this walking tour: It is a lively, multicultural part of town, a little New York in Vienna. Here you aren’t bothered by the usual conservative surroundings. More info on