If you prefer your vehicles with four wheels, look away…the Argus Bike Festival weekend on the Rathausplatz in spring represents the “official” opening of the bicycle season in Vienna.
- A feast of bicycling acrobatics, speed, and endurance in the show sections
- Numerous exhibitors covering cycling trends, travel, equipment, etc.
- 2019 dates are Mar 30-31 (free entry)
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The bike festival
You don’t have to be a bike fiend to appreciate the Argus Bike Festival (though it helps), as the show elements provide entertaining displays of two-wheeled dexterity that almost anyone can enjoy.
It’s hard not to be impressed by the twists, turns, spins and skills of the riders, as they launch themselves off ramps and thumb their youthful noses at Mother Gravity.
It’s not all about the adrenaline though.
The festival celebrates and reflects the full diversity of cycling in Vienna. From young families driven by environmental concerns about motorised vehicles to road race pros, BMXers and everything in between – all contributing to a positive, friendly atmosphere.
There’s plenty of information to gather about cycle paths and bike matters, reflecting Vienna’s strong environmental character. And the event features a host of cycling-related stands, with the best of bike-related technology, gear, fashion and even tourism, with exhibitors from bike-friendly destinations in Austria and abroad.
It was pretty packed with cycling enthusiasts when I was there on a Sunday morning – from young kids riding in their parents’ bike-mounted child transporters to senior cyclists wearing the latest Tour de France gear.
Photographers, in particular, will love the photo opportunities. The historic surrounds make a great backdrop for action shots of the BMXers and others in full flight (I mean that literally).
All in all the festival is not strictly intended as a tourist attraction. But if you are passing, pop in and marvel at the two-wheeled skills on show.
Programme details will appear as soon as I get them, or you can check the official website for the latest information.
In the year I visited, particular highlights were the bike tricks performed on the School2rock ramps, the BMX trials (think of an obstacle course for cyclists), the Masters of Dirt
Unlike most Vienna events, it’s not swimming in food outlets, but there are normally several streetfood stands where you can grab a burger or similar.
2019 dates and tickets
The bike festival runs across the weekend of March 30th and March 31st in 2019, from 9 am to 6 pm on both days.
You do not need a ticket: entry is free.
How to get to the bike festival
Subway: Take the U2 line to Rathaus. This drops you on the opposite side of the town hall, so just go round to reach the Rathausplatz square.
Trams: Lines 1, 2, D or 71 to Rathausplatz / Burgtheater. This stop is
Address: Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna | Website