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
- Over 150 exhibitors covering cycling trends, travel, equipment, etc.
- 2020 dates are Mar 28-29
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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 green credentials. And the event features a host of cycling-related stands, with 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.
The programme for next year is not out yet. But expect the usual bike tricks and competitions (2019 featured, for example, Dirt Battle Vienna, the School2rock ramps, the Vienna Jam BMX flatland contest, pumptrack sessions, and street trail shows). There’s usually a huge bike parade on the Sunday, too.
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.
You can check the official website for the latest information.
2020 dates and tickets
The bike festival runs across the weekend of March 29th and March 30th. I don’t have specific times, yet, but it usually opens 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