Two teenage Pokemon Go fanatics gave me some inside tips on playing the game when a visitor in Vienna.
Remember this is just their personal experience, so your results may vary. I don’t play myself, since my smartphone is now a not-so-smartphone with the battery life of a tired kitten.
Oh, and if you’re a gamer and in town mid-October, you might enjoy the annual Game City gaming weekend.
Where can I find Pokemons?
As a city, Vienna is packed with Pokestops, spawn sites, arenas and similar, so it’s hard to go wrong.
The main sights are also popular spawning areas, but my teenage guides recommend five hotspots in particular (see map at the end):
- Stadtpark: this is a city park bordering the Ring boulevard that encircles the old town center. Possibly the most popular spot for Pokemon Go players and usually has lots of lure modules on the go. A good place to find stronger Pokemons.
- Belvedere Gardens: the gardens between the upper and lower Belvedere palaces.
- Stephansplatz: the open square right in the centre in front of Stephansdom cathedral.
- Rathauspark / Volksgarten / Heldenplatz: the area between the Hofburg palace and Rathaus town hall.
The local Vienna Pokemon Go community has also produced its own Pokemap for the city here.
What kind of Pokemons can you find?
I’m told you can find Mr.Mime in Vienna, which is a regional Pokemon that seems limited to Europe only. Otherwise, it’s the usual suspects, particularly: Pidgeot, Weedle, Rattata, Drowzee and Spearow.
If you’re looking specifically for water pokemons, then the Danube canal passes through the center (the Danube itself is a little further off).
Connections and servers
Apparently, the game is very stable in Vienna.
Mobile internet availability is excellent here. For example, you can get a mobile signal (for voice and data) throughout the entire subway network. Beware roaming charges, of course.
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