A while back, two teenage Pokemon Go fanatics gave me some inside tips on playing the game when a visitor in Vienna.
(Unfortunately, this page is no longer updated as those teenagers are no longer teenagers and have also stopped playing Pokemon Go. So the situation (and Pokemons) may be different now and the below information out of date.)
Where can I find Pokemons?
This was 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.
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 recommended 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.
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.
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. Vienna also has a lot of public Wi-Fi hotspots.