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Where in Vienna can you join free outdoor exercise classes?

Julia Hjelm Jakobsson
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Where in Vienna can you join free outdoor exercise classes?
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From organised runs to Kung Fu and full body workouts in Viennese parks. Here is what you can participate in for free.


Exercising outdoors with others is a popular activity in Vienna, especially during the warmer months.

While in the capital, you can enjoy many different group workouts - and without having to reach for your wallet.

Here are some popular outdoor activities that you can participate in completely for free.

Bewegt im Park

In Vienna, free exercise classes are held in parks all over the city as part of Austria's “Bewegt im Park” (Active in the Park) programme—and anyone can join.

The courses are organised by the Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK) and will run until September. Classes include Zumba, yoga, pilates, circuit training and back fitness training.

All courses are run by experienced instructors and take place in different public parks and open spaces across the city.  

There is no need to register in advance for a class. Instead, participants can check which courses are available in their area on the Bewegt im Park website and then simply show up.

For example, in Vienna’s 1st District, there are several classes to choose from, ranging from Tai Chi to dance and Kung Fu. 

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Freeletics in Arne-Karlsson-Park

Every Monday and Thursday at 7 pm, fitness trainer Michael Stresser organises a free workout program in Arne-Karlsson-Park in Alsergrund.

All you need to do is charge your batteries, bring a mat, and follow the instructor. 

During about 80 minutes, you will be guided through a wide range of exercises while enjoying motivating music from the speakers. The program offers exercises that are easy to adapt to everyone's level, and many times, different versions of one exercise are presented as alternatives.

Here, you will be able to train your whole body, and if you go regularly, you are guaranteed to become fitter within a few weeks.

The event is very popular, so if you want to secure a spot, come on time.

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Meetup Groups

In Vienna, the platform Meetup offers a great opportunity to exercise and participate in sports for free in a group setting.

Meetup is a platform for connecting with people with similar interests and scheduling events, such as various sports and fitness activities.

Some groups on the platform arrange free outdoor exercise sessions, like running events, circle workouts, and yoga meetups. 

Running clubs

If you are a runner, you have many possibilities to join organised training session in Vienna for free. 

Vienna City Marathon Runners Club organises regular training sessions throughout the year and is suitable for runners of all levels.

The club offers structured training programs that can help you improve your endurance and technique. The sessions are mainly held in Prater and are supervised by experienced coaches.

Adidas Runners is a global community that offers free weekly training sessions through its local runners club in Vienna. The sessions are open to both beginners and experienced runners and focus on different types of training, such as interval training and long-distance endurance.

The sessions are led by qualified coaches and allow you to improve your fitness, meet other runners and explore Vienna's neighbourhoods.

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Meet like-minded at the public workout spaces

Vienna offers many public workout areas, so called Aktiv-Parks, spread across different parks and recreational spaces. 

In fact, most parks in Vienna have their own exercise stations designed for full-body workouts. Here, you can find modern workout equipment like pull-up bars, parallel bars, and sit-up benches. 

The stations are great places to visit if you want to enjoy a free workout outdoors, meet new people and socialise.

It is not uncommon for those who frequently visit one of the stations to get together and create a weekly common training plan.

Here, you find the different exercise stations in the city. 

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