About the region

The Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) are a forested highland region spanning areas northwest and southwest of Vienna, Austria’s capital. The Wienerwald was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 2005 by UNESCO. This status protects the great variety of natural and cultural elements that make this region so unique and valuable. The Wienerwald BR covers an area of 105,645 hectares and extends across 51 communities in Lower Austria and seven municipal districts in Vienna.

The uniqueness of this region is characterised by the diversity of nature, culture and sustainable management on the margins of the city of Vienna –Europe’s only biosphere reserve, part of which is in a metropolis with more than two million inhabitants.

The Wienerwald has a number of dedicated MTB trail areas and Austria’s first and only urban MTB trail centre, located at a former, low-lying ski resort that due to  climate change has been transformed into a MTB facility. MTB area Anninger is one of the trail areas in located in close proximity of the main venue of the event.

Mountain biking

Only 2 km from the main venue, you’ll find the MTB Area Anninger. But there are other parts of the Wienerwald that are worth exploring either before, during our after the IMBA Europe Summit. 
Need some inspiration? Read the following article from 43ride.com how a perfect week of riding in & around Vienna could look like.

For other places to mountain bike around Vienna and in the Wienerwald, check the information on the website of our local partner Wienerwald Tourismus or download the Wienerwald app for Android or Iphone

And don’t miss the Trail Center Vienna / Hohe Wand, located in the midst of the UNESCO Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve, it is the only urban trail center in Europe.  Along with the trail park that currently has 4 ‘mtb only’ routes, this facility also features a kids line, a kids trail and an installed pump track.

Other places to visit 


Nature park of Föhrenberge“Föhrenberge” is the name of the extensive forest area in the Vienna Woods, which stretches from Mödling to the southern edge of Vienna. Characteristic are the umbrella-shaped black pines (“Paraplui trees”). They form the backdrop around the vibrant Sparbach nature park. In the nature park, numerous hiking trails lead you through pine and beech forests, over gentle hills and to shelters. Among the natural highlights of the region ranks the Perchtolsdorfer Heide. The dry grassland is also a habitat for squirrels. The approx. 20 cm big rodents enjoy strict protection.

Our advice : hike from the Goldene Stiege car park via the “Breite Föhre” and Anningerstraße, past the “Krauste Linde” inn, to the Anninger-Schutzhaus (stamp) and back to the starting point (10 km/2h40).