If you like your football weekends to be more on the elegant side, then you’ll find a lot of joy groundhopping in Vienna.
There’s more to the Austrian capital than imperial palaces and cosmopolitan cafes, though. As well as the city’s traditional giants, Rapid and Austria Vienna, there are plenty of historic and hidden gems to be discovered, such as Floridsdorfer, First Vienna, and Wiener Sport-Club.
Here’s a breakdown of Vienna’s football clubs, as well as a few key things to note about groundhopping in this region.
Grounds I Have Visited
Generali Arena (Austria Vienna II 0-1 Lafnitz | 26 Sep 2021
Allianz-Stadion (Rapid Vienna 0-3 Sturm Graz) | 26 Sep 2021
Wiener Sport-Club Platz (Wiener Sport-Club 1-1 SR Donaufeld) | 3 Mar 2023
FAV-AC Platz (FC Mauerwerk 1-4 TWL Elektra) | 4 Mar 2023
Vienna Football Teams: A Who’s Who
There are several professional football teams in Vienna (and the surrounding area), including:
- Rapid Vienna
- Austria Vienna
- Admira Wacker Mödling
- Rapid Vienna II
- Austria Vienna II
- Floridsdorfer AC
- First Vienna
- Wiener Sport-Club
- Sportclub Wiener Viktoria
- FC Mauerwerk
- TWL Elektra
The 4th tier Wiener Stadtliga also features clubs based exclusively within the Vienna city district and surrounding areas, with an additional 5 tiers of semi-professional and amateur leagues below that.
It’s relatively easy to get tickets in Vienna. There are no restrictions in terms of national or club-specific fan cards and ID numbers are required only for online bookings.
Many games – including derbies – don’t sell out; average attendances for Viennese clubs are, like the rest of Austria, fairly low. For instance, the following table is based on attendance data from the 2021/22 season:
|Austria Vienna||Generali Arena||17,500||7,500||43%|
|Admira Wacker Mödling||BSFZ-Arena||12,000||2,046||17%|
|Floridsdorfer AC||FAC Platz||3,000||878||29%|
|Wiener Sport-Club||Wiener Sport-Club Platz||7,828||2,367||30%|
|First Vienna FC||Stadion Hohe Warte||5,500||1,294||24%|
|SC Wiener Viktoria||Sportplatz Wiener Viktoria||1,000||245||25%|
|TWL Elektra||Sportplatz Rax||500||231||46%|
Other Sports in Vienna
Despite the popularity of skiing in Austria, Vienna is the home of several significant professional clubs across a variety of spectator sports.
For instance Vienna Vikings is a hugely successful American football outfit that rotates its games between the Generali Arena and Hohe Warte. The club recently joined the high-profile European League of Football, which aims to resurrect the previously abandoned NFL Europe project.
Vienna Capitals, meanwhile, is a well-supported ice hockey club that plays its matches in the competitive ICE Hockey League (featuring teams from across central and eastern Europe).
Vienna is primarily served by Vienna airport, which is around 20km south of the city. Bratislava Airport is also around an hour away and can be reached by both train and bus.
Thanks to the city’s U-Bahn, getting around Vienna is simple. The metro operates on an honour system with no barriers, and stops at (or near) most major grounds. It’s possible to purchase a Vienna City Card at the airport (and other accessible locations) which covers all public transport within the city limits for a pre-determined amount of time.
For detailed and up-to-date information on getting around Vienna – including the U-Bahn – check out the official Vienna tourist website.