Every year, the Touregs Cricket Society bring a team to the Vienna Wintercup!
6 years since we first attended, the friendly atmosphere and wonderful city lifestyle keep drawing us back for more!
Austria is an attractive destination, cricket or otherwise!! Here are a few insights we’ve picked up from our travels.
The cricket. Where can I play?
Get a village green experience with a difference!
Touring Vienna in the Summer will grant you the chance to venture out of town. Tucked in the heart of the mainly rural Sud-Ostereich province, is the Seebarn Cricket Ground.
This ground sees plenty of action, with a large number of league, cup, friendly and even international matches hosted on the central AstroTurf wicket. Many Vienna based clubs share the facility.
The locals take their cricket seriously, and will offer fierce competition for touring sides. But VCC also are very affable hosts, and will ensure you have an enjoyable experience as well as a hard fought match.
Above all, Seebarn is a beautiful setting to watch cricket. On a pleasant summer’s day, there can be few better places.
Geringergasse: The Vienna Wintercup
An international tournament like no other!
For 30 years, Vienna Cricket Club have reached out to the cricketing world, and hosted a six-a-side indoor competition. This Wintercup has now become a treasured fixture in the European cricket calendar.
The event offers an almost unique gathering of teams from the mainstream world to the very little known outposts.
In recent editions, cricketers from Austria, UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Belgium, France and Hungary have represented teams in the Wintercup.
In the hall a competitive spirit dominates, but all rivalries are forgotten at the field. The traditional team dinner on Saturday is a wonderful chance to mingle with cricketers from all backgrounds, learn their stories and make lasting friendships.
You will leave this event with a new found appreciation of the game of cricket, and inspired by the lengths many go to enjoy their favourite pastime.
The lifestyle: What can I do?
Food and drink
Vienna isn’t short or cosy little pubs, bars and restaurants. With oak panelled walls, traditional dress worn by staff….and the odd low door frame to beware of!….you may well feel as if you’ve walked back in time as you take a seat. And if you order dinner, you won’t be going hungry for the rest of the day!
Salm Brau is just one of many Viennese pubs we have enjoyed. The signature dish here is the Kloster Pfandel, and is well worth trying at least once on your visit! Rich, meaty goulash, stewed together with light dumplings, served in the pan it was baked in. This dish sums up everything that is to like about Austrian food – a delicious, filling feast, perfect for braving the cold weather!
Wienerschnitzel, Schweinbraten and Goulashsuppe are all staples all over town. We recommend a side of one of the many varieties of potato dishes.
**Vegetarian options (excluding desserts) are in a minority, but there is a selection on offer in nearly every restaurant**
Beers to look out for
Or, try one of the local beers, many of which are brewed on site at places such as Stadtbrauerei. Okay, perhaps the 1.5l steins may have been a little excessive, but we weren’t complaining!
And for dessert….
Best places to stay
One of many good value hotels right in the heart of Vienna. Recommended if you are a fan of old historical buildings, or scrambled eggs (the extensive breakfast spread goes down a treat)!
Even though access around the city is fantastic, we find the Schottenring is an ideal place to settle. Every major tourist attraction is only 2 or 3 U-Bahn stops away, and the area is awash with nightlife and trendy restaurants!
If you book early, you may get a good deal on the Graben, at the heart of all the tourist action. The magnificent Stefansdomplatz looms over this bustling shopping avenue.
The Viennese know how to pass by the chilly months. The Ice Traum skating complex has to be one of the most spectacular anywhere in the world.
There is something to please everyone here – from novice, to expert, or even those who’d just prefer to kick back with a strudel, and watch their mates tumble. 2 massive rinks, a training zone and several winding tracks are available on the ice. Off the ice, you can immerse yourself in the very best of Austrian. Local street food (the crepes are incredible), drink souvenirs and music all around.
Participating is incredibly simple and stress free. Just buy your “Day Pass”, rent your skates, and 5 minutes after arriving you can be on the ice!
A “must do”, if you are in town at the right time!
The “culture vulture”:
You can take in so many iconic building in just a short walk from Stefansdom, through Graben, to the famous Imperial Palace.
The famous square was once home to Mozart, and his living quarters offer an insight to his frivolous lifestyle. There are also world famous art and natural history museums, the Spanish Riding School, and much, much more to take in!
Trams are perfect for sight-seeing. You can hop on and off at will around the Schottenring, with your cheap day ticket.
Duck into one of the many “Konditereis”, that pepper the streets of Vienna. Outlets of Strock (practically a Vienna equivalent of Greggs) are unavoidable in the city, and are perfect for grabbing breakfast or a snack to go. As Vienna is a great “walking town”, you might need an energy top up!
For some more upmarket baked goods, pop into Demel, or Hotel Sacher. Demel is particularly intriguing, with a glass-walled kitchen. Watching the chefs create artistic masterpieces is genuinely inspiring – and a fun game to guess what a humble lump of cake is being sculpted into!
You’ll love this place, for the sheer abundance of food on offer! Bratwurst stalls dotted around the streets. Local food is very popular, but for a taste of home, several pubs are to be found in the tourist district. You simply won’t go hungry!
The “late nighter”:
Schottentor is the place for you, a student district of Vienna that is open when other areas have shut down for the night.