First Vienna FC 1894
Stadion Hohe Warte - Döbling, Vienna
Capacity: 5,500 (formerly 85,000)
Opened: 1921 (Renovated: 2006)
Address: Klabundgasse 11, 1190 Wien
The Stadion Hohe Warte is the majestic home of First Vienna 1894 - the first football club in Austria. Hohe Warte has an astonishing history and was considered to be the best and biggest sports venue in Europe when it was constructed back in 1921. It was a home fit for the iconic Austria Wunderteam of the 1930s who starred there on numerous occasions. Nestled on a hillside in the Heiligenstadt (English translation: Holy City), the stadium has some of the best views in the city. Although the stadium doesn’t use the natural hillside anymore – there’s a more contemporary stand at the foot of it – most fans still love the feeling of sitting on the grassy banks for home matches.
First Vienna are one of Austria’s most successful sides with six league titles and three Austrian Cups to their name – although all of these came before 1955. Their most recent glory period came in the late 1980s with two UEFA Cup appearances, and their last glimpse of major silverware came in the 1997 Austrian Cup final. The Blue and Yellows currently play in the Wiener Stadtliga (Austrian 4th division) but harbour hopes of making it back to the big time in the near future. The stadium is also home to the Vienna Vikings American Football team.
How to get there?
You can access the stadium easily via U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram or bus services. The easiest way would be by arriving at the Heiligenstadt U-Bahn/S-Bahn station, located at the end of the U4 (Green) line – from there it is an easy 5-minute walk to the stadium. The ground is also served by the D tram which starts from Hauptbahnhof/Ringstrasse, and the 37 tram which starts from Schottentor. The 10A and 39A bus both go close to the stadium too.