River of life overflowing with fun
The range of leisure activities on offer is huge. At Kuchelau MARINA in the north, speedboats await thrill-seeking passengers. Highlights on the helter-skelter trip include break stops which see the bow of the boat completely submerged, and 180 to 270 degree turns. Wakeboarders, wakesurfers and water skiers are also a familiar sight out on the water here.
Farther downstream is Alte Donau (Old Danube), which used to be the main branch of the river back in the eighteenth century. After the course of the river was regulated in 1875, the main arm was designated the old river, hence the name. Today around 500 row boats, pedalos and electric cruisers await visitors. Sailors, swimmers and sun worshippers will also be in their element at the riverside public lidos. If you prefer to spend an active day on the water, then drop by the Stand Up Paddling Center Vienna on the east side of the Gänsehäufel lido and explore Vienna's waters in a different way.
A walk to the southern tip of the Alte Donau and across to the banks of the Neue Donau leads to two fantastic locations that no-one should miss out on. Whether it’s a sun-drenched game of beach volleyball or sipping chilled cocktails on a deckchair on a sandy beach: Vienna City Beach Club has it all. The party crowd gather here to dance until the early hours. A short walk away, watersports fans will be greeted by the sight of people pulled over the water surface of the water and executing impressive jumps – a feat made possible by Vienna’s very own wakeboard lift – a major hit, especially among young people. The complex, which includes the wake_up restaurant, is a real waterside oasis and easy to reach by public transport (U2 station Donaustadtbrücke).
Marina Wien, the city’s state-of-the-art yachting and sports boat harbor can be found on the opposite side of the river to Handelskai. Attractions include the Marina Restaurant and the Spider Rock leisure park. Packing up to 900 horsepower, the Navy Seals boats fly across the water at speeds of 120km/h for a serious adrenaline kick. At the adventure playground, visitors of all ages can soar through the air, high over the city: the 380 meter-long flying fox course reaches heights of 40 meters above the surface of the water.
The last stop on the adventure tour takes in the wild water rapids at Steinspornbrücke. Austria’s first man-made rapids conform to international competition standards. Hobby athletes can also be carried away by the wild water while rafting, kayaking or paddling in the Vienna Sports Arena.
Text: Angelika Öttl