Natural bathing treasures
From the city to the waters
The subway covers almost all of Vienna – you can take subway line U1 not only to the city center but also to many bathing points. The popular Old Danube with its lidos and natural bathing spots is the first place to go for natural bathing fun. In the immediate vicinity of Danube City is the Kaiserwasser in Kaisermühlen. This tributary of the Old Danube is particularly popular and gets busy in the summer.
Danube Island has a new bathing area that fulfills every wish. The Copa Beach is perfect for families and even offers two sand beaches, sports facilities and a wide range of dining offers. The Vienna City Beach Club combines beach and party. In summer, you can even play beach volleyball on rented courts late in the night.
The U6 runs almost straight to the beach at the New Danube. The Lagerwiese at Romaplatz has nice bathing spots and a family bathing beach for water fun with the kids.
The bathing pond in the new district of Seestadt Aspern is best reached with subway line U2, the water shimmers a turquoise blue and the silica sand creates the feeling of being at the beach. Particularly clear water in unspoilt surroundings can also be enjoyed at the tucked-away Danube-Oder Canal. Two of the four sections here are approved for bathing.
By bike to the natural bath
Not all natural bathing spots are directly connected to the public transport network. The trip to some bathing places takes a little longer and may involve walking. If you want to avoid transfers or walking too far, then jump onto a bike and combine your day swimming in nature with a bicycle tour. You don't need your own bike in Vienna for this; there are lots of bike-sharing offers here.
The Strombucht on the Old Danube has a shingle beach that slopes gently into the shallow water. Numerous bathing points by natural bodies of water are located along the Mühlwasser in Donaustadt. And by the Schillerwasser as well, there are numerous possibilities to bathe on kilometers of reed-covered banks in untouched nature.
Small pond area
The Hirschstetten bathing pond is popular with young visitors for the dedicated children's zone and the playground. Shade is provided by lots of trees. On the north bank of the somewhat remote Süssenbrunn bathing pond, there are lovely sunbathing lawns and clear shingle banks. The Wienerbergteich pond lies in the 10th district and offers small and larger bays as well as sunbathing lawns with unspoilt entry points into the water. There are also ponds in the middle of the Prater, such as the well-hidden Heustadlwasser, which, just like the Mauthnerwasser, was once part of the original Danube Canal. Here, however, there are only wild bathing points that are frequently used by dogs, but a walk is always worthwhile.
Untouched and unspoilt
A perfect natural paradise is the Lobau. Out of consideration for the flora and fauna of the protected Donau-Auen National Park, only a few spots are approved for bathing here. The Panozzalacke has an extensive sunbathing lawn and is outstandingly well suited for families, thanks to the shallow water. The snack station "Zum Knusperhäuschen" is not far away and offers Viennese snacks such Liptauer (a spicy cheese spread) and pretzel sticks.
The Dechantlacke lies in the Obere Lobau and is a secret paradise for all fans of naturism due to its location off the beaten track.
Tips for bathing in natural surroundings:
- Goodbye admission fees: Bathing is free, but definitely not for nothing.
- Nobody knows the opening times here.
- There are no lifeguards here – only swans waddling past.
- Take care of your surroundings and do not leave any trash behind.
The water quality of natural bathing areas is regularly checked at eleven measurement points and the results published.
Vienna City Beach ClubKaisermühlendamm, Neue Donau Mitte, 1220 Wien
- Mo - Th, 14:00 - 23:00
- Fr, 14:00 - 03:30
- Sa, 10:00 - 03:30
- Su, 10:00 - 03:30
- In case of good weather.
Copa Beach U1 station Donauinsel, Am Hubertusdamm exitDonauinsel, 1220 Wien
Neue DonauSteinspornbrücke, 1220 Wien
aspern Seestadt Die Seestadt WiensU2-Station Seestadt, 1220 Wien
Hirschstetten bathing pondBadeteich Hirschstetten, 1220 Wien
RomaplatzSintiweg 10, 1210 Wien
Danube-Oder CanalDonau-Oder-Kanal, 1220 Wien
Directions: via Grossenzersdorf, drive to the end of Lobaustrasse; Zweierkanal: 10 minutes on foot heading south; Dreierkanal: 5 minutes on foot heading east
StrombuchtDampfschiffhaufen 10, 1220 Wien
Panozzalacke Obere Lobau1220 Wien
Directions: Raffineriestraße as far as Lobgrundstraße and then left to the car park, 5 minutes on foot
Dechantlacke Obere Lobau1220 Wien
Directions: Raffineriestrasse as far as Biberhaufenweg, park opposite the "Roten Hiasl", walk for 5 minutes along Dechantweg