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Summer days on the Old Danube, boats in the water
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Relaxing on the Vienna Danube

Old Danube

Surrounded by gardens, lawns, restaurants with terraces on the water, promenades with pedestrian and bicycle paths, the Old Danube draws swimmers, sailors, rowers, and surfers. You can choose between the offers of three sailing and surfing schools, eleven boat hire companies and four lidos. Tip: Rent a rowing, pedal or electric boat and experience a romantic boat picnic in the moonlight (e.g. from the boat rental point in the Hofbauer Marina - open daily until midnight in good weather). Maybe you would also like to spend an afternoon at the Gänsehäufel beach facility where two kilometers of beaches, a wave pool and athletic pool, playgrounds, cafés and a nudist area promise enjoyable hours of leisure.

Additional information: Summer days on the Old Danube

Danube Island

The three day long Danube Island Festival (held annually in June) is the biggest free open air party in Europe with around 3 million visitors. Apart from that, there is a lot going on on “the island": this Viennese leisure paradise has 42 kilometers of sand, gravel and grassy beaches on the banks of the New Danube, bathing coves, places to play (ball) games, flat running and skating trails, places to hire boats, bikes and surfboards, extended nudist areas, bars, cafés and restaurants at the Copa Beach as well as the Sunken City which lies opposite.

On summers' days, up to 190,000 visitors rush to Danube Island, one of the biggest local recreation areas in Europe. The numbers are impressive: 70 hectares of fields, 180 hectares of forest and 1.8 million trees and bushes. But it's not hard to find your way around the island's twelve sections. The multifunctional information center has existed since 2010. Not only are visitors' questions answered here, but the "Island information" area also offers a water playground and changing themed exhibitions. Help is also provided by 27 clear information boards and free WiFi.

A tip for families: a 250 meter-long family bathing beach.

Danube Canal

The Danube Canal (also known as the "Little Danube") emerged from the regulation of the Danube between 1870 to 1875. It is the southernmost original arm of the Danube in Vienna, 17.3 km long in its present-day form, and flows past the Vienna Old City. You can get to know the Danube Canal on the Twin City Liner or a DDSG excursion ship, or you can partake of its ambience in one of the numerous outdoor restaurants bordering the Danube Canal.

Additional information:
Vienna by ship and boat

Old Danube

Alte Donau
1220 Vienna

Boat Rental Hofbauer

Wagramer Straße 49
1220 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -10%

      Additional information on the offer: May-September only

  • Opening times

    • May to September
      weather permitting
    • April, May, September (in good weather) daily, 09:00 - 20:00
    • June - August (in good weather) daily, 09:00 - 23:00

La Crêperie

An der Oberen Alten Donau 6
1210 Vienna

Ufertaverne

An der Oberen Alten Donau 186
1220 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • April daily, 12:00 - 21:00
    • Mai - August daily, 09:00 - 00:00
    • September daily, 09:00 - 21:00

Gänsehäufel

Moissigasse 21
1220 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Anfang bis Mitte Mai Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 19:00
    • Sa - Su, 08:00 - 19:00
    • Mitte Mai bis Ende August Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 20:00
    • Sa - Su, 08:00 - 20:00
    • on holidays, 08:00 - 20:00
    • Anfang September bis Mitte September Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 19:00
    • Sa - Su, 08:00 - 19:00

Copa Beach U1 station Donauinsel, Am Hubertusdamm exit

Donauinsel
1220 Vienna

Sunken City U1 station Donauinsel, Danube Island exit

Donauinsel
1220 Vienna

Inselinfo - Information Center on the Danube Island

Donauinsel
1220 Vienna
  • Comments

    • 350 meters downstream of the Reichsbrücke, next to the water playground

  • Opening times

    • May to September
    • We, 12:00 - 16:00
    • Fr - Su, 12:00 - 18:00
    • Telephone staffed all year round: Mo-Fr 8.00 am - 2.00 pm

Danube Canal

Schwedenplatz - Salztorbrücke
1020 Vienna

DDSG Blue Danube Vienna City landing stage

Schwedenplatz, Franz-Josefs-Kai 2
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • März Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 16:30
    • April Mo - Th, 08:15 - 16:30
    • Fr - Su, 07:45 - 16:30
    • on holidays, 07:45 - 16:30
    • Mai - Juni Mo - Th, 07:45 - 18:00
    • Fr - Sa, 07:45 - 19:00
    • Su, 07:45 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 07:45 - 19:00
    • Juli - August Mo - Su, 07:45 - 19:00
    • September Mo - Th, 07:45 - 18:00
    • Fr - Sa, 07:45 - 19:00
    • on holidays, 07:45 - 18:00
    • Oktober Mo - Th, 08:15 - 16:30
    • Fr - Su, 07:45 - 16:30
    • on holidays, 07:45 - 16:30
    • November - Dezember Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 16:30
    • Sa - Su, 10:00 - 16:30
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 16:00
    • closed from Sun, Dec 24 to Tue, Dec 26, 2017

DDSG Blue Danube (DDSG Blue Danube) Schifffahrtszentrum

Handelskai 265
1020 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • January - February Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 17:00
    • March Mo - Th, 09:00 - 18:00
    • April - October Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 17:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 17:00
    • November - December Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Sun, Dec 3: 9:30 - 15:30, Dec 24-26 closed, Sun, Dec 31: 9-16:00




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