Swimming in the old Danube in Vienna

Old Danube Vienna a Secret Spot for Insiders

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Want to go swimming in the middle of Vienna? The Old Danube in Vienna is a unique recreational area and an insider tip worth exploring. This old arm of the Danube ist no longer directly connected but separated by a dam. It is located in the Vienna districts Floridsdorf and Donaustadt and can be reached with the underground line U1 via Alte Donau station.

Old Danube in Vienna is an important recreational area

Not many people outside of Vienna know about the Old Danube. It is one of the most important recreational areas. Extensive reed beds, characteristic bank plants and sophisticated water management have helped many species of plants and animals to feel good in the water and all around. While dragonflies are buzzing around even a beaver can be seen. Endangered plant species are also blooming on the shore, such as water irises, pond roses and swans. In addition to public baths there are also numerous free bathing facilities available. To guarantee unadulterated bathing pleasure, the excellent water quality is regularly checked and confirmed by the viennese government.

Discovery by boat

Rent a boat to have the full experience. In total, around 500 sailing, electric, pedal and rowing boats are waiting for their use. Use the boat to head to the many gastronomic establishments, which are mostly idyllically located directly on the shore.

Rowing, sailing and surfing lessons

Borrow a small rowboat from the Alte Donau and dare your first paddle in the calm waters. For those who like it more sporty, there is plenty of infrastructure on the New Danube downstream of the Steinsporn Bridge.

Sailing: In the summer season the local sailing schools offer basic courses for young and old. The constantly blowing wind on the Old Danube ensures optimal sailing pleasure. The sailing school Hofbauer offers basic sailing courses and advanced courses. Just give it a try.

Surfing: Many sailing schools also offer surfing lessons. Windsurfing is one of the most popular leisure activities on the Old Danube. The required equipment can be borrowed directly from the schools.

For more information, please visit their website (in German).

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