Relaxing at Viennese Danube


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The Old Danube 

The Old Danube, surrounded by gardens, meadows, restaurants with terraces over the water and promenades with paths for hikers and cyclists attracts swimmers, sailors, rowers and surfers. 3 schools for sailors and surfers, 11 boat renting stores and 4 swimming beaches – there’s something special for everyone. Helpful hint: you can rent a boat, a water bike or an electric boat and set sail for a romantic picnic in the moonlight. (For example – in a boat renting store in the Hofbaur marine – open for 24 hours by good weather) You can also spend an afternoon at the Gansehaufel swimming place: 2 kilometers of beaches, a swimming pool with artificial waves, a sport pool, playing fields, cafes and the nudist area will make this trip delightfully relaxing.

The Danube Island
The 3-day Donauinselfest party (every June) with about 3.3 million guests is the biggest European open air party with free admission. But there’s still lots to do at “the Island” beyond the party itself: 42 kilometers of sandy beaches, gravelly beaches and meadows upon the New Danube, a swimming bay, fields for various sports, including soccer, flat tracks for runners and skaters, renting stores with boats, bikes and surfboards, huge nudists areas, bars, cafes and restaurants at Copa Cagrana and the opposite Sunken City – it’s an entertainment paradise for the Viennese people.

In summer, the Danube Island is visited by nearly 190.000 people each day, and it is one of the largest recreational areas in Europe. The numbers can certainly leave a big impression:
70 hectares of meadows, 180 hectares of forests and 1.8 million trees and bushes. But it is no a big deal to know your way around the island at all. It is because the area is divided into 12 parts. Since 2010 there has been a multifunctional information centre. Not only can you find here answers to your questions, but also you will have some fun at the water playground around the “information island” and see time-limited theme exhibits. You can also get help from readable information boards and the free access to the internet.
Helpful family hint: there’s 250 meters of secured beaches.

The Donaukanal channel
The Danube channel (also called “the Little Danube”) was created as a result of regulating the Danube in 1870-1875. It is a primitive branch of the Viennese Danube, located furthest to the south. It is currently 17.3 kilometers long and it floats next to the Old Town of Vienna. You can see the channel from aboard the “Twin City Liner” catamaran, or the DDSG cruise ship. You can also enjoy its atmosphere in one of the numerous open air restaurants located along the channel.

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