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Danube River (Donau Kanal)

Until the late 19th century the Danube River, or Donau Kanal, was unregulated and formed a 5-mile (8 km) wide wetland which regularly flooded nearby villages around Vienna. In 1870 the river was dammed and a new river channel formed for shipping. The mighty river continued to flood periodically and after 1972 a new flood-control project was started. This resulted in the creation of the Danube Island and Danube Canal or Little Danube, which runs past the old town. Both are now popular as picnic areas. In June, the annual Danube Island Festival attracts over three million visitors. 

In summer, the Viennese flock to the Old Danube to swim, sail, row, paddleboat and even surf! Okay, so that's in a wave pool but there are still three surf and sail schools, plus beaches including a nudist area. Something for everyone.

Practical Info

There are various boat tours you can take along the Danube, into the Danube Valley, up to Bratislava in Slovakia or downstream to Budapest in Hungary. Metro line U1 goes to the river, stops: Alte Donau (Old Danube) or Danube Island.

Tours & Tickets

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Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

4.5 star rating: Recommended 659 Reviews

Discover the exquisite landscapes of Austria’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wachau Valley on this day trip from Vienna along the famed Danube River. Travel by ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.10

Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 224 Reviews

Spend a day in the Austrian countryside on this bike tour from Vienna! Enjoy wine tasting, easy biking through breathtaking scenery, swimming in the Danube and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.78

Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour and Wine Tastings from Vienna

Explore Wachau Valley, Austria’s premier winemaking region, on a full-day tour with a private guide! After leaving Vienna, travel into the heart of the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $127.90

Vienna Sightseeing Tour with Danube Boat Ride

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 106 Reviews

For the best introduction to the beautiful city of Vienna, tour the sights by coach and boat. As you travel along the Danube you'll pass the Prater and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.80

Vienna Combo: Danube River Cruise, Dinner and Schonbrunn Palace Concert

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy a day in Vienna with a Johann Strauss twist as you combine a Danube River cruise with a classic evening of Austrian food and music! Thanks to Strauss' ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: Flexible

From USD $117.71

Vienna City Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Experience the best of Vienna on an easy 3-hour morning, afternoon or evening bike tour. See top Vienna attractions such as the Vienna State Opera, the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.82

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