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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.

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Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man', Vienna, null
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Vienna Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of 'The Third Man'

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

In 1949, Orson Welles made famous the role of Harry Lime in the British film noir, ‘The Third Man,’ written by novelist Graham Greene. On this city ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.78
Danube City Sightseeing Cruise in Vienna, Vienna, Movie & TV Tours
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Danube City Sightseeing Cruise in Vienna

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 5 Reviews

In spring of 2014, Blue Danube was completely rebuilt and given a new maritime interior Particularly high ceilings, a cozy salon on the main deck, the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.06
Vienna Sightseeing Day Trip from Prague, Prague, Day Cruises
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Vienna Sightseeing Day Trip from Prague

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 126 Reviews

While in Prague, don't miss this special opportunity to visit Vienna on this full-day guided trip. Discover the capital of Austria, whose historic center, rich ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.61
Vienna First District Walking Tour, Vienna, Day Trips
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Vienna First District Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Unfold Vienna’s layers of history on this 3-hour walking tour of the Innere Stadt, the first district and historical city center. Visit St Stephen’s Cathedral ...  Read more

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

From USD $100.00
Private Tour: Vienna Woods and Kahlenberg Mountain Bike Ride, Vienna, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Vienna Woods and Kahlenberg Mountain Bike Ride

Go beyond the typical tourist sights and delve into Vienna’s natural surroundings on this private biking tour of the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald). With your ...  Read more

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

From USD $103.89

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