In Vienna there is not only the Danube once. No, they exist three times: the Danube, the old Danube and the new Danube. The old Danube corresponds to the original course of the Danube. For reasons of flood protection, however, the latter has been diverted into the new Danube and made a standing body of water from the old Danube. This is now only used as an overflow pool for floods. Around the old Danube a very own cityscape has developed. You can see the skyscrapers of the Uno-City, but in the immediate vicinity there are almost exclusively small family houses and dachas. Especially in the summer, the Viennese love to go swimming and refreshing. There are some swimming pools on the old Danube, where you can swim in the former river as well as in pools: the Strandbad Gänsehäufel or the Strandbad Alte Donau. Especially recommended for children is the Angelibad with many sandboxes and play areas. In the Angelibad, however, there are no specially designed pools except for a children’s pool. You can swim here only in the old Danube.
On the old Danube there are also some meadows and areas, where you can swim for free. The green areas or beautifully prepared bath ropes are usually very well maintained and often there is nearby also a Würstelstand and public toilets. If you need some cooling in the summer after a hot day in the city center, you should take the subway line 1, 2 or 6 to the old Danube and refresh yourself and relax.
We like to go there:
“An der unteren alten Donau” – best to reach with the U1 to “Alte Donau” (better for older children, who can already swim)
“Lagerwiese Romaplatz” – best to reach with the U6 to “Neue Donau” and then a bit on foot (also suitable for toddlers, since a shallow entrance into the water possible)
Strandbad Gänsehäufel – best to reach with the U1 to “Kaisermühlen / VIC” and then the shuttle bus to the swimming pool Gänsehäufel