The Old Danube is an oxbow lake of the Danube in Vienna and this is no longer directly connected with the river, but separated by a dam. It is divided into two different parts, which are interconnected. The Old Danube is an important and popular local recreation and swimming area. Several public outdoor swimming pools are located on its banks, including the most famous "Gänsehäufel".
The "Danube Island" is besides a flood protection for the city a huge recreation area for the people. Due to the nearly-natural configuration it's also a habitat for numerous animals and plants. The length of the island is 21 km, the wideness 250 meter.
Under the auspices of the 1964 Vienna International Garden Festival, a generous park area was created in 1963 and 1964 on an island between the Danube and the Old Danube, between the centre of Vienna and the districts of Floridsdorf and Donaustadt.
Alfred Auer, Director of Vienna's Parks and Gardens at the time, was commissioned to design the park. He developed a many sided park area with special exhibition and theme gardens typical of a garden festival, including a rose garden, a lily garden, a nation´s garden, a Paracelsus herb garden, and a moorland garden. The park's landmark is the 250 meters tall Danube Tower, which offers a 360 degree view over the entire city. Today many of the features of the garden festival have been dismantled or adapted for other uses, such as a giant chess board, skatepark and a petting zoo. The park has become a favourite for all ages.
The Wienerberg is located in the 10th district, the total area is 117 hectares.
Landscape: Meadows, bushes, groups of trees, arable land
Motifs: Landscape, Wienerberg pond, dog zone, playground, dirtbike park, view/Vienna basin, view/Skyline Wienerberg
Infrastructure: Restaurant, Parking, Public car park (zone), Public transport
Access possible with approval of MA 49 and MA 22 (lead time)
"Mühlwasser" is an almost completely preserved old branch of the Danube in the 22nd district. On a length of 5 km it is freely accessible up to the swimming beach Stadlau. The Mühlwasser runs under the concrete structure of the Kaisermühlen motorway junction (Oberes Mühlwasser) to the Lobau (Unteres Mühlwasser).
Landscape: Lobau water forest
Shooting motifs: Landscape, natural bathing areas
Infrastructure: Public transport links
Access possible with approval of MA 49
In the 22nd municipal district in the northeast of Vienna "Die Seestadt aspern" arises on an area of 240 hectares. A five hectare lake is located in the center. The area will be developed until 2028, accommodating high-quality living environment for some 20,000 people plus about the same number of workplaces.
Steinitzsteg crosses the Danube and New Danube and connects the 20th and 21 District with the Danube Island and the Hubertusdamm. It was built from 1994 to 1996 as a compensation for the one-way blockade of the north bridge during its refurbishment. From January to December 1996, the bridge was used as a two-lane detour route for traffic. Since then, the new bridge is an attractive link for pedestrians and bicyclists. The bridge is named after Wilhelm Steinitz, who is a well known chess world champion.
The Gänsehäufel offers two kilometres of beach, a wave pool and a competition pool, playgrounds, cafés as well as a nudist area.
The Gänsehäufel was reopened on June 22, 1950. It was bigger, more beautiful and more elegant than ever and was a symbol of Austria's new zest for life. According to the plans of the architects Max Fellerer and Eugen Wörle, the natural character of the bath remained largely preserved despite the development of the entire island area with numerous buildings and facilities.
VIERTEL ZWEI is work and living area in the 2nd district directly at the local recreational area Prater. The 5000m2 lake is the heart of the area and in combination with the modern architecture and the various green areas creates one of Vienna’s most attractive quarters.