Donau / Danube, Vienna
Favorite thing: we spend 2 days in vienna it's quite big but we went during june in donau area a lot a people are eating here bringing their own barbecue, there s also a lot of little restaurant closes to the pedaloboats to make a little cruise cycling in the water.
This photo was taken by the Donauturm, next to the great Danube Riverat Handelskai.
In Summer you can take one of these ferries to do a tour along the Blue Danube river (remember the Blue Danube waltz, by Johan Strauss?).
Danube used to have many branches near Vienna in the past causing many floods, which was changed with big regulation project that resulted in creation of Donauinsel, 21 km long and only 200 m wide strip of land, created by digging up a second riverbed for the river. Southern riverbed is wider and it is used by vessels like cruising ships coming from as far as Ukraine, while northern riverbed represents place for relaxation, swimming and skating during the winter.
Northeastern of Donauinsel there is very modern Donaustadt with Vienna International Centre. Donaustadt itself looks like island because it is situated between Danube and the lake which lies in old Danube riverbed. There is interesting park on Donauinsel, too, with tower that hosts rotating restaurant - good for sightseeing.
Fondest memory: Danauinsel is great place to spend free time in Vienna. It is park with fresh air. Bicycle might be a fine way to explore it.
During summer part of Vienna situated near Danube becomes very lively, especially in the evening. Vienese call this place Copa Kagrana as parallel to Copa Cabana (Kagran is northern suburb of Vienna).
There are many places to dance or have a drink. Some of these places are on rafts. If you catch weekend with no rain, then this is a good place to visit in the evening.
Fondest memory: Watching Southamericans dance in some place under open skies near Danube. Beauty of women was stunning, and the way they danced was so natural and attracting.
This is the Danube canal with the refuse burning plant in the distance.
The canal was made because occassionally the Danube River still flooded, which created an island between the river and canal, approximately 20 km long.
The Danube Island is a sanctuary away from the hussle and bussel of a European City. It is a wonderful stressless walk during summer with stalls and eateries everywhere.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is the lovely lady I met in Vienna, apart from that I think Christmas in Vienna was such an eye opener coming from Australia.
Picture of the not-so-blue Danube, taken from the bridge off Schwedenplatz & the Donauinsel.
Fondest memory: I really regret not making the most of Vienna when I lived in Austria, however, I've been toying with the idea of moving back to Austria, so I might settle in Vienna, dont really know yet, if you know of a good job offer, by all means, please let me know ;-)
Beautiful view over Vienna from Danube tower
Danube tower turning restaurant
A total overview of the whole city
A lovely Panorama
Every moment a new one view