Summer in Vienna can be amazing. Sunshine, blue sky and ice cream - these are the things we live for! We love our tours but sometimes it just gets too hot for sightseeing and such. With its multiple swimming pools all around the city as well as rivers and ponds you will have an amazing beach-like day in Vienna!
Alte Donau – A lake-like bathing spot
The former branch of the danube river is a beloved bathing spot for viennese people as it's technically not a river anymore. The Alte Donau which translates to Old Danube resembles a lake-like bathing spot with a beautiful view on our city's skyscrapers. Electric boats, stand-up paddle boards as well as little floating islands can be rented. Swimming is free at most spots but we recommend the Lagerwiese - a big green lawn with steps leading into the water and a wooden platform to chill and sunbath right next to the water! However you will also find some resorts such as the Gänsehäufel, located at an island on the Alte Donau or the Strandbad Alte Donau with entry fees.
🎟️ free entry
📍 Take either metro U6 to Neue Donau to the Northern part of the lake, U1 to Alte Donau for boat rentals or U2 to Donaustadtbrücke to the Southern part.
Schönbrunner Bad – The Pool in the royal gardens
This beautiful pool is located in the royal gardens of the Schönbrunn palace. Nestled in its historical setting, it carries the rich legacy that the Schönbrunner Bad is located where the Kaiser once spent his days swimming. Boasting one of the city's longest operating hours and adorned with illuminating lights that create a magical ambiance at night, this destination becomes an ideal escape after a long day at university or work. The location also hosts a gym and wellness center, a volleyball court and sauna, and there’s now and again a pool party happening.
🎟️ Day Ticket Adults 18€
Catch the U4 subway to Schönbrunn and walk up Grünbergstraße.
Krapfenwaldbad – Swimming with a wiew
This is THE spot, to see and be seen. In a literal way as its not only a cool hangout spot, beloved by viennese youth but also a place with an amazing view over the whole city as it is located on the Cobenzl, one of the hills surrounding Vienna. Equiped with a bistro, sport-courts and beach chairs to sunbath its the perfect getaway spot for a fun day outside!
🎟️ Day Ticket Adults 7€
Get there with U4 to Heiligenstadt, then take the bus 38 to Krapfenwaldgasse.
Badeschiff – The floating swimming pool
The Badeschiff (english: Bathing Ship) is a "swimming swimming pool" right on a boat floating in the danube canal, right in the city center! What already sounds cool gets even better when finding out there is a bar as well as a restaurant attached to it, serving you with cool drinks and delicious mediterranean food. There are also plenty of beach chairs all across the deck for you to chill and sunbath on! A key to the locker can be obtained for a €10,- deposit.
🎟️ Day Ticket Adults 8,5€
Get there either with U1 or U4 to Schwedenplatz or the tram 1 to Julius-Raab-Platz.
Neue Donau & Donauinsel – FKK, sports & party
One of the most famous but also controversial swimming spots is the FKK area on the Donauinsel. Located here this part of the island is fully dedicated to being naked - yes, that's a real and legal thing in Austria. FKK is standing for "Freikörperkultur" which refers to the lifestyle of naturism (= practising non-sexual social nudity in private and in public). However, thats only a small and remote territory of the Island, so - as long as you stay on the more central part you probably won't come across any fully naked people. The Donauinsel itself is a beloved swimming, sport and party spot with its long trails for biking, volleyball courts and calisthenic parks as well as many restaurants and bars along the island. Definitely worth a visit!
🎟️ free entry
📍 Several metro lines exist along the Donauinsel (U6 Neue Donau, U1 Donauinsel, U2 Donaustadtbrücke) and from there you have to walk to your final destination.
Schafbergbad – waterslide, sports & action
The Schafbergbad is an expansive emerald oasis featuring four pools with different depth. It caters to both thrill-seekers and those seeking more leisurely activities. Adrenaline enthusiasts, young and old, can delight in the towering 10-meter diving platform and exhilarating water slide. Meanwhile, for the more energetically inclined, there are various options to choose from, including a beach volleyball court, a football pitch, table tennis tables, and trampolines. Additionally, there are thoughtfully designed playgrounds suitable for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
🎟️ Day Ticket Adults 7€
From the U6 station Michaelbeuern, take the tram 42 or the bus 42A to the stop Schafbergbad.
Neuwaldegger Bad – Idyllic scenery hidden in Wienerwald
In the middle of the majestic Wienerwald, surrounded by towering pine trees, you can find the idyllic Neuwaldegger Bad. For three decades, Eva Dolezal has lovingly tended to this quaint and delightful swimming pool in Hernals. Her personal touch and care infuse the place with a welcoming atmosphere, instantly making all visitors feel at home and cherished.
🎟️ Day Ticket Adults 19,5€
Take the tram 43 to the end station Neuwaldegg.
Lobau – Untouched nature with lagoons
The bathing spots within the National Park Lobau are a well-kept secret cherished by nature enthusiasts. Stretching east of Vienna, and north of the Danube all the way to the Slovakian border, the Lobau boasts a stunning landscape of water, forests, and meadows. This hidden gem serves as a true paradise for nature lovers seeking an authentic experience. Yet, it also caters to regular swimmers, offering private bays where they can enjoy the serenity and splendor of this exceptional location.
🎟️ free entry
Lobau is a 20-30 min drive. The buses 93A and 92B will leave you at different entrances of the park.
Main pic: @storyofzhu
Where To Go Swimming
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Jul 18, 2023
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