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Vienna: Alte Donau Kayaking Guided Tour

Vienna: Alte Donau Kayaking Guided Tour

From US$ 97.03 per person

Follow Vienna's only guided paddling route along the Danube River’s beautiful side arms and channels, exploring Vienna's undiscovered recreational heart while taking in some of its most important contemporary architecture.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a guided paddling tour of Vienna's beautiful and quaint Old Danube
  • Learn all about how Vienna has become a truly global city as you paddle past the United Nations
  • Live like a local by visiting Viennese favorites such as the island of Gänsehäufel
Full description
Discover the most quaint part of Vienna, the Alte Donau; a lakeside village which was cut off from the main channel of the Danube in 1870. This is where nocturnal beavers now roam in a section of the river. See how Vienna maintains its long-established reputation as a center for diplomacy, politics, and international relations as you paddle past the United Nations, along with several of the city’s other most important contemporary buildings. This view of the city is later contrasted with the cute lakeside huts which adorn the water’s edge to give vibrant bursts of color to the lakeshore. You will most likely be sharing the water with local rowers, the odd fisherman, and plenty of swans and ducks along the way. The Alte Donau is a watery oasis in the middle of the city, perfectly designed for further investigation via kayak. If it's hot, you can also take a break for a swim in the clean lake waters while making new friends, getting some sunshine, and being active. You'll also get loads of tips from the guide if you want to keep investigating ‘new’ Vienna for a bit longer. You could grab lunch or a cocktail at Vienna’s self-styled ‘Copa Beach’, swim off one of the island’s riverside pontoons, visit the Danube Tower with its 360° views over Vienna’s skyline, or explore the charming Danube Park, all within walking distance from the end point.
  • Single or double kayak
  • Live native English-speaking tour commentary provided by an RLSS certified open-water lifesaver
  • Gratuities for your guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Non-swimmers
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet at the entrance of Kaisermuhlen/VIC u-bahn station on the U1 subway line, 5 minutes before the start of your scheduled tour. Exit the train to the right and go down the stairs to meet at the station entrance near the tobacconist shop.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip-flops
  • Water
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  •  You may stop for a swim in the Old Danube along the way, so swimming gear is recommended
  •  Tours will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain and/or thunderstorms and the tour itinerary may be ammended on days with strong winds
  •  Participants must be able to swim and tread water for a minimum of 1 minute
  •  The activity is a gentle paddle and is suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness, but please note that in windier conditions the level of physical exertion required does increase
  • Minimum age is 9. Children aged 9-17 must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

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The kayaking tour was a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend. We had so much fun! James was a great guide, experienced, he's been giving kayaking tours and wine tours in Vienna for a couple of years now and took care of everything for us - we got to just enjoy the water and the tour of the city from the Old Danube. l am a local in Vienna, but found the tour to be a real treat providing me with new insights into my city. It was a relaxing, beautiful day out on the water, paddling, swimming and learning about Vienna. I liked our small group of people on the tour and fell in love with my city in a whole new way. Highly recommended.

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August 23, 2020

Das ist Urlaub in Wien! Tolle Tour auf der alten Donau. Informativ, sportlich und doch sehr entspannend. John schafft es hervorragend die lebenswerten Seiten der Grossstadt Wien zu zeigen. Wir können diese Tour allen empfehlen die Urlaub in der Stadt machen wollen und schon genug durch Museen, Shop's und Strassen gelaufen sind.

August 2, 2021


Ich hatte einen wundervollen Tag! Diese Kajaktour ist sehr für Anfänger zu empfehlen! Das Kajak ist sehr stabil!

July 31, 2021

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