Recreation with Mother Nature

Danube Island

Construction of the Danube Island as a flood protection was started in the early 1970ies. Excavation material was dumped between the New Danube and the existing river bed to create 21 kilometres of artificial island - the Danube Island. The island was subsequently turned into a leisure time and recreational area. 170 hectares of new wood plus an additional 1.8 million trees and bushes were planted between 1974 and 1988. The island is divided into three parts, natural areas in the north and south and a city-park like area in the centre.


There is a vast range of recreational and sports activities to engage in on the Danube Island:

  • Bathing in bays along shallow beaches
  • Hiking, jogging, cycling and skating along an extensive network of paths
  • Barbecuing and relaxing in specially allocated areas
  • Games and sports on the games fields
  • Sports competitions on sports fields of tournament size
  • Beach volleyball

Additional facilities

  • Bike rental
  • Surfing school
  • Water slide
  • Water lift
  • Trampoline
  • Boat rental (pedal boats, rowing boats electric boats)
  • Multi-purpose area
  • Sail boat marinas and slip slides in the north and south
  • Bars, restaurants and cafes

Rowing regattas

  • Rowing and canoe world championships in 1991: extension of the New Danube downstream from Steinspornbrücke for the event (rowing: eight lanes of 13.5 meters each, canoe: nine lanes of nine meters each)
  • Finish tower, boathouse, infrastructure and spectators’ stands near Steinspornbrücke

© Photo: J. Kacetl

Recreation with Mother Nature

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