Relaxation bays at the Alte Donau

Since July 2016, 20 new relaxation bays with wooden backrests have been available for use by recreational visitors on the upper section of the Alte Donau.

Part of the Alte Donau relaxation bay, waterside promenade

In July 2016, small relaxation bays were installed on the stretch of lakeshore between Drygalskiweg and Mühlschüttelgasse in Floridsdorf, Vienna's 21st district.

Extending over a total distance of around 450 metres, the new bays are equipped with wooden backrests for relaxed lounging. There are 20 relaxation bays in all, providing flat grassy waterside areas to lie on along the sloping bank of the lake. Six flights of steps down to the water have been refurbished and additional benches installed.

Iris and bulrushes for near-natural stretches of lakeshore

Besides these new amenities for visitors, this stretch of lakeshore has also seen some ecological improvements, with new stands of reeds developing in the water. In the spring 2016, gravel and pebbles were piled up on the lakebed and then planted with various types of reeds.

Eventually, the long-term goal is to increase the proportion of near-natural stretches of lakeshore to roughly a third of the total perimeter of the Alte Donau. The Alte Donau needs bulrushes, bur-reed and iris as well as reed beds, varied shoreline structures, and trees and shrubs typical of riparian woodland.

Free bathing places on the Alte Donau

The new Strombucht sunbathing lawn opened in July 2016. The site on Dampfschiffhaufen island offers free-of-charge public access for swimming and sunbathing, like the sunbathing lawn ArbeiterInnenstrand which was opened to the public back in May 2015.

Logo of the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union: The word "Life" in yellow, surrounded by yellow stars

The LIFE+ Alte Donau project was funded under the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union as part of the "Environment Policy and Governance" strand.

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