5 Best Beaches Near Vienna

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is famous for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and classical music. The city is landlocked and does not have natural beaches. However, there are a few artificial beaches and great outdoor swimming spots in Vienna where locals and tourists go to relax and beat the summer heat. Here are some of them:

  1. Strandbar Herrmann: This is a popular beach bar located on the Danube Canal. While not a beach for swimming, it does offer a beach-like atmosphere with sand, deck chairs, and refreshing cocktails. It's a great place to relax, people-watch, and enjoy the summer weather.

  2. Gänsehäufel: A popular summer destination located on an island in the Old Danube River. It offers sandy and grassy beaches, several pools, water slides, playgrounds, and sports facilities. There's a small entry fee to access the island.

  3. Krapfenwaldlbad: This public swimming pool complex is located on the hills of Vienna, offering stunning views of the city. It has several pools, a grassy sunbathing area, and a restaurant.

  4. Donauinsel (Danube Island): This long, narrow island in the middle of the Danube River has several swimming spots along its shores, as well as picnic areas, sports facilities, and restaurants.

  5. Alte Donau (Old Danube): This former arm of the Danube River is now a popular recreational area with several lidos and beaches along its shores, offering opportunities for swimming, boating, and sunbathing.

For natural beaches, you would need to travel quite a distance from Vienna, such as to Italy or Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, both of which are several hours away by car or train.

Remember, as always, to follow local safety guidelines, apply plenty of sunscreens, and stay hydrated. Enjoy your visit to Vienna!


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